The Character of Cats: The Origins, Intelligence, Behavior and Strategems of Felis Silvest by Stephen Budiansky
Simultaneously affectionate and suspicious, adaptive and intractable, dependent and aloof, cats are the least tamed and yet the most successful domestic species. Drawing upon new research into cat genetics, brain chemistry, evolution, social behavior, and interaction with humans and fellow felines, acclaimed author and scientist Stephen Budiansky explores the mysteries of these amazing creatures. Wide-ranging, lively, and engaging, The Character of Cats also covers the full spectrum of feline fact and lore, from history, superstition, and religious imagery to hunting patterns, sexual behavior, and preferred colors. This smart, wonderfully readable book finally gives cats their due.
Author Biography: Stephen Budiansky is the author of six highly acclaimed books about animals, nature, and science. He is a correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly.