Cat Sense

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5 out of 5 stars
By DMB on 05-24-14

Excellent and essential- though not as expected

Would you consider the audio edition of Cat Sense to be better than the print version?

Yes. This could have been more boring in text though images would be nice to complement this kind of information. I thought this would be about how to handle or live with cats effectively (for all). It ended that way but was mostly about the history and evolution of the cat and it's relationship with humanity. Therefore most of the narration was about the history of cruelty and brutality visited upon the cat by humans for centuries at a time. When I realized the whole book would focus on this history I went to turn it off but then decided I really should know more about this history. And I noticed this presentation was more palatable than when I have read of this dark history.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cat Sense?

The discussion about PENDING inadvertent harm to the cat species due to 'blanket neutering' was alarming. Points out that when we neuter all pet cats before they reproduce, we prevent all human-friendly cats from reproducing.Therefore only more feral and untamable cats will be available for reproduction leading to a return to mutual hostility between cats and humans. This can only bring a return to cultural acceptance of the brutal treatment of cats. He points out that unthinkable cruelty from humans has returned to regions that had grown in affection and respect for cats. Therefore the cat's acceptance by humans is very shallow culturally across the globe. This suggests humans are more likely to reject and abuse the more wild cats we are grooming genetically.He suggests only a global collaboration between cat advocates and breeders (who are now adding to the problem) can turn the current tide to avoid a most unfortunate future for cats as well as the humans who love them.

What does Graeme Malcolm bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He did a nice job of keeping the information unemotional as well as frank and compassionate toward the cat. He continually spoke of the cat's personality (as well as cultural ignorance and hysteria) as the driver as well as victim of its mostly unfortunate history.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

What we think we know about the cat and how wrong we are.

Any additional comments?

WE SHOULD ALL HEAR THIS INFORMATION BECAUSE THE CAT'S WELFARE CONTINUES TO BE ON THIN ICE. Most of the recent writings about cat behavior are introducing awareness that has been missing in most of the common lore about cats. Those of us who love cats the most must update our information and participate in correcting public consciousness. We still have a long way to go even for the cats we now care for.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Terry on 03-11-14

Not what I had expected

As a cat lover, I was looking for a book that could "make you a better friend to your pet", but this wasn't it. Though impressed by the endless genetic and genealogical information, it was a very tedious listen for me. The few snippets relating to contemporary diet, behaviour and breeding were great and had me listening to every word. Probably 1 interesting hour out of an 11 hour audiobook.

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16 of 18 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Alexandra on 02-24-14

Educational, thought it could be more actionable

I've been thinking about getting a cat, and this was the only cat book on audible that seemed remotely appropriate. On the whole, it was a very interesting listen. Although it started slow, by the end, it had covered just about every subject I was interested in hearing about, and a few I'd never have thought of. I'd've liked it if it had been more prescriptive (or if it came with a written cheat sheet of action items), but on the whole I feel like it helped me reach decisions on the major questions I've been struggling with (one cat or two, what kind of food, what kind of toys, declawed or not, etc.). I'll probably listen to it again at some point, and recommend it to anyone who has or is thinking about getting a cat.

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11 of 13 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Amber on 06-14-17

Less scientific and more anecdotal than I'd like

Much of this book seems to be author opinion and extrapolation from minimal survey sizes. That the author promotes allowing cats to breed, while thousands are killed in shelters, without anything more than a hypothesis to support the notion is pretty irresponsible. He has no evidence that breeding mix breed cats does anything other than make more cats, and while the observations about nurture over nature are good, there's no conclusive evidence that this ideology actually helps cats, especially when the nurture aspect can be applied to deliberately bred cats. Despite his scare mongering, cats will not go extinct any time soon. There is no need to breed random cats.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By JJ HUNSECKER on 12-23-16

Thorough, sympathetic and beautifully read!

Where does Cat Sense rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I learned SO MUCH about cats from this book. Am now reading his book The Trainable Cat. Mr. Bradshaw is a true friend and important ally to cats.

What does Graeme Malcolm bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Narrator captures the tone perfectly.

Any additional comments?

Just loved it!

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Sara on 06-02-16

Up-to-Date and Informative --Just What We Needed!

I grew up with cats, but when we adopted a long-anticipated young cat for my son's 11th birthday, I realized I had not lived with a cat for many years, not lived with a fully-indoor cat, and was probably out-of-date in a lot of my basic assumptions about cats.

This book was just what we needed. It's a fascinating combination of history, science, and practical advice, with an emphasis on understanding (as much as possible), how cats think and why they behave the way they do. I started out looking for a basic cat book, like the many popular books about dog psychology, history, and science. There are fewer of these types of book about cats. This one is superb.

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