The Trainable Cat (Hardcover)
A Practical Guide to Making Life Happier for You and Your Cat
Basic Books, 9780465050901, 352pp.
Publication Date: September 13, 2016
The idea of training rarely crosses cat owners' minds, and we often assume that cats can't and don't need to be trained. But in The Trainable Cat, bestselling anthrozoologist John Bradshaw and cat expert Sarah Ellis show that not only can cats be trained, but they absolutely must be in order to strengthen the bond between pet and owner, reduce their anxiety, and maximize their happiness. Twenty-first-century urban life can be taxing for cats who historically have been wild and solitary hunters, hostile to change and turmoil. Cats today are forced to live within the confines of cramped city apartments, in the company of unfamiliar people and other animals, and to travel in compact cat carriers. Such living conditions can create scared and angry cats--cats who spend hours hiding under the bed, abruptly bite their owners, or urinate in their houses when new pets are introduced--leaving owners scratched and disheartened. But a great deal of pet-owner discord can easily be prevented by simply training our cats. Once we understand our beloved pet's journey from wild predator to domesticated animal, we can train them to overcome their natural inhibitions, fears, and anxieties. Full of training tips and exercises for nearly every scenario--from introducing your cat to a new baby to helping cats deal with visits to the vet--The Trainable Cat is the essential bible for cat owners and lovers.
About the Author
John Bradshaw is the foundation director of the Anthrozoology Institute at the University of Bristol and the author of the New York Times bestsellers Cat Sense and Dog Sense. He lives in Southampton, England. Sarah Ellis is a feline behavior specialist at the charity International Cat Care and a visiting fellow at the University of Lincoln. She lives in Wiltshire, England.
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