Cats

Cat Sense

The Feline Enigma Revealed

Author: John Bradshaw

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780241960455

Category: Cats

Page: 336

View: 9274

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
Pets

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: 1995

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.
Pets

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: 1317

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.
Pets

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: 5977

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.
Medical

Practical Feline Behaviour

Understanding Cat Behaviour and Improving Welfare

Author: Trudi Atkinson

Publisher: CABI

ISBN: 1780647832

Category: Medical

Page: 292

View: 2122

Practical Feline Behaviour contains all the relevant information that a veterinary nurse or technician needs to understand and handle the behaviour and welfare of house cats, and to offer safe and practical advice to clients. There have been ground-breaking advances in our understanding of feline behaviour in recent years and, to protect the welfare of cats, it is increasingly important that anyone involved with their care, especially those in a professional capacity, keep up to date with these developments. This approachable and down-to-earth text describes the internal and external influences on feline behaviour; on communication, learning, social behaviour, the relationship between behaviour and disease, and the cat - human relationship. It also provides practical advice on how the welfare of cats in our care may be protected and how behaviour problems should be addressed and how to avoid them. In this book Trudi Atkinson draws on her extensive experience as a veterinary nurse and a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist to provide a rapid reference and an intensely practical feline behaviour resource for owners, breeders, veterinary professionals, shelter and cattery workers and anyone involved in the care of our feline companions.
Pets

The Trainable Cat

A Practical Guide to Making Life Happier for You and Your Cat

Author: John Bradshaw,Sarah Ellis

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465096492

Category: Pets

Page: 352

View: 5971

A New York Times Bestseller "I have to hand it to Bradshaw and Ellis: Once you suss out their basic cat-training philosophy, their methods totally work." --Slate We often assume that cats can't be trained, and don't need to be. But in The Trainable Cat, bestselling anthrozoologist John Bradshaw and cat expert Sarah Ellis show that cats absolutely must be trained in order to enrich the bond between pet and owner. Full of training tips and exercises--from introducing your cat to a new baby to helping them deal with visits to the vet--The Trainable Cat is the essential cat bible for cat owners and lovers. "I doubt you'll find a more well-informed or scientific book on cats that better shows you how feline thinking works."--Times (UK)
Pets

Think Like a Cat

How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat--Not a Sour Puss

Author: Pam Johnson-Bennett

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101552670

Category: Pets

Page: 432

View: 7640

America's favorite cat behavior expert, author of Catwise and Cat vs. Cat, offers the most complete resource for cat owners of all stripes, now fully updated and revised. "The queen of cat behavior" - Steve Dale, author of My Pet World Think it's impossible to train a cat? Think again! By learning how to think like a cat, you'll be amazed at just how easy it is. Whether you are a veteran cat lover, a brand-new owner of a sweet kitten, or the frustrated companion of a feline whose driving you crazy, Pam Johnson-Bennett will help you understand what makes your cat tick (as well as scratch and purr). Topics range from where to get a cat to securing a vet; from basic health care to treating more serious problems; choosing an inrresistible scratching post and avoiding litterbox problems. A comprehensive guide to cat care and training, she helps you understand the instincts that guide feline behavior. Using behavior modification and play therapy techniques, she shares successful methods that will help you and your cat build a great relationship. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Pets

