Cat Be Good: A Commonsense Approach to Training Your Cat


With this book, you will no longer be at your cat's mercy--and he will still respect you in the morning.
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With this book, you will no longer be at your cat's mercy--and he will still respect you in the morning.
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Editorial Reviews

A. Barlow
Annie Bruce knows more about cats than I'll know in a lifetime! Recommend this book to anyone who has any questions about our feline friends.
H. C. Leeds
A practical, easy-to-read manual for owning cats.
J. Douglas Courtley
Cat Be Good is an excellent addition to any cat owner's library, a helpful guide for both new and long-time cat owners.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780967406206
  • Publisher: Good Cats Wear Black
  • Publication date: 6/1/2003
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 7.97 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 1
Cat Basics 3
Introduction 5
The Truth About Cats 7
A Parade of Myths
Annie's Basic Cat Secret
Before We Begin
Feral Cats
The Making of a Good Cat
Solving Problems
Safety 10
Cat Toys
Houseplants Look Enticing But...
Cats Don't Always Land on Their Feet
Don't Wet Him
Or Dry Him
Be Careful of Chemicals and Cleaners
The Litter Box
Speaking of the Garage...
The Sewing Room, Office, Kitchen, Bathroom
Seasonal Dangers
Collars, Harnesses and Leashes
Cat Carriers
Special Considerations for Declawed Cats
Don't Lose Him
Make Sure He's Not Forgotten
Adoption 15
Do I Really Want a Cat?
Can I Accommodate a Cat?
Where do I find a Good Cat to Adopt?
What Kind of Cat Do I Want?
Other Ways to Find a Cat
Where Not to Get a Cat
How Many Cats Do I Want?
Owning an Only Cat
Spotting a Healthy Cat
Other Things to Consider
Outdoors vs. Indoors
Male vs. Female
Color, Breed and Hair Length
Black Male Cats
A Note About Declawed Cats
Returning a Cat
The New Comer 26
Housebreaking and Confinement
The First Day
Special Considerations for Kittens
The First Week
Introducing the New Cat
Fix 'Em Good! 31
Before the Operation
After the Operation
Change Happens 33
Moving Into a New House
A New Baby in the Family
A New Human Member of the Household
A New Cat
A New Dog
Going on Vacation
Traveling Without Your Cat
Traveling With Your Cat
Litter Boxes Etc. 38
Litter Types
Litter Boxes
Litter Box Locations
Litter Maintenance
Special Considerations for Declawed Cats
A Word About Toilet Training
Lost and Found 45
How to Find a Lost Cat
When You Find a Lost of Stray Cat
Neighbors 49
Keeping Peace in the Neighborhood
The Neighbor's Cat
Cat Beds 53
Types of Cat Beds
Locations for Cat Beds
Cat Life 57
Scratching Posts, Exercise & Play 59
Scratching Posts
Scratching Post Training
Don't Scratch That!
The Great Outdoors
Other Cats
Lure Toys
Other Toys
Special Considerations
Diet 69
Diet and Behavior
Wet Food
Homemade Food
Quick Dinner
Louie's Favorite Lunch
Beef Jerky
Cat Treats
Dry Food
Raw Food
Feeding Kittens
Feeding Tips
Eating Problems
Changing Diets
Mr. Finicky
Special Considerations
Hands-On Experience 79
How to Pick Up, Hold and Let Go of a Cat
Touch Techniques
Special Considerations
Hair and Nails 82
Trimming Claws
How Often is Grooming Needed?
Grooming Tools
Grooming How-Tos
Doctor, Doctor! 87
A Healthy Cat
Signs of Illness
Finding a Good Veterinarian
At the Doctor's Office
When You Get Home
Administering Treatments 92
Treatment Tips
Eye Ointments
Cleaning Ears
Taking His Temperature
Yucky Stuff 95
Cat Behavior 101
Basic Training 103
Training Your Cat to Come When Called
Outside/Inside 109
The Right Circumstances for Training?
Special Considerations
Indoor-Only Cat
Aggression 120
Causes of Aggressive Behavior
Aggressive Behavior Against Humans
Cat Fight?
Neighborhood Cats
Special Considerations
If You're Still Having Troubles
What Not to do
Litter Box Blues 127
Causes of Litter Box Problems
Preventing Litter Box Problems
When Your Cat Pees Outside the Litter Box
More Help
Special Considerations
Typical Litter Box Phone Call
Last Resorts
Miscellaneous Problems 141
The Early Morning Cat
Velvet Paws
Curtain and Screen Climbing
Shy Cats
Crying Cats
Aging 153
Growing Old & Saying Good-Bye 155
A Cat's Final Days
Handling the Grief
Appendix 159
Declawing Drawbacks 161
Cute Cat Tricks 167
Maintenance Schedule 169
Cat Advocacy 172
Donations Needed 178
Products and Resources 180
Epilogue 193
Poem 195
Acknowledgments 198
About the Author 201
Index 205
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2001

    Cat Be Good Re-Visited

    I reviewed this book about a year ago because I came upon it rather by accident. I loved it. But as all new books, eventually I put it away. Then, again by accident, I got a new cat, a three year old Abbisinian. She had a lot of problems. So I got out Bruce's book and the feeding, bonding, and new cat problems were quickly resolved. Thanks again.

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