BORROW A BOOK ABOUT CATS ONLINE FROM YOUR PUBLIC LIBRARY

Your public library at your fingertips. Anytime. Anywhere. Want to know how that works?

It’s Hoopla, the groundbreaking digital media service offered by your local public library!

Hoopla allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics, and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone—and even your TV! Titles can be streamed immediately or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. Hoopla has hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily. You can stream titles through your desktop browser or the mobile app. If you use the mobile app, you can also download titles to your device for offline playback later, where wi-fi may be unavailable. Titles are automatically returned and removed from your device at the end of the lending period.

Today, I’ll highlight eight books about cats that are available to borrow through Hoopla.

What is Hoopla? by Jennifer Still

audio books

Decoding Your Cat: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Cat Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones (2020)

by American College of Veterinary Behaviorists; read by Lisa Flanagan

(10 hours, 22 minutes)

The cutting-edge, scientifically accurate, definitive book on the most popular behavioral issues that cats face.

In the United States, one of the predominant reasons that owners abandon or give up their pets (often leading to euthanasia) is because of unwanted behaviors. Many have tried to instruct proper cat training, but this is the first book of its kind to provide an in-depth understanding of the underlying reasons for a cat’s problem behavior, the essential key to unlocking the best for your cat and avoiding pitfalls. Decoding Your Cat gives owners new insight on promoting their cat’s physical and psychological health and wellness and maintaining a long and fulfilling relationship together.

Written by the leading experts in cat behavior from the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, with an introduction by animal expert Steve Dale, this book conveys the newest and best information on cat behavioral science in a fun, interesting, and understandable way. Together with anecdotes from real-life situations and the science behind how cats relate to their world, Decoding Your Cat empowers owners to provide a home environment that is happy, safe, and functional, to identify and seek treatment for medical health problems, to understand how to deal with unwanted behaviors, and in general to help cats live longer and fuller lives.

Narrated by Lisa Flanagan, an award-winning narrator, voice actor, stage director, improviser, opera librettist, and classical singer. Her VO work includes animation, video games, and commercials. Lisa has received multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, Voice Arts Awards, and the 2019 Audie Award winner for Fantasy (Spinning Silver). She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her cats.

Think Like A Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat—Not a Sour Puss (2019)

by Pam Johnson-Bennett; read by Donna Postel

(17 hours, 29 minutes)

America’s favorite cat behavior expert, author of CatWise and Cat vs. Catoffers the most complete resource for cat owners of all stripes, now fully updated and revised.

Think it’s impossible to train a cat? Think again! By learning how to think like a cat, you’ll be amazed at just how easy it is. Whether you are a veteran cat lover, a brand-new owner of a sweet kitten, or the frustrated companion of a feline who’s driving you crazy, Pam Johnson-Bennett will help you understand what makes your cat tick (as well as scratch and purr ). Topics range from where to get a cat to securing a vet; from basic health care to treating more serious problems; choosing an irresistible scratching post and avoiding litter-box problems.

In this comprehensive guide to cat care and training, she helps you understand the instincts that guide feline behavior. Using behavior modification and play therapy techniques, she shares successful methods that will help you and your cat build a great relationship.

e-books

The Cat Behavior Answer Book: Solutions to Every Problem You’ll Ever Face; Answers to Every Question You’ll Ever Ask (2007)

by Arden Moore

(336 print pages)

Cats are lovable, funny, attentive listeners, and wonderfully cuddly. They can also be tenacious, persnickety, and maddeningly aloof. Arden Moore explains the mysteries behind your feline friend’s thoughts and actions, from that inexplicable fascination with catnip to kneading blankets, chasing mice, and dozens of other complexities of cat behavior. With a handle on what’s behind your cat’s quirky personality, you’ll be able to maximize quality time with the fuzziest member of the family.

Why Do Cats Do That? Real Answers to the Curious Things Cats Do (2012)

by Kim Campbell Thornton

(64 print pages)

Award-winning author Kim Campbell Thornton offers “Real Answers to the Curious Things Cats Do” in this fun-fact book that all cat lovers will adore. Why Do Cats Do That? discusses twenty peculiar feline habits that have puzzled cat owners since the first semi-domesticated cat plopped a dead baby dodo on a caveman’s doorstep! Why do cats bring us mangled mice as gifts? How and why does a cat purr? Why do cats land on their feet? (Do they always land on their feet? ) These questions and others are explored and sometimes resolved in an entertaining and instructive format. More than good fun, owners will discover the reasons behind common behavioral problems, including litter-box accidents, furniture scratching, spraying, and more. Feline facts and training ideas plus lots of funny cat photos complete this Simple Solutions book.

Naughty No More: Change Unwanted Behaviors Through Positive Reinforcement (2011)

by Marilyn Krieger

(160 printed pages)

Thought you couldn’t train your cat and resolve troublesome cat behavior challenges? Yes, you can! Clicker training, combined with other friendly, positive behavior modification techniques can effectively solve cat behavior problems and train your cat in a way that will be quick and easy for you and fun for your cat. Clicker training can also improve your cat’s activity rate, attitude and, more importantly, strengthen the bonds between you and your cat. 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!

Boredom Busters for Cats: 40 Whisker – Twitching Games and Adventures (2012)

by Nikki Moustaki

(64 print pages)

Cats are commonly misconceived as the household pet that needs little attention. In reality, cats require the same sort of mental and physical stimulation as any other pet in order to be healthy, happy and more importantly, non-destructive in the house. Boredom Busters for Cats explore how to enrich your feline friend’s life through socialization, interactive toys, activities and much more! Pet expert and author Nikki Moustaki covers different ways of interacting with your cat so that he will develop good habits in the house as well as enhancing his individual health and intelligence. She also includes advice on which toys to use, how to play with your pet, and activities for your cat to do while you’re away from home.

Adopting Cats and Kittens: A Care And Training Guide (2008)

by Connie Jankowski

(111 print pages)

That there is a tremendous overpopulation of cats in the United States is both common knowledge and a matter of grave concern. For many who would acquire a new pet, adoption is viewed as the most responsible means of finding the right cat. However, it is important to understand that if you decide to open your home to a stray or adopt from a shelter, an extra measure of patience, love, and understanding is essential. Adopting Cats and Kittens: A Care and Training Guide reflects the special circumstances that surround the “recycled” cat and helps the new owner provide the cat with the secure, nurturing environment every pet deserves. This book offers sensible guidance on what your new cat needs to be happy and healthy and what to do to keep from contributing to the pet population explosion. Adopting Cats and Kittens is a book with a mission and a message of hope and concern for all who love cats and seek an end to their cruel treatment and abuse.

Complete Care For Your Aging Cat: THE OLD CAT BIBLE! (2018)

by Amy Shojai

(389 print pages)

Filled with comprehensive cat reference material from interviews with over 100 veterinary experts, this award-winning book answers all your must-know questions. You’ll find heartwarming, chicken soup–like stories and the latest developments in veterinary care advice for cat health care for old cats. This is the definitive guide for keeping senior cats vital, happy, and active throughout their golden years.

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