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I Love Happy Cats: Guide for a Happy Cat

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  34 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 ...more
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
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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 fami
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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.
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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
Shelves: arcs-reviewed, 2019
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 fav
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Laurence
Voor een beginner zoals ik die voor het eerst een kat in huis haalt, is dit zeker een interessant boek, waarbij je voldoende bijleert over hoe een kat denkt en hoe je signalen kan interpreteren.
Al is dit vooral een boek dat erg "fancy" moet zijn: een bladspiegel waarbij de tekst (in groot lettertype) slechts de helft van het blad vult, nuttige tips in moeilijk leesbare kleurtjes, pagina's met 1 nietszeggende spreuk op, en verder is er geen groot schrijftalent aan Anneleen Bru verloren gega
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Cyndi
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it
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
luscious
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zeer interessant, zeker voor een echte ‘katten-leek’ als ikzelf die compleet onverwacht samen met de wederhelft 4 katjes onder haar hoede kreeg (bovenop onze 2 Border collies van 9 jaar).

De eindredactie van dit boek had beter gekund, maar het is de inhoud die hier primeert.

Anneleen Bru is nóg inspirerender als je haar tijdens een lezing kan bezig zien en horen!
Sofie
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interessant! Al lijkt het soms wel wat vergaand.
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
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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Frieda
Jun 17, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Na dit boek heb ik een hele nieuwe kijk op katten gekregen: in plaats van speelse, vaak luie, schattige, immer relaxte, zachte huisknuffels blijken het uiterst gestreste dieren te zijn, vooral dan door onze misinterpretatie van hun signalen. Misschien is dit wat kort door de bocht en geef ik het boek hiermee te weinig krediet, maar ik ben alleszins heel teleurgesteld, zeker na het lezen van een aantal lovende kritieken. Ik heb en ken meerdere katten en een aantal zaken zijn wel degelijk herkenba ...more
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.
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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
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Connie Fischer
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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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 happ
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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 happ
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Jeannette
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cat parents
Shelves: netgalley, reviewed
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a potential review.

As a cat mama, I was drawn to the idea of this book. Who doesn't want their cat to be happy or happier? Plus, the cover is really cute. I have read a lot of things about cat behavior, so I wasn't expecting to learn very much. I was pleasantly surprised to be wrong. While there was some information that you made have already heard from people like Jackson Galaxy if you read about cats, but 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 multipl
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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
Torill Fabry
Ik had er meer van verwacht. Bijna niets meer wat ik al niet wist. Meer wetenschap meer verhalen meer tips nog voor aanpassingen, voorbeelden etc zouden meer welkom zijn.
Echter voor iemand die geen ervaring heeft met katten is dit boek wel een aanrader . Zodat je niet-voor kat-verrassingen komt te staan 🐾
Wel irritant voor mensen met slechte ogen is de lichte tekstkleur die soms doorheen het boek wordt gebruik , zeer onduidelijk .
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!!
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.
Sandra Allemeersch
Dit is HET boek dat iedereen zou moeten lezen die katten heeft of van plan is er te nemen (adopt don't shop!)
Vind het soms wel herhalend en weinig wetenschappelijk...maar het geeft toch echt een inzicht in 'katten'gedrag.
Mensen proberen steeds van een kat te 'vermenselijken'... Maar daar help je je kat niets mee. Wat zijn noden zijn komen hier goed aan bod.
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.
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.
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.
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