Cat Sense

Advance Praise


“This fascinating book will be a bible for cat owners.”
Booklist, starred review



“[Bradshaw] engagingly synthesizes recent academic research about cats. Chapters covering the origins of cat domestication, feline emotions, and behavior, and the challenges cats face in the future, balance kernels of facts with thoughtful and [surprising analysis]. Readable, practical, and original, this is likely to become the go-to book for understanding cat behavior.”
—Publishers Weekly



“A useful guide to help cat lovers better understand their elusive pets.”
—Kirkus Reviews



“John Bradshaw knows cats. Cat Sense brims with details sure to engage owners and animal lovers alike—and possibly even felines.”
—Alexandra Horowitz, author of Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know and On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes



“Based on rock solid science, Cat Sense is a beautifully written whirlwind tour of all things feline—from the influence of ancient Egyptian funeral rites on the behavior of modern cats to practical tips on how to keep an indoor cat happy. I am so glad I read this book… and so is my cat Tilly!”
—Hal Herzog, author of Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard To Think Straight About Animals



“This fascinating book is one of the finest ever written about cats. There was hardly a page where I did not learn something new, and John Bradshaw’s many practical suggestions are truly excellent. Any cat lover is bound to discover in it much that is useful, interesting, and entertaining.”
—Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of
When Elephants Weep and The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats



Cat Sense makes sense of cats for us from an entirely fresh perspective, using a combination of history, science, logic, and a heartfelt compassion, certainly inspired by his own lovely kitty, Splodge. John Bradshaw has given us all the gift of being able to truly comprehend our pussycats and offer them the unselfish and satisfying life we have never quite known how to do until this book opened our eyes.”
—Tracie Hotchner, author of The Cat Bible and host/producer of Dog Talk (and Kitties, Too!) on NPR and Cat Crazy and Cat Chat & Dog Talk on the Radio Pet Lady Network

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