Book Review

Book review of Catify to Satisfy by Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin

Book review of Catify to Satisfy: Simple Solutions for Creating a Cat-friendly Home by Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin

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A must read for all cat guardians!

If you love cats, you may already know Jackson Galaxy from Animal Planet’s TV show, ‘My Cat from Hell‘, where he assesses the situation, and finds ways to make the cat happy (and the family happy).  Jackson Galaxy has co-authored two books with Kate Benjamin, New York Times Bestseller ‘Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You)‘ and its sequel ‘Catify to Satisfy: Simple Solutions for Creating a Cat-Friendly Home‘.

This is a book review of Catify to Satisfy. Released in November 2015, Catify to Satisfy combines Jackson’s more than 20 years of experience working with challenging cats and Kate’s expertise with cat-friendly design and DIY projects. This book is full of great practical ideas to catify your home in order to create a pleasant environment where everyone is comfortable and happy.   Jackson says in the book ‘In the end, I believe that your home will be a more harmonious one (not to mention cooler looking!). Catify to Satisfy will make even the most experienced cat guardians view their own living space with fresh eyes. Continue Reading →

Run, Spot, Run: The ethics of keeping pets

 Book review – Run, Spot, Run: The ethics of keeping pets

Run, Spot, Run: The ethics of keeping pets

Pierce warns that we won’t like what her book reveals. Copyright: WSPA

Run, Spot, Run: The ethics of keeping pets is a new book by Jessica Pierce, bioethicist at the University of Chicago.  A pet keeper, herself, Pierce makes clear that some animals should not be kept at all while we should re-evaluate and reform our approaches to keeping others, like cats and dogs, who have long lived with us.

Paul McGreevy, professor of animal behaviour and animal welfare science at the University of Sydney gives a comprehensive review of Pierce’s book.  The fresh thinking and the raising of taboo topics in Run, Spot, Run should make it required reading. It calls for wholesale changes to animal welfare.

 

Training a cat book review

Training a cat – It is a commonly held belief that, ‘You can’t train a cat!’ Dr Kersti Seksel does not agree.

Training a cat book Sadly too many kittens and cats are surrendered and then euthanased at the pound due to behavioural reasons.   Training a cat to have good manners and prevent behavioural problems is critical to living happily together with our pet for up to around 20 years.

Dr Kersti Seksel is a veterinary surgeon specialising in animal behaviour at Sydney Animal Behaviour Service (SABS).  Dr Kersti is the author ‘Training Your Cat‘, a book she wrote in 2001, and it remains an excellent resource for all cat owners today.  It is a delightful book that shows you how you can get your cat to come when called, sit when asked, walk safely on a lead or harness, stop scratching or biting, toilet in the right place and refrain from wanton attacks on your furniture – and much more.  Dr Kersti’s methods are fun, using rewards based methods not physical punishment.

I have learned a lot from reading this comprehensive publication, it’s covers much more than how to train your cat.  It’s full of information from how to pick the right cat for you to to moving house with your cat.  The training tips are applicable to both kittens and cats.  Topics covered:

  • How to pick the right cat for you
  • Raising good cats
  • Socialisation with other household members
  • Desexing
  • Vaccination
  • Worming
  • Development periods of cats
  • Feline behaviour
  • How cats learn
  • Training including using the litter tray
  • Elimination problems
  • Feline aggression
  • Managing instinctual behaviour
  • Moving house with your cat

Dr Kersti says that we do need to select the right pet in the first place, one that suits us and our lifestyle.  We need to spend much more time deciding whether we really should be pet parents and then have realistic expectations of our pets: cats are not small dogs and they are not maintenance free!  Then we need to start training this pet with good manners the moment we bring it into our family if we are to live in harmony for many years to come.

A final thought about training a cat – Prevention is better than cure, so we need to start young animals off on the right paw!

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Cathy Beer
Founder, Pets4Life