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Housecat Housecall

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Cute, but oversimplifies kitty therapy process.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

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age 4+

Based on 1 parent review

age 4+

The Cat's Meow

I have a cat named Amy Winemeow. Before we saw this show, we had no idea how to stop her making frequent pitstops in various places around our house and biting when we play with her. This show has taught me how to use posititve reinforcement to train my cat to use good lifeskills! Thank you housecat housecall!!!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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This series isn't too likely to interest people who don't already have a vested interest in cats, and it lacks the personality punch that draws even marginal canine fans to Millan's show. It's obvious that Dr. Kat knows her stuff, but episodes often feels like they've been over-edited to fit their half-hour constraints. Each of the three stories moves so quickly that issues viewers might relate to tend to get oversimplified. On top of that, the segments with the mentoring vets -- who don't even talk with Dr. Kat in person but brainstorm ideas via satellite -- seem forced and unnecessary, since she's certainly qualified to give advice on her own.

That said, there's nothing to sweat over content-wise, and the show's topic is certainly conducive to family viewing. Just remember that even if you can relate to the human subjects' kitty woes from your own experiences, the quick-fix solutions you see implemented here may not have the same effect on your feline friend.

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