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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 ownersbut 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 environmentshowever smallsufficiently
interesting, and becoming more proactive in managing both their natural hunting instincts and their relationships with
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' livesand ours.