As you know, I have my human trained to give me treats when I show her certain paw signals, such as High Five, Shake Hands and such. But did you know that human training for cats is much more than mere parlor games and treats? What if your humans had to evacuate suddenly because of some disaster and they couldn’t get you in your carrier? And wouldn’t it be great if claw trimming wasn’t such a chore? How about just being able to live more easily with your family members, both two and four-legged?
The Trainable Cat is all about you and your human developing awesome life skills. It gives your human the tools to look at you, the feline, in a clearer, more logical (to kitties) manner. It shows humans how to work with natural cat behavior to make regular tasks like trips to the vet, being groomed, and going on car trips so much easier for us cats. It’s the type of instruction manual that humans living with kitties have needed for a long time.
The book’s two authors are as expert as humans can get without being cats. John Bradshaw’s name may be familiar — he wrote Cat Sense. He is also the foundation director of the Anthrozoology Institute at the University of Bristol. Sarah Ellis is a feline behavior specialist at International Cat Care. Together they have developed ways for humans to work with us cats based on our natural emotions and behavior — and when humans do that, miracles can happen!
The thing I like best about The Trainable Cat is that you and your human work together as a team, kind of like the way my human and I work together. On top of gaining some great kitty life skills, your relationship with your human will grow closer and more intimate. You can’t get more rewarding than that!
I was going to pose in this carrier to show that I’m not scared of it, and then Binga photo bombed me (what a surprise). But you know what? That proves that cat carriers don’t scare her either! Wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t feel like running and hiding when one of these comes out? That can happen if your human reads and uses the information in The Trainable Cat — plus so much more!
And want to hear something even cooler? I have a copy to give away to a U.S. reader! All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post saying you want to enter, and I’ll randomly pick one name on October 10. Good luck!
Links to The Trainable Cat and Cat Sense on Amazon are affiliate links, so if you make a purchase by clicking through, I will get a small commission. I received a galley copy of the book for review purposes.
Barbara Jones-Kazimer says
I want to enter to win the book for my human.
Kerry kresse says
Do I have to give the book back if I can’t be trained? We’d all love to give it a try. Thanks, Summer.
Fur Everywhere says
We would like to enter the giveaway. It sounds like a great book, Summer!
We would love to enter. Mommy thinks this will help her “train” us. Doesn’t she realize we trained her? MOL
Lindy Beveridge says
I’m adopting another cat so this book could help with her adjustment. Please enter me.
Carol B says
This sounds like a very interesting book! Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!
Betty Marx says
Sparkle, Roxie Hart, Zazie, Bella Rose, Mitzi, and Zippy would love a copy of this book to give to me, their Mom.
Julia williams says
That sounds like a pretty good book. My three cats already have ME trained, so it would be nice if I could possibly turn the tables, lol.
The Swiss Cats says
That sounds like a wonderful book ! Purrs
Lynne T says
Oh boy would I love to win this, my cat needs to be trained badly!
Cathy Keisha says
TW worries about fires and stuff all the time cos I hide UTB and she cant get me out. She’d evacuate without me but Pop wouldn’t. You can enter me cos maybe she’ll learn something.
pamela j says
We have trained the human pretty well, but she could use some brush ups!
Socks, Scylla, Fenris, Tuiren, YinYang & Chimera (ATCAD) says
Mommy leaves ours out and we often sleep in them, after all they are very comfy.
THe Island Cats says
We need this book, Summer, so we can train our human properly.
Oh boy could we use that book here! Piper HATES the carrier and nail trims. It’s like wrestling a mountain lion (which would probably be easier) whenever we need to do either of those things. Pumpkin is afraid of the carrier but she’s much easier to handle (and there’s less blood loss on my part) but I would still love to help her overcome her fearful behavior.
Hi Summer & Binga! It’s nice to see you both. Annie is so very scared of the carrier. Sadly, she urinates when she’s picked up to be put in it. Her fear breaks my heart. Thanks for the giveaway. I’d like to be entered.
Sometimes Cats Herd You says
That sounds like a pawesome book! We didn’t realize that John Bradshaw was involved in anthrozoology at University of Bristol. Their Bristol Cats Study is one of the most amazing pieces of ongoing cat research in the world.
Toby and Leia says
Oh, we could really use this book.
