By Wendy Christensen
I actually have a previous version of this book from a few years back called Outwitting Cats, but I never reviewed it because I was concerned that it gave away too much, and that too many feline secrets were being revealed. But a couple of months ago, when this book came out, I decided to rethink my position, especially once I realized that most of this “outsmarting” required effort mainly on the humans’ behalf and little to no effort from us cats. Which is as it should be, since much of feline “misbehavior” originates with something the human is doing wrong. If our litter box is sitting behind speakers that blare heavy metal music all day, if we are tearing up furniture and attacking ankles, if a new cat is brought into the home and left in the middle of the living room with no proper introduction, why are we to blame when things go wrong? We didn’t create those situations! This book explains cat behavior and cat language — and what humans must do to establish good relationships with us cats. The chapter on quirks is especially helpful for those who are bringing home a rescue cat whose previous humans messed her up in the head. Whether your cat is rejecting his litter box, suddenly attacking her former feline friend, or ripping up the toilet paper — and eating it — humans will find answers here, and for many other dilemmas too. Best of all, we kitties don’t have to do anything but be ourselves. In fact, I kind of think this book should be called Outsmarting Humans, because once yours has read it, she will be so much more pleasant to live with.
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The Kitties of Purring Pines says
Sounds like a great book fur hoomans! Besides, we’re going to be ourselves anyway!
Splendid Little Stars says
Happy Birthday, Sparkle!
It sounds like all humans should read this beofre they are adopted by a cat!
Dash Kitten says
😀 😀 😀 😀
Happy Birthday Sparkle
😛 😛 😛 😛
When I saw that title I thought, preposterous! I used to try to outsmart my old cats from time to time, but I failed every time.
We sure hope you had a great birthday, Sparkle. The humans here just started reading “Outsmarting Cats,” so we are looking forward to having the them be much more pleasant to live with. 🙂
Andrea and the Celestial Kitties says
Happy Birthday Sparkle! Hope you have a wonderful day!
Baby Tali says
YEAH..”Ripping Up Toilet Paper And Eating It”..That’s Aunt Susie..We gotta get this one Mom!!…Happy Birthday Miss Sparkle..I hope you got lots of treats! 😀
The Florida Furkids says
Happy Birthday Sparkle! We hope you had a purrfect day!
The Florida Furkids
Thanks for this review. You would think after a total of 17 cats over the past 27 years that our humans would get most things right, but they can be highly inadequate at tmes. Think we are going to put our pennies together and get it for them. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Maurcio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette
Katie Bella says
Soarkle, beautiful girl, happy birthday. kisses and snuggles and more kisses. Nosetaps.
Texas, a cat in New York says
That sounds like an interesting book, but I would let my human read it under may snoopervision.
Happy Birthday Sparkle kitty! Princess Cinderella is turning 1 year old!!
Emma and Buster says
Is it your birthday dear Sparkle? Happy happy birthday dearest.
This book should have been read by the human before they brought Buster home.
Caren Gittleman says
you are not going to believe this. I was supposed to post a review about that book today, then I was going to move it til tomorrow because of World Cat Domination Day and my anniversary…now……..I have to move it YET AGAIN 😉
Comedy Plus says
â™ªâ™ªHappy Birthday to you,â™ªâ™ª
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â™ªâ™ªHappy Birthday Dear Sparkle,â™ªâ™ª
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Sue Brandes says
Sounds like I could learn a lot from this book Sparkle.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SPARKLE! We hope you have a really great day filled with treats & toys (that Binga doesn’t horn in on.) MOL!
Selina & MomKatt Laura
We came by to wish you a Happy Birthday, Sparkle. Hope you get everything you want. 🙂