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The Character of Cats

Stephen Budiansky

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Prose: non-fiction, Natural history, Cats as pets

The first scientific look at the world of cats: why they do what they do, why they are what they are and how they got to be that way in the first place.

Unlike every other domestic animal, the cat evolved as a solitary animal, not a group-dweller. A cat in a household is almost literally a fish out of water. That cats can nonetheless get along with people and (sometimes) other cats when forced to, is testimony to a remarkable adaptability. But it also makes for an extraordinary range of behaviours.

Cats have for years been the subjects of intensive research in the fields of developmental psychology, learning, emotions, brain chemistry, and perception. THE CHARACTER OF CATS is the first popular book to bring this knowledge to bear on the behaviour and nature of cats. Budiansky enables us to see that many of the things that puzzle and at times baffle or even infuriate cat owners have a rational - though often very surprising - explanation in science.

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  • If you've ever wondered how to toilet train a cat, or keep it off the table and chairs, this is the book for you . . . Felinophiles will find it a delight, and a goldmine of information - Focus on The Character of Cats

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Stephen Budiansky

Formerly Washington editor of the journal Nature, Stephen Budiansky is a senior writer at US News & World Report, where he writes about science, the environment and current affairs. He lives with his wife and two children on a small farm in Virginia.

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