307 pages, b/w illustrations
From John Bradshaw, one of the world's leading experts on animal behaviour, and the author of the Sunday Times bestseller, In Defence of Dogs, Cat Sense: The Feline Enigma Revealed is a scientific portrait of the true, surprising nature of cats.
Worshipped as gods, feared as demonic servants, seen as both wild opportunists and beloved companions, cats often seem as unfathomable, enigmatic and magical to us today as they did in ancient times. They have lived with humans for at least ten thousand years (far earlier than the reign of the Pharaohs), and today are the most popular pet in the world.
That they now outnumber the dog, man's 'best friend', by three to one, is small wonder: at once affectionate and self-reliant, they seem to be perfectly suited to our busy 21st century lifestyles. Yet cats still think like the wild scavengers and hunters from which they are descended – and to which they can quickly revert. Today, they face unprecedented challenges in their life with humans: from conservationists who cast them as a threat to wildlife; from other cats with whom they compete for territory; and from good-intentioned owners and vets with misconceptions of what they require.
Cats need not so much our sympathy, but our understanding, if they are to continue to enjoy our companionship. The recent surge in feline science – with John Bradshaw at the forefront – means we are now better equipped to understand them than ever before. Cat Sense: The Feline Enigma Revealed offers us for the first time a true picture of one of humanity's closest and most enigmatic companions.
Please note: this book is published in the US under the tite Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet (ISBN: 9780465031016)
"A mind-altering book [...] delightful [...] What makes Bradshaw's book so valuable is his positive thinking. How can we make the cat less anxious? How can we help?"
- Lynne Truss, The Times
"You will never look at your cat in the same way again"
- New Statesman
"Friendly and engaging, packed with excellent cat facts"
- Steven Poole, Guardian
"Bradshaw wants us to be better owners, and draws on the latest research – much of it is his own – to show us how"
- James Mcconnachie, Sunday Times
"A must-read for cat owners"
- The Lady
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John Bradshaw is a biologist who founded and directs the world-renowned Anthrozoology Institute, based at the University of Bristol. He has been studying the behaviour of domestic cats and their owners for over 25 years, and is the author of many scientific articles, research papers and reviews. He is also the author of the Sunday Times bestseller, In Defence of Dogs.