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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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Cathletics For Kitty

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Cathletics
Ways to Amuse and Exercise Your Cat
Loeb and Loeb
1981

Like many librarians, I have a couple of cats. (They match my cardigan and sensible shoes.) Like most cats, they are “overscheduled” with constant cat chores: napping, moving things on my desk, napping, eating, and more napping. The day never ends. I know that my cats are probably not getting enough quality exercise with their busy schedules. Hence, more organized cat exercise!

This book is less about “facts” or information and more or less a reflection of the authors’ experience with their own cats. I have been around cats my entire life and I can say that they will play games if they are in the mood, otherwise you are just pissing them off.  A book about playing with cats is hardly necessary. If they want to play, they will make you play and if they want to nap they will nap. The human role in a cat’s life is to open cans of food. A book is not even in the equation.

Mary

 

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