Book review: Good Cat! Practical Answers to Behavior Questions by Steve Dale

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Steve Dale is one of the most dedicated champions of cats, cat health and cat behavior you’ll ever encounter. He is one of the co-founders of the CATalyst Council, a member of the board of directors of the Winn Feline Foundation, the American Humane Association, and the Tree House Humane Society, a cat shelter in Chicago. This pet expert, writer, radio and tv personality and cat lover extraordinaire is passionate about cats’ health and happiness.

In his new e-book Good Cat! Practical Answers to Behavior Questions, Steve answers common and not so common feline behavior questions. Steve is frequently quoted as saying “Cats are the Rodney Dangerfield of pets; they get no respect,” and sadly, this is true. Cats are more often given up to shelters than dogs, are less often adopted, and more are euthanized.

Much of this is due to the misconception that cats can’t be trained, and that they are often misunderstood. In Good Cat!, Steve dispels these mistaken beliefs, and offers answers and solutions. With input from some of the premiere feline behavior experts in the US such as Pam Johnson-Bennett to Marilyn Krieger, the book covers topics ranging from training your kitten, play therapy, fearful cats and fighting cats to scratching behavior, litter box problems and feline compulsions.

Presented in an engaging Q&A format, this book reads like a conversation with someone who’s as crazy about cats as you are, only he knows a lot more about them than you do. Steve offers solid advice every cat guardian can use. He emphasizes that training doesn’t just address behavior issues, but also intensifies the bond between cat and human. “It seems that when dogs have behavior problems, their owners are more willing to go the extra mile  to help their pets before giving them up,” says Steve. “Cats would benefit from similar training.” One way in which training benefits both cat and human is that, according to Steve, “odds are that your cat is a better teacher than you. It seems all cats are more adept at training us than the other way around.”

I particularly enjoyed the section on play therapy titled “Let’s Party! Play is Every Cat’s Passion.” I’m constantly amazed how few cat owners are aware of cats’ need for play. “All cats are hard-wired with a prey drive,” says Steve, “and without an outlet to ‘hunt’, they may direct their pent-up energy or frustration at your legs. They may snack on your fingers, pull at your hair, or attack those costly velvet drapes in the livingroom.” Steve provides many suggestions on how to exercise your cat’s hunting muscle.

The book ends with a section featuring some more offbeat topics, ranging from a kleptomaniac cat to a herding cat, and my favorite, the cat with “Bieber fever.” You’ll just have to read the book to find out what that’s all about.

Educating cat guardians and potential cat adopters about cats’ needs is crucial to reducing the number of cats in shelters, and this book does just that. It belongs in very cat guardian’s resource library. The book is availabe for download for Kindle, Nook and iPad for $2.99.

For more information about Steve Dale, please visit Steve Dale’s Pet World.

This e-book was sent to me by the publisher.

7 Comments on Book review: Good Cat! Practical Answers to Behavior Questions by Steve Dale

  1. Ann Marie Glaviano
    January 18, 2012 at 11:22 pm (9 years ago)

    Would you believe Steve, my son Vincent’s middle name is Angelo, after a white stray cat that was picked up off California Ave, near the Stevenson Xpressway when I was single….and that cat lived to be near 27 give or take the vet’s estimate? I truly believe stray cats that find YOU are really there to be a most positive energy in your life….is that a cat ion? a positively charged ion

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  2. Pam
    January 13, 2012 at 4:42 pm (9 years ago)

    Count me in, too, as someone who’d like another format option! A plain ol’ e-book download would be ok with me, but I don’t have an e-reader 🙁

    It looks like such a great resource!

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  3. Julia Williams
    January 13, 2012 at 2:59 pm (9 years ago)

    Good review and it sounds like a nice book; unfortunately I do not have an e-book reader yet. I’m too fond of paper, I guess.

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    • Ingrid
      January 13, 2012 at 3:24 pm (9 years ago)

      Julia, I don’t have an e-reader yet, either. The publisher mailed me a print-out of this book.

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  4. Vickster
    January 13, 2012 at 11:55 am (9 years ago)

    Any chance that this excellent-sounding book will be available as a real book for those cat lovers who are behind the times?

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    • Ingrid
      January 13, 2012 at 3:23 pm (9 years ago)

      I’m trying to find out from the publisher whether there are any plans to offer this as a real book. I’ll let you know!

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