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

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

by John Bradshaw

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Based on cutting edge science, this bestselling book on the inner lives of cats is "for any who may wonder what their feline companions are really thinking" ( The New York Times).

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 lingering 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 lived together for eight thousand years, cats remain independent, predatory, and wary of contact with their own kind, qualities that often clash with our modern lifestyles. To live in harmony with our cats, Bradshaw explains, we first need to understand their inherited quirks including understanding their body language, and 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465064960
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 09/09/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 170,248
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

John Bradshaw is Foundation Director of the Anthrozoology Institute at the University of Bristol, where he was previously the University Research Theme Leader for Animal Welfare and Behaviour. Author of the New York Times> bestseller Dog Sense, Bradshaw has contributed articles on cats and dogs to BBC Wildlife magazine, Your Cat magazine, BC Focus magazine, and the New York Daily News.

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Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
silverarrowknits More than 1 year ago
Cat Sense is an all-encompassing book about the domestic cat. The first few chapters describe the history of cats and their domestication. John Bradshaw then discusses some of his research with the modern, domesticated cat. The final chapters discusses how cats are seen in contemporary society and some of his concerns about how cats are treated (i.e., spaying and neutering cats). Let's discuss each of these sections in turn. I really enjoyed the chapters on the history of cats. It is something that is rarely discussed in history textbooks, and I found it quite interesting. The chapters on the authors experiments and observations of cats were intriguing; however, I wish he had provided more detail on the experiments themselves. It was frustrating not to have a full picture of the experimental procedures. I am a researchers by trade, so this concern may not be a problem for others. The last few chapters, especially the final chapter were intriguing to read, because he focused his discussion on some controversial ideas. Primarily, he discussed how he dislikes spaying and neutering, because it prevents certain genes from becoming dominant in the cat populations. Specifically, he notes that well-adjusted cats that like to be around humans get spayed and neutered by angry, feral cats that never get trapped (for TNR programs) continue to procreate. His ideas are definitely intriguing.  Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. I learned a lot about cats that I would not have learned elsewhere. The book is a bit dense at times, so I recommend reading it in doses. It also doesn't hurt that the book is not too long (< 400 pages). One concern I have about this book is that the author did not report all of his references. He stated that he only put some of the references in the notes section at the end of the book. I find this problematic, because the reader cannot go and check his sources. I understand that the everyday reader may not want all the references, but I think the reader should be able to fact check if interested. Hopefully, the author will list the references online at some point.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author has his own cats but they are outside cats. He never speaks of them lovingly and he appears to think cats are lame and stupid compared to the dog. He gives them no fondness that they love their master and their home and all they want from us is food and water. He talked about the history of the cat more than anything and mostly about wild cats. I have a 5 year old male and wanted a buddy for him so I got a 3 month old male adorable friendly kitten. I did learn that only us, the owners think they want a buddy, and they are happier to be alone. Really? I wanted to read this book to help me get them to be best buddies, but it did not help at all. The book was NOT for cat lovers and there wasn't a cute moment about any cat in it. It was very wordy and more for a historian or scientist studying cat behavior than lessons on how to make you a "Better Friend to Your Pet" as the title indicated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very boring, Bradshaw repeats a lot throughout it. It is educational but I thought it would also be more entertaining about what cats are like. I haven't finished the book yet and not sure if I will. It's not what I thought it would be. Someone else might enjoy it but I was disappointed sorry to say.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sad to see someone that did not spay or neuter his own cats being hearlded as "The Kitty Whisperer". A large percentage of 'outside' cats end up dead. That is not natural selection, it's crappy cat ownership. I only refer to it as ownership because we are obligated to pay for their city/rabis license & tags.
dotnetbrett More than 1 year ago
Amazon has this book for $10.00
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am angry because I typed in "how to care for a pet bunny". It gave me things about cat and dogs. Love Mia
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't read the book yet but it looks good,and sounds even better! I would get it on my nook, but it is $15! But I gaurantee you I will buy it soon!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Feel sorry for this author. The 1 star rating is for B&N, not him. I really wanted to buy his book for my Nook but $27.99 (almost three times Amazon Kindle's $9.80) is an outrageous example of greed on someone's part. Looks like I chose the wrong ereader...will remember this at Christmas.