Tufts Catnip - The Newsletter for Caring Cat Owners.

Catnip, from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, is your reliable source for understanding your cat's behavior and actions. Catnip also gives you the latest news and advice on medicines and treatments for your cat. And, you'll also find vital nutritional information to keep your cat fit and healthy. All from the experts at Tufts University.


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  • Managing Cat Aggression

    Managing Cat Aggression

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  • Managing Cat Aggression

    $8.95 U.S. - Managing Cat Aggression

    Cats can be aggressive. And this behavior can occur quickly and unexpectedly. Understanding your cat’s body signals and behavior triggers is the key in redirection or avoidance of the unwanted conduct all together.

    Brought to you from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, in the new ebook from Catnip, Managing Cat Aggression, you’ll learn:

    • The difference between playful aggression and serious aggression
    • Why you should be careful when rubbing your cat’s stomach
    • When aggression is an indication of illness
    • How to treat a wound if you do get bit by your cat
    • Ways to keep the peace when aggressive behavior strikes in a multi-cat household

    Get up-to-speed on your cat’s body’s language so you can redirect her aggression and keep the attacks and fights to a minimum. Listen to what your cat is saying with her eyes, ears, back, voice and tail. You – and your cat – will be happier.  

    Order your downloadable ebook of Managing Cat Aggression today! 

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  • Naughty No More

    Naughty No More

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  • Naughty No More

    $12.95 U.S. - Naughty No More

    Marilyn Krieger

    'Naughty No More!' promises solutions to every loving cat owner whose home is blessed with a creative, free-thinking feline. Internationally respected Certified Cat-Behavior Consultant Marilyn Krieger brings authority, humor, and paws-on experience to this informative new book. She details the solutions to the most challenging cat-behavior issues, combining the "click" with common sense and positive thinking.

    In this easy-to-read beginner's guide, Marilyn Krieger, a leading clicker-training expert, tells you how to teach your cat to: sit and stay and not dart out of doors; not scratch the furniture; have stress-free introductions to new cats; stay off the table and counters; get along better with you, your guests and other cats; have a stress free association with both the cat carrier and the trip to the veterinarian; do tricks and much more!

    Solving troublesome cat behaviors have never been so easy!

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  • Cat Wise

    Cat Wise

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  • Cat Wise

    $18.00 U.S. - Cat Wise

    Pam Jonhson-Bennett

    We all have our questions about why cats do what they do, and where they do it, and how we can get them to stop. Here, at last, those elusive mysteries are solved. Why does my cat bite me when I'm on the computer? Can I train my cat to stop waking me up at three A.M.? Why does my cat chatter?

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  • The Cat Behavior Answer Book

    The Cat Behavior Answer Book

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  • The Cat Behavior Answer Book

    Practical Insights & Proven Solutions for Your Feline Questions

    $14.95 U.S. - The Cat Behavior Answer Book

    Arden Moore

    This fun-to-read handbook will help you understand why cats sometimes do the quirky things they do. Pet expert Arden Moore shows how to prevent many common feline problems.

    Her practical advice and workable solutions help cat owners work with their pets to banish bad litter box habits, nighttime howling, and destructive clawing. Even finicky eaters can become feline gourmands with a little gentle encouragement.

    There are hundreds of tiny quirks and kooky habits that make a cat a cat. This sturdy, fun-to-read handbook explains those catticisms and opens every cat lover's eyes to the complexity of feline behavior.

    A great read for getting to know your cat better!

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  • The Cat Who Cried for Help

    The Cat Who Cried for Help

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  • The Cat Who Cried for Help

    $16.00 U.S. - The Cat Who Cried for Help

    Nicholas Dodman

    In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Nicholas Dodman does for feline psychology what he did for canines in his widely acclaimed The Dog Who Loved Too Much. Here he reveals the fascinating, and often frustrating, mind of one of our most popular and certainly most independent animal companions, and shows how we can co-exist peacefully with even the stubbornest of cats.

