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

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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, and yet cats remain more mysterious, even to their most adoring owners. Unlike dogs, cats evolved as solitary hunters, and, while many have learned to live alongside humans and even feel affection for us, they still don’t quite “get us” the way dogs do, and perhaps they never will. But cats have rich emotional lives that we need to respect and understand if they are to thrive in our company. 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 dispel the myths and explain the true nature of our feline friends. Tracing the cat’s evolution from lone predator to domesticated companion, Bradshaw shows that although cats and humans have been living together for at least eight thousand years, cats remain independent, predatory, and wary of contact with their own kind, qualities that often clash with our modern lifestyles. Cats still have three out of four paws firmly planted in the wild, and within only a few generations can easily revert back to the independent way of life that was the exclusive preserve of their predecessors some 10,000 years ago. Cats are astonishingly flexible, and given the right environment they can adapt to a life of domesticity with their owners—but to continue do so, they will increasingly need our help. If we’re to live in harmony with our cats, Bradshaw explains, we first need to understand their inherited quirks: understanding their body language, keeping their environments—however small—sufficiently interesting, and becoming more proactive in managing both their natural hunting instincts and their relationships with other cats.A must-read for any cat lover, Cat Sense offers humane, penetrating insights about the domestic cat that challenge our most basic assumptions and promise to dramatically improve our pets’ lives—and ours.
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    Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet
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  1. chrismon
    We have already seen what happens with humans, look at Royal families and history. Despite dire predictions cats will survive. We had a feral kitten and he was fabulous. The problem might be too many ditched pure breeds that were not quite right.
  2. slykat12
    I have not read the book but the premise is completely sound/correct regarding cat behavior and future. We are making a mistake by not allowing the smartest and most people friendly cats not to mate. We have taken dogs and created via selective breeding over 100 different types from great Dane to Chihuahua. We have smart dogs and not so smart dogs.  
    I do not see any reason why cats in just a few generations can't be guard cats or cats that can do many tricks. But we need to get the overpopulation under control first and that won't happen anytime soon. I personally believe all pet stores should not sell cats and dogs. There are perfectly fine kittens at the shelter. Why do you need to pay at a store supporting cat breeding.
    It is so sad that we support breeders for pure breds but not cat intelligence. Anyone knowing the smallest bit of science knows that the offspring of parents with similar genetics is LESS physically healthy than the offspring of parents holding diverse genes. Mutts/moggie/mixed cats will always be the hardier of the species.
    And while enjoying the beauty of a pure bred Maine Coon I can't help but wonder the moral implications if we choose to do the same with humans. Only allowing say the blond blue eyed to mate. The ethics are indeed disturbing when looked at from that angle.
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