What is really going on behind those luminous feline eyes?
Affectionate yet aloof, intelligent and inquisitive yet dangerously careless, the more-or-less domesticated house cat intrigues us as no other animal can. Now Barbara Holland offers cat lovers a fascinating, funny, and refreshingly candid look at their feline companions:their history, lore, and secrets, and their complicated relations with people and with each other.
Secrets of the Cat is a lively appreciation of cats as we know and love them, with witty analysis and fresh observations about felines both high and low. Here are Winston Churchill’s ginger tom, who attended cabinet meetings;Teddy Roosevelt’s cat, Slippers, who came to dinner; and even the author’s own George II, who was bitten by a mouse and adopted by a blue jay. BarbaraHolland’s warm, vivid speculations on cats’ lives and times—on their social,psychic, and mythological legacy, and their impenetrable mysteries—will give readers a delightful cat’s-eye view of the world.
Reviews for Secrets of the Cat: Its Lore, Legend, and Lives
Its not often that a cat book surprises me. I've read many of them, all with more or less the same information. This book has information, much of it I had not heard before, interspersed with interesting, non-cutesy stories of cats that the author had known.She discusses such things as the ever controversial cats indoors or inside/outside, declawing, and the topic that is sure to drive cat people to arms, diet.She does this with great humor, grace, and a full understanding of cat behavior. The anecdotes that she describes are humorous, but with respect to the cat. She manages that fine balance between current cat science, and keeping things easy to read, accessible.I think this book has the best reason I have ever seen as to why to get a cat fixed: A cats sexuality is like a drug or addiction, the cats vision is narrowed to a pinpoint, its mental landscape contracted to a single thought. Getting a cat fixed will release a cat and allow him the opportunity to discover the world on his terms.One thing the author does say - is that kittens are cute and adorable. The book was written in 1988. At the time, modern animal rescue was just starting to take off and best practices were being developed. I suspect the act of fostering animals, specifically kittens, was not something that was available.This is a very well written book about cats. I would recommend it to anyone who likes cats, and even thinking about getting a cat. One think to note, at the end of the book, there is a sort of "guide to cats", essentially a few sentences about a topic. It includes things like medical, diet, behavior, etc. I would suggest investing in a book aimed at the topic of cat health, rather than depend on a few sentences at the back of the book.read more
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