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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 Original edition (Oct. 13 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312565283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312565282
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1.7 x 20.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #436,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since the beginning of time, cats have convinced the world that they are untrainable so they can do whatever they want…but those days are over! Gregory Popovich is a professional cat trainer who's trained cats to perform amazing circus-style tricks for television and stage, and he's about to reveal his most closely guarded secrets so cat lovers everywhere can put an end to the most common problems:

    Stop bad litter box habits End early-morning howling Banish your cat from tabletops and countertops Prevent begging before mealtime
    Put an end to destructive clawing
    Make peace between rival cats

And so much more, including how to become an expert cat trainer at home and teach your cat to perform Gregory's favorite tricks, like jumping through a hoop or perching on your shoulders. This fun-to-read book also provides wonderful insights into the mysterious, complex feline mind, explaining why cats do the things they do so we can better understand them and enjoy a closer, more meaningful friendship.

About the Author

Gregory Popovich and his performing cats have appeared on The Tonight Show, Late Night With David Letterman, Craig Ferguson, America's Got Talent, Pen and Teller, Animal Planet and more. He has also trained cats for Saturday Night Live and pet food commercials, and has been written up in Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker and People Magazine.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Davies on Jan. 5 2010
Format: Paperback
Just when you thought it wasn't possible, then this book comes along! We saw a TV clip about a man who trained cats and has a show in Vegas. Well, we had to get the book just out of curiousity alone. But, the things we saw him do in his show with his furry friends - it was amazing! The book looks to be very interesting and I hightly recommend it to any cat lover, or animal lover!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ColNap on Oct. 17 2012
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The book arrived in Brand NEW condition and quite quickly.The book itself has a writing style that is easy-going and informative. The author has a way of including important facts about how to take care of and train your cat in a very casual writing style.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
False Advertising? Oct. 15 2009
By D. Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The author of this book has an act with cats performing tricks, and the title of the book is You Can Train Your Cat.

The problem? There are only two pages of ideas for some simple cat tricks; the rest of the book is some mildly interesting information about his life, and how to get your cats to use the litter box, nutrition, introducing new cats to your house, etc. In other words, another book about cat care.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Lovely and informative book Aug. 2 2011
By E. Volkova - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is not so much about making your kitty a stage performer, but more about taking care of the cat, bonding with it. The reading is entertaning and dynamic. I think, it's very useful to read with the kids or to give to the older kids to read before bringing a cat home.
The only statement in the book that rubs me the wrong way is that Gregory states that he is the first creator of cat theater and the first cat trainer in the world. That what he does has never been done before. Which is simply not true. I saw his show in Las Vegas and bought his DVDs. I think he is wonderful. However, he follows in the footsteps of another great cat trainer, Yuri Kuklachev, who started his cat act about 20 years before Popovich and had about 120 cats perform on stage whereas Gregory has 16 cats.
Other then that, great, funny and very useful book. Loved it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I CONSIDER HIM A WORLD EXPERT ON CAT TRAINGING. Dec 11 2012
By Lilli Winston - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Like many people I did not hear about the book author untill I went to see the show. My little one was extatic to hear that there I got a tickets to a cat show and she thought it will be a "cat show".. and when I told her it is going to be actual acting and real theather she went gaga.
I saw few cat performances and so did she before seeing Popovich's act.
We have been to many cat shows that had some cat food companies organized gigs with cats, then we also cought a show at Key West with the crazy cat guy at the Sunset pier. I used to think of them as really great performances as I know how difficult is to make a cat to do anything, let alone do it in public with people cheering and all the comotions..

When I saw the Popovich show I was totally mesmerized. So many cats, and cats performing so many fantastic acting just like actors in theather, working in groups, rescuing animals from fake fire building - hilarious acting between cats and dogs, riding in the train with conductor animal.. all acrobatics and all beautifully staged production in real theather on real stage where animals were real actors..

I was amazed and I knew I wanted to know what Mr. Popovich has to say about cat training. I consider any other source inferior to someone who actually can do animals and cats to do what he can do. I also understand that nobody can have better credentials to do so not only because his own lustrious achievement and daily performances but also becuase he cames from generations of cat trainers. He simply must know something that he is doing impossible.

What I also loved is that the cats did not appeared stressed, starved like those in Key West, and did not appear doing things out of fear of punishment and were NOT forced to do their acts. They seemed trully enjoy the acting and they felt like pro having fun doing it.

The cats definitely seemed happy, well fed and well loved and taken care of.
Considering the fact that those were all animals adopted from local last chance animal shelters I would say that this is very admirable act to help those animals who were otherwise sentenced to die.

All kitties were really happy looking fellows and you wanted to cuddle all of them. They appeared to have great sense of manners and their surroundings at all times. It is amazing how far Mr. Popovich could make a cat to appear to understand and coopearate as another human being. He treats them as humans and you can see the mutual love as they clearly love him back.

I recommend this book because no human lives forever and this incredible guy is sharing his and his ancestors secrets of training the most intrainable animal of all so my take is that it is a great opportunity to learn something from a genius in the field. I did read many books on cat training before but knowing that those other expert can not come anywhere near close with Popovitch experience brings his words to different level.
I simply consider him experienced professional who writes from first hand experience in the extremaly challenging situations, therefore he clearly knows what he is talking about.

The book contains tons of useful and very simple and straight forward no nonsense and no fluff information. It is no accident that there is lots of information on a proper cat care and proper animal setting as this is a key for any further animal cooperation with human. If the basic needs are not need or overlooked, then animal just like human won't cooperate in feeling your needs for tricks. Also all those advices that are included will help you to make sure that you treat your cat as cat should be treated with all needs being meet as there are lots of different schools and ideas of what is right and wrong comes to cat everyday care and this book sets them apart and shows you the right way.

We got this book a short while ago and we are just starting with training and all works just as described. It is amazing how easy it is when you know what you are doing and when you do it right.

Thank you for sharing the family secrets Mr. Popovich! Show was wayyyyyy cool!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful insight into the feline mind Oct. 27 2009
By Sidney's mom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have a much better understanding of my cats after reading this book. The author talks a lot about how to establish good behavior from the start since cats are creatures of habit, and how to correct bad behavior by not giving into it. I definitely picked up some useful hints and tips from this book. There's also a truly excellent picture of a cat eating a hot dog in this book. It's pretty amazing and worth buying the book just to see this crazy picture.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful tips and more on cat psychology June 18 2013
By Khrystsina - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I decided to buy the book because I went to Gregory Popovich's show on Long Island. The way he trained his cats really impressed me, so I wanted to find out what his secrets are. The book concentrates on cat psychology most of all. It is not boring, and you can read it very quickly. Unlike other books about cats that I read that were filled with terminology, this book is very simple and easy to read. In fact, Popovich uses his own stories to demonstrate how cats should be treated. The book helped me to understand some interesting aspects of cat psychology that I am using on my cats now. For example, I had no clue that some cats (like mine) refuse to eat canned food unless it is a certain temperature. Gosh, I thought he was just spoiled (which he is :)! So now 12 seconds in the microwave, and my kitty eats his canned food without issues!

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