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What Is My Cat Thinking?: The Essential Guide to Understanding Pet Behavior Hardcover – September 10, 2002
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I try to make sure that everything I write helps to enhance the life of dogs in some way. They are vulnerable, emotional creatures in a cruel world and need our love and protection. Aggressive owners produce aggressive dogs so all techniques are gentle and friendly, espeically for puppies. You don't need to be domineering with dogs to be successful.
I have been lucky enough to spend all of my adult life, and a lot of my childhood, learning from some of the great trainers and behaviourists. My books pass on as much of that knowledge as I am able to give, put together with all the things I have learnt over the years from the dogs themselves.
I hope they help you with your dog, to solve problems, train him or her to have good manners, and to give both of you a better life than before.
For those of you who have cats, there is just one of my books for you too.
Top Customer Reviews
The book has an excellent lay out. Lots of pictures, easy to navigate, wonderful index, sort of like a FAQ on cat behavior.
Everyone from the novice to experienced cat owner is likely to learn something about the subject.
The subject itself is a little bland. Before you cat lovers all get upset about this remark, let me explain. According to Bailey the majority of cat behavior is rather simple, basic needs for safety, exploration, food, etc. Cat behavior is also rather simple: tail up or down, rub off scent, etc. This makes portions of the book repetitious. This is not a complaint. It is better to be truthful and a little bland than to invent a bunch of human response and lay those on the cat.
All in all it's a good book and worth owning. Cat owners won't be disappointed.
When my son goes out of town, I house sit which includes cat sitting for his three cats. He gave me this book for Christmas so I could get their behavior down pat. Little does he know that I already understand cat behavior. They eat, they poop, they groom, they sleep, then they start all over again.
According to the book, cats rub your legs for attention so that you will feed them. I think I detect a little affection in there for me, or it could be because I am about to feed them. But when I go to the bathroom, they come running to rub my legs as I sit. Surely they know they are not about to be fed in here! So, aha, proof that affection is involved!
The most interesting thing I read was that they mark their scent on the corner of a wall or sofa in the same place and the next cat comes along, smells that scent, then marks her scent over it. It's a constant rivalry thing that I've seen them do over and over.
Thank goodness "the next generation" chapter will not be used because my son had all three of his cats spayed. Doesn't he know you can't have all female cats in one house?
All in all, "What is my cat Thinking?" is a handy little reference if you don't know much about cats. Even if you do, it is pretty much entertaining.
In addition to this fact, the book provides other useful information in learning how to interact with your cat. For example, most cats do not like to be stroked on their tummies--too vulnerable! They don't like to be stared at. They know how to train you to give them food.
Other really nice features include:
1. Wonderful color photos on every page! In fact, three per page is not uncommon. Each photo illustrates the behavior described in the accompanying paragraph.
2. Good quality paper is used, the semi-glossy kind. The cover is plasticized, making it more durable. The book is slightly over-sized, 9 1/2 high and 6 3/4 wide.
3. A huge variety of topics is covered from cats as Social Animals with subsets of becoming sociable to Territory to Fitness and Hunting to People and Cats. Safety for cats and The Next Generation complete the topics.
I tend to agree with other reviewers that this book was written more for the person about to acquire a cat than for the long-time cat person. However, I did learn some rather interesting things that I should have known. For example, cats do not like to be stared at because staring is one of their aggressive behaviors toward other cats who threaten their space.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this as one of my husband's birthday presents. He thought it was excellent. The cat hasn't yet offered an opinion.Published 7 months ago by Anonymous
Very informative! Gave me some answers I needed as an owner of a new kitten. It was surprising the questions I was asking out loud were right on the pages I was turning. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Patricia Means
It was pretty generic. Having cats before, I already knew most of the material. Was looking for a little more in depth.Published 11 months ago by Linda K. Copeland
Good info abut cats. i have learned things i did not know about cats and kittens.Published 14 months ago by Donna S Sampson-Hook
Great tidbits of information on he gfeline species....Great photos...It looks well on the coffee able !Published 17 months ago by Andrew Lagnese