Mieshelle Nagelschneider, cat behaviorist

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Mieshelle Nagelschneider–veteran cat behaviorist and author of the new book “The Cat Whisperer: Why Cats Do What They Do–And How To Get Them To Do What You Want”–discusses her formative years, where the family home had dogs, but there were also barn (feral) cats that caught her fancy.nagelschneiderxShe also addresses the evolution from vet tech to cat behaviorist, to–in 1999–founding The Cat Behavior Cat-Whisperer-Book-Cover-e1362470421866Clinic, a consulting service that help people worldwide solve behavioral problems and other issues with their cats. She also explains the pivotal importance of litter box placement–and quantity, in multiple cat households, and related issues. She speaks to the towering importance of territoriality in cats, the horrific reality of declawing (which is actually amputating part of the cats’ toes), and fields a number of listener questions.  www.thecatbehaviorclinic.com  www.facebook.com/catbehaviorist)
ALSO: We spoke briefly with Linda Hamilton, Executive Director of the Animal Coalition of Tampa (ACT), primarily about their then-forthcoming Spay-Ghetti And No Balls annual fundraising dinner. (www.actampa.org)
COMEDY CORNER: Paula Poundstone’s “Cats Puff Up” (http://www.paulapoundstone.com)

MUSIC: The Hollywood Flame’s “Buzz, Buzz, Buzz,” Ry Cooder’s version of “3 Cool Cats,” instrumentals  

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE:  Elvis Presley’s “(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear”
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About the author
Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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