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A Cat Is Watching
     

A Cat Is Watching

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by Roger A. Caras
 

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Dog and cat owners who prefer to avoid pet salons will rush to but this full-color illustrated volume. It shows the best ways to bathe, brush, comb, and clip a dog's coat--plus grooming cats, too. Here's required reading for dog and cat owners who want their pet groomed right! More than 100 photographs.

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Dog and cat owners who prefer to avoid pet salons will rush to but this full-color illustrated volume. It shows the best ways to bathe, brush, comb, and clip a dog's coat--plus grooming cats, too. Here's required reading for dog and cat owners who want their pet groomed right! More than 100 photographs.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a cat's view, contends Caras ( A Celebration of Cats ), we have neither fur nor feathers; our skin tone registers as rather gray; and our everyday voices and movements prove far from diverting. Given the dullness apparently inherent in humans, it's a wonder cats haven't turned to another species for the gratification of their ``obvious desire to be the ultimate hedonistic materialist.'' How, then, have we managed to occupy the feline attention for 4000 years? Caras, a wildlife reporter for ABC and the proud owner of 10 cats, seeks the answer to this question in fascinating detail. Among the facts he unearths: cats like snuggling up to our faces and necks because the sound of the carotid artery pumping blood comforts them. But paradoxically, Caras points out, the neck ``is one of the places a cat would be likely to bite you if you were mouse-sized and it was hungry. Not wanting to bite you there as expressed by cuddling up and listening to the target may be a way of expressing friendship, and the human partner in the exercise may in fact be inadvertently expressing a measure of submission.'' BOMC alternate; QPBC alternate. (Oct.)
Library Journal
To explain how cats perceive and interact with humans and other animals, Caras explores feline physical and psychological makeup, including such phenomena as ``Incredible Journey'' talents (cats can find their way home, even when they've been transported miles away) and ESP abilities. A knowledgeable, experienced animal writer, Caras surveys familiar behaviors scientifically and appreciatively. He balances clinical/technical data with a variety of tales that will appeal to cat devotees. While there's not much new here, Caras blends it together nicely to provide interesting, educational reading. At this price, however, only libraries truly needing a new nonfiction cat book will probably consider seriously for purchase. BOMC alternate.-- Carolyn Alexander, Technical Information Ctr., Fort Ord, Cal.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671724436
Publisher:
Touchstone
Publication date:
09/15/1990
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
0.55(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

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A Cat Is Watching 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
SheilaDeeth 3 months ago
Illustrated in various styles with line drawings, sketches and black and white photographs, A Cat I s Watching by Roger A. Caras offers a smooth blend of anecdote, analysis and personal opinion. The author invites readers to ponder how a six foot man might appear to a tiny kitten, why a pride of lions might view safari humans in their car the same way we view zoo animals, and just what that cat staring solemnly over the fence might have in mind. The cat’s mind is different from the human’s of course, and the author does an excellent and truly intriguing job of suggesting how the senses (not necessarily five) interact, how instincts are formed and informed, and how, in fact, cats aren’t half as independent as they appear. I have to confess, I’m more of a dog person myself. But A Cat Is Watching could easily hook me on cats. If only one were watching me so I could give it a home. Disclosure: A friend loaned me this after a visit to a cat cafe.