    As any cat owner knows, changing a cat’s behavior can seem like an impossible task. But contrary to popular belief, cats can be trained and cured of irritating habits and undesirable behaviors. The Cat Who Cried for Help shows how minor adjustments in diet, exercise regimen, and environment can effect dramatic breakthroughs in resolving almost any feline problem. From cat panic attacks to eating disorders, from litter box aversion to depression and a wide range of feline phobias, Dr. Dodman has successfully treated and resolved these and many other heretofore untreatable behaviors.

    Dr. Dodman’s techniques are based on the most up-to-date research in pharmacology and feline behaviorism. Yet the primary objective of his treatments is to respect and protect the qualities of independence and dignity fundamental to a cat’s nature.

    Including descriptions of symptoms, treatment options, and tips on prevention, The Cat Who Cried for Help provides everything you need to know to ensure both you and your feline friend a long, happy, and healthy relationship.

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  • Starting from Scratch

    Starting from Scratch

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  • Starting from Scratch

    $17.00 U.S. - Starting from Scratch

    Pam Johnson-Bennett

    Certified Animal Behavior Consultant Pam Johnson-Bennett is back to help readers bring out their pet's inner pussycat regardless of the cat's age. Is your cat exhibiting a behavior problem? Or do you want to learn to read warning signs before a problem begins?

    No matter where you are in your relationship with your cat, you can improve the situation. If you've lived with a problem for so long or used inappropriate techniques or punished your cat in the past, Starting from Scratch will guide you through the process.

    Pam covers every aspect of a cat's lifestyle, behavior, and environment and gives cat owners specific techniques to help seemingly set-in-their-ways cats change for the better. Authoritative and entertaining, Starting from Scratch is the next best thing to a house call from the world's top feline behaviorist.

    It's never too late to turn your problem cat into a purr-fect pet. Order your copy today!

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  • Why Does My Cat Do That?

    Why Does My Cat Do That?

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  • Why Does My Cat Do That?

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    Catherine Davidson

    Why does your cat always head straight for visitors who can't stand feline company? Why does he chatter is teeth when he sees a bird and prefer pond water to fresh? This book will help you solve the riddles of your cat's behavior - and put your own into context, too.

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  • It's a Cat's World...You Just Live in It

    It's a Cat's World...You Just Live in It

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  • It's a Cat's World...You Just Live in It

    Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Your Furry Feline

    $14.99 U.S. - It's a Cat's World...You Just Live in It

    Dr. Justine Lee

    What cat owner hasn’t wondered what goes on inside that mysterious kitty brain? Do cats always land on their feet?... Can I train my cat to use the toilet?... Do cats have belly buttons? How do I stop my cat from begging for food at 5:45 a.m.?... Can cats really predict death or cancer?... How can I make my anti-social cat more social?... and more.

    In this enlightening guide, veterinary specialist Dr. Justine Lee answers your questions about all things feline. Plus you’ll find helpful hints on what to look for in a veterinarian. (Helpful Hint No. #1: Find a veterinarian who owns a cat.) She also reveals what every veterinarian wants you to know about being a smart consumer and pet owner. With tips on dealing with kitty’s more irksome behaviors (yes, she has some), advice on looking out for her health and well-being, and plenty of laughs, It’s a Cat’s World . . . You Just Live in It helps cat owners love and understand their quirky feline companions more than ever.

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  • Cat vs. Cat

    Cat vs. Cat

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  • Cat vs. Cat

    Keeping Peace When You Have More Than One Cat

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    Pam Johnson-Bennett

    Cat vs. Cat is a fast, instructional read—with good, sound advice. The information gives you a chance to repair damaged relationships between your cats. Plus, if you heed her advice from the beginning, you might be able to avoid many problems entirely.

    Cat vs. Cat will help readers understand the importance of territory, the specialized communication cats use to establish relationships and hierarchies, and how to interpret the so-called "bad behavior" that leads so many cat parents to needless frustration. Offering a wealth of information on how to diffuse tension, prevent squabbles and ambushes, blend two families, or help the elder kitty in your family, Cat vs. Cat is a welcome resource for both seasoned and prospective guardians of cat families large and small.

