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The answer to the intriguing title question as well as others can be found in this carefully researched work on feline natural history and evolution. Page, a former editorial director of Natural History magazine and a prolific author of nonfiction (e.g., Do Dogs Laugh?) and mysteries, traces cats from the time they first adapted their feline form about 20 million years ago. He gives readers a cat's-eye view of why cats hunt even when they are full, why territory is so important, and why no self-respecting cat would eat vegetables. The result is a convincing case for an all-meat diet. To help explain various theories, hypotheses, and speculations as to why cats are such amazing creatures, Page offers numerous anecdotes of his own cats along with personal observations. As in Stephen Budiansky's The Character of Cats, there is solid science content that will help readers recognize we should let cats be cats and what a darn good job they have done of domesticating us. Appendixes on types of cat food and health problems by breed are helpful. For popular science collections in medium to large public libraries and large academic libraries.