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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.