Guest Post with Cat Scout Maggie

32-Maggie-Cougar-Nov-2015Hi everyone! We usually have a guest post every other week, but Cat Scout Maggie was so excited to tell you about some new books that she is with us this week. Take it away Miss Maggie.

Thank you, Auntie Ellen, for giving me the opportunity to give 4 paws up for two new great books!  Hi, everyone!  We have recently heard two authors interviewed on public radio, and their books have also been reviewed in various newspapers.  These two books should definitely join your libraries!

Pets on the Couch, by Nicholas Dodman, DVM and professor at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.  Dr. Dodman has written several books about animal psychology and behavior, and this one takes us into the inner thought processes of some of the pets he’s cared for over the years.  While they’re not all cats, the book certainly includes cats!

Dr. Dodman discusses pet problems and solutions in a very down-to-earth way, so our pawrents can maybe help solve some of our challenges and foibles!  The pioneering veterinarian and author of the New York Times bestseller, The Dog Who Loved Too Much, and the national bestseller, The Cat Who Cried for Help, recounts his stories of treating animals for human-like problems, while discussing his amazing breakthroughs with the new science of One Medicine.pets-on-the-couch

” Inspiring, sometimes heartbreaking, and utterly fascinating, Pets on the Couch demonstrates how what we share with our animals can only lead us to a greater appreciation for them—and our mutual bonds.”    book review excerpt


The Trainable Cat, by writer John Bradshaw and Sarah Ellis, feline behaviorist.  Mr. Bradshaw has published other books about dog and cat behaviors, and he has teamed up with Ms. Ellis to tackle our feline challenges!!   This book covers many cat behaviors that can be solved, including litter box problems, introducing new cats into the household, and dealing with cat phobias and eccentricities!  Wow, maybe our pawrents should NOT read it.  Can we possibly be tamed?thetrainablecat



Happy reading, dear 15 and Meowing Fans!

Thank you Maggie, I plan to read both of these books.

I am a bad Mommy, yesterday was Sammy and Joanie’s 11th 19birthday and I forgot to write about it. Joanie’s sweet boyfriend Simon and his family made cards for them:

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And our dear friend Sammy K made a card for Joanie. He felt bad for her when he heard she had to go to the evil vet on her birthday. She just turned 11 which seemed too young to be going deaf. Turns out, her stupid Mom has been packing the wax in her ear when she uses Qtips.

And for P.S. Annie’s 19-Somethin Challenge the question is, What was your childhood home like? It was a very big old house, I miss the radiators, they were great for warming clothes. The house was sold in 2003, sadly, there was a fire last year that completely destroyed it.


  1. Happy birthday to Joanie and Sammy! BTW, we have The Trainable Cat (review to come soon), and I think it should really be re-titled The Trainable Human!

  2. Happiest birthday Sammy and Joanie! Forgive your mommy for forgetting to write about your birthday. I’m sure her big love for you makes us for it!

    You mom should buy the new books she won’t forget to write about you next tome 😉

  3. Sammy! Your birthday TOO? Your Mom mentioned Joanie’s BD but maybe I didn’t see the part about my “Sammy Bro” having a big day as well. Mom and I will zap a card to you via email right now – sorry it will be a day late….but you know they say “better late than never” !!!!!

    Love, Sammy

  4. These books sound so wonderful and informative. Thank you for sharing them with us, Maggie! And, a very happy (belated) birthday to Joanie and Sammy! Here’s to lots of extra treats and snuggles for you in celebration!

    How sad to hear about your childhood home, Ellen. But, at least you have lovely memories of it.

    1. Joanie and Sammy thank you, I owe them big time 🙂 Yes, I do have a lot of good memories from that home.

  5. Those sound like two really interesting books. And happy birthday, Sammy and Joanie! Too bad about having to go to the vet on that day, Joanie. Tell your mom to be a better scheduler next time! 🙂

  6. ~~~~~~~~ waves two ewe cat scout maggie; thanx for stoppin bye with theeze ree viewz….we will tell de food serivss gurl to chex em out sew we can then reed em two her ! ☺☺

    N belated best fishes, mice creem dishez & perch filled wishes two ewe joanie & sammy ♫♪♫♪♫ leest yur mom menshunz yur birthdayz…we never get
    one….ever !! hope ya had a soooper grate day, lotz oh fun & heerz two a yeer
    a head filled with happee nezz & health for ewe both ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  7. A belated happy birthday to the kitties. 🙂

    I am so sorry that your childhood home burned! That has happened to several of mine, too. It is so sad to lose these houses to fires that completely destroy them.

    The books you mentioned sound like very interesting books, especially the cat training one. Maybe one of your friends can write a book to counter the training attempts. 🙂

    Thanks for joining the 19-Somethin’ challenge. Have a blessed day!

    1. The kitties thank you 🙂 It is sad to see an old home burn. Hope you had a blessed day too.

  8. Sounds like a good way to know how to handle your babies. Knowledge is power.

    Yikes on the Q-tip. You just can’t do that. She knows now.

    Have a purrfect day. My best to your peeps. ☺

  9. I grew up in a big house, too. The ceilings were very high, which was nice in the summer, because the rooms seemed cooler, but it could get really chilly in winter!

  10. Happy Birthday to Joanie an Sammy katss!!!! Wee hopess aside frum thee Vet’ youss’ had a grate day!
    LadyMum told mee her Nanna used to say thee onlee fing one should stick in their ear was their ell-bow! Mew mew mew…..
    An say Kat Scout Maggie those 2 bookss sound pawsum! LadyMum could have used them when shee ferst adopted mee…..
    Fankss fur tellin us about them.
    All mee purrs an ***paw kissesss*** to mee sweet buttercup Phoebe xxxxxxx
    Siddhartha Henry xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    1. Phoebe has a poem for you she will post tomorrow 🙂 I have heard that saying about elbows, but it never stops me= I have lost the end of the q-tip in my ear many times. XOXOXOXOXO

  11. Happy Birthdays, Kitties! I hope you’ll let us know what you think of the books.
    Or maybe the cats there can let us know if they’ve picked up any tips on training Ellen.
    Maggie, Mickey Mouser, and Rufus the Red

  12. A couple of great books Miss Ellen – we’ll put them on our Goodreads list!! I’m sure you didn’t mean to ‘pack the wax’! But I’m glad Joanie’s not going deaf!! Too bad about your childhood home. Mom loves big old houses and she loves radiators over electric heat any day of the winter!!

    1. Maggie found us some great books 🙂 I was trying to clean Joanie’s very waxy ears, but I did the opposite. XO

    1. Thank you for visiting. I like the idea of One Health too,but I think it will take a long time to get there.

  13. Those books sound amazing. I think I’ll check one or two out. I have 2 house cats here, and 4 feral cats that are becoming so friendly I’m thinking they might move in before winter. Woo-hoo! Thanks for your reviews.

  14. Happy Belated birthday to Sammy & Joanie.Wish we had known about it so we could have sent cards too…but we love them and all of you just the same!

    Those seem like good reference books that Maggie mewed about.

    The oetcretary lived in many homes during her childhood…until age ten she lived in 6 different ones…and then she spent age 12 to 32 in another one, though she had moved out when she was in her early twenties. Now she has been in this house for almost 30 years, go figure. The home from her younger years was a small ranch style bungalow. So ho-hum, MOL! The best part about that home was it was kitty corner to a big park where we played/swam/skated, etc.

    1. Wow, she did live in a lot of places when younger. Sammy and Joanie thank you, I was a bad mommy and very late.

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