250 Things You Can Do to Make Your Cat Adore You

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There are happy cats, and there are happy cats. Which kind of cat is yours? You may be surprised...

Here it is, straight and simple. Even the most well-intentioned, doting cat owner can (and often does) create an environment in which the beloved feline feels less than comfortable. Think about it: we humans create homes that feel, smell, sound, and look good to us — not our cat. But fear not. Here in 250 Things You Can Do To Make Your Cat Adore You, a top animal expert, cat ...

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Overview

There are happy cats, and there are happy cats. Which kind of cat is yours? You may be surprised...

Here it is, straight and simple. Even the most well-intentioned, doting cat owner can (and often does) create an environment in which the beloved feline feels less than comfortable. Think about it: we humans create homes that feel, smell, sound, and look good to us — not our cat. But fear not. Here in 250 Things You Can Do To Make Your Cat Adore You, a top animal expert, cat lover, and listener gives you insight from the cat's point of view, as well as practical and simple things you can do, to accommodate the cat's wishes so that nothing feels, smells, sounds, looks, or tastes at best unappealing, at worst harmful. With tips on how to:

  • read your pet's body language
  • use holistic remedies for common cat maladies
  • discover human traits that cats love — and loathe

and much, much more. With this book you can end kitty boredom forever and improve most behavior or health problems if they exist. And if they don't, here's an opportunity to make your happy cat happier!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684836485
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 5/15/1998
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 0.48 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ingrid Newkirk

Ingrid Newkirk, cofounder of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), is the acclaimed author of Save the Animals! 101 Things You Can Do, Kids Can Save the Animals, and The Compassionate Cook. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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Chapter 1

Home, Sweet Home

Or, is it? Could it be that your cat is living only one of her nine lives in a human-oriented dwelling place, and worse, living at ground level? Let me elaborate: Before cats belonged to human beings, they belonged to themselves. They answered to no one unless they felt like it. In fact, before fourteen-wheelers and human beings got into the act, cats had no natural enemies to speak of, except parasites, and even then, they knew which plants to chew on to fight off illness and even managed to pass on their folk remedies to their youngsters.

Yes, cats used to be self-sufficient in those halcyon days before we, if I may borrow Joni Mitchell's lyrics, paved their paradise and put up a parking lot. Cats also got along perfectly well, thank you very much, without can openers and litter boxes. Sure, they probably wouldn't have said no to a catnip toy, but their lives were full without such artificial stimulants.

They were whole, dignified, free-roaming, independent souls. They carved out their own, often vast, patches of turf, defended them with their own spit and claws, enjoyed a social life with friends and family, had the opportunity to flirt and to select and reject suitors, raised the kids, provided balanced meals for their families without benefit of advice from nutrition experts, and still had time to play "pounce." We humans were about as necessary to their existence as a bowling ball.

Now look at modern kitty's confines. Your cat is probably stuck inside a wood and cement box with compartments — otherwise known as your home.

Before you protest, "But I live there, too," chances are you leave your house or apartment every day. Sometimes you are in and out of the door so fast that your cat's image of you amounts to a big blur. Sometimes you are out and about so much, your cat can't remember what you look like.

Out in the real world, you see things your cat would give an eye tooth to see. You interact with others of your own kind, even if that only means swearing at the driver in front of you who brakes for falling leaves. Your brain and body are actively engaged, whether it's greeting neighbors and friends, running for the bus, drafting a memo, or making change.

Meanwhile, your cat is probably back home, staring at the wall. At least your cat should be indoors, unless you are conducting supervised leisure or exercise time, because today's outside world is a dangerous place for a cat, full of traffic and strangers with candy in their pockets who want to take your cat for a little ride. This means your cat is virtually a shut-in! Your home is his entire world.

Take a look around Cat World. Unless you live somewhere like the Hearst Castle, there's probably not much to it from a cat's perspective. This calls for action! You have to fool Kittums into thinking you live in the most interesting place on Earth. You have to enrich his otherwise drab little life.

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Table of Contents

What Will This Book Do for Me and My Cat?

