There have always been those who say cats are trainable and others who say cats are not. Let’s face it. Cats are not dogs and dogs really have the market cornered when it comes to what the layman would consider a natural talent, maybe better said, inclination, when it comes to being trained. However, the reasons why dogs seem to be better suited to sit or fetch verses cats, who would rather you do the fetching for them, become abundantly clear, among other intriguing bits and pieces of information in THE TRAINABLE CAT: A Practical Guide to Making Life Happier for You and Your Cat, newly released today.
I had the opportunity to review the book and must admit, while there were things that I was pleased to find out I was doing correctly when it came to training my cats, there was other information which really put a light on the reasons behind why cats, and I am including my own in that category, seem to be resistant to the methodology most often used when training their canine counterparts. From the explanation of the origin of the species whose patterns and behaviors were based on survival and are still prevalent in our domesticated companions of today to understanding why it is important to train our cats when it comes to their health and safety, the authors do an excellent job of making the information equally accessible and entertaining.
Anthrozoologist John Bradshaw and cat expert Sarah Ellis join forces to share intriguing insight into cats, offering practical guidance to better explain what our cats may, or may not, be thinking. Perhaps beyond the reasons “why” your cat may behave in one way or another, the training tips Ellis shares, in particular, demonstrate how a little time and patience can give you full benefit of your feline’s engagement in addition to developing the skills that will make your cat comfortable and relaxed in a variety of settings, veterinarian offices included.
Available at numerous retailers, including Amazon, this book makes for a great read for just about anyone with a vest interest in their cat. Whether someone with a new kitten, adopted rescue cat, long-time cat owner, or for yourself, with its bounty of information, and many ways to strengthen the bond between cat and owner, you may just learn what makes your kitty tick.