Saturday, April 26, 2014

Want a better understanding of your Cat? Ohio State’s Buffington to talk ‘Cat Mastery,’ new book for iPad, with Redditors April 28

Ohio State feline behavior expert Tony Buffington will kick off the release of his new Multi-Touch book for iPad, "Cat Mastery,"with an “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) session on the popular entertainment, social networking and news site, Reddit, at 1:30 p.m. on April 28.


Buffington, a D.V.M. and professor of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at The Ohio State University, has spent the past 30 years studying cats and how their environment effects their health. He is founder of the Indoor Cat Initiative website, which features strategies for keeping indoor-housed cats happy and healthy. He has authored more than 100 scientific publications, 30 book chapters, and three books, and has received numerous national and international awards for his efforts on behalf of understanding cats



“I am thrilled to be able to utilize this technology, making years of research available to help cats and their owners live happy, healthy lives together,” said Buffington. “Enriching your cat’s environment can help prevent many health and behavior problems. I’m looking forward to the AMA and to helping people better understand their feline friends.”

Cat Mastery provides a refreshing look at the Internet’s favorite companion animal, and contains dynamic multimedia activities that include how-to videos, moveable animations, and “Tony’s Tips,” audio clips of Buffington explaining cat behaviors. 

“I chose to create a digital book rather than a standard print book because I was able to make the information contained inside come alive,” Buffington said. “The book is completely interactive and engaging.”

Feline aficionados can also take advantage of a free companion course on iTunes U, developed by Buffington in partnership with Ohio State’s Office of Distance Education and eLearning. The iTunes U course, available via the free iTunes U app, is open to anyone who wants to further apply the information presented in the book to his or her unique situation. 

“I’m excited to help people learn about and understand their cats better,” Buffington said. Twenty participants in the feline-focused AMA will be randomly selected to receive a complementary download of "Cat Mastery," which is available at itunes.com/catmastery.



About The Ohio State University
The Ohio State University is a dynamic community of diverse resources, where opportunity thrives and where individuals transform themselves and the world. Founded in 1870, Ohio State is a world-class public research university and the leading comprehensive teaching and research institution in the state of Ohio. With more than 63,000 students (including 57,000 in Columbus), the Wexner Medical Center, 14 colleges, 80 centers and 175 majors, the university offers its students tremendous breadth and depth of opportunity in the liberal arts, the sciences and the professions.

FROM CAT CHAT WITH CAREN AND CODY: While we normally do not feature ebooks, I am a former long-time Ohio resident (35 years), who is happy to share this important and interesting information with my readers! I was not compensated for sharing this info.

24 comments:

  1. Well, I fink *my* Human should read this book because she does not unnerstand me at ALL sometimes. Like today when she put a picture of me on my bloggy with like some little FUR HAND growing straight out of my back! Can you even imagine???

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  2. Sounds interesting! Our humans don't understand us either! So maybe they should read that book too... ;-) Have a PURRFECT weekend! :-) xoxo Roxy & Tigerlino

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  3. Sounds like a very interesting read for all those kitty owners. Have a super Saturday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  4. Tony Buffington's has done so much to increase our understanding of cats' needs over the last 30 years. I'm very excited that this book will make his vast knowledge accessible to a wider audience.

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  5. Us dogs really can't figure you felines out! This might help me out a bit so I don't keep getting pawed and scratched when I try to play wrestling games with you.

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  6. Sounds like an interesting read! And it's interesting to see him doing an AMA on Reddit. Those are really getting traction for all kinds of subjects.

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  7. Anything that helps humans understand us is a darn good thing!

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  8. I am happy to see even more information available on helping to understand felines. Perhaps since it is available as a download, important information could be shared at shelters prior to people adopting a cat so that they are better informed as to how to take care of their new pet with as few problems as possible. Purrs from Deb and the Zee and Zoey Gang!

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  9. Wow! that sounds so interesting! Thanks!
    have a great weekend!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  10. Thank you for sharing, the book is now in our IBook App ! Purrs

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    1. that is CATABULOUS and you are most welcome!

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  11. I need all the understanding I can get. I'll have to add this to Glogirly's reading list!
    ; ) Katie

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  12. I can't wait to read this and happily shared. I just read a Huffpo piece ( with a gazillion shares) about Jackson Galaxy, touting him as the most famous behaviorist but we need more scientific info for a balanced view.

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  13. My human will have to download this to our iPad!

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  14. Thank you for sharing! Sounds like something to get the humans so they can better understand me...

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  15. Sounds interesting. Will have to tell my sister about it.

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  16. Is the ebook free? Anyhoo, I’d like to know how cats got along for millions of years without having asthma. It seems almost epidemic these days. It has to be something in the environment.

    Thank you for the Get Well wishes. I’m hoping that this asthma is history for this year.

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  17. Ok, this is totally cool! I will have to get this. There was a book, years ago, called "Cat Watching" that I loved. It was entertaining and informative. I've still got it :-)
    Thank you! I'm going to look for this one.
    Hugs!

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  18. That sounds really cool, but they should make it available for Android, too ;)

    I hope a lot of people enjoy the interactive book; it certainly is a new and exciting concept!

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  19. That sounds awesome! I'll be working at that time, so I won't be able to listen live. I'll have to check out the iTunes U course.

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  20. very interesting.. I will have to check it out!

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  21. It sounds great and that was nice of you to share!

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  22. That sounds very interesting! Now if only our hoomas were more techno savy and could download it for themselves!! :p

    the critters in the cottage xo

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