Cat Sense

Cat Sense

How the New Feline Science Can Make You A Better Friend to your Pet

eBook - 2013
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Cats have been popular household pets for thousands of years, and their numbers only continue to rise. Today there are three cats for every dog on the planet, and yet cats remain more mysterious, even to their most adoring owners. In Cat Sense, renowned anthrozoologist John Bradshaw takes us further into the mind of the domestic cat than ever before, using cutting-edge scientific research to explain the true nature?and needs?of our feline friends. Tracing the cat's evolution from solitary hunter to domesticated companion, Bradshaw shows that cats remain independent, predatory, and.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2013
ISBN: 9780465040957
Characteristics: 1 online resource (337 pages)


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Nov 10, 2017

If you're looking for an introduction to some of the scientific research on cats, this is your book. It has a wonderful early section on the ancient history of cats. But I found the approach didn't really provide a lot of insights that might help us to be better cat guardians or address problems we might be having with our cats, which seemed to be implied in the title. I enjoyed some of the side panels, like "Catnip and Other Stimulants" (p. 115) and especially "The Rumble: How Cats Purr" (p. 194), which actually explains how that magic process works.

hgeng63 Dec 16, 2014

Slow-paced but chock-full of information. At one point the author says he wrote the bk on his computer; I could tell. Don't read this for the prose style; just for the info.

notlimahj Feb 03, 2014

I disagree -- I'm having a great time reading it, and am reading it for the science—I have all the cat care books I need, thanks. Got halfway through before my loan expired, and am now on a very long wait list.

Sep 25, 2013

Contrary to the reviews, this is not an easy read. The word "science" in the title is much more accurate than the phrase "Make You A Better Friend to your Pet". It is less a "how to" book than a textbook covering all aspects of cats, mostly from a scientific point of view. It is what I would expect from a required text for a college course about cats and other domestic animals. There may be info that can "make" you a better friend to your cat, but is is not easy to find. Much more practical information is available in books that cover how to care for a cat.


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Nov 10, 2017

"Not all cats respond to [catnip].... The behavior released by catnip is a bizarre mixture of play, feeding, and female sexual behavior, whether the cat itself is male or female. Cats may first play with a catnip toy as if they think it is a small item of prey, but they quickly switch into bouts of a seemingly ecstatic combination of face-rubbing and body-rolling, reminiscent of a female cat in season. Most cats also drool and attempt to lick the catnip. This behavior may continue for several minutes at a time, until the cat eventually recovers and walks away.... / A few other plants elicit the same response, notably the Japanese cat shrub or silver vine, and the roots of the kiwifruit vine, which despite its name originated in southern China.... Most species in the cat family, from lions to domestic cats, respond to these plants the same way, so the gene must have evolved several million years ago. Why it did so remains a mystery." (p. 115)

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