Cat Sense

Cat Sense

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

Book - 2013
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"A must-read for any cat lover, Cat Sense is a revolutionary new account from one of the leading scientific experts on these little-understood animals. As he did in his acclaimed, best-selling Dog Sense, Bradshaw combines the most up-to-date research with fascinating case studies to paint an unprecedentedly detailed portrait of the domestic cat"-- Provided by publisher.
"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. Unlike dogs, cats evolved as solitary hunters, and, while many have learned to live alongside humans and even feel affection for us, they still don't quite "get us" the way dogs do, and perhaps they never will. But cats have rich emotional lives that we need to respect and understand if they are to thrive in our company. 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 dispel the myths and explain the true nature of our feline friends. Tracing the cat's evolution from lone predator to domesticated companion, Bradshaw shows that although cats and humans have been living together for at least eight thousand years, cats remain independent, predatory, and wary of contact with their own kind, qualities that often clash with our modern lifestyles. Cats still have three out of four paws firmly planted in the wild, and within only a few generations can easily revert back to the independent way of life that was the exclusive preserve of their predecessors some 10,000 years ago. Cats are astonishingly flexible, and given the right environment they can adapt to a life of domesticity with their owners-but to continue do so, they will increasingly need our help. If we're to live in harmony with our cats, Bradshaw explains, we first need to understand their inherited quirks: understanding their body language, keeping their environments - however small - sufficiently interesting, and becoming more proactive in managing both their natural hunting instincts and their relationships with other cats. A must-read for any cat lover, Cat Sense offers humane, penetrating insights about the domestic cat that challenge our most basic assumptions and promise to dramatically improve our pets' lives - and ours"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, c2013.
ISBN: 9780465031016
Branch Call Number: 636.8 Bra
Characteristics: xxviii, 307 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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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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