Perhaps you thought training a cat was an impossible task. Maybe you think your cat’s too independent, too stubborn or too wild. Not so! In 50 Ways to Train Your Cat, author Sally Franklin’s easy training methods keep feline instincts in mind. You can achieve wonderful results by working with your cat’s nature rather than against it. At the same time you’ll create a deeper bond with your cat through increased interaction and positive reinforcement. Among other things, your cat will learn to leave the curtains alone, climb upand down!a tree and get along with dogs. More precocious cats can try tricks like swimming and retrieving. Sally Franklin’s methods proceed at a cat’s own pace, and bring even the most difficult skills within your cat’s reach. By spending just a few minutes each day, you’ll make life with your cat easier, happier and more fulfilling.
From Publishers Weekly
Crazy about cats? Fine. But even consummate cat lovers may have trouble with a book that makes suggestions like “Experiment with calling the little furball on the phone and leaving a message on the answering machine. Some cats love to hear your voice and know Mommy or Daddy is talking to them. . . . ” and probes the issue “Can Kitty have a midlife crisis?” (Yes, Kitty can. The authors recommend surprising her with a new litter box or taking her on a picnic to ease her through the trauma.) Writing in collaboration with his wife, Eckstein, a pet psychologist who has ministered to pets of the stars, chides owners insensitive enough to amuse themselves with jokes at their pets’ expense; discusses how to shore up a cat’s self-image; and addresses the dilemma of the forlorn “latchkey kitty.” The Ecksteins also offer useful information on litter training, on convincing cats to stop scratching furniture, on teaching them to walk on a leash and even to “si (more…)
“Since virtually all the problems that people have with their pets result not from the animals themselves but from their owners’ lack of information, this book could go a very long way toward mitigating that. People who live in cities or suburbs should be especially grateful for this book, which offers many possible remedies for the difficulties experienced by outdoor cats. I couldn’t think of a single question that wasn’t answered helpfully by this excellent book.” — Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of “Tribe of Tiger” and “The Hidden Life of Dogs””Here’s a book your cat would have written for you. Anyone who has a cat, wants a cat or wants to know a cat should read this loving, lucid, comprehensive handbook. It’s a gem.” –Sy Montgomery, author of “Spell of the Tiger,” “Journey of the Pink Dolphins” and “Walking with the Great Apes” “Wendy Christensen is a talented and lyrical writer. This book is filled with solid information designed to help feline advoca (more…)
Since the beginning of time, cats have convinced the world that they are untrainable so they can do whatever they wantbut those days are over! Gregory Popovich is a professional cat trainer whos trained cats to perform amazing circus-style tricks for television and stage, and hes about to reveal his most closely guarded secrets so cat lovers everywhere can put an end to the most common problems:Stop bad litter box habits End early-morning howling Banish your cat from tabletops and countertops Prevent begging before mealtime Put an end to destructive clawing Make peace between rival catsAnd so much more, including how to become an expert cat trainer at home and teach your cat to perform Gregorys favorite tricks, like jumping through a hoop or perching on your shoulders. This fun-to-read book also provides wonderful insights into the mysterious, complex feline mind, explaining why cats do the things they do so we can better understand them and enjoy a c (more…)
Kit for clicker training for cats
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 JacobsCopyright American Library Association. All (more…)
There is a method of learning to which no mammal is imperviousnot even cats. It is called “classical conditioning,” and is used in a very specific way as part of clicker training. Every click results in something positive for the cat: a treat, a cuddle, a favorite game. Because cats are intelligent, they quickly understand what kind of behavior gets them a click and a reward, and they will experiment in order to find out what else might work. This manual explains what classical conditioning involves, whyit works with every cat, how to avoidmistakes, and how to use rewards properly and develop chains and sequences of behavior, as well as small tricks.
About the Author
Martina Braun is ananimal psychologistspecializing in behavioral therapy forcats and dogs.
From the Cat’s Point of View is packed with sound, knowledgable, clearly written information for every person owned by a feline. — From the publisher
From the Cat’s Point of View answers nearly every question the new cat owner could have and gives the experienced cat owner a look at life from the other side of the scratching post.
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From Library Journal
Feline behaviorist Johnson-Bennett (Twisted Whiskers: Solving Your Cat’s Behavioral Problems) suggests that if cat owners learn how to think like a cat, they can better understand their pets and build a more positive relationship. One way is to view the world not from the vantage point of a 5’7″ human but from the cat’s level, ten inches off the ground. If you needed to scratch your claws and saw only drapes and furniture and no scratching post, what would you use? The author gives helpful tips for stopping destructive chewing, aggression, furniture scratching, and litter-box difficulties. Her advice on grooming, pests, traveling, and first aid are clear and straightforward. She also recommends types and brands of toys, equipment, food, and other feline products. A similar guide is Brian Kilcommon’s Good Owners, Great Cats (LJ 10/1/95), which has a more attractive layout and is easier to use. Still, this volume is more comprehensive than Johnson-Ben (more…)