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How to Talk to Your Cat [Hardcover]

Patricia Moyes
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April 4 1993
Entertaining and informative guide for the cat-lover packed with charming anecdotes and home-spun advice, cat-calls and a vocabulary of gestures. B&W drawings throughout. 128 pages.

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How to Talk to Your Cat won't necessarily transform you into a fluent speaker of kitty lingo--but it will provide a blueprint for interpreting those chirruping mews, silent miaows, and deep throated demonic growls. Of course there is nothing scientific here, but furry fun is guaranteed along the way. A strong emphasis is placed on listening and talking to your cat, (hopefully your neighbors won't think you're too strange). Recognizing your kitty's needs and wants through her sounds will ultimately strengthen the bonds between cat and human, so try not to feel too self-conscious! Cat talk is far more complex than just vocalization; non-verbal cat communication is also explored in depth, and the classic postures (sad, happy, anxious, nervous) are exemplified with pencil drawings. Anecdotes and oodles of kitty tidbits and trivia make this a charming read for cat fanatics and prospective Dr. Dolittles! --Naomi Gesinger

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This book has very little content pertaining to how to talk to your cat. When I first picked the book up, I flipped to the middle, which happened to be the "good" part, so I gave it a try. The beginning contained some "historical" information, which I found sketchy considering the author had no credentials or references. The argument that this woman gave for how cats became domesticated wasn't convincing. Regardless, there was a decent section in the middle about picking a cat (if you got past her feelings about purebreds), communicating with your cat, and what the different "miaows" and body language mean that I found interesting and useful. Otherwise, the book is filled with stories of her Siamese cats and their world travels, unlikely circumstances involving the one cat being lost for 2 weeks, and many, many opinions. The author seemed haughty most of the time and was very opinionated. Overall, I'd guess this author had money and thought it would be fun to write a book about her cats.
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I bought this title along with several others in earnest, seeking to better my relationship with my cat, & then honestly could not wait to finish the book...
There was a small handful of nuggets of helpful information, mostly concerning a cats' body language & basic needs, that was useful. The most important concept I came away with is the advice to speak to your cat intelligently, & to treat him as a sentient being who bears personhood & with respect. I agree with the author that this is crucial. Even if your cat does not fully pick up on all of your complex human vocabulary, as Ms. Moyes elaborately fantasizes that hers do - your cat *will* pick up on your intent, the tone of your feelings towards him, & the spirit in which you speak to him. Her method of developing a call signal to find a lost cat is also of practical value. If you come away with these points, you've got the basics.
That said...
This author's narcissistic "snitty british" arrogant writing tone propelled by almost purely emotional reasoning drove me up a wall........ The author struck me as overly self-involved & almost completely lost in her own personal fantasies about what is going on with her cats to the point of living in a dream world, made for one. After page 20 this slowly became nauseating, & a stifling urge to scream settled in & stayed.
In this book, the author haughtily purports herself to be everyone's Conscience concerning their pet. She makes striking statements that anyone who would ever opt to declaw a cat - or to solely house them indoors - is better off not having one at all. Apparently, this individual would rather see stray animals piled up dead on the floors of kill shelters, than to be adopted to live by apartment pet regulations concerning declawing, or kept safely indoors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Useful July 3 2004
How To Talk To Your Cat is divided into ten sections, each devoted to a different aspect of cat care and communication.
I immensley enjoy Patricia Moyes's style of writing; her tone is both professional, yet she also has a good sense of humor. This makes the book fun to read, while also providing helpful information.
A lot of the verbal communication that she mentions (including the silent miaow, the "welcome home!" chirp, etc.) I could smile and nod my head at, knowing that my cats do the exact same thing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great way to start to learn about your cat June 22 2002
By A Customer
I enjoyed the author's down to earth style of explaining the importance of respecting your cat as a true family member. It opened my eyes up to a cat's reliance on their owners and how important it is to communicate with them. Cats has instints and preceptions beyond our own and this book brought to light and will help you understand more about your cat's behavior. A quick read and informative especially to siamese owners. MEOW!
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to talk to your Cat June 24 2000
By Tara
This is a great book! It covers just about all you need to know about Cats! (espeacially siamese)It starts off with history and gives you care tips and tips on how to pick a kitten,and travel tips,and the author tells alot of her experiences with her two cats,Belinda & Spot.
highly recommended!
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