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

John Bradshaw follows up Dog Sense by turning his attention to the domestic cat, the most popular pet in the world, in Cat Sense. Citing the old maxim "dogs have owners, cats have staff," Bradshaw sets off to examine feline science in an effort to understand better the enigmatic creature.

Cat Sense looks at the history of the domestic cat: its genetic roots, how it came to be domesticized and its transition to house pet. From there, Bradshaw examines the interaction of cat and human, showcasing facts even most avid cat owners will find fascinating and enlightening, about such matters as cats' solitary natures and the biology behind purring.

Despite its popularity, the domestic cat also has a growing group of detractors who revile the animal because of its purported hunting character. Bradshaw addresses this behavior and discusses how humans once desired cats for this reason. He also offers up potential ways to keep domestic cats evolving so that they remain compatible with humans.

Using research, his background in anthrozoology and his personal experiences with cats, Bradshaw has written a scientific book that remains easily accessible to any cat owner. He admits up front there is still plenty to learn about the domestic cat, but Cat Sense is a solid starting point and a must for present owners and potential owners alike. Readers will be more aware of their companions' behaviors and what those behaviors mean in terms of the human-cat relationship, thereby creating a richer, more fulfilling connection for each. --Jen Forbus of Jen's Book Thoughts

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