Good Cat! Practical Answers to Behavior Questions
By Steve Dale
In the pet world, Steve Dale is a big deal — he has two syndicated columns and a slew of other writing credits over a 20-plus-year career span, and he hosts two nationally syndicated radio shows that air on more than 100 radio stations. Plus, as a founding member of the CATalyst Council and a board member of the Wynn Foundation, he is one of America’s most prominent cat advocates. While Cat may not be his first language, this award-winning writer certainly is doing a lot for us! His latest writing endeavor is this eBook, written in Q&A form, that addresses many, many issues cats have with humans. Some of the chapter titles give you a clue to what you will find: “It’s Possible to Train Cats, More Possible They Will Train You,” “Let’s Party! Play Is Every Cat’s Passion,” and “Scratching In All the Right Places.” Yes, Steve Dale understands that we kitties are happiest when we are given lots of fun and attention, and he encourages humans to train themselves to cater to our whims. He also addresses a lot of serious issues: cats who suddenly become aggressive towards their humans or visitors (often indicates a medical issue), litter box issues (which are almost always the humans’ fault, whether they are placing the litter box in an area unappealing to the cat, not scooping enough, or creating a territorial issue by improper cat introductions), and separation anxiety (this is not just a dog problem!). And the author does not just rely on his own vast knowledge of felines, he also brings in other respected experts such as author and cat behaviorist Pamela Johnson-Bennett of Cat Vs. Cat fame, and veterinarian and feline nutrition expert Elizabeth Hodgkins to elaborate on the answers.
This is not a long book — in print form, it would probably run a little over 120 pages — and it is not a deeply comprehensive book on cat behavior, but it certainly covers a lot of territory and will give most humans enough insight to figure out how they are doing wrong by their cat, and what they can do to fix the situation. Even better, this eBook is priced low enough that anyone with a computer and the appropriate app can afford it.
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A PDF version of this book was comped for review.
the Cat Street Boyz says
Hi Sparkle! WE Boyz have different wants and needs, so we can’t all have it our way, but if one of us goes astray……..Mom hits the bottle and it’s….spray, spray spray spray SPRAY!!!!=^Y^=
Have a mice day=^Y^=
Cathy Keisha says
Wonderful review. I may have to check this one out. I definitely have separation anxiety. When TW comes in from outside, she can hear my crying before the elevator stops on our floor.
This is a very good review Sparkle! We’ll have to check that book out even though we don’t have any issues – yet.
The Island Cats says
That was a good review, Sparkle. Mom says she needs to get it for us, but we don’t think we need it…we are purrfect angels!! 😉
Harry Spotter says
Good reviews, Thanks for the info.
The only treatment objection our cat has is the lack of free flowing food and that’s the vet’s fault. The cat was put on a diet and he has been objecting since it began.
Thanks Sparkle. I just bought it for my Nook – it’s such a good price too.
This sounds like an excellent book to add to our cat collection!
Thank you for all of your concern and kindness since my IBD diagnosis.
It is with help like yours that has made it so much easier for my Mom who has been going crazy trying to figure out how best to help me.
I really appreciate all of your support.
That sounds like a great read, Sparkle. We will check it out for sure! 🙂
What a great review! Me don’t has any issues, except not getting things my way often enough. Perhaps me shuld read it so me can do a better job of training my peoples.
Pricilla - Famous SpokesGoat says
The Farm cats could use a little help if you ask me….
Thanks for the great review Sparkle…we may need to check that out, for others of course!
That does look like a good book. We have trained our human really well so we are going to save our green papers for now. Good review. Thanks.
Am getting this for Austin! He needs an intervention!!!
Max the Quilt Cat says
Thanks for the review. The boys tell me they have perfect behavior (ahem…ha!) so we don’t need the book. I’m gonna let HH make the final decision on that.
Have a nice Sunday.