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I Love Happy Cats: Guide for a Happy Cat

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  154 ratings  ·  47 reviews
People have been under the spell of the mysterious and elegant nature of the cat for thousands of years. They are one of our oldest animal companions and have been much-loved family members in households around the globe for generations. But have you ever felt that despite your good intentions and love, there are some things about your cat you don't quite understand? Do yo ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 28th 2019 by Schiffer Publishing
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Literary Soirée
As a cat Mom for decades, I HAD to read this fab book by a feline behavioral specialist who’s done hundreds of consultations with pet owners. So glad I did because I learned tons about my kitty Gracie, my only furry companion to ever bite me.

FELINE 411
What I found, per the author, is that Grace is “confident but unsocialized.” I also learned through helpful text and adorable art and photos, how to better understand and meet her needs for safety, attention and contentment.

RICH WITH TIPS
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Maya
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a fun read and since I'm a huge cat lover myself I faund this book quite informative. The author got a lot of things right, like their instincts and their body language but some explanations about why the cat does what she does were a miss for me. I've always owned multiple cats since my childhood and by now I know that sometimes the approach shown in this book is not the best way to go at the problem. Sometimes you just have t
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Sarah
There's a lot of good stuff here, especially about cat body language and how to best communicate with your cat, and how the way humans often want to communicate is not received the same way by cats. There's also quite a bit that's not new at all if you have followed Jackson Galaxy, so didn't interest me much, but might be great for readers that are looking for cat behavior 101. Lastly, there is some information in here that contradicted what I've heard from other experts, or didn't make a lot of ...more
Ivy
I received an ARC copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a very informative book on how to make life less stressful for your cat that is written by a feline behavioral specialist.

It talks about how to set up the litter box and other things. It also introduces a rule that you can use for the number of cats in your home plus the number of items that you should have.

I like that the book was very informative about the behaviors that cats have. My family and I hav
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Casey Wheeler
This book is obviously about cats. If you have owned cats or own cats there is not much new in this book other than the author's very over to top recommendations on how to make your cat a happy cat. Basically, you will need to quit your job and devote yourself totally to your cat. The one redeeming virtue to this book is that it is very short and a quick read.

While I cannot personally recommend this book to anyone who owns or is thinking of owning a cat, some may find it of interest.

I received a
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thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
A cute book with some interesting hints and tips, unfortunately not always practical for a normal house or flat owner and people who work full time and can’t devote their every waking thought to their cat, yes I love mine but some points are highly unrealistic. Lovely pictures but it’s not a book I’d recommended really.

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
Carolyn
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
As someone who has had a cat, or two, since I was about 8, as soon as I see anything with the word "cats" in it, I have to grab it! This book is for cat owners, old and new, to help their cats live happy lives.

There is some good information in here, and a lot of common sense, but as a cat owner of more years than I care to tell, I can't say I learned much new, but I did learn that male cats favour their left paw, females the right, and I can confirm that my male kitty does indeed favour his left
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Cyndi
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
First off, it is quite obvious that the author knows cats in and out, backwards and forwards. This was choc full of interesting tips and delved into cats’ biology and instinctual behavior. While I enjoyed ready the insight and advice, I did not find it that practical overall. Unless you have a mansion with infinite rooms, it is difficult to spread out and have multiple litter boxes, bowls of water, scratching posts, etc. In addition, much of the suggestions take a lot of time spent and work, ano ...more
Helen Leecy
Jul 30, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I requested this book from NetGalley as I fancied a change from fiction books. Anyone that knows me knows how much I love cats and that they are my world. I help out on holiday in Cyprus every year with a cat sanctuary over there and have two princesses and a prince of my own. They are my everything, and so I thought this would make an interesting read to make sure I am doing everything correctly and that my cats are as happy as they possibly can be. It would break my heart to think they weren’t ...more
Cassandra
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a complimentary copy.

The quality of the book itself from the way it is bound to the placekeeper is beautiful. The pages are filled to the brim with information that is completely useful and I can come back to it often which is great. I am all about cats and learning as much as I can about them. To be able to understand more and make my pets happy is a huge plus.
Karolyn
Sep 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
I was curious to see what this book had to offer, Personally I have 4 cats and my mum's rescue cat has been living with myself and my cats for just under a year since her last stay in hospital and I went on holiday. My brother looks after my cats while I am away and I only had a few days to decide to move my mum's cat, who weighed in at a hefty 9 kg's in with mine as I didn't think he would do two houses! The move didn't go too bad nor did the introduction except for my eldest female who hated h ...more
Cozy Cat Reviews
I have had cats all my life and I love cats so I was happy to receive this for review. Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley for the review copy. My opinion is my own.

