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How to Speak Cat: A Guide to Decoding Cat Language

(Nat Geo Kids Pet Guide)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  391 ratings  ·  96 reviews
We know cats are beautiful, secretive, and independent ... but even the most loyal cat owners are often baffled by their own pet's behavior. With veterinarian expert Dr. Gary Weitzman as guide, this fun book helps kids understand what cats are trying to communicate by their body language and behavior. So if you've ever wondered what Fluffy means when she's purring or movin ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by National Geographic Kids
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Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals, non-fiction, jf
This would be a perfect gift for that kid who just fell in love with cats. It would also work well for a new cat-owner or for one of those cat owners who don't think cats are smart/have souls/can feel love (also good for that latter group: a sound beating)

Now, Evie would laugh at this, calling it rudimentary, at best.
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And that's one of the things not really made clear: cats have personality and smarts and many come up with ways to communicate with their people, ways that may not be found in
Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.
I picked this up from Netgalley because cats. Always cats. I really didn't expect to find anything in here that I didn't already know after being a cat owner for over 2/3 of my life. I really just wanted to see pictures of adorable kitties. Well, turns out that there was a lot of interesting information in this little book! Information about cats as a species in general, but also about certain types of cats and where they come from. It was really cool to get to understand some of my own cat's ac ...more
Nemo Nemo
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Aline Alexander Newman and Gary Weitzman, D.V.M. are the authors of How to Speak Cat: A Guide to Decoding Cat Language. Click on their names to find out more about them and their publications.


How to Speak Cat: A Guide to Decoding Cat Language is appropriate for those of any age. The target audience is children and young adults.


The structure of the book guides the reader through the essentials about felines from a veterinarian perspective and includes a qui
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was reviewed by my 12 year old daughter for Mother Daughter Book Reviews.


How to Speak Cat tells you a lot of ways that you can identify the language of cats. From now on, you will be able to tell what is going on inside your cat’s head! Ever wonder why your cat is rubbing its face on your leg? Ever wonder why your cat meows at the window? Well, you’re about to figure it all out!

If I had to describe the images in this book in one word, that one word would be “Adorable”. Th
Literary Soirée

As soon as I saw the cover I knew I had to read this charming book ... and it’s by National Geographic Kids. Double winner! Given that my kitty of three years still bites when she wants attention, I hoped it would help decode her language. Happy to report that it’s done that and much much more.

In this fun and informative guide I learned why my kitty loves to climb high, what her various tail positions mean, and what she wants when she exposes her creamsicle-colored belly. I also lea
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book confirms my love for my new kitten Susan, and her love for me. You can check out Susan (aka Honey Bear, aka Lil' Hunter) on my Instagram for sweet kitty goodness. ...more
This book is basically an encyclopedia of everything cat. It talks about how your cat behaves, how to make life more enjoyable for them, and has other information too.

I thought this book was very informative. I enjoyed that the book was very kid-friendly and is easy for one to understand. Everyone can read this book and learn more about cats.

It seemed like some parts of the book where all over the place so that made it hard to read.

I received an ARC copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange fo
Kris Sellgren
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cats, reviewed
Excellent book on cats. It starts with the cat basics, then goes into detail about cat body language. The text is concise and interesting. The many cat photos add visual appeal. The authors advocate home-made toys that fall apart easily, so that the cat can “kill” its prey. They also suggest a cat treat after playing with a laser pointer, so that the cat doesn’t feel as frustrated by never catching the fascinating red dot.
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, 2019, educational, cats
I had so much fun reading this informative guide on cat behavior. It is well structured into different topics with every subtopic covering one page. It is short, entertaining, easy to understand, and – most importantly – helpful! I certainly profited from reading this guide. And the many cat pictures are super cute!

Thank you NetGalley and HarperCollins for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love cats and this book just teaches me more about cats it even includes a lot of cat breeds and there home state and country.But my favorite part was the adorable pictures and facts,the facts are very interesting.
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is very interesting, I learned a lot!
Keaton of the cats
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is awesome! I finished it and immediately started using its advice. It worked! Now my cat and I are chatting all day long. If you like cats this is the perfect book for you.
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what an hilarious way to be informative about cat behaviours! I have a cat, worked with cats and volunteer with cats and I still found some of the information in this useful. The only thing I'd say against this is that the formatting on the Kindle was really weird, and it made it difficult to read, but this isn't anything against the content of the book so I won't take a star away for that - it was really enjoyable and I think if you want a cat, have a cat or work/volunteer with cats you co ...more
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book surprised me! It was WAY more informational that I ever expected! It gave a ton of info and examples while still reminding the reader that cats are individually different. I would totally get this book for my cat living friends or my son or his class since he and his classmates love non-fiction educational books about animals! I’m sure my son would feel like an expert after reading this!
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, cats
I have owned and lived with cats for many years, so I knew most of what was included in this book, but it was still interesting to read about some of the nuances of things I was familiar with. Enjoyable.
Becky Ginther
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cute book with lots of fun facts about cats. Very colorful, many photos.
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children who enjoy reading books about cats
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May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a book I chose to read since I love cats and there is always a change going on in the world of cats. As such I was intrigued to see what had changed since I had read an actual nonfiction cat book that wasn't focused around someone's amazing pet. And what a soothing gem it was.

