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Cats on the Counter : Therapy and Training for Your Cat Hardcover – October 24, 2000

4.7 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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The high percentage of cats returned to animal shelters--or simply abandoned--can be attributed to behavior or soiling issues. With much passion, clinical psychologist and animal behaviorist Lachman and cowriter Mickadeit proclaim that there are no bad felines--and furthermore, that the kinds of solutions often used, from declawing to de-voicing, are truly unnecessary. In addition to specific and practical lessons in behavior modification to cure, say, spraying, they demythify such long-held beliefs as "cats always land on their feet," explain how best to introduce a child to a cat and how to overcome ailurophobia, and gently deal with grief and handling the death of a loved companion animal. Their conviction that drugs such as Prozac and operations such as onyxectomy (declawing) are only part of the program permits a very humanistic approach to a misbehavin' pet. Great advice given with empathy. Barbara Jacobs
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About the Author

Larry Lachman holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and has been an animal behavior consultant since 1986. He hosts a weekly radio talk show about pet behavior and has been used as an expert by numerous television, radio, newspaper, and magazine reporters.

Frank Mickadeit is an editor at The Orange County Register. They both live in California.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (October 24, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312265662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312265663
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,293,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cats on the counter taught me a lot about my cat. Learning that she is scratching the couch to spread her scent, not to create disaray in my living room, went a long way to help me work with her instead of against her. Also learning that she receives stability from her territory being stable helped me make choices that better provide her with that security. As with his last book, Dr. Lachman talks about dealing with the loss of a pet, and I think that is an important aspect of owning a pet. The book contains wonderful true life experiences, and is easy to read and follow. If you have a cat or know a cat, you should read this book.
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"CATS ON THE COUNTER is an exceptionally clear, well-written, and helpful book that advocates the exemplary whole-family approach to resolving pet behavior problems. On a personal level, Larry Lachman and Frank Mickadeit's book will be of infinite value to me as I assist my canine clients who've been having trouble blending with their feline family members. What's more,this book makes even a total dog-person like myself appreciate the cat psyche!" --Allie Babcock* *(Note: The fictional Ms. Babcock is a dog behaviorist and the main character in a mystery series created by Leslie O'Kane, which includes the books, Play Dead and Ruff Way To Go.)
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Finally, a book that acknowledges and addresses the most common of all cat problems, especially in multiple-feline households: Tabitha's (and Sylvester's and Eliot's) "uncivilized" avoidance of the litter box. The author addresses both physical and psychological problems (both the cats' and owners') and gives much helpful advice (put tin foil over the scene of the crime, spray it with citrus scents, put Cleopatra's food dish close by (since's she's far too civilized to want her dining table next to the "men's room"), and address Morris' attacks of anxiety with generous doses of reassuring countermeasures.
Admittedly, much of the information I had sort of intuited. But this is no novelty book about problems that to cat lovers are no laughing matter. It's both eminently readable and practical. I only wish I'd had a copy earlier to give to a friend who brought his adorable little stray to the pound when she began soiling his carpet.
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They have done it again! Dr. Larry Lachman and Frank Mickadeit have met and exceeded the quality of their work in DOGS ON THE COUCH. CATS ON THE COUNTER helps cat owners learn as much about themselves as they do about their feline companions. Inspired by the magic touch of a good story teller, Dr. Larry Lachman and Frank Mickadeit inform, empower, and entertain all at the same time. This is a book that gives scientific psychology away. Bravo!
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A well organized book that explains what is going through your cat's mind. Too often we believe that the cats in our lives think the same way we do and this book has a great way of getting the humans to think like their cats. I currently share my home with two Russian Blue kittens and this book has explained most of their antics. It also helped solve a problem that was frustrating them and me. Get the book, your cat will thank you.
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The behavioral complexities of the "finicky feline" can create either the most special Human-Animal Bond between species or a situation that could be described as antagonistic. Dr. Larry Lachman and Frank Mickadeit have again produced excellent reading not only for the novice but also for the life long cat lover. Whether you have a problem or just want a better understanding of your relationship with your cat, this book is a must read for every cat lover."
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