What Is My Cat Thinking?
Understand why your cat behaves the way it does so you can respond to their changing needs - Detailed descriptions of all aspects of behaviour, from scratching furniture to rubbing against people's legs - Specially commissioned colour photography - Question and answer tip boxes - Written by leading animal behaviourist for The Blue Cross

What Is My Cat Thinking? Details

TitleWhat Is My Cat Thinking?
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 15th, 2002
PublisherHamlyn
ISBN-139780600604228
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Animals, Cats, Reference, Science

What Is My Cat Thinking? Review

  • Jimmy
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a cat person. This was an excellent book on cat behavior. My one gripe: I wish Ms. Bailey took some time to explain how much damage cats in the wild can do. Then explain how to raise your kitty to stay indoors. I did that with mine, and she's very happy. Cats do enormous environmental damage to wildlife. Something must be done about it.
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  • Marijan
    January 1, 1970
    Mačke. gotta love them.
  • Lisa Susan
    January 1, 1970
    An excellent book for cat owners new and old! I've owned cats for most of my life, thinking I knew just about all there is to know about them, but I learned quite a bit more from this book. I didn't know that cats have a sense of smell 10 times stronger than humans, that kittens are born with their claws extended, that cats don't start to purr until they're a week old, and why cats are able to lie on very hot surfaces without it seeming to bother them. That's just a few new things I learned.
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  • Sarah Rigg
    January 1, 1970
    This is a short book, only about 100 pages, with lots of illustrations, so it was easy to read in one day. Negatives: the book could have been more carefully edited. I found a period in the middle of a sentence, and a grammatical error that was repeated a couple of times. The positives: I liked all the photos of cats in different poses and the explanation of what the pose (or ear and tail movements) were likely to signify: friendship, aggression, fear, etc. I think it'd be a good book for anyone This is a short book, only about 100 pages, with lots of illustrations, so it was easy to read in one day. Negatives: the book could have been more carefully edited. I found a period in the middle of a sentence, and a grammatical error that was repeated a couple of times. The positives: I liked all the photos of cats in different poses and the explanation of what the pose (or ear and tail movements) were likely to signify: friendship, aggression, fear, etc. I think it'd be a good book for anyone who is thinking of getting a cat, anyone who has a cat with behavior problems or anyone who wants to introduce a new cat to an existing cat already established in the home. It's written by a woman who is head of the humane society in the UK, and she seems to really know her animal behavior science.
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  • Lee Yahnker
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a cat person and know cat behavior well. However, there were a few facts I gleaned from this book. The frustrating thing to me was every idea pitched by the author was retold over and over on the next 6 pages.
  • Elusive
    January 1, 1970
    'What Is My Cat Thinking?' provided useful information on cats with explanations on why they behave in certain ways, their body language, their reactions to people and so forth. These were accompanied by pictures of various cats that were not only helpful but also adorable.
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  • Tanja
    January 1, 1970
    An interesting book that explains why cats rub themselves all over you or why they sit on people who don't like cats. Many color photographs give a good idea as to cats' body language and behavior.
  • Warren Rochelle
    January 1, 1970
    For the ailurophile.
  • Jenni Calvert
    January 1, 1970
    Not entirely up-to-date, and I would have liked more detail on things like body language, but good basic information and clear, helpful pictures.
  • RedGhost
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't like it, but I don't think it's bad book, so that's why 2 stars. It's ok, just didn't resonate with me. Easy read - yes, lots of pictures - yes, but for me it just didn't have enough substance. I wanted this book to be some sort of help to understand cat's body language, and it didn't deliver that. Although it's ok book.It was my second book on cats (first one was Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat—Not a Sour Puss which covered all I needed to now how to make a nice home I didn't like it, but I don't think it's bad book, so that's why 2 stars. It's ok, just didn't resonate with me. Easy read - yes, lots of pictures - yes, but for me it just didn't have enough substance. I wanted this book to be some sort of help to understand cat's body language, and it didn't deliver that. Although it's ok book.It was my second book on cats (first one was Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat—Not a Sour Puss which covered all I needed to now how to make a nice home for them, I highly recommend it, but it could be that it set up really high standards), immediately after getting cats for the first time in my life.I didn't feel I got much help from this book about detecting what their postures or behaviors could mean. Book where from I got my aha-moments about that feeling what they're trying to say to me was with The Way of Cats: How to use their instincts to train, understand, and love them even though it doesn't have pictures for posture like this one, I feel like it was much more useful to me and I've managed to grasp more.Maybe I've read this book too soon, when I couldn't notice the nuances in posture neither on the pictures in the book nor on cats at my home. Or too fast so things didn't have time to settle in.
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    This book is such a quick and easy read - it's only about 100 pages, and most of the pages are full of cute cat pictures with boxes of tidbits and information on cats and their behavior. Some of the information was typical, but there were quite a few things that were new to me. Such as I had no idea cats do not like to be stared at, and you should blink and break eye-contact with them if you find yourself in a staring match with them. They feel safer that way. Who knew? This book was nice becaus This book is such a quick and easy read - it's only about 100 pages, and most of the pages are full of cute cat pictures with boxes of tidbits and information on cats and their behavior. Some of the information was typical, but there were quite a few things that were new to me. Such as I had no idea cats do not like to be stared at, and you should blink and break eye-contact with them if you find yourself in a staring match with them. They feel safer that way. Who knew? This book was nice because it was laid out well and there were pictures of cats in certain movements or behaviors and the information on that page matched exactly what was going on in the picture, so it was easy to place it. Without the pictures, I'd be pretty lost because I wouldn't be able to tell the difference of ears or posture. I'm sure there are more informative books out there on cats, but this one is quick and to the point, and it covers a lot of the basics. Also, because of it's length and the pictures, it is easy to read again, or open at any time in case there are items you've forgotten. A couple times I did think the information was being repeated, but besides that I had fun reading this. I recommend it, if it is a quick learning book you are searching for.
