Cat Sense

The Feline Enigma Revealed

Author: John Bradshaw

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780241960455

Category: Cats

Page: 336

View: 2937

Why do cats get stuck up trees? What makes them purr? Why do they kill? Do they really like us? What are they thinking? John Bradshaw, one of the world's leading experts on animal behaviour, overturns many of the myths surrounding cats to reveal the true nature of our most enigmatic companions: what makes them tick, how they relate to humans (and each other), and what they really need to make them happy. 'You could buy a dozen books by the many cat whisperers, cat gurus and cat therapists, but their accumulated wisdom would probably not help you understand your cats as well as Cat Sense.' Tom Cox, Observer 'Friendly and engaging, packed with excellent cat facts.' Steven Poole, Guardian '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 'Bradshaw wants us to be better owners, and draws on the latest research - much of it is his own - to show us how.' James McConnachie, Sunday Times 'A must-read for cat owners.' The Lady

Cat Sense

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

Author: John Bradshaw

Publisher: Basic Books (AZ)

ISBN: 0465031013

Category: Pets

Page: 336

View: 6621

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.

Dog Sense

How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You A Better Friend to Your Pet

Author: John Bradshaw

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465031633

Category: Pets

Page: 352

View: 6608

Dogs have been mankind's faithful companions for tens of thousands of years, yet today they are regularly treated as either pack-following wolves or furry humans. The truth is, dogs are neither--and our misunderstanding has put them in serious crisis. What dogs really need is a spokesperson, someone who will assert their specific needs. Renowned anthrozoologist Dr. John Bradshaw has made a career of studying human-animal interactions, and in Dog Sense he uses the latest scientific research to show how humans can live in harmony with--not just dominion over-- their four-legged friends. From explaining why positive reinforcement is a more effective (and less damaging) way to control dogs' behavior than punishment to demonstrating the importance of weighing a dog's unique personality against stereotypes about its breed, Bradshaw offers extraordinary insight into the question of how we really ought to treat our dogs.

The Inner Life of Cats

The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions

Author: Thomas McNamee

Publisher: Hachette Books

ISBN: 0316262862

Category: Pets

Page: 288

View: 1277

Our feline companions are much-loved but often mysterious. In The Inner Life of Cats, Thomas McNamee blends scientific reportage with engaging, illustrative anecdotes about his own beloved cat, Augusta, to explore and illuminate the secrets and enigmas of her kind. As it begins, The Inner Life of Cats follows the development of the young Augusta while simultaneously explaining the basics of a kitten's physiological and psychological development. As the narrative progresses, McNamee also charts cats' evolution, explores a feral cat colony in Rome, tells the story of Augusta's life and adventures, and consults with behavioral experts, animal activists, and researchers, who will help readers more fully understand cats. McNamee shows that with deeper knowledge of cats' developmental phases and individual idiosyncrasies, we can do a better job of guiding cats' maturation and improving the quality of their lives. Readers' relationships with their feline friends will be happier and more harmonious because of this book.

The Behaviour of the Domestic Cat

Author: John W. S. Bradshaw,Rachel A. Casey,Sarah L. Brown

Publisher: CABI

ISBN: 1845939921

Category: Medical

Page: 251

View: 2304

The behaviour of domesticated animals is a subject of great importance to students of animal behaviour and veterinary medicine, as well as interested pet owners. This new edition of the 1992 book fully updates the original chapters with new research from the past two decades, while also including two new chapters covering behavioural disorders due to pathologies and from misdirected natural behaviour. " Fully updated throughout" New chapters" Written by well-renowned feline behaviour expertsThe book aims to present a readable overview of the behaviour of the domestic cat, adopting both a mechanistic and functional approach. The first half of the book is mainly concerned with physiological, developmental and psychological aspects; this includes chapters on domestication, the development of the senses, learning, communication and feeding behaviour. To provide a comprehensive resource on the subject, the second half of the book looks at social behaviour, hunting and predation, cat-human interactions and welfare. Also essential reading for cat breeders and researchers of domestic animal behaviour, this new textbook is the quintessential source of cat behaviour information.

