Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better by John Bradshaw

By John Bradshaw

Cats were well known loved ones pets for hundreds of thousands of years, and their numbers basically proceed to upward thrust. at the present time there are 3 cats for each puppy on this planet, and but cats stay extra mysterious, even to their so much adoring proprietors. In Cat experience, well known anthrozoologist John Bradshaw takes us extra into the brain of the household cat than ever ahead of, utilizing state-of-the-art medical examine to provide an explanation for the genuine nature—and needs—of our tom cat associates. Tracing the cat’s evolution from solitary hunter to domesticated spouse, Bradshaw exhibits that cats stay self reliant, predatory, and cautious of social touch, characteristics that frequently conflict with the calls for of our glossy life. If we’re to reside in concord with cats, Bradshaw contends, we first have to comprehend and adapt to their historical quirks.

A must-read for any cat lover, Cat feel demanding situations our most elementary assumptions approximately cats and offers to dramatically enhance their lives—and ours.

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For example, such a relationship exists today between the dingo and some Aboriginal tribes of Australia. The dingo is a not a true wild dog, but is descended from domestic dogs that escaped into northern Australia several thousand years ago and became successful predators, rather like the wildcats of Cyprus. Some Aborigines find dingo puppies irresistible and take them from the wild to keep as pets. However, as they grow into adolescence, these puppies become a considerable nuisance, stealing food and harassing children, so they are driven back into the wild.

However, these fragments are uncommon; moreover, they could well have come from wild cats, perhaps killed for their pelts. Rock paintings and statuettes of catlike animals from the following millennia, discovered in what is now Israel and Jordan, could conceivably depict domesticated cats; however, these cats are not depicted in domestic settings, so they may well be representations of wild cats, possibly even big cats. Yet even if we assume that these pieces of evidence all refer to early forms of the domestic cat, their very rarity still must be explained.

Confirming this, we also have evidence for prehistoric importations of tamed cats to other large Mediterranean islands, such as Crete, Sardinia, and Majorca. The most likely reason for taming wildcats is also evident from the first settlements on Cyprus. Right from the outset, these habitations, like their counterparts of the time on the mainland, became infested by house mice. Presumably these unwanted mice were stowaways, accidentally transported across the Mediterranean in sacks of food 9780465031016-text_Layout 1 6/19/13 1:47 PM Page 4 4 Cat Sense or seed corn.

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