Book Review: The Trainable Cat by John Bradshaw & Sarah Ellis

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Five Paw rating!

I had the pleasure of reading an advance copy of this exciting book sent to me by one of the authors.  I have been teaching people about training cats for a number of years but have struggled to find good resources that my clients could use for more information.  This book completely fills that gap!  It is detailed enough that behavior professionals can learn more while being easy to read so that the general cat-owning public won’t be overwhelmed.

Sarah and John include important information on the domestication and ethology of our companion cats, what those cats need and why it is important for us to provide for those needs if we want to have a harmonious relationship with our cats.  The book has photos and text boxes that reinforce important information and provide visual references for the training exercises.  There are detailed guides for carrier training, cat-cat introductions, harness training, and environmental enrichment. This is an excellent resource for all cat owners, whether or not they think they are interested in the training component of the book.  

About the Author

Jacqueline Munera is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and does cat and dog behavior and training consultations through her business Positive Cattitudes. She is especially interested in promoting positive attitudes about cats and is passionate about using operant conditioning techniques to improve the lives of cats everywhere. Jacqueline also presents nationally and internationally on a variety of cat and dog training and behavior topics. You can see some of her training videos, including Ankle Attack, the winner of the 2007 Karen Pryor Canis Film Festivals feline division and Cat Burger-lar, a finalist in the 2009 film festival, on her YouTube channel