The inner life of cats : the science and secrets of our mysterious feline companions / Thomas McNamee.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "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"-- Publisher's website.
    • Content Notes:
      The kitten -- Becoming a cat -- Thinking? Talking? -- The wild animal in your house -- The wild animal at large -- A good life -- Illness, aging, and death -- Love.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-267) and index.
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LJ Reviews 2017 April #1

With the publication of The Lion in the Living Room, Cat Wars, and Call of the Cats, the recent broadcast of The Story of Cats—a PBS Nature documentary—felines have been getting a lot of press lately. The momentum continues with this distinctive work by nature writer and Guggenheim Fellow McNamee (The Killing of Wolf Number Ten), who considers the house cat a unique domesticate. Living in close association with humans for thousands of years has not erased the cat's wild instincts, only tempered them. This title is part personal experience (how McNamee raised a kitten rescued from the Montana snow), part scrutiny of scientific studies about cats, and part advice on best practices for raising a well-adjusted cat. Whatever topics the author weighs in on—cat videos, cat whisperers, feline predatory instincts, what constitutes a good life for a cat, or the experiences of protected ferals in cat-loving Rome (with its army of gattare, or cat ladies)—his opinions are thoughtful and his suggestions humane. Cat owners who believe that one can establish a meaningful relationship with a cat simply by feeding it should read this insightful book. VERDICT Highly recommended for cat lovers and anyone interested in the human-feline bond. [See Prepub Alert, 1/12/17; author Q&A, p. 105.]—Cynthia Lee Knight, Hunterdon Cty. Historical Soc., Flemington, NJ

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