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.
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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.
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.
Appropriate for the writing but make it even more stuffy.
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.
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