     

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  • Think Like a Cat

    Think Like a Cat

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  • Think Like a Cat

    $18.00 U.S. - Think Like a Cat

    Pam Johnson-Bennett

    Completely Revised and Updated It’s not impossible to train a cat! Feline behaviorist Johnson-Bennett helps you understand the instincts that often determine feline behaviors, both positive and negative. This authoritative resource gives you the tools to understand cat culture and what your cat is really trying to tell you.

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  • The Cat Whisperer

    The Cat Whisperer

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  • The Cat Whisperer

    Why Cats Do What They Do--and How to Get Them to Do What You Want

    $25.00 U.S. - The Cat Whisperer

    Mieshelle Nagelschneider

    Popular cat behaviorist Mieshelle Nagelschneider comes to the rescue of perplexed cat owners. This fascinating book provides practical and effective strategies for solving every feline behavior problem – from litter box issues to scratching, spraying, biting, their acute territoriality, their insatiable desire to catch and kill prey, and beyond.

    Easy-to-implement solutions help transform even the most anxiety-riddled companions into confident, gregarious, and relaxed cats who live longer, happier, and healthier lives. Inside you’ll discover:

    • how to harness the power of “friendly pheromones” to improve your cat’s appetite, exploration, grooming, and play

    • where, when, and how to create a litter box environment that will provide ease of access and reduce anxiety for you and your cat

    • how to end aggression in multiple-cat households and help your cats coexist peacefully

    In this fascinating and indispensable book, The Cat Whisperer takes you inside the mind of a feline to explain why members of one of the world’s most inscrutable species act the way they do—and how you can convince them to change their behaviors for the sake of your peace of mind...and theirs.

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  • Catify to Satisfy

    Catify to Satisfy

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  • Catify to Satisfy

    $21.95 U.S. - Catify to Satisfy

    Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin

    In this book, Jackson Galaxy, star of Animal Planet’s hit show My Cat from Hell, and Kate Benjamin, cat design wizard, show cat guardians everywhere how to use home design tricks to address everyday cat care issues. Topics include:

    - Does your feline friend like to pee everywhere but in his or her litter box?

    - Does your kitty have a thing for your furniture that has left your beloved couch in tatters?

    - Does your cat like to cocoon in the blankets?

    - When should I replace my cat's scratcher?

    - How to choose the right size and type of litter box

    Catify to Satisfy is the ultimate guide to creating a happy home for cat guardian and cat alike. Filled with highlighted stories that emphasizes the concept that great design contains equal measures of the technical and the emotional. A great reference tool for any keen cat lover!  Order today.

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  • Cat Daddy

    Cat Daddy

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  • Cat Daddy

    What the World’s Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean

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    Jackson Galaxy

    Cat behaviorist and star of Animal Planet’s hit television show My Cat from Hell, Jackson Galaxy, a.k.a. “Cat Daddy,” isn’t what you might expect for a cat expert (as The New York Times noted, with his goatee and tattoos he “looks like a Hells Angel”). Yet Galaxy’s ability to connect with even the most troubled felines—not to mention the stressed-out humans living in their wake—is awe-inspiring.

    In this book, Galaxy tells the poignant story of his thirteen-year relationship with a petite gray-and-white short-haired cat named Benny, and gives singular advice for living with, caring for, and loving the feline in your home. When Benny arrived in his life, Galaxy was a down-and-out rock musician with not too much more going on than a part-time job at an animal shelter and a drug problem. Benny’s previous owner brought the cat to the shelter in a cardboard box to give him up. Benny had seen better days-his pelvis had just been shattered by the wheels of a car and his owner insisted he’d been “unbondable” from day one. Nothing could have been further from the truth. An inspiring account of two broken beings who fixed each other, Cat Daddy is laced throughout with Galaxy’s amazing “Cat Mojo” advice for understanding what cats need most from us humans in order to live happier, healthier lives.

