The Cat Whisperer: The Secret of How to Talk to Your Cat

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Britain's leading veterinary journalist and cat expert shares her advice and experience with cat owners on both sides of the Atlantic, as she describes how to bond with a pet feline. Claire Bessant begins by explaining how cats function as cats, describing their likes, their dislikes, and their instinctive behavior. Armed with this knowledge, cat owners facing behavior problems can determine why a problem exists and decide how to solve it. A most fascinating topic that Claire Bessant explores in detail is her ...

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Overview

Britain's leading veterinary journalist and cat expert shares her advice and experience with cat owners on both sides of the Atlantic, as she describes how to bond with a pet feline. Claire Bessant begins by explaining how cats function as cats, describing their likes, their dislikes, and their instinctive behavior. Armed with this knowledge, cat owners facing behavior problems can determine why a problem exists and decide how to solve it. A most fascinating topic that Claire Bessant explores in detail is her method of entering a cat's world through its senses—sight, touch, hearing, smell, taste, and that indefinable feline sixth sense. Readers will also find information on cat vocal and body language, feline traits determined by genetics, ways of measuring feline intelligence, training techniques, and much more. The book's final 50-page chapter is an A-to-Z compendium of cat behavior problems and their solutions. This must-read volume for cat lovers includes an eight-page insert of beautiful full-color photos.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764121654
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/5/2001
  • Series: Barron's Educational Series
  • Edition description: 1ST US
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 403,685
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Claire Bessant is the author of many books on cat care, including How to Talk to Your Cat, published in North America by Barron's.

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Table of Contents

Prologue 1
1. A Different World 5
Feeling The World 7
Through Cat's Eyes 8
"Seeing" By Touch 11
Hearing 13
Smell And Taste 16
Sixth Sense? 19
TIPS: Entering Your Cat's World 21
2. Cat Talk 23
Smell Talk 23
Body Talk 30
Talk Talk 42
TIPS: Talking And Listening To Your Cat 51
3. Living with Your Cat 53
Meeting, Greeting, And Talking 53
Sleep And Catnaps 57
The Joy of Touch 60
Hunting 65
Feeding 66
A Clean Job! 72
TIPS: Growing Closer To Your Cat 76
4. Exploring the Relationship 78
The Adaptable Cat 79
What Do We Need From Our Cats? 82
How Does the Cat See Us? 92
TIPS: Relaxing with Your Cat 93
5. Cat Characters 95
It's In The Genes 96
Personality Types 97
Early Experience 99
Traumas And Hormones 101
Breed Characteristics 104
Indoor And Outdoor Cats 109
Choosing The Right Cat For You 111
TIPS: Developing Your Cat's Personality 114
6. Intelligence and Training 116
Measuring "Intelligence" 117
Releasing The Potential 120
Training Techniques 121
Rewards 125
Punishment? 127
"Acts Of God" 127
Who Trains Whom? 129
Fetch! 130
TIPS: Training Your Cat 132
7. A to Z of Problems and Solutions 133
A Aggression 133
B Babies 137
C Calling 141
D Demanding Attention 142
E Eating--Peculiar Habits 142
F Feeding 147
G Grooming Disorders 149
H Holidays and Vacations 151
I Introductions 153
J Juvenile Behavior 154
K Kittens--When Do They Become Cats? 155
L Litter 156
M Moving to a New Home 158
N Nervousness And Phobias 161
O Old Cats 165
P Play 166
Q Quizzical Cats 167
R Recovery From An Illness 167
S Scratching Furniture 168
T Toileting Problems 169
U Urine Spraying 172
V Vegetarian Cats? 175
W Wild Cats--Taming Ferals 175
X Xenophobia--Fear Of Strange People 176
Y Yelling 179
Z Zoonoses 183
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2009

    Not a lot of substance

    She seems to spend a great deal of time on the introduction of a subject and very little on the results or possible solutions to the problems presented. I felt constantly let down when I finished reading a chapter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2009

    A catchy title for a general information book

    This book is appropriate for the first time kitten or cat owner. It is perfect for someone who has never been owned by a feline or lived with one. It is chocked full of appropriate general info on acquiring and integrating a cat into the home, but contains little information for the informed. The author also posits that cats should be allowed to go outdoors, unless in a city. Most current Vetnarians disagree wholeheartedly with this idea.

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