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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"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.
"Excellent and essential- though not as expected"
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.
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.
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.
What we think we know about the cat and how wrong we are.
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.
"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.
"Stereotypical English Academic"
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.
"Up-to-Date and Informative --Just What We Needed!"
I grew up with cats, but when we adopted a long-anticipated young cat for my son's 11th birthday, I realized I had not lived with a cat for many years, not lived with a fully-indoor cat, and was probably out-of-date in a lot of my basic assumptions about cats.
This book was just what we needed. It's a fascinating combination of history, science, and practical advice, with an emphasis on understanding (as much as possible), how cats think and why they behave the way they do. I started out looking for a basic cat book, like the many popular books about dog psychology, history, and science. There are fewer of these types of book about cats. This one is superb.
"hours of tedium"
Hours and hours of repetitive historical information and about 15 minutes of useful tidbits. This is not a book for cat-lovers!
"Gift this book to a doctor or a biology teacher"
I think it's best for listers who miss animal tv shows with British narreations. there is a lot of insights into what a cat can or cannot understand.
I haven't finish the book and its my first reading
Informed BRITISH NARRATION WITH A PACE THAT IS GOOD FOR NOTE TAKING.
I was reassured that cats have a capacity for love and affection and can be nurtured and except love from humans!
Because of all of this factual information; I expect the leave lots of bookmarks and review what I haven't understood.
This book was very informative. I feel like it covered everything and anything to do with cats. Whether in the wild or in the home, I know it all now.
My lower rating is for several reasons:
The narrator was very dry and boring. He read it as if it were a text book not a leisure read.
The recording was poor. Some chapters would repeat midway through. It was as if it would rewind and begin again.
Hard to hold my attention. Though informative there were chapters that could have been edited better.
Overall not wonderful but educational.
John Bradshaw's research on feline science was thorough and interesting. His going back in history and tracing the feline species across time and geography was a cerebral book. I gave the book 4-stars, because it is the best book on cats I've found.
I have three cats plus have had four who have since passed. One is a feral and one lost her mother at two weeks. Bradshaw explained their behavior and made me understand them both better.
How kittens learn behaviors and need human socialization.
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