How to Get Your Cat to Do What You Want

Warren Eckstein, Author, Fay Eckstein, With Villard Books $18 (263p) ISBN 978-0-394-57907-8
Crazy about cats? Fine. But even consummate cat lovers may have trouble with a book that makes suggestions like ``Experiment with calling the little furball on the phone and leaving a message on the answering machine. Some cats love to hear your voice and know Mommy or Daddy is talking to them. . . . '' and probes the issue ``Can Kitty have a midlife crisis?'' (Yes, Kitty can. The authors recommend surprising her with a new litter box or taking her on a picnic to ease her through the trauma.) Writing in collaboration with his wife, Eckstein, a pet psychologist who has ministered to pets of the stars, chides owners insensitive enough to amuse themselves with jokes at their pets' expense; discusses how to shore up a cat's self-image; and addresses the dilemma of the forlorn ``latchkey kitty.'' The Ecksteins also offer useful information on litter training, on convincing cats to stop scratching furniture, on teaching them to walk on a leash and even to ``sit'' or ``stay.'' But the cumulative impression the Ecksteins leave is that cat owners should devote nearly all their waking hours to the improvement of their pet's life. The volume merits a warning label: for fanatics only. (June)
Reviewed on: 06/05/1990
Release date: 06/01/1990
Mass Market Paperbound - 10 pages - 978-0-449-21935-5
Hardcover - 978-0-517-10690-7
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-394-58593-2
Open Ebook - 151 pages - 978-0-307-82958-0
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