Discover How To
With Your Cat's
The Rewarding Relationship With
Your Cat You Desire
and Your Cat Can Become
Can Share a Spiritual Bond
Based on Trust, Love & Fun
No Matter Why It Hurts
Cats Make You Feel Better!
The touch of a cat can
mean "home" and "love"
no matter where you are.
"There are two
means of refuge from the
miseries of life:
— Dr. Albert Schweitzer
A. Dayhoff, Ph.D.
Cat Smart shows
you how you can NOW
your relationship with your cat, like Smoochie,
tabby who is
lovingly licking my face at the
top of the page,
and more rewarding
to satisfy your every
human cat-companion need.
Imagine how great that
Become Cat Smart
cat, Smoochie has responded to my love
and care by guiding me with incredible patience and tolerance
more aware—to be mindful, to be sensitive and
to listen with my eyes and heart, rather than just my
time she has revealed to me her inner tiger and how I had only
to understand, accept, and
love it for us to be soul-mate companions.
can help guide you too—to discover how to
with your cat's inner tiger. Some might say I'm
"channeling" her. What
I know is that she is mentoring me in providing you
ways to connect
with your cat's inner tiger, deepening your human-cat
Connecting With Your Cat's Inner Tiger
Allows Your Cat to:
and love you unconditionally whether you are
a tri-athlete or couch potato.
Provide you with an ever-ready, friendly
greeting. (Smoochie always has a "meow" for
Alleviate your sense of aloneness and isolation. When
stuck at home, Smoochie knows when to rub me with her
Listen to you attentively and sympathetically. (Unlike
I know, Smoochie actually listens and responds to me.)
you to share your sadness and disappointment as well
as your silliness and joy. (Smoochie will roll over in
my lap until I tell her.)
you and savor your touch in return. (Smoochie is an
Distract you with its humorous antics when you are
feeling low. (Smoochie
to roll over to have me pet her tummy even when she's
on the arm
of a chair. Oops!)
you protection, security, warmth, and strength
when you are
ill or in pain. (When I don't feel well, Smoochie will cuddle up next to
me on the sofa or bed.)
your loyal friend, enthusiastic
playmate, and greatest admirer.
*Impact you physically, emotionally, and spiritually with a
inner glow that can make things more "okay."
Meet so many of your everyday psychological and
physical needs that your fellow humans may not (and often
Make you an even more
caring, compassionate, thoughtful, and empathetic
person. (Smoochie keeps me checking my expectations and
assumptions, giving people—and cats—the benefit of
the doubt.) Because cats are sensitive and observant, they
are particularly good at human psychology.
companionship exists because
"A meow massages the heart." — Stuart McMilan
Cat's Inner Tiger Provides Health Benefits
a cat companion has
long been hailed as therapeutic for those who are alone, lonely,
socially disengaged, anxious, depressed, under stress, or in recovery from
illness. Research has suggested that the cat bond positively influences your emotional
state and health.
The stronger the bond, the
greater the benefits.
example, interacting with Smoochie lowers my blood
pressure, while conversing with another human being will likely
with your cat, such as giving Smoochie an ear scritch, interrupts your stressful thoughts in part
because your cat offers you the opportunity for the most
basic, necessary, and nurturing form of communication:
touch. Smoochie always gratefully returns the favor with an
a cat is having "someone" to care for and
about—a special someone
who cares about you back. This
gives meaning to your life and spurs you to keep going
fact, your having a cat, or other companion animal, is the strongest
for recovery of individuals following cardiac
companionship influences you positively and directly in
personal and social situations as well. Personally, your cat
can help you alleviate negativity of any kind to get you
back on an emotional even keel. I can never feel angry for
long when Smoochie flops over on her back and shows me
tummy begging to be stroked.
Socially, your cat makes you seem friendlier, happier, more caring, more hardworking,
intellectually curious, and intelligent to others. People
look at Smoochie and think, "If Smoochie has her as her
human companion, she must be okay."
Moreover, as Smoochie
reminded me, people
are attracted to other people's cats. Your cat can also supply a
ready topic of conversation, interest and hobby
possibilities: from cat still photography and videos to showing your
cat at cat shows to training your cat for videos,
competitions to sharing your cat at homes of seniors or
disabled, or just plain mutual fun. Smoochie, however, prefers lying
on my keyboard, waiting for me to do her next ezine issue.
"Until one has loved an
animal, part of their soul is unawakened." — Anatole France, French poet and
So What is
Your Cat's "Inner Tiger"?
Your cat's inner
tiger is that mysterious essence—some might
think of as a "cosmic intelligence"—that seems to
reflect something secret
and special. It is something undiscovered by most people, but
it resonates with the core of your being as a
It is so magnetic that
it subtly draws you to your cat. It nurtures your
desire that you and your cat cement a
spiritual connection.It offers you the
potential—the opportunity—to communicate with your
cat to achieve that rewarding soul-to-soul commitment.
Your Cat's Inner Tiger Heightens Your
and your cat are different species. You look at life
differently. You have different needs, wants, and goals. You have
different "values." You have different motivations
and ways of doing things. You communicate and behave
Loving your cat's inner tiger
the "magic of differences."
yet, when you discover how to communicate with your cat's inner
and your cat can understand and accept one another for who you
are. Your personalities and attitudes click. You both
can cherish the differences as well as the
You are equal and both worthy of respect in your relationship. "You are my cat and I am your human." - Hilaire Beloc, writer and historian
... It is Not Easy Unless You Become Cat Smart
In the closest cat-human
relationships if you are not yet cat smart and do
not know how to communicate with and love your cat's inner tiger, there will
be too many times when your cat
drives you a little crazy ... or ... a lot crazy! We're
talking about significant frustration, anger, and anxiety.
