SANDPOINT, Idaho — A new book from Logical Expressions, Inc. aims to help new, adopted-cat owners get off on the right “paw.” “Happy Tabby: Develop a Great Relationship with Your Adopted Cat or Kitten” (ISBN: 978-0-9749245-3-3; LCCN-2007906436) tells new owners what they need to know to raise a healthy, happy feline.

“Happy Tabby” combines practical advice with real-life stories. Unlike breed-specific or veterinary books, “Happy Tabby” is tailored to the special needs and issues related to living with a rescued kitten or cat.

Cats are often relinquished to animal shelters because of communication breakdowns – the owner does not understand why the cat is doing what she’s doing. But expecting a cat to act in any “human way” is unfair. Once owners understand feline motivations, it is easier to solve problems that arise.

Author, Susan Daffron, is not only a cat owner, but has also worked as a veterinary technician and at animal shelters; she has written a pet-care column since 1998.

“Cats are not little people in furry suits,” Daffron said. “This book emphasizes understanding and compassion. Cats may seem mysterious and unpredictable to you, but the truth is that to a cat, everything she does makes sense.”

“Happy Tabby” features answers to everyday problems. The book includes tips for what to do when a cat stops using the litter box or scratches the furniture. It also addresses what to do if a cat is having difficulty adjusting to her new home life. Readers also learn how to keep their cat safe from common household and environmental hazards.

Along with advice on grooming and health issues, “Happy Tabby” includes anecdotes about the author’s two cats. Readers will never be left feeling alone or led to believe that their cat “is really different.”

“Happy Tabby” is $19.95 and is available on or directly from the publisher at: The site features cat-care articles and a free “Cat FAQ.”

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Valerie G, editor at CANW
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