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Outwitting Cats: Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Persuading the Felines in Your Life That What You Want is Also What They Want [Paperback]

Wendy Christensen
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  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: The Lyons Press (1 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592282407
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592282401
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 424,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While cat owners love their purring, fuzzy friends, cats can have another, rather unpleasant, side. Some cats spray; defecate and urinate on carpets, in corners, in shoes, on visitors' leather jackets; shred upholstery; chomp houseplants; ambush guests; caterwaul at all hours; and scratch and bite children, sometimes causing serious injuries and infections. Sceptics will claim that it's impossible to train a cat. Happily, Wendy Christensen knows they're wrong. True, cats are intelligent, adaptable, patient, independent, stubborn, observant, and extremely quick learners. But they're also remarkably self-interested and quick to exploit a good deal. Outwitting a cat means persuading the cat that what you want is also what he wants. Whatever your immediate, urgent specific cat problem - aggression, bullying, clinginess and refusal to eat - you'll find answers here. Wendy Christensen can tell you what works - and what doesn't. What to do right away - and what never to do. She'll share tips and cat-and-owner-tested secrets to reversing, redirecting, and solving - for good - even the thorniest behaviour problems.

And she'll tell you how to head off future problems, simply by understanding how your cat thinks.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 11 April 2013
By Paul
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Obviously written by someone who has spent a lot of time watching cats, which I seem to do as well, would love to know what goes on in their little heads.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  13 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book - not accurate title 20 Oct 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is interesting and easy to read, and I definitely learned from it, despite the fact that I'm no beginner with cats.
It provides a good basics, from a history of the domestic cat, to an overview of a cats body structure, to tips on making your house more "cat friendly." I was just a bit dissapointed in the "outwitting" suggestions though.
Although there are a few ideas that I may try, many were either obvious (to outwit a cat who eats magazines, put the magazines in a drawer), gross (to outwit a cat who eats off your plate, just let them have a few bites and they'll lose interest) or impractical (to outwit a cat jumping on furniture that you don't want them to, set up motion-activated audio recordings of you yelling.)
I would still recommend this book to anyone with an interest in learning about cat behavior and/or looking for ideas on improving their cat household. It's one of the best overall cat books I've read, but the title is just a little bit misleading.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, and very helpful. 15 Dec 2005
By Megan Romer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a wonderful and practical book about feline behavior and why your cat is the way it is. It lays it out straight to those of us who couldn't figure out why our cat would never listen when told "No!" and never come when she is called. They're cats, not dogs, not babies... they are independent-minded and headstrong and no amount of punishing, bribing or begging will get the cat to do exactly what you say.

The book is full of practical information about how to deal with "naughtiness", how to read your cat's body and vocal language, and how to be a better cat parent. It's also decidedly funny and even tongue-in-cheek at times ("Mewphy's Law #11: If you pester a cat long enough, you will get scratched. Mewphy's Law #12: You will deserve it.") It's packed with information about the history of cats and the physiology of cats, but the really pertinent information is the psychology and behavioral aspects of cats, something that most cat-care books don't give a lot of information on.

This book is really excellent, particularly if you're new to owning cats (as I am) and need a little bit of guidance in figuring out their personality.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally found "the" book! 18 May 2006
By citywulf - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been looking for the cat complement to Dr. Fogel's wonderful "The Dog's Mind" ("The Cat's Mind" isn't it!). This book fits the bill. For someone who knows virtually nothing about cats and did not intend to have one, the introduction to the physical and mental nature of felines is indespensible. The behaviors covered are exactly what is needed as well. The author is obviously a "cat person" and gets a little biased, but the info is still solid. And it is so well-written that I had a hard time putting it down!

Whether or not you agree with the title ("Outwitting" is a series, BTW, and authors had to kinda retrofit their writing to fit the theme - Outwitting Dogs is another excellent entry in the series), this book holds nothing but useful information.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Itt's ok 3 Aug 2009
By Monica Riley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book would be extemely valuable for a first-time cat owner. As somone who has had cats around off an on for years, I did not learn anything new. However, even though the particular problems I was looking for weren't there, still it is pleasantly written and fun to read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Success 24 Dec 2008
By Deborah K. Mctighe - Published on Amazon.com
I was having a serious spraying and urinating out of the litter box with my cats (I have three). Well I followed the advice of the book and in seven weeks have had only one accident. One of the cats was aggressive and hoarding the litterbox resources causing the other one to go to the bathroom wherever he could. I recommend this book for anyone who has problems with their cats. It shows that you don't have to get rid of the cat and that all problems are solvable with the right diagnosis of the root cause of the undesirable behavior. I have since gotten four more copies and am giving it to anyone who is experiencing problems.
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