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House cats rule back alleys, deserted Antarctic islands, and our bedrooms. Clearly they own the Internet, where a viral cat video can easily be viewed upward of 10 million times. But how did cats accomplish global domination? Unlike dogs, they offer humans no practical benefit. The truth is they are sadly incompetent rat catchers and pose a threat to many ecosystems. Yet we love them still.
To better understand these furry strangers in our midst, Abby Tucker travels to meet the breeders, activists, and scientists who've dedicated their lives to cats. She visits the labs where people sort through feline bones unearthed from the first human settlements, treks through the Floridian wilderness in search of house cats on the loose, and hangs out with Lil Bub, one of the world's biggest feline celebrities.
Witty, intelligent, and always curious, Tucker shows how these tiny creatures have used their relationship with humans to become one of the most powerful animals on the planet. The appropriate reaction to a cuddly kitten, it seems, might not be aww but awe.
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By Rebecca Camp on 10-20-16
Ignores any positive data about cats.
I kept waiting for the author to contrast all the negative data about cats effect on the environment, and potentially on health, with some inkling of positive information on our relationship with them, and the bonds we are able to form. Instead, this read like a cat haters manifesto, highlighting the bad and never touching on the good. At times it even felt like she was advocating whole scale cat slaughter. After all, cats are terrible for the environment, and for our physical and mental health, and according to this book, apparently don't like or bond with us in any way at all. Some interesting science, but overall a shortsighted and shallow interpretation of cats relationship with humans in the modern world.
29 of 30 people found this review helpful
By ShirleyC on 11-18-16
Narrator was the best part, otherwise....Meh. A definite downer, although I'm sure it's all too true (casts cats as ultimate, unchangeable villains, responsible for entire species being wiped out, or nearly so, by predation -- a given if you allow cat(s) free, unlimited/"unchaperoned" access outdoors). No "on the other hand", good news, implying that cats aren't "capable" of bonding with humans, merely tolerating being kept, fed, etc. No example (s) of feline/human bonding, we're expected to believe cats are incapable of it. As I said above -- a disappointment (and waste of time). But it IS just one person's take on "cats" in general.
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