I enjoyed the aspects of feline behavior , play and health. There is a lot here for a new cat owner to learn from and even some for those of us that have always owned cats. The tone is a bit condescending as to "do this or you don't love your cat! ( Not true! ) And that would scare off many new cat owners which concerns me. "T
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Zeljka
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love cats. I want to make my cats happy. I jumped on occasion to read this publication about cats, as I've already read so many on this subject (thanks to Schiffer Publishing and Netgalley for giving me this chance!). One might ask why read again something that was already said somewhere else? I say never say never to another advice and another idea, especially those concerning the care for your pets.

I like the design of the book, it is easy on eyes and quite elegant and tasteful. It is also e
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Susan Johnston
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Princess Fuzzypants here: This is an interesting book on how our human minions can help make us felines happy. I cannot say I agreed 100% but there was a lot of good solid science and some great observations. Part of its value is helping humans understand we are not little humans in cat suits. We are independent and noble and still retain many of the characteristics that come from our origins on the savannas of Africa.
It talks about the basic needs that we have and the basic instincts that will
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Connie
Sep 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is set up in chapters to give information about cats’ sight, hearing, and various parts of their body that are more sensitive than others. For instance, their whiskers serve as antenna to detect movement of their prey. Whether they are pulled back to their head or pushed to the front of their face indicates if they are frightened or related.

It goes into the very important part of socialization of a new cat to the family. This can set the stage for whether you end up with a shy or conf
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Alyce
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure-I won a copy of this lovely book and received it very quickly from the publisher. It was very well packaged and the book itself is well illustrated with lovely drawings and pictures.Would gladly read other books from this publisher ( Schiffer). I have been in cat rescue for 40+ years and was not expecting to find any new information but I always keep an open mind and know I can and will continue to learn. This book did surprise me and I did find new information and some good idea ...more
Sharon S
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC of I love Happy Cats.
I have a cat her name is Gabriella, and I've had two other cats Princess, and Czar, both of them have passed away after a long life of 19 years. This book is truly a godsend for any cat owner. It's easy to follow, easy to understand, and a must have reference tool for every cat parent. I thought I knew everything about cats until I read this book, I was surprised by the multiple new concepts of how to make your cat happy. The
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Sharon S
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC of I love Happy Cats.
I have a cat her name is Gabriella, and I've had two other cats Princess, and Czar, both of them have passed away after a long life of 19 years. This book is truly a godsend for any cat owner. It's easy to follow, easy to understand, and a must have reference tool for every cat parent. I thought I knew everything about cats until I read this book, I was surprised by the multiple new concepts of how to make your cat happy. The
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Kathleen
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, arc, netgalley
The aim of the book is to better understand cat behavior by explaining the theory behind their behavior. And provide practical tips to improve the relationship between you and your cat based on scientific information and experience.

I thought the author did a good job explaining characteristics and provided me some insights into cats.

I found it a little lacking on depth. I would have liked more in detail on many topics.
I'm not sure I buy into her formulas for multiple resources. Seems a little ex
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Karen
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I've always lived with cats so most of the information here was not new to me, but I do think a new cat owner could benefit from the information in this book. They're are some good tips, but the author's rules seem a bit too rigid. So overall, I'd say this could be a good starting point for someone new to living with cats, but I've found some other references out there more helpful. Check out Total Cat Mojo by Jackson Galaxy for some great, practical advice on keeping the cats in your life happy ...more
Evelien
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Going to try a few tips and tricks and hope that it works ☺

The book itself is written in a rather simplistic way. I would have liked for it to be a bit more scientific/academic but that's me. I get that the general public needs to understand everything and that jargon is not encouraged in that case.
Paul
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is pretty good. I got a couple of tips, but some of her rigidity (must-do rules) was a turn-off. I read the whole thing with a hint of doubt because the author does not have formal training (which certainly does not mean she not an expert), but her experience and advice overall is obviously valid.

I really appreciate the copy for review!!
Cat
Good book for new cat owners, or those thinking of adopting a furry child! I winged it with all of mine, but read books along the way as I discovered them. this one seems nice and comprehensive for a new cat owner. Everything in one neat book!
I received a Kindle arc from Netgalley in exchang for a fair review.
Tracy
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is packed with fascinating information about cat behavior and how to provide the most supportive environment for them. I have shared my home with cats all throughout my life and I thought I understood them quite well, but this book has taught me otherwise. Whether you are like me and have always had cats or you are a new cat owner, this book is perfect for you.
Annarella
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Even if I not always agree with the author I find this book interesting and full of good advice.
I thinks it's a good read if you're a first time cat owner.
Recommended!
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Michele
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Schiffer for my e-copy.

This is an amazing book on cats and why they do what they do and how we, as their humans, can get closer to them by understanding them better. Along with traits and insights, the book is scattered with adorable cat photos and quotes.
Melissa0919
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-favorites
Great book. Everyone who has a cat should read this. I learned a lot and I've had my kitty for almost 3 years.
Cosette
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you love cats you will love this book. Fun and interesting read.
Mandy Young
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great read, very interesting and informative. Learned a lot about my kitty. A cat lovers bible of sorts.
Willow
Lots of good info that was new to me. My poor cats have sure had to tolerate a lot from me 😬
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