Dr. John Wright, a psychologist, is one of the earliest pet therapists. As a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, he’s enjoyed a successful veterinary referral house-calls practice in Atlanta since 1980. His book Is Your Cat Crazy?: Solutions from the casebook of a Cat Therapist (co-written by Judi Wright Lashnits) is filled with case studies told in an easy to read conversational style. There’s a wealth of information but I’d love to see an updated version. Not especially holistic, he advocates psychotropic drugs for behavioral issues. While some meds work in extreme cases, I believe other avenues need to be explored first.
He writes about common behavioral issues with an emphasis on litter box issues. He says cats need three things for litter box success: cleanliness, privacy and escape potential. There are some crazy cats from hell but most cats respond to simple behavioral approaches.
1. In Search of the Perfect Cat.
2. Secrets of Litter-Box Success.
3. The Crime of Punishment.
4. Eating Habits Weird and Wonderful.
5. Can You Teach a Cat Good Behavior?
6. Beware of the Attack Cat!
7. Top Cat, Bottom Cat: Challenges of the Multiple-Cat Household.
8. Inside Cats, Outside Agitators.
9. Life-styles of Stressed-Out Felines.
10.”Don’t Blame Me–I Have a Note from the Doctor”.
11. When Bad Things Happen to Good Cats: Getting
Past Traumatic Events.
12. Hatred, Revenge, and Inflexible Felines.
Published by Macmillan in 1994. 227 pages.
Rating: 3 Paws.