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Outwitting Cats

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Outwitting cats? Fact or fiction? Odin was determined to find out. He was curious why I was poring over Wendy Christensen’s brilliant book with that very same title.


I have a large library of cat books and it’s rare for me to come across a cat book where I learn something new, but Outwitting Cats delivers and then some. It’s a smorgasbord of cat wisdom drawn from years of living with cats and deciphering their behavior. There are trivia tidbits, feline history, anatomy and physiology, no-nonsense behavioral advice and more, all told with Wendy’s signature warmth and wit. There is something for everyone: from neophyte cat guardians to experienced cat whisperers. My copy is already dog-eared from use. Leave a comment and you can win your own copy. The winner will be announced next week. Must get a copy now? Visit



  • Penny Tuttle

    I raise foster kittens for the local shelter – which of course means I also have quite a few “foster failure” cats of my own. Their never ending creativity in outwitting me never ceases to amaze me. I need to read this book.

  • Eskara

    Oooh… I would love a copy! It really didn’t take long at all for me to figure out that Misty is far smarter than I am. Either that or she’s just too stubborn… I’d love a book that will help me get inside her head and understand her reactions.

    Patricia, you probably don’t want to wash her linens in Peppermint soap if it has peppermint essential oil. Essential oils can be harmful to cats, peppermint especially. The Lavender Cat has some good information on how their livers can’t process toxins from the oils and what it can do to your cat.

    • boomermuse

      I’m posting to your link to an article about toxicity of essential oils with a caveat: the subject of using essential oils on cats is fraught with mis-information. I taught and researched aromatherapy for over 15 years and will be writing an up-to-date article on the subject.

  • Deb Barnes - Zee and Zoey

    At this point in my life, I feel I have earned a Masters Degree in the field of cat expertise based on my own personal experiences throughout the years from the large menagerie of cats that have owned me. However, I am always one that enjoys learning more! Since every cat is completely unique, I feel every author on the subject always lends a fresh perspective or nuance that perhaps I was not aware of! I will have to add this book to my ever-growing cat library!

  • susan okrasinski

    This book sounds like something I need badly lol. I have a house cat that has a talent for finding “unfindable” hiding spots in my home. I am often thrown into a panic when I have scoured the house from top to bottom looking for her with no luck. Then I start imagining her sneaking outside and dodging cars, my neighbor’s pit bulls and other scary scenarios. I finally found one of her hiding spots just the other day. She had pried the lid off one of my plastic storage bins that was full of winter sweaters in the recesses of my closet. I did a double take when I noticed a cat head barely visible, surrounded by a sea of wool, innocently staring back at me.

  • Pam Kimmell

    Outwitting our cats just might be the ultimate challenge! I bet this is a great book full of possibilities (not necessarily successes at outwitting – but possibilities anyway!! LOL).

    Pam and Sam

  • Donna

    I foster cats/kittens and part of my job is to socialize them…I seem to get ones that are often hard to socialize as I have a very quiet house and they are really only around me so they get used to me very quickly…any help I could get for working with my fosters would be greatly appreciated.

  • Patricia

    Miss Maudie has a penchant for peppermint. She is much more intrigued by it than catnip. I use a peppermint scented body lotion, which never fails to draw her to me wherever I am. So, am I making a mistake in washing the bed linens in a peppermint soap?

  • Kathy

    Hi, I volunteer at Dane County Friends of Feral, I would love this book to help other volunteers and new cat owners understand their cats. The most basic, effective advice I have given owners with cats with behavioral issues, is to spend 15 minutes with the cat a day playing and when you pet the cat, have a calm, zen like attitude and tell the cat how beautiful he/she is. Of course, I have other suggestions as the situation dictates.

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