How to talk to your cat
And get it to do what YOU want
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.
Completely trained by cats to do their bidding,
Ironing it Out
Seven Simple Steps to Resolving Conflict
Are you constantly arguing? Relationships suffering? Try “Ironing it Out”. This particular book is all about dissecting the real issues of conflict. This is probably a pretty decent choice for a public library. Conflict resolution and other workplace dynamics are hot topics and this type of material would no doubt be a successful choice. Personally, I am a bit cynical about getting in touch with my feelings and really don’t want to “peel the onion” to get at the gist of a problem, especially in the library. I just want everyone to do things my way. Please consider this. It would really save time. (I can already hear the supervisor yelling “request denied.”)
Submitter: This is a 1961 book about lip reading. It offers an interesting history on the topic in one chapter. It was pretty fascinating. But the other chapters are talking about resources you could get to help with the teaching of lip reading. Being over 50 years old, I would think it would be hard to find those listed books and films. If you even wanted too?
Holly: Old, boring, and irrelevant. That’s a trifecta for weeding. I sincerely hope this was found in a university library (from which it should still probably be weeded…), but WorldCat shows holdings in some public libraries and community colleges too. I can’t even begin to imagine why.