The Cat Whisperer

The Cat Whisperer

Why Cats Do What They Do -- and How to Get Them to Do What You Want

Book - 2013
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Who says you can't train a cat? Just when you thought you had reached the end of your ball of twine, one of America's most popular cat behaviorists comes to the rescue of perplexed cat owners everywhere, providing practical and effective strategies for solving every feline behavior problem imaginable--from litter box issues to scratching, spraying, biting, and beyond.
Cat Whisperer Mieshelle Nagelschneider has been helping people deal with these dilemmas for two decades, achieving a near-perfect success rate. Central to her approach is a keen understanding of the unique way cats see the world--their need for safety and security, their acute territoriality, and their insatiable desire to catch and kill prey. Her proven C.A.T. cat behavior modification plan is a commonsense course of action that can be specifically tailored to your cat in the context of its behavior problems and its particular household environment. Easy-to-implement solutions help transform even the most anxiety-riddled companions into confident, gregarious, and relaxed cats who live longer, happier, and healthier lives. Inside you'll discover
* how to harness the power of "friendly pheromones" to improve your cat's appetite, exploration, grooming, and play
* where, when, and how to create a litter box environment that will  provide ease of access and reduce anxiety for you and your cat
* how to end aggression in multiple-cat households and help your cats coexist peacefully
Is it impossible to train a cat? Not anymore! Your days of yelling and tearing your hair out in the wake of the latest household "cat-astrophe" are over. In this fascinating and indispensable book, the Cat Whisperer takes you inside the mind of a feline to explain why members of one of the world's most inscrutable species act the way they do--and how you can convince them to change their behaviors for the sake of your peace of mind . . . and theirs.

Praise for The Cat Whisperer
"I wish I had read The Cat Whisperer before I started filming Must Love Cats . The cats would have liked me a lot more." --John Fulton, host of Animal Planet's Must Love Cats
"Mieshelle Nagelschneider is a wizard at demystifying cat behavior and providing easy-to-follow steps for solving vexing problems. I dog-eared (or should I say cat-eared) so many pages for later reference that my book doesn't want to close. Living with six demanding cats in a small house, I wish I'd had this excellent guide years ago." --Bob Tarte, author of Kitty Cornered, Enslaved by Ducks, and Foul Weather
"The reason people are so mesmerized by house cats is because they are truly miniature versions of lions, tigers, and leopards. In her book The Cat Whisperer, Mieshelle Nagelschneider explains the behavior of the house cat in an unprecedented and most accessible way, offering unique insight into the often misunderstood companion animal that is as wild as we have become civilized." --Jordan Carlton Schaul, Ph.D., contributing editor, National Geographic, and curator, Orange County Zoo
"Pet owners despairing of getting their cats to behave will find new hope in this comprehensive guide. . . . This book more than meets Nagelschneider's goal of guiding owners to the strategies for behavioral and environmental change needed to address issues such as urination outside the litter box and aggressiveness." -- Publishers Weekly
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780553807851
Characteristics: 310 p. : ill.


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Dec 11, 2017

A cat behaviourist based in Portland, Oregon, shares tips to address many cat behaviour problems using a sensible three-step approach. I was surprised that she didn't recommend pine or wheat litters (p. 109) used successfully by a large local cat rescue; but her advice not to put a litter box where a cat has had a negative experience, helped explain why my cat refused to use a box after I once tried to move it. I found that the author somewhat oversold her own services, beginning with naming herself “the cat whisperer,” and repeatedly providing a link to her website. Nevertheless, the book is packed with tips that will save many families much grief.

Nov 06, 2017

I was desperate to find a solution for our cat problems at home. This was essentially what helped me solve many of them. Any person who is experiencing difficulties with their feline friends should read this book before forking over any more money for products that supposedly will do the trick. Yes, she talks quite a bit about her own products, and yes, she is not a writer. That said, I learned more than I thought possible from this book. Well worth the time put into reading it.

Jun 15, 2014

Great ideas for litter problems, introducing new pets, etc. will probably buy this one as seems very useful.

Dec 19, 2013

She has a very arrogant way of writing and I quickly got tired of her bragging. Most of the ideas she had seemed like common sense, and you don't have to be such a "specialized cat behaviorist" to come up with them. Also, it was very annoying how she was always referring to herself, her clinic, and especially her website and the products she has for sale there. I don't think I've ever seen an author so unabashedly greedy for money and attention. Not worth reading, in my opinion.

Oct 29, 2013

Reasonably well-written for a book of its type, and her observations are certainly based on a large amount of time studying our furry friends. Her overall approach, an attempt to limit the number of healthy cats being euthanized or abandoned due to behavioural issues, is very worthy. Some of her suggestions are a bit of a stretch - I think most people will still continue to furnish, decorate and arrange their homes to suit the humans, not their cats. There are also very frequent references to her company, her website, and the products she has for sale.

Oct 22, 2013

This book has many different, useful and insightful ideas about how to cope with myriad cat issues and concerns. While the book is worth examining, be aware that the author assumes her readers have infinite time and funding to devote to serving any cat's needs and preferences. I ended up skimming the book to glean any recommendations that I had the time and energy to conduct.

Oct 16, 2013

Some great, new ideas about cat psychology and cat needs, but I found it terribly disorganized. If you are looking to find a solution, you are going to have to wade through various chapters. Otherwise, I think it is a great contribution to improving our relationship with cats.

Sep 19, 2013

I actually used this book first to help find solutions to existing cat problems I was having at home but became easily interested in all that Nagelschneider has to say concerning our furry friends. From what to feed cats to developing a strategy to get them to play nice, I thought this book was really relevant and insightful for cat owners, covering a broad range of topics.

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