There are pages that are given to colored photos of cats for each section that has little thoughts being suggested by cats and instead of going for the stupid baby talk stupid animal speak that a lot of authors f
Gail C.
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very good book. Review to be posted March 15th, when it's closer to publication ...more
Jocelyn Phung
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Amazing. My cat approves.
Sharon Tyler
How To Speak Cat: A Guide to Decoding Cat Language by Aline Alexander Newman and Gary Weitzman is a children's non fiction book that is easily enjoyed by adults as well. Ever wish you could talk to your cat? Well, now you can! Master cat language in this National Geographic Kids guide to pet behaviour. It is an informative guide to the body language of cats with additional facts, games and tips, designed to entertain children as well as encourage responsible pet care. Learn why your kitty likes ...more
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
First of all, thanks to NetGalley for approving my request and sending me an eARC in exchange for a honest review.
You have to know English isn’t my first language, so feel free to correct me if I make some mistakes while writing this review.

What can I say? I've always been a cat-person.
I live in the country so I've seen my fair share of strays in my front yard looking for something to eat and some of them were actually friendly. Most of them though were scared of humans.
But I had two cats livi
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This book was a fun read. It covered most of the peculiarities of cats and I learned a few things that I didn't know. There were just a couple of things that I was curious about that the book did not cover. Why do cats knead soft blankets and hair? Why do cats like to sleep on heads? I can guess at the answer to both and I would probably be correct, but it would have been fun to read the answers in this book. The other thing not quite covered, though it is alluded to in other cat situations, is ...more
Jul 25, 2015 rated it liked it
It was a short read and fairly informative for those never having a pet cat before. Having had many cats in my lifetime, I differ a little in some of the information. An example of one point in which I disagree is cats do not like to have their bellies rubbed. Every cat I have ever owned knew that I loved them dearly and each loved to have their bellies rubbed. I think, if they trust you, they will allow you to pet them on their tummies! Of course, just my opinion! The reason I purchased the boo ...more
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"How To Speak Cat"

Not at all what I expected! Even better!
I downloaded the file right away and opened it to see what it was really about and thinking I would read it later as I had things to do but once I started reading it I couldn't put it down!
Full of info, facts, advice, games/tests... I loved the cats vs dogs... cats think : 'what's in it for me?' / dogs think : 'tell me what you want' SO TRUE! And cats are 'sleepy couch potatoes' ! Yes !

And the photos are simply amazing, beautiful!

I'm a
Alicia Bayer
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
My 21 year old read this to my 7 year old the other day and they both really had fun with it. The book is filled with great color pictures of cats and all kinds of information about why cats do the things they do, from what that slow blink means (I like you and feel safe and relaxed around you) to whether rubbing against you really means they're marking you with scent glands to say you're theirs (maybe not, it could just be that they're showing affection).

Note that there is a bit that might bot
Susan Johnston
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Princess Fuzzypants here: Who better to review a book on how to speak cat than a cat. *Grins benignly*. So it is with great pleasure that I pronounce this an adequate book on the science and art of communicating with us felines. Of course, we felines require no such books to tell us how to talk to humans. *Snorts*
As if...
The book comes from National Geographic and like the other products from that esteemed source, it is full of interesting details and knowledge. It admits early on that we of the
Melanie Dulaney
I was excited to read this book when I first saw it listed as a dARC choice on NetGalley and looked forward to reading it even more after reading the table of contents. The number of pages caused me to wonder if my 4th and 5th graders would put that much time into reading a non-fiction book, but I knew if National Geographic was publishing it, the photographs would be outstanding and might keep students engaged. Unfortunately, the advance reader copy did not translate well into digital form and ...more
Astrid Yrigollen
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a cute little book for children who want to get to know their cats a little better. I picked it up hoping to glean something, anything about cats. You see, I am a dog person and though I have raised 2 cats from the time they were abandoned when they were 3 hours old 9 years ago, I still find myself somewhat clueless about what goes on in their heads.

This book has pictures of cats in different postures and explains what they typically mean. I was surprised to find that I did understand th
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very informative book about cats.
This book covers a lot of different types of information about cat and focuses mostly on why cats do what they do.
I have a lot of cats but I have definitely learned new information from this book.

This book would be interesting to an adult or two a younger crowd. My only criticisms:
-One story in the book about how a cat survived an accidental run through the washing machine. Thank God the cat survived but I think a “don’t ever do this” would have been a smart comm
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Aline Alexander Newman is a National Geographic author of seven books. Two of her non-fiction chapter books, APE ESCAPES and ANIMAL SUPERSTARS, have won the ASJA Award for best children's book of the year. And ANIMAL SUPERSTARS was also named to Amazon's list of the "Best Books of 2013" for children ages 6 to 8. Both are also available as @RecordedBooks. HOW TO SPEAK DOG, which Aline co-authored w ...more

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