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Good Cat! Practical Answers to Behavior Questions by [Dale, Steve]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 512 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tribune Media Services (December 19, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 19, 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006OBH2WI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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By BookAce VINE VOICE on February 3, 2012
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Steve Dale has put together a remarkable compendium of sensible, plain-speak, valuable information and advice on how cat owners solve some of the most perplexing "problems" that cats can present to their people. I was a-mew-sed by his dedication and also happy to see the wonderful piece by Betty White, loong time animal advocate.

Many of these "problems" in this book are just cats being cats - but, to an owner who has no idea of what is going on, or how it can be solved, these problems can send a cat into the shelter, with, in too many cases, a visit to the stainless steel table, and then a final trip out the back door. It's sad to think that people can think that they have offended their cat by what they "said" to the cat -- when in almost all instance, the cat is just responding to stimuli that us mere humans would not even notice. It is also sad to note that some people inadvertantly allow their cats to suffer pain and illness by not realizing that there could be a physical problem to a cat's behavior. The helpful tips in this book can easily remedy that problem by suggesting a visit to the vet.

A thorough index up front, and great web refernces and additional resources at the back, round out this exceptional book.

This book CAN EASILY save a cat's life, and is a MUST for ANYONE who is about to adopt a cat, or who already has a cat or two.
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Steve Dale takes on the magic mystery of the most capricious of creatures of the pet kingdom, the cat in this very well presented GOOD CAT! PRACTICAL ANSWERS TO BEHAVIOR QUESTIONS. Likely most readers will sigh and pick up this book only with the foregone conclusion that no one understands or can control the behavioral idiosyncrasies of the felines of the world. Cats eat, sleep, live their own lives with only the slightest deference to the owner when it is dinner time. Until now.

Dale's book is based on his radio show investigations of cat behavior as it affects those who listen to him requesting any help they can get. The chapters delineate the approach Dale takes in not only coping with but (really!) altering cat behavior: the chapters are Training your Kitten: Practice makes Perfect; Adoption is a wonderful Option; It's possible to train cats, more possible they will train you; Let's Party - Play is every cat's Passion; Timid Tabbies; Feline Fears -Scaredy Cats can be Retrained; Cats and Dogs - are they mortal enemies?; Avoiding those Cat Fights; Mad Cat Fever - Why is my cat attacking me?; Scratching in all the Right Places; The Litter Box; Fastidious Felines, Habits, Compulsions; and Cats Have Senior Moments, Too. It is easy to tell that this book is rich with humor - some of it only cat lover's will understand at first reading. Dale has some fine introductions by famous people and a lot of cute photographs, but the real joy of this book is the amount of insight he gives us in trying to outsmart our cats. Grady Harp, January 12
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I bought and downloaded this book after reading advertisements for it, saying it has a lot of new ideas for enjoying cats as they get older. I found these ideas and "solutions" not much more than what I have read in most every book for new cat owners.
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I picked this book up because I'm interested in cats and have an older cat at home. I was surprised at how much I learned. The book is nicely organized in a question answer format where specific cat owners ask a question and an expert answers the query. I learned a lot that I didn't know. I believe that if I ever have issues, I'll be well prepared to handle them. This book is an easy read and is invaluable for all cat owners.
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the book is really good about telling you what Not to do and what to do. How to train your cat and you should never use your hand or fingers when playing or they will always attack or fight thinking you want to play. Talks about illness and one I never heard of a cat that lives indoors there is a illness that kills them. You have to buy and read this book.
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Being the owner of a large calico cat with attitude and having agreed to take on my daughter's cat when she travelled overseas to study, I was desperate for information on how to prevent an outright cat war. The book provided many insights, provided by experts in their field, into cat behaviour and offered some reassurance that this was the normal course of events, and things might gradually improve, which they have.

Those who contributed to the book are obviously passionate about educating cat owners in order that more cats will be saved from extermination because of 'bad' habits which are often the result of ignorance on the part of their owners.
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I read this in one sitting, and enjoyed it. Certain themes come across repeatedly: getting your cat checked out by a vet, having enough clean litter boxes, rotating toys, clicker training. Unfortunately I was hoping for more of an in-depth analysis and solution for my particular cat problem, which I didn't really find. But I'll try some of the suggestions anyway and see if they help.
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I had believed cats were difficult to train because, with the exception of climbing on things, they often seemed bored with training.

Author Steve Dale explains what people get out of kitten socialization classes and hundreds of other things on domestic cats. He succinctly cites authoritative literature on the subject and quotes certified cat behavior consultants and other related professionals.

Mostly the format is Q&A based on true accounts. Some advice is common-sense such as getting a 2nd cat to improve the behavior of the 1st cat. Some is more advanced, including cat agility training. Experience and research show that cats have great capacity to acquire new behaviors through interspecies communication.

This is a fun and easy book to read. It helped me understand how cats fit into families and benefit others.
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