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Cat sense : how the new feline science can make you a better friend to your pet

Author: John Bradshaw
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, a member of the Persues Books Group, 2013. ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Cat Sense, the author takes us further into the mind of the domestic cat than ever before.

As he explains, the cat's evolution from solitary wild hunter to domesticated companion began in the early agricultural settlements of the Fertile Crescent, where farmers welcomed wildcats-a natural predator of rodents-into their granaries to protect their precious surpluses against mice.

In time, people came to treasure cats as pets in their own right, even going so far as to worship them as semi-divine.

Yet cats have always retained their appeal as lone hunters, and the author explains that this history has given them a set of behaviors, motivations, and needs that differ dramatically from those of dogs.

While dogs have evolved so dramatically that many of them bear little resemblance to their ancient ancestors, cats still have three out of four feet firmly planted in the wild.

Unlike the pack-oriented wolf, the cat's ancestor is not a social animal; wildcats live alone as adults after only a few months with their mothers.

Cats' default position is to be suspicious, even fearful, of every other feline they meet, and many still spend their whole lives trying to avoid contact with their own kind.

Cats also still think like hunters, and within only a few generations can easily revert back to the independent way of life that was the exclusive preserve of their wildcat predecessors some 10,000 years ago.

Even today, many millions of cats worldwide live not as pets but as feral scavengers and hunters, living alongside people yet inherently distrustful of them.  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Bradshaw
ISBN: 9780465031016 0465031013
OCLC Number: 867768118
Description: xxviii, 307 pagina's : illustraties ; 24 cm
Responsibility: John Bradshaw.

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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  Read more...

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NPR, Book of the Year "An indispensable addition to the cat-lore canon... Cat Sense is jam-packed with fascinating (and contrarian) tidbits...covering everything from why cats purr to why they bring Read more...

 
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