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From the on-screen experts for BBC2's Cat Watch, and based on their groundbreaking research - this is the ultimate guide to making your cat a happier, more sociable animal.
The idea of a trained cat is a contradiction in terms, isn't it? Naturally solitary, wary, easily threatened by newcomers, they are attached to place rather than people, and much of their 'antisocial' behaviour arises in situations where that attachment is threatened. But, as cat experts Sarah Ellis and John Bradshaw argue, such stress-induced behaviour can be prevented, reduced, even eliminated, by training.
A comprehensive and engaging step-by-step guide, The Trainable Cat will help you to help your cat negotiate the complexities of everyday life: to enjoy living with humans - including new babies and lively toddlers - and other pets; to answer to their name; settle into a new home; and to overcome the anxiety of a visit to the vet. You can train your cat to do what is in its own best interests - even when its instincts tell it otherwise.
'I doubt you'll find a more well-informed or scientific book on cats that better shows you how feline thinking works' The Times
Renowned anthrozoologist Bradshaw (Cat Sense and Dog Sense) and feline behavioral specialist Ellis provide readers with a comprehensive look at what motivates cats, and explain how to train cats by understanding the way they perceive the world. Training cats, the authors assert, benefits owners and cats by making shared environments less stressful for cats and more pleasant for all. Practical training tips and explanations as to why cats behave as they do such as scratching furniture or attacking their owner's feet are provided in each chapter. Exercises include crate training a cat, ensuring tranquility in multicat or multi-animal homes, and safely clipping a cat's claws. Cat lovers will appreciate the sensible advice and in-depth explanations of feline behavior.