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Author: Desmond Morris
"The domestic cat is a contradiction. No animal has developed such an intimate relationship with mankind, while at the same time demanding and getting such independence of movement and action. The dog may be man's best friend, but it is rarely allowed out on its own to wander from garden to garden or street to street. The headstrong cat...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780517565186
ISBN-10: 0517565188
Publication Date: 12/31/1987
Pages: 136
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 27 ratings
Publisher: Crown
Book Type: Hardcover
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I found this book to be nothing special and in fact wrong in at least one major area. Mr. Morris thinks only "pet" cats whose hunting instinct has been frustrated "play" with their prey. Having grown up on a farm with working cats whose only food supplement was a pan of milk at milking time, I've seen too many games of "catch and release" to be taken in by this unfounded supposition. In fact, too many of the "reasons" for cat behavior in this book are clearly suppositions.
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This is a fascinating book that answers so many common questions asked about the companion cat: "Why do cats purr?", "Why do cats keep crying to be let out and then cry to be let in again?", and "Why does a cat like being stroked?", just to name a few.

Author, Desmond Morris has surprise answers for all of us and his writing is easily read without a touch of being pedantic.
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Another book for us, cat lovers!