The Animals Among Us

How Pets Make Us Human

Author: John Bradshaw

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465093159

Category: Pets

Page: 384

View: 6346

The bestselling author of Dog Sense and Cat Sense explains why living with animals has always been a fundamental aspect of being human Pets have never been more popular. Over half of American households share their home with either a cat or a dog, and many contain both. This is a huge change from only a century ago, when the majority of domestic cats and dogs were working animals, keeping rodents at bay, guarding property, herding sheep. Nowadays, most are valued solely for the companionship they provide. As mankind becomes progressively more urban and detached from nature, we seem to be clinging to the animals that served us well in the past. In The Animals Among Us, anthrozoologist John Bradshaw argues that pet-keeping is nothing less than an intrinsic part of human nature. An affinity for animals drove our evolution and now, without animals around us, we risk losing an essential part of ourselves.

In Defence of Dogs

Author: John Bradshaw

Publisher: Penguin Books

ISBN: 9780141046495

Category: Pets

Page: 324

View: 1878

What would dogs ask for, if they knew how? In the Sunday Times bestseller In Defence of Dogs John Bradshaw, an anthropologist at Bristol University who has been at the centre of the latest research into what makes dogs tick, gives us the answers.Overturning the most common myths about dogs' emotions and behaviour, this book shows how we should really treat our pets, and stands up for dogdom: not the wolf in canine clothes, not the small furry child, not the trophy-winner, but the real dog, who wants to be part of the family and enjoy life - mankind's closest friend. This is the real science that every dog lover needs to know.

Feline Behavioral Health and Welfare

Author: Ilona Rodan,Sarah Heath

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

ISBN: 1455774014

Category: Medical

Page: 480

View: 6299

Learn to manage the physical and psychological well-being of your feline patients with Feline Behavioral Medicine: Prevention and Treatment. From house soiling problems to aggression, this all-new reference offers detailed guidance on assessing, treating, and preventing the full spectrum of feline behavioral problems. Material is organized by both topic and life stage for quick access to the information you need. Plus its incorporation of patient education materials, instructive images, and the latest AAFP guidelines, makes it an invaluable addition to any vet clinician's library. "This book ... will undoubtedly become THE reference in that very specific field." Reviewed by: Fabienne Dethioux on behalf of Royal Canin: Vets Today, January 2016 UNIQUE! Focus on the prevention of behavior problems is found throughout the majority of the book to show clinicians how to incorporate behavioral considerations into general practice. Comprehensive, holistic care fusing the physical and psychological well-being of feline patients serves as a foundation for all content. International team of expert contributors provides in-depth, authoritative guidance using the most up-to-date information available. Updated information on preventive advice and treatment recommendations follows the guidelines set forth by the AAFP. Client handouts and behavior questionnaires in the book help vets clearly communicate with clients about their cat's behavior.

The Cat's Table

Author: Michael Ondaatje

Publisher: Vintage Canada

ISBN: 030740143X

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 6523

From Michael Ondaatje: an electrifying new novel, by turns thrilling and deeply moving -- one of his most vividly rendered and compelling works of fiction to date. In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy boards a huge liner bound for England. At mealtimes, he is placed at the lowly "Cat's Table" with an eccentric and unforgettable group of grownups and two other boys. As the ship makes its way across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal, into the Mediterranean, the boys find themselves immersed in the worlds and stories of the adults around them. At night they spy on a shackled prisoner -- his crime and fate a galvanizing mystery that will haunt them forever. Looking back from deep within adulthood, and gradually moving back and forth from the decks and holds of the ship to the years that follow the narrator unfolds a spellbinding and layered tale about the magical, often forbidden discoveries of childhood and the burdens of earned understanding, about a life-long journey that began unexpectedly with a sea voyage. From the Hardcover edition.