    “Galaxy is not your average animal behaviorist. He speaks Cat, and cats listen. He works miracles in saving death-row cats in shelters by helping them get over their fears and increase their self-esteem, and coaching them to ‘work it’ with potential adopters.” -mousebreath.com

    “Each of us sheds light on our subject from our own particular point of view. Fortunately for us all Jackson Galaxy’s light is very bright. His success at resolving behavioral difficulties in cats stems from his ability to slide his mind into the cat’s point of view and proceed from there. His insights into both human and cat behavior are right on.” -Anitra Frazier, author of The Natural Cat

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  • The Veterinarians' Guide to Your Cat's Symptoms

    The Veterinarians' Guide to Your Cat's Symptoms

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  • The Veterinarians' Guide to Your Cat's Symptoms

    $15.00 U.S. - The Veterinarians' Guide to Your Cat's Symptoms

    Michael S. Garvey DVM, Anne E. Hohenhaus DVM, John E. Pinckney DVM, Katherine A. Houpt DVM, Melissa S. Wallace DVM, Elizabeth Randolph

    This comprehensive and practical book is designed to assist cat owners in understanding their pets’ bodies and health based on signs and symptoms of disease, and in determining the most common medical problems that might cause particular symptoms. Five leading veterinarians have designed a user-friendly chart system that will guide a pet owner from noting the symptom and observing the cat’s behavior to understanding the associated signs of an illness, the possible conditions, and the best steps to take. Filled with more than 200 charts and detailed medical drawings in an easy-to-follow format, The Veterinarians’ Guide to Your Cat’s Symptoms is the indispensable reference for cat owners. It not only considers the problems of sick and injured pets, but also addresses the needs of healthy animals. It has all the information a cat owner needs:

    What a healthy cat should look like

    Flow charts to the 200 most common symptoms

    Behavioral issues, such as spraying and clawing

    Emergency first aid, including transporting an injured cat

    A glossary of veterinary diagnostic tests and medical terms

    With this unique combination of medical information and advice, plus an innovative chart system, The Veterinarians’ Guide to Your Cat’s Symptoms will ensure that your cat really does have nine lives.

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  • Cat Body, Cat Mind – From Syndicated Columnist, “Animal Doctor”

    Cat Body, Cat Mind – From Syndicated Columnist, “Animal Doctor”

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  • Cat Body, Cat Mind – From Syndicated Columnist, “Animal Doctor”

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    Dr. Michael W. Fox

    With extraordinary insight and vision, renowned veterinarian and animal behaviorist, Dr. Michael Fox explores the minds, hearts and bodies of cats. Fox believes that cats and all other animals have much to teach their human companions—if only humans learn to listen. Fox delves into: cat behavior communications and awareness, cat affection and excitement, cats’ super senses, vital information on diet and nutrition, holistic care for health, how animals mourn and express grief, and much more!...

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  • Ask The Cat Keeper

    Ask The Cat Keeper

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  • Ask The Cat Keeper

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    Marc Morrone

    Made famous on The Martha Stewart Show on television and Sirius radio, Marc Morrone is front and center to answer his viewers’ (and his readers’) many questions about their favorite pets.

    In Ask the Cat Keeper, Marc’s quirky, entertaining personality shines on every page as he spews out his wisdom, know-how, and hilarious anecdotes to answer dozens of questions. Cat owners will learn about topics ranging from feeding and grooming to behavior and trick training. In the chapter called “Food,” Marc discusses types of food, feline nutrition, fad diets, overfeeding, and fussy eaters. In “Potty,” Marc covers every possible issue concerning litter-box training cats, from toxoplasmosis and toilet training to odor management for multi-cat households and males’ marking indoors. Whether you’re interested in vaccines, allergies, anatomy, bathing, or annoying feline behaviors, Ask the Cat Keeper covers it and much more.

    While Marc is often laugh-out-loud funny in all of the chapters, it is his genuine admiration and respect for felines that make this book a unique resource for all cat lovers. Filled with real first-hand information and reliable tips, readers will be laughing and learning in equal measure! The book is beautifully designed and illustrated with color photographs as well as original artwork by Jason O’Malley.

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  • Ask the Vet About Cats

    Ask the Vet About Cats

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  • Ask the Vet About Cats

    $15.95 U.S. - Ask the Vet About Cats

    Elaine Wexler-Mitchell, DVM

    This easy to use book, broken down by specific subjects, answers over 80 of the most commonly asked questions concerning the health and well-being of your feline, from birth to its senior years. Topics covered include behavior, diet, general health, vaccines, first aid and emergency care, as well as reproduction and geriatrics....

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