Monday, December 12, 2016

Book:Brain Games for Cats: by Claire Arrowsmith (Give-Away!)

FROM THE PUBLISHER:There are about 86 million cats in American homes and it is likely that many of their owners do not picture their pet doing leg weaves. But they are mistaken. Cats can do and enjoy tricks, interactive games and playing with their people. Brain Games for Cats shows how.



It's true. Cats love being with humans, and one of the best ways to strengthen that bond is to play together. Not only is playtime fun for the cat, it's a great way to provide mental and physical exercise.
In Brain Games for Cats, each game or trick has been specially photographed in a step-by-step format that provides clear guidance on how it should be approached.




 A reward-based teaching method is used to shape behavior -- the mutual trust that this engenders benefits all aspects of the cat's relationship with its owner. The games are appropriate for cats and kittens, helping to keep them fit and stimulated at all ages.


I was excited to receive this book because more often than not I am remiss in doing a ton of interactive play with Cody. I often feel guilty about that. Yes, we do the wand toy thing, but that is about it!

Cody is naturally athletic (even with his jelly belly he has always been an athletic cat). He is also out-going, fearless and curious. There are some brain games where they have you teach the cat to stand on his hind legs to get a treat, etc., Cody does that naturally. I imagine if I had this book when he was much younger I could have turned him into a circus kitty!



"I can't wait to watch her
try and "train" or "teach" me
This is gonna be GOOD!!"
Brain Games for Cats is jam-packed with all sorts of activities. If you live in a cold weather climate as I do, this would be the perfect time of year to try these "games"! My biggest problem is having the time, as well as the patience, but I am sure many of you are much more patient than I am.

Included in Brain Games For Cats:

Introduction -- Understanding your cat: Breed and temperament; Health factors to consider; Which games to play?

Building A Bond -- Games that mentally and physically tone your cat: Sit Up, Stretch for Toy, Stand High, High Five, Paw Hockey etc.

More Complex Games -- Retrieve, Fishing, Hoop Jump, Limbo, Hurdles, Leg Weaves, Obstacle Course, Bubble Chase.

Introductory paragraphs describe the games' benefits; for example, the leg weave may help to prevent a few human-cat feet-and-paw entanglements. Notes indicate whether it is an interactive game, the best location to play, the level of difficulty, and the props required, such as treats, toys or boxes. The steps are explained in clear terms for easy understanding.

My favorite chapters were:

CHAPTER 4-GAMES FOR LESS ACTIVE CATS

CHAPTER 5-GAMES FOR MORE ACTIVE CATS

CHAPTER 8-GAMES FOR EXTROVERTED CATS

CHAPTER 6-GAMES FOR CREATIVE OWNERS 

This chapter featured some box games. Feeling motivated I grabbed a couple of boxes that were in the house, cut some holes and did my own variation.


Cody watches the preparation take place
Being the lazy person that I am. After cutting the holes, instead of using a wand toy and making it into a "castle" as the below graphic depicts. I did my own thing.


After cutting holes, I brought treats out, threw them in and let Cody do his thing! 

Even Dakota was intrigued!



I think I will end up cutting more holes in the boxes and try the "Cat in the Castle" game, I was just too lazy to do it this time around.

Brain Games for Cats is definitely a book that I will keep and refer to for fun ideas that will challenge Cody and keep his mind and body active. I definitely suggest that you make it a part of your "Cat Library" in YOUR "Castle" as well!!

Don't miss our give-away below!!!


Publisher: Firefly Books

Specs: 300 full color photographs
Pages: 96 
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Claire Arrowsmith is an animal behaviorist and trainer who has extensive experience helping owners build great relationships with their pets. She is the author of Brain Games for Dogs and Brain Games for Puppies.



ENTER TO WIN!!! The publisher has generously offered FIVE of our readers who are 18 and over and who reside in the U.S. and/or Canada the chance to win a copy of their own! (This would make a great holiday gift!  An approx. $15 value). Entering is super easy, just enter on the Rafflecopter below, there is only ONE MANDATORY ENTRY REQUIREMENT, that's it! Good Luck!!!
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We were sent a copy of Brain Games for Cats in exchange for our always honest review. We were not compensated in any other way.

45 comments:

  1. If it does NOT involve working for treats, Raven might be interested. She is the least food motivated kitty I've ever had. That castle / feather toy graphic give me some inspiration.

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    1. I had to pick myself up off the floor about the treats ;)

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  2. OMC, I totally NEED this book! I love playing and doing tricks, and it looks like there are some new ones here that I can learn.

    Right now, I can Stay, Shake, High Five, Wave Bye-Bye, Jump Through a Hoop, and Ring a Deskbell!

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    1. Summer, since you can do so many things, maybe you DON'T need this book? Just kidding!! Good luck!

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  3. Looks like a fun book - even though we are currently catless we hope to add to our family soon and it would be FUN to teach tricks to them - cats are VERY clever and smart. I bet Cody had fun with the treats in his "castle" !!

    Love, Pam

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    1. It IS a fun book! I am sooo happy to read that you are thinking of bringing home a kitty soon (((hugs))). Cody did love the treats in his "castle" but his "castle" was hardly a "castle" more like sub par housing....MOL MOL MOL!!!! xoxoxo Love you!!!

