The Character of Cats
By Stephen Budiansky
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.
Stephen Budiansky - scientist, author and journalist - is a correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly. He has written about science and nature for many publications, including the Economist, Science and the New York Times, and is a former Washington Editor of the international science journal Nature. He lives with his wife and two children on a small farm in Virginia, where he keeps horses and is an experienced rider.
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22 Oct 2015
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