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Cat Talk

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How to talk to your cat
And get it to do what YOU want
Allison
1993

My cats have very busy schedule of napping and staring out the window. They barely notice, I mean tolerate, me. I can talk until I am blue in the face, and they will ignore me and NEVER do what I want.  So naturally I was curious to see what this poor author decided to sell us in terms of cat communication. Short answer: Not much.

This book is low on information and big on anecdotes about cats. There is also an ongoing theme of a cat’s psychic ability along with communicating with “spirits”. Other than some descriptions of body language: swishing tail equals angry/irritated, there is very little substance. There is no real “training” program or method. Even the examples aren’t really examples.

Even though cat training/communication is, at best, imaginary, there are still better choices than this particular book. There really only are a few things your cat is trying to tell you:

Feed me, I may starve.

Get out of my way. You are standing/sitting where I need to be.

Your stuff is in my way, I am going to have to push it to the floor or hide it from you.

You suck.

Completely trained by cats to do their bidding,

Mary

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Herding Cats

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Raising Your Cat
A Complete Illustrated Guide
Amberson
1969

Ah, yes! Another contender for cat “training” is here for your consideration. Cats are frequently featured on this site. (I think the ALA should consider a free kitten and a cardigan with every membership.) Mostly, because I just love the idea of someone thinking cats can be trained. I frequently wish there was a section in the library called “Wishful Thinking.” We can shelve items such as diet books, understanding your parents/kids, how to have an interesting meeting, and, of course, cat training.

The photos are just okay, and the information is dated. I think the death glares from the cats are also maybe a good sign that this book isn’t quite up to par. You must do yourself a favor and look into the world of Cat Flexing we featured last year. I think it remains one of the best books on this site.

Slave to my feline overlords,

Mary

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For Those Who Care

hamsters for those who care

Hamsters
For Those Who Care
Barrie
1994

Hamster care book for a public library? Of course we need materials on hamster care, both in youth and adult collections. This particular book is presented because I think the sub title “For Those Who Care” is weird. Question: does balance in the collection mean we also cater to those who don’t care?

The author comments that the popularity of hamsters is because they have a short tail. Moms, evidently, are spooked by rodents with tails. I guess dads are okay with any kind of rodent.

Aside from the age and the weird title, the content looks okay.  I am concerned about the cat in the 3rd picture below that seems to be assessing the vulnerabilities in the current hamster housing. Poor hamster doesn’t even know he is probably that cat’s next meal.

Mary

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