Cat Vs. Cat

Keeping Peace when You Have More Than One Cat

Author: Pam Johnson-Bennett

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780142004753

Category: Pets

Page: 224

View: 8184

In a companion volume to Think Like a Cat, a noted animal behaviorist explains the secrets of a peaceful multiple-cat home environment, discussing such topics as communication, territories, cat relationships and hierarchies, and how to diffuse a variety of bad behavior among different cats. Original.

Blood and Circumstance

Author: Frank Turner Hollon

Publisher: MP Publishing

ISBN: 1596929111

Category: Fiction

Page: 170

View: 2117

From the acclaimed author who has mastered his own genre of psychological mystery, 'Blood and Circumstance' takes on issues of mental illness, family bonds, and nature versus nurture. Told entirely through the pretrial interview sessions between an accused murderer and his court-appointed psychologist, this suspenseful tale leaves the reader wondering exactly whom they can trust.

The Cat's Mind

Understanding Your Cat's Behavior

Author: Bruce Fogle

Publisher: *Howell Book House

ISBN: 9780876057957

Category: Pets

Page: 208

View: 2015

Offering insight into the complex personalities and sometimes unpredictable behaviors of cats, a guide for inquisitive owners explains feline communications, learning patterns, behavioral differences, and problems. Reprint.

What I Don't Know About Animals

Author: Jenny Diski

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300176848

Category: Nature

Page: 320

View: 3013

Explores the complex relationship between humans and animals by examining philosophical, scientific, and literary material.

The Reluctant Prophet

Author: Gillian O'Rourke

Publisher: Grimbold Books, Kristell Ink

ISBN: 1909845183

Category: Fiction

Page: 412

View: 1363

There's none so blind as she who can see . . . Esther is blessed, and cursed, with a rare gift: the ability to see the fates of those around her. But when she escapes her peasant upbringing to become a priestess of the Order, she begins to realise how valuable her ability is among the power-hungry nobility, and what they are willing to do to possess it. Haunted by the dark man of her father's warnings, and unable to see her own destiny, Esther is betrayed by those sworn to protect her. With eyes newly open to the harsh realities of her world, she embarks on a path that diverges from the plan the Gods have laid out. Now she must choose between sacrificing her own heart's blood, and risking a future that will turn the lands against each other in bloody war. The Reluctant Prophet is the story of one woman who holds the fate of the world in her hands, when all she wishes for is a glimpse of her own happiness.

The Ring of Darkness

Author: T.R. Michaud

Publisher: Page Publishing Inc

ISBN: 164027958X

Category: Fiction

Page: 324

View: 8377

Nestled amongst the large, oak trees known as the Border Forest is a small, farming community, Oakhurst Village. The people of the place live in relative peace with only a problem arising once in a while from one of the wood’s native animals, but at the beginning of spring things seem to change. Villagers and folk traveling through the area start disappearing, and a chaos seems to take hold of the land during the darkness of night rendering Oakhurst under siege from someone or something preying on its people. Captain Woodrow of the local militia orders a patrol to be sent out to investigate the happenings but even the twelve man unit comes up missing. The dark enigma seems to dig its claws in deeper until a group of fresh, young adventurers are hired by the captain: Calvin; the honor-bound knight, Faith; the young, upcoming mage, Devis; the mysterious, elven fighter, and Moric; the self-proclaimed “locksmith.” Their mission: “Find out who or what is behind all the disappearances.” Is it a man-eating beast or something more sinister and dark?


