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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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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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