The Loebs draw the line at teaching a cat to cha-cha, but they are prepared to train you to train Tabby to ""shake hands,"" ""wave a paw,"" and ""sit up and beg."" What for? ""People will be impressed."" If that's not a compelling reason, think of the money you'll save on kitty litter by toilet training (flushing is tough). The authors train cats for films and TV, and ardently believe that felines are ""now on their way to becoming the pet of the future."" (?) Though a list of breeds is included, there's not much here on nutrition, disease, and general care--just as well, since the authors aren't vets. Teaching tricks involves understanding body language (yours and his), rewards, and distilled white vinegar for punishment. You put it on the cat's gums when he eats the plants. Or else, buy a dog.