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You don’t train cats, cats train you!

complete guide to cat training cover

Good Cats
The Complete Guide to Cat Training
Kaplan
1985

Yet another author steps up for a chance to convince me that cats will do what I say. At best, I believe the concept of a “trained cat” is the equivalent of a unicorn. As far as I’m concerned, the only ones trained in this relationship are the humans. All cat owners servants know this. My theory is that these particular authors have a cat so evil, that these poor humans think they have “trained” cats.

Excuse me, I am being paged by some cats to fill bowls with food before they starve.

Mary

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Training Muffin to “sit”

well behaved cat coverGuide to a Well-Behaved Cat
Maggitti
1993

So along with diet books, books about holding creative meetings, or books on parenting a teenager, this cat training book will join the ranks of other books that I classify as nonfiction pipe dreams. (It really needs its own subject heading.) Again, we have an expert patiently explaining how to make a cat “sit”.  I attempted the “sit” technique with my cat and was treated to a condescending look followed by a hiss. Of course, later while trying to read, said cat decided it was time for lots of petting and affection. I readily admit that I am manipulated by my cats and there is no hope for me.

Yet another pipe dream is dead in the water.

Mary

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No Naughty Cats

No Naughty Cats coverNo Naughty Cats: The First Intelligent Guide to Cat Training
Pirotin and Cohen
1985

Submitter: First of all, 1985. Cover, design, everything is old-fashioned and faded. Second, training your cat to come when called? If you want a dog, get a dog. And finally… doesn’t seem like the program worked on at least one cat. Page 7 is not only clawed up but missing a big chunk. It’s a weeder!

Holly: Here’s a throwback to a title we featured back in 2011. Apparently a few copies got missed in your weeding routines since then, so here it is again five years later. As far as cat training goes, once kitteh finds the litter box, you’re basically good to go.

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