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Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet | [John Bradshaw]

Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet

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 wary of social contact.
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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, 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 wary of social contact, qualities that often clash with the demands of our modern lifestyles.

If we’re to live in harmony with cats, Bradshaw contends, we first need to understand and adapt to their ancient quirks. A must-listen for any cat lover, Cat Sense challenges our most basic assumptions about cats and promises to dramatically improve their lives - and ours.

©2013 John Bradshaw (P)2013 Audible Inc.

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    Alexandra Gainesville, VA, United States 02-24-14
    Alexandra Gainesville, VA, United States 02-24-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Educational, thought it could be more actionable"

    I've been thinking about getting a cat, and this was the only cat book on audible that seemed remotely appropriate. On the whole, it was a very interesting listen. Although it started slow, by the end, it had covered just about every subject I was interested in hearing about, and a few I'd never have thought of. I'd've liked it if it had been more prescriptive (or if it came with a written cheat sheet of action items), but on the whole I feel like it helped me reach decisions on the major questions I've been struggling with (one cat or two, what kind of food, what kind of toys, declawed or not, etc.). I'll probably listen to it again at some point, and recommend it to anyone who has or is thinking about getting a cat.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Victor Williamsville, NY, United States 02-03-14
    Victor Williamsville, NY, United States 02-03-14 Member Since 2003
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    "Stereotypical English Academic"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    If you really love cats you will find this book somewhat interesting and useful. If you don't *really* love cats, then you will probably be bored to tears. The author is the ultimate stereotypical English academic focusing on obscure facts like the percentage of cats that where spotted tabbies in 16th century England and spends less time on things that will actually help you be a better friend to your cat. However, I suppose if you have spent little time thinking about your cat's inner world there will be some very useful insights here particularly in understanding that cats are still essentially wild animals that have had very little genetic domestication unlike dogs and the implications of that. The author does make a reasonably good argument to not have fluffy immediately neutered before she has a litter or two which was interesting and new info for me.


    What three words best describe Graeme Malcolm’s voice?

    Appropriate for the writing but make it even more stuffy.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DMB Albany, NY 05-24-14
    DMB Albany, NY 05-24-14 Member Since 2011

    hopeless cat lover

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    "Excellent and essential- though not as expected"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cat Sense to be better than the print version?

    Yes. This could have been more boring in text though images would be nice to complement this kind of information. I thought this would be about how to handle or live with cats effectively (for all). It ended that way but was mostly about the history and evolution of the cat and it's relationship with humanity. Therefore most of the narration was about the history of cruelty and brutality visited upon the cat by humans for centuries at a time. When I realized the whole book would focus on this history I went to turn it off but then decided I really should know more about this history. And I noticed this presentation was more palatable than when I have read of this dark history.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cat Sense?

    The discussion about PENDING inadvertent harm to the cat species due to 'blanket neutering' was alarming. Points out that when we neuter all pet cats before they reproduce, we prevent all human-friendly cats from reproducing.Therefore only more feral and untamable cats will be available for reproduction leading to a return to mutual hostility between cats and humans. This can only bring a return to cultural acceptance of the brutal treatment of cats. He points out that unthinkable cruelty from humans has returned to regions that had grown in affection and respect for cats. Therefore the cat's acceptance by humans is very shallow culturally across the globe. This suggests humans are more likely to reject and abuse the more wild cats we are grooming genetically.He suggests only a global collaboration between cat advocates and breeders (who are now adding to the problem) can turn the current tide to avoid a most unfortunate future for cats as well as the humans who love them.


    What does Graeme Malcolm bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He did a nice job of keeping the information unemotional as well as frank and compassionate toward the cat. He continually spoke of the cat's personality (as well as cultural ignorance and hysteria) as the driver as well as victim of its mostly unfortunate history.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    What we think we know about the cat and how wrong we are.


    Any additional comments?

    WE SHOULD ALL HEAR THIS INFORMATION BECAUSE THE CAT'S WELFARE CONTINUES TO BE ON THIN ICE. Most of the recent writings about cat behavior are introducing awareness that has been missing in most of the common lore about cats. Those of us who love cats the most must update our information and participate in correcting public consciousness. We still have a long way to go even for the cats we now care for.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Cardiff, Australia 03-11-14
    Terry Cardiff, Australia 03-11-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Not what I had expected"

    As a cat lover, I was looking for a book that could "make you a better friend to your pet", but this wasn't it. Though impressed by the endless genetic and genealogical information, it was a very tedious listen for me. The few snippets relating to contemporary diet, behaviour and breeding were great and had me listening to every word. Probably 1 interesting hour out of an 11 hour audiobook.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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