In this book, biologist Hofmann seeks an answer to the question, How natural are our house cats after 4000 years of domestication? Accompanied by Wegler's delightful color photographs, Hofmann's text shows that our "lounge leopards" are still natural-born predators and display the same behaviors as cats in the wild. Fascinating feline behaviors are discussed: a 12-year-old cat has been awake for only four years at the most (having spent much of its time catnapping); newborn kittens crowd around their mother's hindmost teats (they contain more milk); and some cats will visit their food dish up to 36 times within a 24-hour period (enjoying the ultimate in snacking). This title is similar in scope to Bruce Fogle's Know Your Cat (LJ 1/92) but contains more text. For public libraries that need another cat behavior title, this is an educational and entertaining purchase.-Eva Lautemann, DeKalb Coll. Lib., Clarkston, Ga.
A reference and coffee table book for cat lovers, covering the history of humankind's fascination with felines in art, religion, and popular culture, and exploring cat behavior and health from birth to old age. Includes some 275 color and 28 b&w photos and illustrations of historical relics and cats and kittens at play. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Thousands of generations lie between the feral catlike creatures of the Eocene epoch and today's tabbies, yet each sweetly purring kitty still harbors a deadly predator inside. Just watch your Great Hunter on the prowl, whether he is stalking a mouse or a ball of yarn, a bird or a bauble on the Christmas tree! This visually rich cat reference reveals every aspect of feline behavior and explains the instincts that drive your cat to scratch the furniture, chew with his head to the side, groom himself, and purr like a motorboat. The author provides helpful advice on everything from rearing kittens to caring for the aging cat, providing valuable information on nutrition, health, and breeding. Amazing color photos by Monika Wegler capture cats in every conceivable pose, showing such events as a cat-fight, the birth of kittens, even a hunting excursion.