Herding Cats

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Raising Your Cat
A Complete Illustrated Guide

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,



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  1. “The Christmas cat, a favorite gift.” NO! NO! NO! NO!!! Please–if you send this to a book sale, tear that page out. Really–tear it out! No pets for Christmas gifts.

    1. I think a pet for Christmas gift works if the family is about to have a pet anyway and they decide to make a Christmas gift of it (thus conveniently saving money on other gifts) – as long as the parents are aware that they’re still the ones ultimately responsible for the pet. Any other circumstances, no. (And obviously NEVER put the pet in a gift box.)

      That Christmas cat is seriously cute, though.

  2. Tha calico looks mean. And I love how the book says some children are not ready and will never be ready for a pet but fails to mention that some animals will never be good around any child.

  3. I think I mentioned this before, but my brother once had a cat that he trained to ring a desk bell with his paw, and he put the video on YouTube. You can train cats, it’s just that they’re not like dogs that the the slave-like devotion to please their humans. Cats only want to please themselves, and that’s just fine. The human race has become so impossible to please I know how that must feel.

  4. Does the book even mention getting a cat from a shelter? Nowadays, many people give a side-eye to “free to good home” newspaper ads because they believe it encourages indiscriminate breeding of animals. “But we always find homes for the kittens/puppies!”

    1. When I worked in rescue we also gave the “free to good home” ads the side-eye because the free aspect tended to attract unscrupulous people who wouldn’t treat their animals well. This was particularly true with dogs.

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