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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Thunder Bay Press; Later Printing edition (September 10, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571458697
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571458698
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gwen Bailey is the Animal Behaviorist for The Blue Cross, Britain's largest animal welfare charity. She is the author of several books about pet care including Rescue Dog and The Perfect Puppy.

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Friends often ask how I can be writing 'another' book about dogs, but there is so much to say. You never stop learning about dogs, which is why they are so fascinating and why I am so lucky to have had a career that has invovled them for so long.

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.

Gwen

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on December 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The author seems to know her stuff.

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.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Crystal on January 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Have you seen those "dummy" books? "What is my cat thinking?" is like that--simple and straight-to-the-point.

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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Autumn on November 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is cute, fairly informative but leaves much to be desired. It would be a good gift for a kid who is getting a cat for the first time, but the parent will want a book with a lot more answers than this picture filled book offers.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By L. Joanna on December 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The information on decoding your kitty's body langauge is quite interesting. But most of the information be known to seasoned cat owners. Will be a useful read for first time cat owners though. The pictures are great too.
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29 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Jo-Anne Nichols on July 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this after reading other reviews, but I was extremely disapponted in this book. The title is very misleading. I've had cats for years and wanted to learn more about their behavior and the differnt types of meows. This book does NOT do this. It's very basic and they write about behavior most children could figure out after being around their cat for a while. It mostly addresses cats behavior with other cats which an idiot can figure out without having to read about it. Not worth the money.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Inge Kendall on March 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is nice, only the information is basic knowledge for a cat owner. A new cat owner would find this book of interest,and helpful though.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Judy K. Polhemus VINE VOICE on December 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Rubbing against your legs. Does this action show (a) her affection for you, (b) that she is rubbing her scent onto you and making a community smell, or (c) first b, than a. Of course, by the wording of the question, you can guess that both answers are correct and, in fact, transferring her smell to you is the prominent action. That is the basic premise of "What is my cat thinking?: The essential guide to understanding pet behavior." Cats have a powerful sense of smell which often guides their behavior.

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.
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