1. Home, Sweet Home

2. A Room with a View

Home Improvements

For Extra Credit

Litterbox Alert

Home Hazards

3. A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste:

How to Excite Kitty's Mind

Simple and Cheap Things You Can Do

Off the Sheff

4. Healthy of Tooth

First, the Fangs

5. Claws

Now, the Feet

6. There's No Time to Kiss You When I Have Bugs in My Belly and Fleas in My Fur

More Than a Pain in the Neck

Take My Worms, Please

Shutting Down the Flea Circus

7. Two Cats Are Better Than One

Where to Get Kitty Number Two

The Basic Rules

Getting to Know Each Other

If It Doesn't Work Out

Resources

8. Forget the Dating Game

Getting "Fixed"

When to Do the Deed

Get That Cat Out of There!

The Home Recovery Center

Resources

9. Cats Aren't Crazy about Traveling

Must You Do This at All?

Picking the Perfect Cat-Sitter

The Only Way to Fly

Getting Kitty into the Carrier

Getting Kitty into the Car

Room at the Inn?

10. Where, Oh Where, Can My Kitty Be?

Moomin's Tale

Step-By-Step Recovery Plan

11. Excuse Me, Do you Speak "Cat"?

What We Have Here Is a Failure to Communicate

The Eyes Have It

Body Language

Therein Hangs a Tail

Swapping Gifts

Messy Messages

Cat Got Your Tongue?

Professional Help

12. Is Your Angel Suffering in Silence?

13. One Kitty Too Many:

Uncomfortable Decisions

Finding the Right Home for Your Cat

Before You Make That Big Decision

Guidelines for the Sale or Giveaway of Your Cat

14. Don't Go Down to the End of the Town, Unless You Go Down with Me

What You Can Do

15. How Adorable Are You, from Your Cat's Point of View?

The Alwayses and the Never-Evers Checklist

16. Eye of Newt: What on Earth

Is That in My Cat's Food?

Vital Supplements

Home Cooking for the Cat You Love: Recipes

17. Saying It with Flowers:

Holistic Remedies

The Curative Power of Flowers

Herbs and Homeopathy

Plant Got Your Cat's Tongue?

What to Do in a Poisoning Emergency

Holistic Veterinary Resources

Recommended Charities

Recommended Reading

Handy Resources

Index

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First Chapter

Chapter 1

Home, Sweet Home

Or, is it? Could it be that your cat is living only one of her nine lives in a human-oriented dwelling place, and worse, living at ground level? Let me elaborate: Before cats belonged to human beings, they belonged to themselves. They answered to no one unless they felt like it. In fact, before fourteen-wheelers and human beings got into the act, cats had no natural enemies to speak of, except parasites, and even then, they knew which plants to chew on to fight off illness and even managed to pass on their folk remedies to their youngsters.

Yes, cats used to be self-sufficient in those halcyon days before we, if I may borrow Joni Mitchell's lyrics, paved their paradise and put up a parking lot. Cats also got along perfectly well, thank you very much, without can openers and litter boxes. Sure, they probably wouldn't have said no to a catnip toy, but their lives were full without such artificial stimulants.

They were whole, dignified, free-roaming, independent souls. They carved out their own, often vast, patches of turf, defended them with their own spit and claws, enjoyed a social life with friends and family, had the opportunity to flirt and to select and reject suitors, raised the kids, provided balanced meals for their families without benefit of advice from nutrition experts, and still had time to play "pounce." We humans were about as necessary to their existence as a bowling ball.

Now look at modern kitty's confines. Your cat is probably stuck inside a wood and cement box with compartments -- otherwise known as your home.

Before you protest, "But I live there, too," chances are you leave your house or apartment every day.Sometimes you are in and out of the door so fast that your cat's image of you amounts to a big blur. Sometimes you are out and about so much, your cat can't remember what you look like.

Out in the real world, you see things your cat would give an eye tooth to see. You interact with others of your own kind, even if that only means swearing at the driver in front of you who brakes for falling leaves. Your brain and body are actively engaged, whether it's greeting neighbors and friends, running for the bus, drafting a memo, or making change.

Meanwhile, your cat is probably back home, staring at the wall. At least your cat should be indoors, unless you are conducting supervised leisure or exercise time, because today's outside world is a dangerous place for a cat, full of traffic and strangers with candy in their pockets who want to take your cat for a little ride. This means your cat is virtually a shut-in! Your home is his entire world.

Take a look around Cat World. Unless you live somewhere like the Hearst Castle, there's probably not much to it from a cat's perspective. This calls for action! You have to fool Kittums into thinking you live in the most interesting place on Earth. You have to enrich his otherwise drab little life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2001

    Your cat wants you to read this!

    This is a wonderful book with practical advice on how to create a happy and stimulating home for your feline companions.

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