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Cat Sense: The Feline Enigma Revealed [Format Kindle]

John Bradshaw
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A mind-altering book ... What makes Bradshaw's book so valuable is his positive thinking. How can we make the cat less anxious? How can we help? (Lynne Truss The Times)

Exceptionally thorough ... Bradshaw's concern and love for cats shines through ... You could buy a dozen books by the many cat whisperers, cat gurus and cat therapists that exist in our feline-obsessed modern world, but their accumulated wisdom would probably not help you understand your cats as well as Cat Sense (Tom Cox Observer)

Bradshaw wants us to be better owners, and draws on the latest research - much of it is his own - into feline behaviour to show us how ... He offers admirably pragmatic solutions ... An entertaining book, written in a relaxed style (James McConnachie Sunday Times)

Biologist and animal-behaviour expert John Bradshaw's book [is] friendly and engaging, has helpful tips for cat owners, and is packed with excellent cat facts (Steven Poole Guardian)

A fascinating book every cat owner should read (Irish Times)

Witty, surprising writing ... There is his delight in detail, a talent for dismantling myths, but most importantly an ability to build a coherent and entertaining theory from an apparent contradiction that all cat-lovers will recognise: we seek to understand cats even though it is our lack of understanding that makes us love them (The Herald)

[Praise for In Defence of Dogs]: The most fantastic book, a revelation (Observer)

Essential reading (Daily Telegraph)

A case grounded in kindness and science ... Authoritative, wise and rather moving (Independent)

Présentation de l'éditeur

From John Bradshaw, one of the world's leading experts on animal behaviour, and the author of the Sunday Times Bestseller, In Defence of Dogs, Cat Sense is a scientific portrait of the true, surprising nature of cats

Worshipped as gods, feared as demonic servants, seen as both wild opportunists and beloved companions, cats often seem as unfathomable, enigmatic and magical to us today as they did in ancient times. They have lived with humans for at least ten thousand years (far earlier than the reign of the Pharaohs), and today are the most popular pet in the world. That they now outnumber the dog, man's 'best friend', by three to one, is small wonder: at once affectionate and self-reliant, they seem to be perfectly suited to our busy 21st Century lifestyles. Yet cats still think like the wild scavengers and hunters from which they are descended - and to which they can quickly revert. Today, they face unprecedented challenges in their life with humans: from conservationists who cast them as a threat to wildlife; from other cats who they compete for territory with; and from good-intentioned owners and vets with misconceptions of what they require.

Cats need not so much our sympathy, but our understanding, if they are to continue to enjoy our companionship. The recent surge in feline science - with John Bradshaw at the forefront - means we are now better equipped to understand them than ever before. Cat Sense offers us for the first time a true picture of one of humanity's closest and most enigmatic companions.

Praise for In Defence of Dogs:

'The most fantastic book, a revelation' Observer

'Essential reading' Daily Telegraph

'Nothing less than a manifesto for a new understanding' Guardian

'A case grounded in kindness and science ... Authoritative, wise and rather moving' Independent

'A wonderful, reassuring, and encouraging book' Literary Review

'A wonderfully informative, passionate book' Economist

John Bradshaw is a biologist who founded and directs the world-renowned Anthrozoology Institute, based at the University of Bristol. He has been studying the behaviour of domestic cats and their owners for over 25 years, and is the author of many scientific articles, research papers and reviews. He is also the author of the Sunday Times bestseller, In Defence of Dogs.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 tout sur les chats 23 août 2014
Par msa
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indispensable si vous voulez vraiment comprendre votre chat, mais aussi l'histoire de la domestication du chat, ou plutôt de l'adoption des humains par les chats...
(attention, livre en anglais)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent book--interesting, well-researched, accessible 6 septembre 2013
Par D. Dupont - Publié sur
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This is a solid book on an under-researched topic: cats.

The first three chapters provide a context for thinking about cats in today's world. The author discusses the history of the domestication of cats and traces their emergence as a "truly global phenomenon."

In the middle chapters, the focus is on how different the senses and brains of cats are from humans. Cats, we learn, are not little furry humans. The author discusses the way cats gather information, how they interpret and use that information, and the way their emotions guide their actions. The science in these chapters is fascinating.

The author goes on to examine the social life of cats--the connections they make with one another, and the science of cat "personality." The chapter on "Cats and Their People" is especially good. It discusses the human preference for "baby-faced animals," but points out that the physical appearance of cats cannot explain the affection humans have for them. Cats owe their success as pets, the author writes, because they are open to building relationships with humankind. The discussion of what cats feel for humans, and the analysis of purring, will warm the hearts of cat owners.

The book closes with a look at the different pressures cats are under in today's world. The evolution of cats, the author argues, is moving away, rather than toward, better integration with human society.

The book reveals that cats and dogs are more different than we might have imagined. "The dog's mind has been radically altered from that of its ancestor, the gray wolf; cats, on the other hand, still think like wild hunters." There is much to be learned from this work.

NOTE: One reviewer here says the author "advocates breeding." That's not quite right. The author says that we should not be breeding cats for appearance--which is what is done today. If there is to be breeding, it should be done in order to select behaviors. The author is not calling for breeding, however.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Feline Psychology--what makes a cat tick? 6 septembre 2013
Par Joanna Daneman - Publié sur
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This is one of the best books on feline "psychology" and cat nature that I've read. Either you are a cat person or you are not; I've had cats almost continuously for more than fifty years and I like them. They are easy to care for, affectionate, yet sometimes you'll get a cat with a quirk and it drives you crazy. I found some of the quirks explained in this book--for example, why "Oriental" (ie Persian and Siamese cats) eat wool or other fabrics. I have had several Siamese and all of them were dangerous around wool. Eating yarn is bad--it can wrap around a cat's intestines and cause a deadly condition. The observation that Siamese do indeed seem more prone to nervous disorders and eating fabric to comfort themselves is true in my experience as well.

