How to Talk to Your Cat Hardcover – Apr 4 1993
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
If you have a Siamese cat, this might be interesting, but only one chapter applies to the title claim of "how to talk to your cat," and I suspect Siamese must speak a... Read morePublished on Dec 5 2003 by Mariane Matera
This book is as insightful as it is entertaining. I have always talked to my cats and now I have a better understanding of what they are hearing as well as what they are saying to... Read morePublished on Dec 26 2001 by DaZinner
Patricia Moyes has a great writing style. Witty, clever and very funny. I find myself nodding in agreement and laughing when she describes cat behavior. Read morePublished on Sept. 1 2001