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  • Lacey Louwagie
    January 1, 1970
    I found this book under an end table while I was packing and got "sucked in." I like that the book focuses on body language and includes copious images to illustrate. Although the author's intent is not to "anthropomorphize" cats, to that end she takes a tone that sort of conveys cats as emotionless or wholly driven by instinct. Her approach, which I've encountered before and don't particularly like, is something along the lines of, "A cat sits on your lap because your lap is the most comfy plac I found this book under an end table while I was packing and got "sucked in." I like that the book focuses on body language and includes copious images to illustrate. Although the author's intent is not to "anthropomorphize" cats, to that end she takes a tone that sort of conveys cats as emotionless or wholly driven by instinct. Her approach, which I've encountered before and don't particularly like, is something along the lines of, "A cat sits on your lap because your lap is the most comfy place, not because she likes you," and "Your cat is more attached to her 'territory' than you, and probably wouldn't care if someone else moved in as long as the territory stayed the same." Ouch!At the same time, all the sections have little titles like, "I don't like this," or "She seems nice," that sort of go against the author's no-anthropomorphizing intent. It also gets a little repetitive, as if the editor just shrugged off redundancy. Still, it's a decent primer, and I like the level of detail she gives to cats' "scent-marking" behaviors in particular (rubbing against humans, objects, etc.)
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  • Robyn
    January 1, 1970
    I really like that this book has much more to offer than just information in plain ol' print. The entire book includes full color photographs on each and every page to better explain and show different situations to help you learn just what your cat is thinking. However, the writing in this book is mediocre at best and fairly tedious to get through without skimming paragraphs. The same information in this book can be found in The Cat's Mind and Is My Cat Crazy, both of which I recommend more hig I really like that this book has much more to offer than just information in plain ol' print. The entire book includes full color photographs on each and every page to better explain and show different situations to help you learn just what your cat is thinking. However, the writing in this book is mediocre at best and fairly tedious to get through without skimming paragraphs. The same information in this book can be found in The Cat's Mind and Is My Cat Crazy, both of which I recommend more highly, as they're both written in a wonderfully engaging manner and offer much more practical information.
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  • Fredtrumpet
    January 1, 1970
    Similar in style and content to Jean Craighead George's book, this one has very detailed and varied pictures showing cats in all different poses of feeling and behavior. The text mostly described each picture, so while the book didn't have many new ideas for me, it was useful because it showed exactly what each cat emotion looks like -at least in the author's opinion.
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  • Allan
    January 1, 1970
    Got this for our two cats since one thinks and the other doesn't. I thought it might average out somehow, but was wrong again, naturally. With cats, one is always wrong, I find.Gwen Bailey has written a useful book for cat owners. Lots of pictures, lots of situations, and lots of interpretations of cat behavior come in handy at any stage of ownership. Nice book.
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  • Laura Cushing
    January 1, 1970
    A bright, photograph rich book of information on understanding your cat. A lot of it was obviously to me as an experienced cat owner, but it would be perfect for someone who is getting their first feline. I did learn some new things, and very much enjoyed the photographs of cats throughout the book.
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  • Marianne Partanen
    January 1, 1970
    After reading that book I should know what are my cats thinking, but it is still a mystery for me. Or my cats are weirdos...:) A basic guide to understanding cats's motions and behaviour. It's easy to read.
  • Sandra Meros
    January 1, 1970
    I have 4 cats. I love interacting with them. Some of the information in this books is obvious. Other information, such as, making eye contact is considered an act of aggression by a cat, was new to me. Overall, I enjoyed this book. I understand my cats behavior a little better.
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  • Al Maki
    January 1, 1970
    Whenever we reach down and stroke our cats' backs, they stretch up to the hand and then walk away, then they circle back. It seems so counterproductive. This book finally explained what they're doing. That and much more.
  • Melody
    January 1, 1970
    There are some lovely photographs here, but no real new information. I like the format enough that I'd recommend it for an elementary or middle school library, but if you are looking for fresh insights into your own cat's behaviour, look to Desmond Morris instead.
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  • Andria
    January 1, 1970
    Very good beginning explanation on the secrets of feline behavior. Great picture to text match of the meanings of each behavioral expression.
  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    Not as good as the author's dog book. Too much repetitive information.
  • ❄️ Propertea Of Frostea ❄️ Bitter SnoBerry ❄
    January 1, 1970
    This is book is helpful for anyone who has a new cat. The older and experienced owners don't need the book...but I was good :)
  • Veronica
    January 1, 1970
    I loved it! Most I already knew, but it was good to read some unfamiliar things. I love my kitties :)
  • Nichole Enos
    January 1, 1970
    It was a good book. I knew almost all the information already that it provided, but still liked it.
  • Daniella
    January 1, 1970
    A very quick read. Interesting facts about cats.
  • Maxim
    January 1, 1970
    Cats have intense and subtle emotions! And if you're not careful they get neurotic!
  • Noelle Walsh
    January 1, 1970
    An excellent book for cat owners! It is a great book to read in order to understand a cat's behaviour a little better, even if we may never completely understand them.
  • Di
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this book. I had no idea that direct eye contact was considered threatening and aggressive to cats, so it taught me how to best interact with my roomie's cat!
  • Rivkah
    January 1, 1970
    I thought it was slightly informative, but states a bit of the obvious and doesn't go very indpth.
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