I enjoyed the chapter on the domestication of cats. Cats have not been domesticated nearly as long as dogs. Domestic cats more or less hark back to Ancient Egypt, and the author discusses how the wildness is just below the surface in any cat, which may account for the fact that some people find them difficult to understand and call them "aloof" or unfriendly, even. But it's all to do with their nature.

There is info all sorts of cat psychology and physiology, for example, the effect of "scruffing" --which can be controversial. This is picking a cat up by the loose skin on the back of the neck, same as a mommy cat would do to a kitten. I happen to know from my own animal physiology classes that this causes a relaxation effect in a cat --they go limp when you pick them up by the scruff, same as when Mommy Cat picks up a kitten, and this is an actual physiological effect that will calm a cat. But it looks nasty to some people. Other cat behaviors also hark back to kittenhood and soothe a nervous kitty, such as "kneading" or "knitting." When cats pulse their paws against your side or a blanket, they are repeating nursing behavior, pushing Mommy Cat for more milk, and thus going back to infant bliss. (My university degree is in zoology, so perhaps I look at things slightly differently than most folks when it comes to animals--but I find all this absolutely fascinating.)

There is information about purebred cats and their specific traits in this book. This is proper for a book on cats; the breeding of cats has produced a lot of variants, such as the flat face breeds and other extremes. This discussion is proper for a cat book; my cat is a dumpster rescue, but he turns out to be a purebred Siberian (we were surprised when we found ths out.) He was probably tossed out by an irresponsible person because he has birth defects.

Breeding cats however, is controversial because there are millions of feral cats, the product of their amazing fertility. A pair of cats over a few years can be the progenitors of literally (litter-ly) thousands of offspring. These cats, your "dumpster cats" eat wildlife, and are not only eating rodents (yay!) but also birds and can make a dent in the local songbird population. So stabilizing wild feral cat populations and spaying and neutering are key. But the author talks about cat breeds and this book would not be complete without a rundown about the various types of cats.

So I'm not dinging this book for discussing breeding, which is a scientific endeavor. If you feel that there are too many cats in shelters, as I do, then adopt one, as I did and will always do in future. Anyone who dings this book for containing valid information about cat breeds is being unfair; you can discuss cat breeds and then go right down to the shelter and adopt a cat and that's what I always do. But the information belongs in this book and is interesting as well. I would not have known as much about my adopted cat if I didn't have access to such information.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 It makes Sense to overlook this book's flaws 8 décembre 2013
Par K Becker - Publié sur
Cat Sense is worth your time, I wish I could have given it four stars, but it had some flaws that kept it from that rating. It gets many things right. The structure of the book is clear and moves cleanly from the evolution and history of the cat to behaviors and quirks that makes this animal a beloved pet. I learned a lot about my cat, confirming some things I suspected and correcting some misunderstandings. I appreciated most the scientific grounding of the book, especially in regards to the ecological impact of cats. Bradshaw does not get sucked into the "cats are innocent" and "cats are indiscriminate killers" dichotomy. Reality is much more complex. However, the book was frustrating in that it wasn't written very well. Chapters closed with recaps of content like students trying to pad papers for length. I felt like I could have skipped the last two or three pages of most chapters. If it had been more fluidly written I probably would finished it much quicker. Still, I'm glad to have finished it and recommend it for anyone interested in cats.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A look at your cat 2 septembre 2013
Par Jill Meyer - Publié sur
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"Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet", is written by British anthrozoologist, John Bradshaw. Bradshaw is also the author of "Dog Sense", a similar book about...dogs. "Cat Sense" is not a manual for cat ownership but rather a broad look at cats in history, cats in today's world, and cats in the future.

The reason I'm pointing out that John Bradshaw is British is that cats are treated a bit differently there than in the US. Most Americans keep their pet cats inside their houses and apartments, basically for safety reasons. In Britain, as Bradshaw points out, many pet cats are allowed to roam. This immediately plays in to the hue and cry about "predator cats", who are hunting birds and other fragile wildlife when let outside. Obviously, the answer to this is to keep your damn cat INSIDE - for both his sake and the birds and wildlife! But it seems that way too many cats outside the US are allowed to roam and provisions are made for this roaming through the use of cat-doors. Of course, we're not even discussing feral cats, which are a problem everywhere.

John Bradshaw is very good at explaining the scientific origins of cats, the ins-and-outs of cat genetics, and the reasons cats - and their owners - do the things they do. His book is fascinating when looking at the past of cats to explain the present, and how pet cats could easily slip back to feral status if placed in a non-protected setting.

As an American cat owner, I was a bit put off by Bradshaw's seeming assumption that most people let their pet cats roam. We don't. A British cat owner may feel more at ease with his writing about that part of cat ownership. It's an important point in this book. Oh, and the drawings of the cats are quite charming. A big plus. Bradshaw's cats, in particular, are wonderful.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 A disappointment 29 septembre 2013
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
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I bought this book because it was on a "recommended" list in a magazine I read. It was a disappointment from beginning to end - the author repeats his 3-4 main points ad nauseum and never gets around to offering any advice for a cat owner to better interact with their pet. Additionally, the author makes the assumption that most people let their cats outside and a lot of the book is dedicated to the issue of domestic cats hunting wildlife. I didn't find any of the information in the book new or useful.
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