"The Inner Life of Cats is a remarkably charming, intelligent, and heartfelt book about cats and humans. In places it moved me to tears and, at other places, to broad grins. Thomas McNamee has brilliantly combined his own experiences with cats and information gleaned from scientific studies, all in immensely readable pages. Every cat-lover should read this fine book."
— Pat Shipman, author of The Animal Connection: A New Perspective on What Makes Us Human
"Cats are fascinating beings who often get the short end of the stick when they're casually and wrongly dismissed as mysterious, solitary, and unemotional animals when compared, for example, to dogs, or when they're accused of being vicious predators on wildlife. In fact, cats, just like Mr. McNamee's beloved Augusta, are highly intelligent, emotional, and sentient animals who have rich and deep inner lives, as well documented in this seminal book in which heartwarming stories and scientific data are nicely woven together. Thomas McNamee's latest book is a much needed corrective and myth-buster for which cat lovers and cats around the world will be most grateful."
— Marc Bekoff, author of The Animals' Agenda: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Human Age
"Elegant and absorbing, The Inner Life of Cats offers fascinating insights into the interior world of these mysterious and compelling animals. Required reading for anyone who lives with, loves, or has ever wondered about the deep and ancient connections we share with these magnificent creatures."
— Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, MD and Kathryn Bowers, co-authors of Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health
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.
The Inner Life of Cats will help make relationships with your feline friends happier and more harmonious.
"How Dogs Work is quite simply a ‘must have’ for all dog enthusiasts, dog behaviorists, and training professionals and is an illuminating joy to read for all dog owners.”
— Peter Neville, The Ohio State University and the Center of Applied Pet Ethology, Sheffield, UK
Admit it. Most of us cherish our dogs as family members and deeply value our that special bond we have with them. And, just like many of our family members, even crazy Uncle Leo, they possess behaviors and qualities that are both endearing and puzzling.
Isn’t it time we knew more about who Fido and Scout really are? How Dogs Work will provide some keys to unlocking the origins of many of our dogs' most common, most puzzling, and most endearing behaviors.
How well do we really know dogs? People may enjoy thinking about them as 'man’s best friend', but what actually drives the things they do? What is going on in that little fur-covered head of theirs as they look at us with their big, sad eyes?
Approaching dogs as a biological species rather than just as pets, the authors Raymond Coppinger and Mark Feinstein draw upon their extensive knowledge gained from years of field research and hands-on experiments to accessibly explain the evolutionary foundations underlying dog behaviors. How Dogs Work is their guide to understanding your dog and its behavior.
By examining the central importance of the shape of dogs: how their physical body affects behavior, how shape interacts with the environment as animals grow, and how all of this has developed over time. Shape, they tell us, is what makes a champion sled dog or a Border collie that can successfully herd sheep.
How Dogs Work will give you valuable insight into such mysteries as why dogs play; whether dogs have minds and, if so, what kinds of things they might know; why dogs bark; how dogs feed and forage; and the influence of the early relationship between mother and pup.
Going far beyond the cozy lap dog, Coppinger and Feinstein are equally fascinated by what we can learn from the adaptations of dogs, wolves, coyotes, jackals, dingoes, and even pumas in the wild, as well as the behavior of working animals like guarding and herding dogs.
How Dogs Work is definitely a 'must-have' for all dog owners.
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