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Yes, you can train a cat. Great book!
on January 8, 2015
We have trained several wonderful pet cats from kittenhood to adulthood with great success. However, after we elected to adopt a male stray who appeared at our door, this book (and great help from Cornell's vet school) kept our biting stray cat from being returned to "from whence he came".
This book/method was recommended by Cornell's veterinary school to help us train our cat to stop biting us out of annoyance. An inexpensive target/clicker training device, food catty couldn't live without (sweet potato & chicken baby food, in our case) and consistent persistence with behavior training techniques solved the problem. He now licks instead of biting, meows instead of growling, and lets us hug and pet him at least a few times per day. (And he has the best purr this side of the Big Cats!) Worth the effort. Note: the emphasis in this book is on positive reinforcement, which worked beautifully. We found that a firm, non-angry, repeated persistent verbal "no" and some short "time out" confinements were great adjunct training.