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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.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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.
16 of 18 people found this review helpful
Bradshaw has produced a study that examines the history and biology of the cat from a fair and rational position. It is a dense and sometimes a little over-detailed work but Malcolm’s narration keeps it moving. A very useful addition to any cat lovers knowledge base and an exceptionally intelligent analysis of the future of domestic cats (and their human care-givers).
What would have made Cat Sense better?
Make it engaging and interesting so I don't lose focus.
What was most disappointing about John Bradshaw’s story?
How could the performance have been better?
Less monotone please. I suppose it's the fault of the writer because it's very dull material.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Cat Sense?
I wouldn't go on and on and on about the history of cats at the start of the book.... to be honest I didn't make it further than history about cats because the book was so boring. I wanted to become a better pet owner, not become knowledgeable in every little detail about the history of cats.
Any additional comments?
BORING. Finishing the listen to this audiobook is right at the bottom of a very long list of things to do.