The Inner Life of Cats: The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions

The Inner Life of Cats: The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions

by Thomas McNamee

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Overview

Our feline companions are much-loved but often mysterious. In The Inner Life of Cats, Thomas McNamee blends scientific reportage with engaging, illustrative anecdotes about his own beloved cat, Augusta, to explore and illuminate the secrets and enigmas of her kind.

As it begins, The Inner Life of Cats follows the development of the young Augusta while simultaneously explaining the basics of a kitten's physiological and psychological development. As the narrative progresses, McNamee also charts cats' evolution, explores a feral cat colony in Rome, tells the story of Augusta's life and adventures, and consults with behavioral experts, animal activists, and researchers, who will help readers more fully understand cats.

McNamee shows that with deeper knowledge of cats' developmental phases and individual idiosyncrasies, we can do a better job of guiding cats' maturation and improving the quality of their lives. Readers' relationships with their feline friends will be happier and more harmonious because of this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316262873
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 03/28/2017
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 341,993
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Thomas McNamee is the recipient of a 2016 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellowship. He is the author of The Grizzly Bear; Nature First: Keeping Our Wild Places and Wild Creatures Wild; A Story of Deep Delight; The Return of the Wolf to Yellowstone; Alice Waters and Chez Panisse: The Romantic, Impractical, Often Eccentric, Ultimately Brilliant Making of a Food Revolution; The Man Who Changed the Way We Eat: Craig Claiborne and the American Food Renaissance; and The Killing of the Wolf Number Ten. He wrote the PBS documentary Alexander Calder, which won a Peabody Award and an Emmy. He lives in San Francisco.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Kitten 1

Chapter 2 Becoming a Cat 28

Chapter 3 Thinking? Talking? 55

Chapter 4 The Wild Animal in Your House 82

Chapter 5 The Wild Animal at Large 113

Chapter 6 A Good Life 151

Chapter 7 Illness, Aging, and Death 183

Chapter 8 Love 211

Acknowledgments 237

Endnotes 239

Bibliography 247

Index 269

What People are Saying About This

co-authors of Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health - Barbara Natterson-Horowitz M.D. & Kathryn Bowers

"Elegant and absorbing, The Inner Life of Cats offers fascinating insights into the interior world of these mysterious and compelling animals. Required reading for anyone who lives with, loves, or has ever wondered about the deep and ancient connections we share with these magnificent creatures."

author of Animals in Translation - Temple Grandin

"Learn how to give your cat an emotionally satisfying life and create a greater bond with you."

founding editor, Saveur - Dorothy Kalins

"To see an animal in so many ways: as a scientist, a naturalist, a human being, and a writer of uncommon sensitivity, this is Tom McNamee's The Inner Life of Cats; and this book is a gift."

New York Times bestselling author of What the Dog Knows - Cat Warren

"The Inner Life of Cats is filled with shining prose, moments of sheer cat joy—and intimate, careful scientific observation. Thomas McNamee's naturalist's eye, combined with his humor and heart, bring the always wild, yet domesticated cat into delightful, insightful focus."

author of The Animals' Agenda: Freedom, Compassion, and Coexistence in the Human Age - Marc Bekoff

“Cats are fascinating beings who often get the short end of the stick when they're casually and wrongly dismissed as mysterious, solitary, and unemotional animals when compared, for example, to dogs, or when they're accused of being vicious predators on wildlife. In fact, cats, just like Mr. McNamee's beloved Augusta, are highly intelligent, emotional, and sentient animals who have rich and deep inner lives, as well documented in this seminal book in which heartwarming stories and scientific data are nicely woven together. Thomas McNamee's latest book is a much needed corrective and myth-buster for which cat lovers and cats around the world will be most grateful.”

author of The Animal Connection: A New Perspective on What Makes Us Human - Pat Shipman

"THE INNER LIFE OF CATS is a remarkably charming, intelligent, and heartfelt book about cats and humans. In places it moved me to tears and, at other places, to broad grins. Thomas McNamee has brilliantly combined his own experiences with cats and information gleaned from scientific studies, all in immensely readable pages. Every cat-lover should read this fine book."

former editor, New York Times Book Review - Charles McGrath

"Tom McNamee has provided a great service not just to cat lovers but to people like me, who don't much care for them. In this wise, humane, deeply researched book, he makes a persuasive case that these creatures are much more interesting, mysterious, and complicated than we ever gave them credit for. And they probably have misgivings about some of us, too."

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