- Paperback: 258 pages
- Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (February 2, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553378546
- ISBN-13: 978-0553378542
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Cat Who Cried for Help: Attitudes, Emotions, and the Psychology of Cats Paperback – February 2, 1999
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"A wonderful and splendid follow-up to The Dog Who Loved Too Much, The Cat Who Cried for Help presents a thoughtful and creative approach to changing detrimental behavior in animals who depend on our goodwill. . . . I love Dr. Dodman's work!"
--Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Tribe of Tiger and The Hidden Life of Dogs
"I applaud Dr. Dodman's approach. His book establishes a new frontier for the veterinary profession and is essential reading for all who live with cats."
--Dr. Michael W. Fox, author of Understanding Your Cat and vice president of The Humane Society of the United States
"The Cat Who Cried for Help is an interesting and timely book."
--Bruce Fogle, D.VM., M.R.C.VS., author of The Cat's Mind and Encyclopedia of the Cat
"There's a new pet savior in town--Dr. Nicholas Dodman brings the same wisdom, warmth, and miracle working to cats that pet lovers cheered in The Dog Who Loved Too Much. Every pet owner who loves their cat should buy this book."
--Michael Capuzzo, author of Wild Things and Mutts: America's Dogs
"The Cat Who Cried for Help is a fine addition to any animal lover's library, but a must for cat lovers."
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In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Nicholas Dodman does for feline psychology what he did for canines in his widely acclaimed "The Dog Who Loved Too Much. Here he reveals the fascinating, and often frustrating, mind of one of our most popular--and certainly most independent--animal companions, and shows how we can coexist peacefully with even the stubbornest of cats.
What do you do about a cat determined to tear your sofa to shreds? Or one who gorges himself on your best running shoes . . . or attacks anyone who dares to open the refrigerator door? Drawing on remarkable real-life stories from his practice at the prestigious Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Dodman shares the unique, compassionate, dramatically successful treatment programs that have given problem cats a new lease on life . . . and their perplexed owners long-term solutions to even the most intractable disorders.
As any cat owner knows, changing a cat's behavior can seem like an impossible task. But contrary to popular belief, cats can be trained and cured of irritating habits and undesirable behaviors. "The Cat Who Cried for Help shows how minor adjustments in diet, exercise regimen, and environment can effect dramatic breakthroughs in resolving almost any feline problem. From cat panic attacks to eating disorders, from litterbox aversion to depression and a wide range of feline phobias, Dr. Dodman has successfully treated and resolved these and many other heretofore untreatable behaviors.
Inside, you'll meet Ashley, the boss-cat who literally bites the hand that feeds him; Jonathan, the binge-eater; Rubles, the Abyssinian Jekyll and Hyde, pussycat one minute, man-eating tiger the next; andThomas, the cat who cried for help--a little too loudly. Dr. Dodman's techniques are based on the most up-to-date research in pharmacology and feline behaviorism. Yet the primary objective of his treatments is to respect and protect the qualities of independence and dignity fundamental to a cat's nature.
Including descriptions of symptoms, treatment options, and tips on prevention, "The Cat Who Cried for Help provides everything you need to know to ensure both you and your feline friend a long, happy, and healthy relationship. If you've ever wanted to better understand the nature of this mysterious, enigmatic, and fascinating creature, Dr. Dodman's book provides a penetrating look into the intriguing and intricate world of the cat in your life.
"From the Hardcover edition.
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This book is full of anecdotes, Dr. Dodman's experiences with cats and their owners at the Animal Behavior Department of Clinical Sciences at Tufts University. He shows over and over how cats can be trained and can be cured of annoying habits.
Read this book if your cat has a habit you wish you could stop but don't know how. I think most cat owners will admit to that. Dr. Dodman probably has a story to show you what can be done.
A problem you may have with this book is that Dr. Dodman's solutions often involve drugs. But they did work. If a problem with your cat is driving you crazy, you may wish someone would suggest drugs. :-)
The problem I had with the book is the part you may want to skip. A woman brings a cat home that she found behind some buildings. Right away she had the cat spayed. But that didn't cure the cat's constant crying to go out. The meowing was loud and bothersome, so, would you believe, she had the cat's meow taken away surgically! Then she had the cat declawed. Then I don't know what else because I couldn't read more. I do know from the Introduction that the cat never did stop crying to go out. The woman just didn't have to listen to her anymore. The cat died.
If ever there was a case for letting a cat go outside, this was one! Skip that story. It made me sick.
My cat, Elsie, developed a peeing problem. She peed everywhere and I mean everywhere - the floors, the windowsills, the bed, on the fridge, on my daughter's electric piano (appropriately called the pee-ano now and I don't know if I'll be able to afford to get it fixed) as well as on the toaster (twice!!) Toast, anyone?? Ewhh.
Anyway, I did everything - changed the type of litter and bought new boxes (3); changed her food so that she did not have any dry food and only ate the wet expensive kind with no grains. I started making raw food for her with supplements, but found that it made her constipated and so I switched back to a good quality canned and some chicken thigh chunks added.
I also took her to the vet, where they found she had a UTI and a large hairball ($300). I was able to get her over her UTI and all, but she still continued to pee.
Thus, I again took her to the vet and requested another blood test and an x-ray ($400). She was found to have nothing wrong with her!! My vet suggested Prozac as well as Dasuquin (glucosamine for cystitis - just in case).
It's been 2 plus weeks on Prozac and she has only had one accident. I don't want to put her to sleep and I have been very patient; so I am hoping that she will continue to do as well. So you see, Prozac saved her life and I might not have to have her on it forever.
Anyway, the thing I like about the book is that Dr. D explained why cats often do this and I realized that Elsie was doing it because she was grieving the loss of my old cat that she was friends with and would groom. I have another cat, but they are not as close. So it is good to know why and maybe someday I will get a little boy kitten for her, as I know she loves to "baby" things. We'll see, but I have to thank Dr. Dodman. Sometimes drugs are just the only thing that will help, unless you have another idea. (Oh, and I forgot to say, I tried Rescue Remedy as well as Feliway at the beginning and that really didn't do anything.)