The Animals Among Us

How Pets Make Us Human

Author: John Bradshaw

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465093159

Category: Pets

Page: 384

View: 7970

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.
Pets

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: 1239

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.
Architecture

Rosslyn Chapel Decoded

New Interpretations of a Gothic Enigma

Author: Alan Butler,John Ritchie

Publisher: Watkins Media Limited

ISBN: 1780286104

Category: Architecture

Page: 304

View: 9144

Rosslyn Chapel is a deeply enigmatic 15th-century Gothic masterpiece, situated near Edinburgh. Although generally referred to as a 'chapel' and acting as a local parish church these days, Rosslyn is actually much more than either - and in fact most people who have studied the site in detail come to the conclusion that those who created the structure in the 15th century were not, in reality, intent on building a Christian church at all. In fact, nothing at Rosslyn is what it seems. With its overpowering air of mystery, its superlative stone carvings and its strong Templar and Freemasonic connections, Rosslyn represents one of the most absorbing historical puzzles in Britain. The discovery of new evidence by the authors puts a new slant on the motivations of those who decided to create a New Jerusalem in the Scottish Lowlands. The signs pointed the authors to a lost holy relic - the skull of St Matthew the Evangelist, in whose name the chapel is dedicated. There is startling evidence that this skull came to Rosslyn in the early 15th century, brought there by polymath, librarian and all-round genius Sir Gilbert Hay, who also put together a substantial library. What follows is no less than an adventure, using the clues from the lost books to locate St Matthew's skull - now in Washington, DC. The authors also embark on a thorough examination of Rosslyn Chapel's credentials, both a Christian church and as an icon of the impending Renaissance, a reconstruction of King Solomon's Temple and an astronomical observatory - all suffused with ancient beliefs that would have had the chapel's builders burned at the stake if their true motivations had been discovered.
Medical

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: 3402

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.
Comics & Graphic Novels

Junji Ito's Cat Diary: Yon & Mu Volume 1

Yon & Mu

Author: Junji Ito

Publisher: Kodansha Comics

ISBN: 1682330125

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 160

View: 6893

HELL-O-KITTY Master of Japanese horror manga Junji Ito presents a series of hissterical tales chronicling his real-life trials and tribulations of becoming a cat owner. Junji Ito, as J-kun, has recently built a new house and has invited his financée, A-ko, to live with him. Little did he know…his blushing bride-to-be has some unexpected company in tow—Yon, a ghastly-looking family cat, and Mu, an adorable Norwegian forest cat. Despite being a dog person, J-kun finds himself purrsuaded by their odd cuteness and thus begins his comedic struggle to gain the affection of his new feline friends.
Games & Activities

The Escape Book

Can you escape this book?

Author: Ivan Tapia

Publisher: Aurum Press

ISBN: 1781317690

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 176

View: 946

Can you escape this book? The first book to be based on the fast growing phenomenon of escape rooms, The Escape Book is filled with challenges, puzzles and mysteries for you to solve and escape! Sometimes, there is no easy way out... You're an investigative journalist – and you've learned too much. Your mission is to escape the labyrinth where you have been trapped and expose the corrupt, high-flying businessman, Castian Warnes. This is no easy feat, but your life depends on it. Based on the worldwide phenomenon of Escape Rooms, this book puts your ingenuity and perseverance to the test. You must solve puzzles, optical illusions, conundrums and anagrams to finally escape both the labyrinth and the book – it’s a reading experience like no other. †‹Are you ready for the challenge?
Medical

Feline Behavioral Health and Welfare

Author: Ilona Rodan,Sarah Heath

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

ISBN: 1455774014

Category: Medical

Page: 480

View: 1034

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.
Fiction

The Cat's Table

Author: Michael Ondaatje

Publisher: Vintage Canada

ISBN: 030740143X

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 4269

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.
Biography & Autobiography

Out of Egypt

A Memoir

Author: André Aciman

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312426552

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 339

View: 8476

The son of a flamboyant Jewish clan recounts his family's move to turn-of-the-century Alexandria, the family's many colorful members, its pursuit of wealth and happiness, and its struggles with anti-Semitic and anti-Western nationalism. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
Nature

What I Don't Know About Animals

Author: Jenny Diski

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300176848

Category: Nature

Page: 320

View: 5761

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

The Enigma of Reason

Author: Hugo Mercier,Dan Sperber

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674368304

Category: Philosophy

Page: 408

View: 7919

If reason is so useful and reliable, why didn’t it evolve in other animals and why do humans produce so much thoroughly reasoned nonsense? Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber argue that reason is not geared to solitary use. It evolved to help justify our beliefs to others, evaluate their arguments, and better exploit our uniquely rich social environment.
Pets

In Defence of Dogs

Author: John Bradshaw

Publisher: Penguin Books

ISBN: 9780141046495

Category: Pets

Page: 324

View: 3349

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.
Fiction

The Ring of Darkness

Author: T.R. Michaud

Publisher: Page Publishing Inc

ISBN: 164027958X

Category: Fiction

Page: 324

View: 1358

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?