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"--
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2013.
ISBN: 9780465031016
Characteristics: xxviii, 307 pages ;,illustrations ;,25 cm.

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Summerday18
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.

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chessiesmom
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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