Review of Catwatching by Desmond Morris.

If you have ever wanted to know "How a cat manages to fall on its feet," "How a cat uses its whiskers," "Why do cats purr," "Can cats predict earthquakes" and the answers to well over a hundred other questions about cats, then this is most definitely the book for you.

Illustrated with 143 amazing cat photographs (hard-cover edition) This book examines the mystery of a cat's behavior in both its social and sexual life and does it brilliantly.

The introduction gives a brief general history of the domestic cat, an overview of cat behavior, a discussion about cat owners and a concept of the way the modern cat fancy became established.

Doctor Desmond Morris also goes into detail as to the purpose of observing cats.

If you are in need of a giant referencing work about cat health issues, breeds or breeding information then this probably is not the book for you.

The meat of this book is in the questions that it poses, and then answers in an entertaining, as well as informative style.

  • What does a cat signal with its eyes? Can you use this information to improve your relationship with your cat?
  • Why are cats attracted to people who don't like them? Is there something inherently wicked or perverse in the cat personality, or is there a simpler explanation?
  • Why do cats react so strongly to catnip? The answer may amaze you.
  • Why do cats hiss? Is there a connection with snakes?

This book has been around for a few years now, so it is not the latest tome to leave casually lying on your coffee table, but the information this beautifully illustrated book contains remains fascinating.

Highly recommended as a gift for a cat lover.

Desmond Morris studied animal behavior at Oxford University and established a behavior research group at London Zoo.

He is also well known for his extensive studies into human behavior, his many books include Catlore, The Naked Ape, Manwatching and Bodywatching.

Catwatching : Why Cats Purr and Everything Else You Ever Wanted to Know

Cat Bathing
Cats do a very good job of keeping themselves clean, so is cat bathing at all necessary? In what circumstances is it a good idea to bathe your cat?

Cat Dehydration.
In most cases, if your cat is showing symptoms of dehydrating you will need to get her help. Cat dehydration is too serious to take chances with. If in any doubt consult your veterinarian.

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