You may wonder what your cat is doing.
You may not know why it is doing it.
may question if it is personally-directed.
You may wonder if your cat's personality and attitudes really
may not know how to deal with your feelings of anger and
You may not know how to appropriately respond to your cat's
may feel something is blocking your communication and
You Do About This?
No matter how much you love your cat, you can
become frustrated with its actions until ... you can tap
into this inner connection with your cat. While it
may seem mystical, it is not magic. It is simply knowing cat
psychology, your cat's personality and behavior and
accepting them, and what
techniques work to enhance your relationship.
YOU CAN! When You Become Cat Smart
When you discover how to connect and communicate with your cat's
inner tiger and share
your acceptance of it with your cat companion, you can
enhance your mutual love to meet your respective
Discovering More Fully ...
cat companion's inner tiger
is and how can your relate to it. That means
Basic Building Blocks of a Rewarding Cat Relationship
your cat communicates in its different ways
you can interpret cat body language and sounds
you can effectively
use it to communicate with your cat
kind of attention your cat needs from you to keep it
the environment affects your cat relationship
to feel more accepting of your cat's personality
the cat basics are for your cat's good psychological health
to modify your cat's mood and behavior while
to enjoy and love yourself more because of
your cat relationship.
Does Your Cat Get Out of All This?
cat gets strong,
comforting sense of your love, care, and support as
well as a more empathetic understanding of who it is,
what it does, and why. Furthermore, it completely trusts
you not to do
anything to betray your relationship bond with
Smoochie, who used
to live on the street, fearfully dodging cars and people,
constantly searching for food, says TRUST is the most
important benefit. However, she adds, your
attention to giving lots of petting, cuddling, brushing, play
activity, and yummy food "isn't chopped liver."
Does Becoming Cat Smart Do For You?
I will be offering you:
Teleseminars, videos, audio downloads, home-study programs,
e-books, surveys and polls, and an Inner Tiger Membership Program to help you
and your cat achieve your communication and commitment goals.
also working on setting up a contest to gather your
humorous, touching, and inspiring personal cat stories
for a book which will be made available in both
digital and hard-copy formats.
When you subscribe to Cat Smart Inner Tiger Tips
ezine, you will also get
all the announcements
of what is new or upcoming first. So be sure to
is Dr. Signe A. Dayhoff?
over the last 28 years I have been a Social Psychologist,
Cognitive-Behaviorist for Humans, and
Applied Feline Behaviorist with emphasis on the
emotional bond between humans and cats
An applied cat behaviorist is one who uses cat psychology,
observation, sensitivity, knowledge of cat
vocalizations and their
own body language to communicate with cats in order to
enhance their rewarding relationship with humans and correct any
unacceptable behaviors ... and then translate that
behavior for you.
Being a life-long cat lover, I
have adopted and fostered
cats most of my life, like Smoochie. For the last 10 years, I have been
working with CARMA (Companion Animal Rescue and Medical
Assistance) in Corrales, New Mexico, socializing homeless
cats for adoption to loving homes.
Currently my own brood of
adoptees and fosters numbers 24, consisting mostly of senior and special needs
cats (e.g., blindness, deafness, missing limbs, brain damage, cancer,
diabetes, thyroid disease, kidney failure). And,
yes, they all live in the house with me,
their "Kitty Mom," and Smoochie!
a result, I know the importance of your becoming cat smart,
understanding, and lovingly accepting your cat's inner
Humanistic Psychologist Fritz
"You are not in this relationship with your cat
who your cat is ... and your cat is not
in this relationship with you to
change who you are."
One of the
many reasons I am crazy about my cats is that we know each
others' imperfections ... and
love each other anyway. Talk about unconditional positive
"When a man
loves cats, I am his friend and
comrade without further
introduction." — Mark Twain
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also get a
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Exercise," just for
subscribing. (P.S. The Gratitude Letter is great for sharing your
gratitude with humans too.)
will also learn about the adventures of "Faust the Dancing Cat."
All you have to do is go to the upper left-hand corner of
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and click "Count Meow In!" Of course, your
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will be adding cat behavior translation products and services, articles, tips on useful
sites and other resources, Q&A, cat photos, and cat
stories. So check back! Smoochie and your cat will appreciate it.
When you Become
Cat Smart, you can change
it all for the better—more loving, respectful, and fun—for
both of you.
In the Worldly-Wise Cat
Wisdom of Smoochie:
you truly communicate with your cat, you embrace your
cat's inner tiger, and love your relationship and yourself even
you how to "cat communicate" to create a rewarding cat
Pets are the "Gift That Keeps on Giving" - I know
because I adopt and foster seniors. They are full of love
and gratitude ... and they NEED you. You won't be sorry you've given a
senior companion animal a home.
a great way to celebrate the spirit of life and love!**
is the capacity for feeling
What it’s like to live inside someone else’s skin;
And it’s the knowledge that there can never be
Any peace and joy for me,
Until there is peace and joy for you, too.”
greatness of a nation and its moral progress
can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
having a soul means being able to feel love
and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are
better off than a lot of humans.”
― James Herriot
Cats are very democratic. They can make friends with and
have fun with nearly
any other animal. Check out this odd couple:
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