97 Ways to Make a Cat Like You


By Carol Kaufmann

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From the publisher of B. Kliban’s Cat, All I Need to Know I Learned from My Cat, and Bad Cat, comes a new book that answers the question all cat lovers ask: How do I make my cat like me?

97 Ways to Make a Cat Like You is the perfect interactive guide to these mysterious, fickle, seemingly aloof—yet really, just particular—pets. Paired with a full-color photograph of friendly, extroverted, happy cats (in case you’ve forgotten what a cat looks like when he “likes” you), the 97 inspired, occasionally silly but always behaviorally-based tips and tricks prove that when a cat is treated right, he or she will respond in kind. Within reason.

There’s the “Eye on the Ball”—record a tennis match or a Ping-Pong game on TV to play back for your cat when he needs a bit of exercise. “Cat Burrito”—wrap your cat in a towel, burrito-style, which is particularly good for anxious pets or trips to the vet. The “Boing, Boing!”—wind pipe cleaners around a pencil in a spiral shape to create springs. Carefully slide off the pencil so the spirals go “boing” when pressed. The classic “Tickle, Tickle”—tickle Kitty under her chin and softly say “gitchy, gitchy, gitchy” in your highest-pitched voice. And for the cat owner willing to go the distance, the “There’s No Business Like Show Business”—practice your best Ethel Merman by belting out favorite show tunes for your cat. Kitty won’t care if you’re off-key and she’ll enjoy the stimulation.



hi, i'm new here

Go slowly when introducing your cat to a new home. Cats need time to adapt to change. Prepare a small space where he can hide—a snug closet, a shoebox, a shoe—before he gets the feel of his new kingdom.


the great hunt

Simulate a chase. Tie a small object—a small stuffed animal, a feather—on a long string and drag it slowly across the room. Cats are programmed to hunt, even if they've never put a paw outdoors and wouldn't know a robin from a rat.

NOTE: Be sure the object is safe for her to ingest if she decides to eat her "victim."


head butt

Get down on your cat's level and rub your forehead against hers. She gets your scent and you get a soft, furry head butt.


eye kisses

While looking directly at your cat, slowly open and close your eyes. This is a cat signal of trust. The gesture communicates volumes without touching.


round and round

Wind up a toy top and let it spin in front of your cat. The mystery! The joy!


my special place

You can buy a fancy pet bed for your cat, but chances are she'll prefer sleeping on your favorite comfy chair, your pillow, or your head. Consider this a big-ticket donation to—or sacrifice for—your cat.


while i'm gone . . .

Put on some classical music, turn on talk radio, or switch on the TV (preferably to a channel that features birds or scurrying rodents) before you leave your house.


hey, what's in here?

Leave the door ajar to a room or closet that your cat never visits. Make sure he sees the opportunity to push it open. Cats like the novelty of exploring.


once upon a time

Read to your cat, using a variety of voices. Dr. Seuss is particularly fun.



Let children read to your cat, too. If they're shy or insecure about their reading abilities, they get to practice reading in front of a nonjudgmental and highly appreciative panel.


the purr

Learn to interpret your cat's purr. Sometimes a purr means "I'm content." But sometimes it means "I need attention" or "I'm hungry" or "Love me." And sometimes it means "I'm freaking out."



On Sale
Apr 7, 2015
Page Count
208 pages

Carol Kaufmann

About the Author

Carol Kaufmann is the author of 97 Ways to Make a Cat Like You and co-author of the bestselling Photicular books Safari, Ocean, and Polar (Oct. 2015). A freelance writer and editor, her work for National Geographic and other publications has taken her to all corners of the globe, from the Pacific Ocean’s floor to the top the Atlas Mountains. In addition to National Geographic, her writing has appeared in the New York Times’ Draft column, Reader’s Digest, where she was the National Affairs Reporter, The Washington Post, George, and in the anthology A Woman’s Europe. She is also the author of the ebook, MamaTricks. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

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