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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A feline behaviorist and founder of the Cat Behavior Clinic offers advice on how to address common problems ranging from litter-box issues and scratching to spraying and biting by training a cat in accordance with feline-specific strategies.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
Description: xxiv, 310 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9780553807851
Branch Call Number: 636.8 Nag


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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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