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About the Creator and Performer

Kristyn Vitale is a researcher and educator in the field of animal behavior. Her main research interests focus on cat social cognition, cat behavior, and the human-cat bond. She is specifically interested in the impact of human behavior on the social behavior of cats. After graduating from Kent State University, Dr. Vitale received a Master’s in Environmental Science from Miami University and a PhD in Animal Science from Oregon State University. She is currently an Instructor in Animal Behavior and Cognition in the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences at Oregon State. Dr. Vitale’s research into cat behavior has been published in academic journals such as Current Biology, Animal Cognition, and the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. She is also an active public speaker, whose work has been featured in numerous popular media outlets, including National Geographic, The Washington Post, Scientific American, and The New York Times.

What listeners say about Decoding Cats: Inside the Feline Mind

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Many studies and some practical information

I would say that this was an interesting book to listen to. It refers to quite many studies regarding feline behaviour and some practical information. The only moment that I cringed was when the author mentioned the punishment of toddlers when they throw a tantrum and on top of that in another example she mentions punishing a tantrum by taking away their candy, when comparing the feline to the human behaviour. Cringe, cringe. Tantrums are age appropriate and a normal behaviour of a toddler and it doesn't have to be corrected and punished, especially by using food as punishment (big no-no). Very unfortunate example. If you are looking for a book with lots of practical information regarding training cats, playing with them, taking care of them etc, you can better choose another book. But considering the fact that this isn't a practical guide for cat, I enjoyed it because it provides interesting information based on scientific research.

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Learned a lot about cats!

I have always been a cat lover since I was young, looking to learn as much as I can about them. This book taught me a lot about cats that I didnt know about and was well worth the listen to.

The narrator makes the content understandable and enjoyable. Would recommend for the cat lovers who want to learn more about their furry friends.

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Questionable

Between the reader's bizarre pronunciation of foreign words and some information which is simply false, I stopped listening after the first few chapters. Cannot recommend this work.

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A GREAT book for cat owners!

You learn about cats' history, why cats act like cats, and how to improve both your lives. The best part is that it bases all on science. And explains it, so everyone can understand.

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Nice defense of cats, but . . .

I still conclude they're often aloof and haughty. For example, Prof. Vitale assures us that cats recognize when you call their names. So, when they fail to respond to this, they're intentionally ignoring you. A little attention was paid to how feral cats kill native wildlife, upsetting balances in habitats.

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Cats are soooooooo smart.

Loved getting the why's and wherefores of cat behaviour. One thing came clearly through: evolution is smart, especially as relates to the housecat. 😻

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Really enjoyed it!

Awesome narrator, great and useful information that is easily understable for the general public. Worth your time!

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Great Info

Although I don’t currently have any cats, I didn’t have at least two over all of my life until 4 years ago. After 47 years with cats around a lot of this info rings true. Cats are wonderful animals and seemingly get a bad rap, but it seems things are changing.

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Interesting but not quite what I wanted

Lots of scientific information but not enough practical information. For instance, why a cat might suddenly bite and how to avoid that, bathroom problems, how to bathe your cat, what to look for when buying a cat, should an indoor cat get the same vaccinations as an outdoor cat, etc.

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Not Very Practical

I don't care about a study done observing cats' reactions to streamers taped to a ceiling fan. I downloaded this book to try and understand cat psychology and figure out why my cat is always fighting with my dog and other cat. It was not helpful for this. I should have known better, though, since book was written by a Ph.D. Where is the Cesar Millan of cats??

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  • 10-13-21

How to live with your Cat

Excellent manual on enjoying, living with and understanding your Cat.
Fabulous listen, thank you Kristyn :-)

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  • 09-27-21

Really interesting, practical, & well-presented

I really liked this, and it was easy to listen to. The academic material was mixed in, and never felt like a textbook. And the author/narrator has a real passion for her subject, and it shows.