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  4. This sounds great! I would love to try this with our Paisley. Webster is more of a couch potato kind of guy, but Paisley loves interactive play, & I'll bet she'd learn "tricks" easily, if only I knew how to teach her!

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  5. That is a really great book and we've yet to post our review. We sure did enjoy your review!

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  6. I have the book but haven't finished it yet. We've had fun working through it though! Bear needs to play or he has inappropriate "fun." Bear's not big on boxes (believe it or not, Bear's big belly probably wouldn't even follow treats into a box)though.

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    1. I give you credit for working through it! There is sooo much in that book! Cody isn't a big fan of boxes normally either. It's hit or miss with him. But...if there is FOOD involved with the boxes, then he is all over it!!! He is "gifted" in the belly department too! MOL!!

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  7. I don't think mom can teach you anything and I'm pretty sure she'll never be able to train you to do tricks. I think you're more likely to train her. Oh wait, you already have.

    Have a purrfect day Cody. My best to your wonderful mom. ♥♥♥

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  8. Definitely need this book for my husband when I will be away for a month. He will be looking after the Chirpy Cats crew and this book will come in handy. Cody you look adorable.
    Nice that it's open for Canadian residents too, yay! I entered, but it submitted without me typing in my address. How do I fix this?

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    1. Hmmm...because I marked the entry "mandatory" it shouldn't have even let you enter...but........since you told me it is ok. Good luck and thanks about Cody!!!

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  9. I love all the photos and the details about this book make it sound fantastic! Great post, thank you so much for sharing! I hope you have a great week. :)

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    1. Hi Linda! You are most welcome and thanks so much! You have a great week too!!

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  10. Now, here's a book we think our Mom would really like. Plus... games and tricks! We love cat in the castle games!

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  11. Those actually look like fun games! We're crossing our paws! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  12. That sounds like a pawsome book ! What we like is that it shows how to get the cat doing this or that (hopefully...). Good luck to our US friends ! Purrs

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  13. We love to have this book - a manual we have to give to the humans to vary our play times.

    Emma and Buster

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  14. Dat would be soooooo cool. All but da weave. Mommy says fank da cats she's never had a weaver and fur sure wouldn't train dat one. MOL She has enuff trouble standin' on her own 2 feets. MOL Anyways, paws crossed here.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Raena

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  15. Wow, this is so cool! I think Sophie would take to this very well.

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  16. hahahahahah Lucy will have ME trained!

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  17. I would love this book! I am always trying to think of ways to challenge our three. I try to play with them every day, but I feel like they get bored with the same old, same old.

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  18. This book looks like FUN! I think Angel would love tricks much more than Chuck, but then again, if The Hubby is doing anything...Angel will love it! I entered!

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  19. That looks like a great book. I like how they have chapters for more and less active kitties, I have a variety.

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  20. What a great idea for a book. Sometimes humans need a little prompting to play with us enough, and this seems like a good way to keep them going.

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  21. What a neat idea this book is! Cody looks so cute watching the preparations and going in the box.

    I love your festive header!

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    1. Yes it definitely is! It is jammed-packed with info! Thanks about Cody, he is looking at me because I was muttering as I was impatiently cutting (slashing) the boxes lol!!!! He is like "is this woman for REAL?" lol!!! Thanks about the header too!

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  22. This is a great review! We have a copy of this book, and Mommy bet get it together and help us with the review!

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    1. Awww thanks so much!! I am sure your Mommy will be MUCH more patient than I was! lol!!!

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  23. I LOVE your quote, Cody!! I'd like to see TW try to teach ME tricks.

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    1. We LOVE YOU!!! You think just like my Mom!!! That COULD be dangerous, but in this case, it is PAWESOME!!! xoxoxo

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  24. What a fantastic review! I love the idea behind this, as physical and mental exercise are so important for our furbabies. I like how it even gives ideas for how to play with a less active cat. Thank you for sharing this with us, Caren and Cody (and Dakota)!

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  25. Amarula is very upset that I entered! She feels that as she is brilliant she has no need for such games--but then I pointed out that Zulu and Frodo were in desperate need of brain games and, of course, she agreed!! PS Can't wait to read about Cody in the Making Biscuits book!

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  26. what a clever idea. I'm glad Cody and Dakota enjoyed your project.

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  27. Now that looks like fun for the mom and the kitty!

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  28. OH WOW, that books is amazing, thanks so much fur sharing!

    Purrs

    Basil & Co xox

    P.S. we just off to get a copy :)

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  29. Looks like a great book!

    Will have to check it out:)

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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  30. Rufus and I would love this book! It looks like a good way to keep everyone busy and happy.
    xxoo
    Maggie and Mickey Mouser

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  31. Hey, that sounds like an awesome book! We wonder if Gracie or Zoe would be up for some tricks and fun? :)

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  32. That looks like a very useful book.

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  33. This is new for me :o Cat enjoy brain games? My cat is so lazy, she ignore me and go to sleep when I want to pet her, and want to play when I'm busy :)) Thank you for sharing about the book! Gonna try some games to keep her calm.

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