Melissa, Mudpie & Angel Truffles says
That sounds like a great book! Mommy is pretty well trained but every little bit helps 😉 –Mudpie
The Poupounette Gang says
That looks like a pretty interesting read. Maybe after she has finished the 79 as yet unread books on her shelf, #1 can have a look at it.
Summer Samba says
MOL! I see that #1 and my human have a plethora of unread books in common!
The Florida Furkids says
This sounds like a great giveaway but we’re pretty sure Mom is too old to be trained so we’ll let someone with a more trainable Mom win it!
The Florida Furkids
Ellen Pilch says
We definitely want to enter this giveaway. This sounds like a great book. Nice to see Binga too.
We think Mom is untrainable so we really need that book. MOL
Sherri-Ellen TD. says
Mee-you Summer wee not sirprized that Binga foto bommed you…it iss what she does!!!!
May mee enter LadyMum’ss name inn thee contest to win thee book?
Shee sayss shee needss all thee help shee can get werkin with mee! 😉
***paw kissesss*** Siddhartha Henry xxxx
Colehaus Cats says
Hey, now this sounds like something our Mom could most definitely use… maybe to train herself a little better to get into that carrier.
What? Not for training Moms into carriers? Hmm, well, you learn something new every day. Then again, you never know!
Craig s. c. okajima says
I just want to train you to rub up against me, sit on my lap, knead my neck, and to purr loudly!
Madi and mom says
My mom is so old I am sure she would fail and training miserably
Hugs Madi your bffff
Our human is trained, but she can always get better. We think she should read the book.
Looks like a book our human should read. She has trained several of us to do tricks, but Iggy is really mental and she could use some advice on how to break through to him.
I love my carrier. If it comes out I get to go somewhere! My human does not take me enough places tho
Nancy Davis says
Hi Summer and Binga! Please enter me to win this great book! TY sweeties!
Katie Isabella says
Mommy is VERY trainable. Me….not so much. Binga I adore you and so does mommy.
Emma and Buster says
That is really a must read book. Thank you ladies for telling us.
i’m going to have to check that book out. I’m curious does it give tips for three-legged family members as well? 🙂
SavannaH's Paw Tracks says
We tried the training here and only the humans were able to follow our plan. Mom L just wishes she could get me to let her pick me up for a brief cuddle and maybe sit on her lap. Too bad I am not treat motivated
We love that expression on the ‘trained kitty’s face, MOL! We sure could a book like that around here…
Sounds great! Please enter us into the contest. I’ve got a Binga look-a-like with the same personality! 🙂
Elizabeth Wilhoite says
I would love to have the book. Your Binga looks so much like my Kim. Torties are so much fun!
Laura T says
Frannie hates it when her carrier comes out I’d love to learn ways to help – we could use a copy of this book! Please enter us!
Kitties Blue says
We also have this book to review so no need to enter us in the giveaway. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo
We’ve got our peeps very well trained! Summer, you should write a book about everything you can do.
Susan Gottfried says
Summer, I NEED this. I’ve had a foster here since last December because she won’t let me pick her up to get her into the carrier and when I try to lure her near/toward/in it, Milo and Lucy eat the wet food I’m using as a lure. Sigh. Help! This lovely foster kitty needs a checkup and a forever home! (and the shelter? Not being hugely helpful.)
Layla Morgan Wilde says
We loved the book as a galley softcover months ago but didn’t finish reading until our hardcover review copy arrived. Not only is the book easy to follow, the research process is covered in a number of BBC videos. It’s some of the most appealing and insightful video content I’ve seen about cats. Don’t enter us in the contest since I’ll be doing one of our own.
Judith Daly says
This is just my kind of book. I love training horses–I could use some ideas on how to train cats.
Mr. Chivers, Greyson, and Tabitha says
What a great subject. Tabitha is scared of the cat carrier. We kitens love getting into it. Tabitha is much older, a 12 yr old senior. Can you enter mom in this drawing, she could really use some tips on this subject. Love today’s pic. Binga loves the lime light. Purrs
Brian Frum says
That looks like a fantastic book sweet Summer! I am going to have the day buy a copy so you can leave us out of the drawing.
HaHnnah and Lucy says
We don’t think our Mum is ever going to be trainable.
The kitties of purring pines says
Our mommy is hard to train….
Mickey's Musings says
We are not sure how trainable mum is 😉
While we do not like our carriers, we do get in them when we have to.
Purrs Georgia and Julie,
Treasure and JJ