Author: John Wyndham

Publisher: New York Review of Books

ISBN: 159017853X

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

View: 5921

In Chocky, pioneering science-fiction master John Wyndham confronts an enigma as strange as anything found in his classic works The Day of the Triffids or The Chrysalids—the mind of a child. It’s not terribly unusual for a boy to have an imaginary friend, but Matthew’s parents have to agree that his—nicknamed Chocky—is anything but ordinary. Why, Chocky demands to know, are there twenty-four hours in a day? Why are there two sexes? Why can’t Matthew solve his math homework using a logical system like binary code? When the questions Chocky asks become too advanced and, frankly, too odd for teachers to answer, Matthew’s parents start to wonder if Chocky might be something far stranger than a figment of their son’s imagination. Chocky, the last novel Wyndham published during his life, is a playful investigation of what being human is all about, delving into such matters as child-rearing, marriage, learning, artistic inspiration—and ending with a surprising and impassioned plea for better human stewardship of the earth.

The Animals Among Us

The New Science of Anthrozoology

Author: John Bradshaw

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780141980164


Page: 384

View: 5169

Keeping pets is expensive, time-consuming, and seemingly irrational - so why do so many of us have an animal in our lives? Pet-keeping is much more than just a simple pastime. As John Bradshaw reveals in this highly original new work, our connection with animals is one of the very things that makes us human. In The Animals Among Us, Bradshaw takes us to the heart of Anthrozoology, a new science dedicated to discovering the true nature and depth of the human-animal bond. Following the thread of our affection for animals, from today's pet lovers all the way back to our ancient ancestors, Bradshaw reveals how animals have always been an integral part of our lives- indeed, they have shaped the evolution of our minds and our bodies. Now, as increasing numbers of species are under threat, John Bradshaw warns us that if we lose the animals among us, we risk losing an essential part of ourselves.

Understanding Cat Behaviour

Author: Gordon Roberts, Dr.

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781500620202

Category: Pets

Page: 100

View: 8463

Cats may be the most enigmatic of all domestic animals – intelligent, inquisitive and a law unto themselves. But this snappy and highly readable book clears up most of the mystery and lets you know just why your cat does the things it does – and also tells you how to deal with feline behaviour problems.Written by experienced vet and animal behaviour expert Gordon Roberts, you'll learn how to interpret the wide range of feline vocalisations, from mews and meows to squeaks and shrieks, and you'll discover just what's going on with a cat's body language. This is also an essential practical guide to training a cat, with careful instructions on socializing your pet – whether it's a new kitten coming to terms with the outside world, or an older animal settling down in a new home. You'll also get important veterinary insights into the science behind a cat's dietary needs.Delivered in an engaging and lively style throughout, this book also offers endlessly intriguing insights that will fascinate any cat lover. You'll learn about the science and statistics behind cats' seemingly supernatural ability to land on their feet, and face up to the facts of the age-old debate over canine versus feline intelligence.Informed and informative and backed by years of veterinary experience, this book is the perfect introduction to feline behaviour, whether you are a first-timer or an experienced cat owner, and the insights it offers will ensure a more fulfilling and rewarding relationship with your pet.Chapters:Understanding Cat BehaviourIntroductionChapter One – VocalizationsChapter Two – Body LanguageChapter Three – SocializationChapter Four – Righting ReflexChapter Five – Scent Spraying and RubbingChapter Six – Body PostureChapter Seven – Eating and DrinkingChapter Eight – KneadingChapter Nine – Feline IntelligenceConclusionResources

To Say Nothing of the Dog

Author: Connie Willis

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 9780307574084

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

View: 6237

From Connie Willis, winner of multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards, comes a comedic romp through an unpredictable world of mystery, love, and time travel... Ned Henry is badly in need of a rest. He's been shuttling between the 21st century and the 1940s searching for a Victorian atrocity called the bishop's bird stump. It's part of a project to restore the famed Coventry Cathedral, destroyed in a Nazi air raid over a hundred years earlier. But then Verity Kindle, a fellow time traveler, inadvertently brings back something from the past. Now Ned must jump back to the Victorian era to help Verity put things right--not only to save the project but to prevent altering history itself. From the Paperback edition.

Animal thinking

Author: Donald Redfield Griffin

Publisher: Harvard Univ Pr


Category: Science

Page: 237

View: 3391