Inner Cat

Inner CatThe Inner Cat: A New Approach to Cat Behavior

Awww…look at the kittehs.  And then throw this book in the recycle bin.

I’m too selfish with my time to have pets (or children, for that matter), and my husband is allergic to most living things, so not having pets works for us.  But here’s the thing: I make no judgments on how other people handle their pets.  If your cat needs a shrink to improve its self esteem, knock yourself out.  If your lizard needs an animal chiropractic specialist, go for it.  Mary – do Roberta and Fred have self esteem issues?  Want this book to read up on it?  Yeah, didn’t think so.  You’re probably looking for the latest techniques to deal with your cats’ psyche just like everyone else; a “cat whisperer” or Animal Planet’s big-name cat person or something.

The topic of the book isn’t so bad for a public library collection (which is where it came from).  It’s just…you guessed it…old.  People who want the very best for their cat’s mental health want something current.  A name like National Geographic or the ACFA or Animal Planet will get patrons’ attention and make them feel better about the information in the book.  So will a copyright date in the last decade.  I’m sure Ms. Wilbourn was important in 1978, and if she’s still important in 2011, our libraries need to have her latest books.


Inner Cat - back cover

Your Cat's Self-Esteem

Inner Cat - self esteem

traumatic kittenhood


  1. It’s kind of painfully ’70s to attribute a cat’s behavior problems (and all of humanity’s problems, for that matter) to low self-esteem. What does that even mean to a cat?

  2. Hi,

    Because much of “The Inner Cat” is psychological and emotional, although the anecdotes are not current, the message is. I am the author, and I do agree that it would be beneficial to have one of my current books. I find it is important to learn new things– said many ways.

    By the way, I loved seeing my two late cats, Sambo and Muggsy-Baggins in all their glory.
    I received word of your site from a subscriber who, in turn, went to my site and is now a subscriber to my free, monthly newsletter– The Wilbourn Way. Thank you.

    All the best,
    Carole Wilbourn

  3. I certainly don’t think my cats have any self-esteem issues, but the pair of cats on the front gave me a chuckle. Right now my two boys, also a Siamese mix and a black-and-white, are cuddled up just like the pair on the book cover.

  4. Holly: Roberta and Fred have no esteem problems, however I think I have esteem problems because they judge me constantly.

  5. I’m pretty sure my cat has terrible self esteem issues, but is there any cat that is not neurotic in some way?

  6. How awesome is it that the author herself stopped by to agree that this should be weeded in favor of one of her more modern books? That should be linked to every time someone comes in to whine about how a medical book from 1820 shouldn’t be weeded because “someone might need it someday.”

  7. As a dog trainer, I would say that most dog training books older than 10 years old should be weeded…so it would not surprise me that the same would go for ats and cat behavior too.

  8. Personally, I’d be sort of embarrassed to find a book I wrote on a site called “Awful Library Books”.

  9. @Victoria–It depends on the reason. If it’s just because the book is outdated, why be embarrassed? Every (non-fiction) book gets outdated eventually. (Fiction either gets outdated or becomes a classic.) If it’s based on the merits of the book itself, regardless of publication date, then perhaps.

  10. As a collector of cat books, I would love to have this book myself! That front picture alone, aaaaaw!
    In a library however, go for updated books, please! ( I am recently recovering from a similar fight at my local library, I wanted to kill an old cat book (and not even keep it myself, it was too horrible), but my coworker pointed out it was still checked out several times the last years! yeugh! I may have to accidently put it out in the rain overnight ;-> don’t tell them I said this…)

    I am superimpressed by the author herself showed up here, many Yays to you!
    I need to go find your newer books for my traumatized cat, a pet hoarder survivor who is scared of everyone and everything. He’s getting better, though, with lots of love and his favourite, hourslong bellyrubs!

    And yes, I am one of those librarian+cats combinations (and so is my soon-to-be husband..)

  11. I asked my cat about her self esteem. After I got up, followed her to her bathroom, ran water for her, and then followed her into the bedroom and rubbed her stomach and chest, all at her request. (And yes, the bathroom was remodeled in part around the cat. The contractor still refers to it as “the house with the cat bathroom.”) Apparently low self-esteem is not one of her problems.

  12. I would love pics of the cat bathroom. I know a guy who had an exhaust fan installed floor level near the litter box. It comes on automatically right after his cat leaves the litter box.

  13. Okay, here’s the deal, cat lovers and cat haters. Cats are not people. We’ve had cats for years, and we’ve learned two related things about them: (1) They are moveable furniture, and (2) as such, they are wonderful for balance training for the people who move around them.

    And Angel, here’s the next line in the game: “The minister’s cat is a Bratty cat.”

  14. The minister’s cat is a conversable cat, at least around this house.

    We found a similar book and related TV show very useful when my husband acquired, on the same day, a wife, a teen-aged son, a house, a car, and a cat. He’s blind, and he never had a pet before. He thought cats and dogs were analagous, and the book/TV show helped him realize that they are not.

    Still, as you say, old and likely to not be selected as often as something with a more modern look.

  15. I too have a Siamese, and let me tell you, he has no problem with his self-esteem. If anything, he has too much of it!

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