Posts tagged "Think Like a Cat"

Stopping Cats that Spray: Answering Reader Question

Stopping Cats that Spray: Answering Reader Question
Q: In a past column, you mentioned a product that can deter cats from spraying. What is it? — G.H., via cyberspace A: Feliway is a copy of a comforting pheromone found on cats’ cheek pads. As a cat rubs your leg or a table leg, the pet deposits that pheromone. The spray version of... Read more »

Skittish Cat Makes Chair a Toilet: Reader Question

Skittish Cat Makes Chair a Toilet: Reader Question
Q: We have a year-old tabby who we rescued from the woods when she was six-weeks old. She was really wild but my son befriended her. She’s still a bit skittish, and runs from me. She is peeing along the wall in one rooms, and also on a vinyl desk chair. We do have an... Read more »

Dog and Cat Training and the Animal Control Big Night; Steve Dale's Pet World

Dog and Cat Training and the Animal Control Big Night; Steve Dale's Pet World
Steve Dale’s Pet World at 1 p.m. CDT Saturday August 31, 720 AM or Listen HERE – begins with a conversation about Chicago Animal Care & Control Big Night benefit with Charlie Propsom, president, Kathy Booton Wilson, vice president of the Friends of Chicago Animal Care & Control. The benefit is September 26, 6:30 p.m. at... Read more »
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Every Cat Has a Story: What's Yours? Enter Video Contest

Every Cat Has a Story: What's Yours? Enter Video Contest
Certified cat behavior consultant Pam-Johnson Bennet wants to see your cat, what makes your cat special…In other words, your cat’s story – on video. It may be about the relationship you have with your cat. Or perhaps the relationship your cat has with the dog, or your pet goat. Who knows? Pam invited her cat... Read more »

Pam Johnson-Bennett, Queen of Cat Behavior

Pam Johnson-Bennett, Queen of Cat Behavior
“Today we understand so much more about cat behavior,” says certified cat behavior consultant Pam Johnson-Bennett, “but still, cat behaviors are labeled. The cat piddles in front of you, and so many owners still say, ‘the cat is stupid,’ or ‘the cat did this to be spiteful.’ Animals don’t display behaviors because they want us... Read more »

Adopt A Cat Month Reader Questions: Declaw Issue; No Walkers for Cats; Kittens and Birds

Adopt A Cat Month Reader Questions: Declaw Issue; No Walkers for Cats; Kittens and Birds
Continuing to celebrate  that June is American Humane Association Adopt a Cat Month, this column (from my national newspaper column)  is devoted to cat questions. Q: I don’t believe in declawing. My husband wants me to declaw a kitten we recently adopted from a shelter. For starters, the shelter contract specifies that we never declaw.... Read more »
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WGN Radio Petcast: Pam Johnson-Bennett Thinks Like a Cat

WGN Radio Petcast: Pam Johnson-Bennett Thinks Like a Cat
Listen HERE to this WGN Radio Petcast with Pam Johnson-Bennett. She’s is the anointed Queen of Cats, my friend and certified cat behavior consultant Pam Johnson-Bennett. Spending an hour with Pam is like spending an entire lifetime with a cat (all nine of those lives). Pam is the most popular cat book author ever, including... Read more »

2011 WGN Radio Petcasts

Upon returning to WGN, my first Petcast - Chicago dog trainers Wendy DeCarlo and Dennis Damon from the Dog Obedience Group. "I remember Ethel when she was so small," said Dennis as he walked into the studio. "And she still loves me." Wendy added, "But Dennis, she loves everyone."
Here are 11 of the GREAT folks I was honored to have in-studio for Steve Dale’s Pet World WGN Radio Petcasts (podcasts for Pet Lovers) in 2011.  Check them out, you can listen – it’s free…right HERE. Which was your favorite? Hard to say for me, but I do tell some behind-the-scenes anecdotes.

I Hope My Books 'Good Dog!' & 'Good Cat!' Make a Difference

I Hope My Books 'Good Dog!' & 'Good Cat!' Make a Difference
For 17 years, I’ve been answering your questions in my Tribune Media Services newspaper column. That’s about four questions and answers a week; if my math is correct that’s a grand total of over 3,500 questions and answers. I’ve compiled a sort of ‘best of’ those Q & A’s into two just published ebooks, “Good... Read more »
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Pet Books for the Holidays

"Raising My Furry Children," by Tracy Ahrens, with guest story by Steve Dale (Weaving Dreams Publishing, Watseka, IL, 2011; $18.95).
A cardboard box with two cats inside was dropped at the front door of Kankakee County (Ill.) Animal Control. "My owner is dying and can't take care of us anymore," the note attached to the box begins. Here Ahrens' story also begins. The overwhelming majority of pet owners consider their pets members of the family, and for millions, pets serve almost as surrogate children (or grandchildren). Ahrens tells stories about her own pets; some are funny, some touching, and all offer lessons. I contributed a story about a Brittany named Chaser, who changed my life. Following that, Ahrens writes about her Brittany, Speckles. Many cat stories follow. A portion of the book's proceeds will benefit American Brittany Rescue. Perhaps, you can relate to what Ahrens says -- or not. In one story, she explains:  "Since I live alone, well, with my pets, I have a habit of not closing my bathroom door while I'm in bathroom taking care of business. I tried a few times to close the door behind me, but little paws instantly poke under the bottom crack of the door, persistently scratch on the door, claw at the carpet outside of the door, or attempt to pull open the door from the bottom by grabbing it with claws...So, I instilled an open-door policy between us."
Here a litter of new books, all make inspirational, sweet or fun reading – perfect for the howlidays.
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