This month three lucky Cool for Cats UK readers will get their hot little paws on a hardback copy of the fantastic Cat Sense by John Bradshaw (the man behind BBC2’s recent documentary ‘The Secret Life of the Cat’). This prize has been supplied by the publishing company, Penguin Books, who also sent me a copy of the book to review – which you can read below the giveaway rules.
To enter the giveaway please leave a comment at the end of this post. Entries must be in before midnight on 30th September 2013. Only one entry per person, please! The three winners will be selected by a random electronic draw on 01/10/13 and notified by email. Each winner will receive one hardback copy of Cat Sense by John Bradshaw. Prizes must be claimed within 14 days of notification by email, otherwise a new winner or winners will be selected. Sorry, but this giveaway is only open to addresses within the UK!
Review – Cat Sense by John Bradshaw
This book is rooted firmly in scientific fact, and references scientific studies and (humane) experiments throughout – but don’t let that put you off! Speaking as someone who is intrigued by cats and feline behaviour but who can often struggle with scientific literature, I found Cat Sense by John Bradshaw to be an absolutely fascinating read. The author, a scientist (and cat owner) who has studied cats and how they interact with their owners for 25 years, has managed to pull off the rare feat of transforming scientific fact into very readable prose. The resulting book provides a historical account of the transition our cats have made from solitary wildcat to much-loved companion, and serves to give a greater understanding both of the way our cats think and of the relationships they form with us and each other.
If, like me, you’ve a vague notion that cats first began to tag along with us humans back in ancient Egypt you’re about 6,500 years out – members of the felis lybica (Arabian wildcat) family first began to show their faces around human settlements 10,000 years ago. And, while we’re on the subject, those ancient Egyptians had a horribly paradoxical relationship with their cats. We all know that the ancient Egyptians revered their felines, and often endowed them with spiritual significance; but were you aware that they also bred cats in their thousands, and then ritualistically slaughtered them to provide the raw materials for a lucrative cat mummy industry?
Fortunately, ritualistic slaughter has now largely lost its appeal, and the average domestic cat can go about their business safe in the knowledge that they won’t end up on a mummification production line. But modern life is by no means easy for the majority of our moggies: the very fact that the cat is now the most popular choice of pet on the planet has put enormous pressure on the emotional well-being of our feline friends.
This book will give you a comprehensive insight into what it means to be a cat in today’s society – the chapter which deals with how cats interact with each other may prove to be a real eye-opener, and help you appreciate just how stressful life can be for the modern moggy. John Bradshaw also explores the relationships cats form with their owners (it’s official, by the way: they do love us!), and reveals that a cat’s purr is a more complex method of communication than most of us assume.
Anyone who reads Cat Sense – from cat novice to seasoned cat person – will come away with a much deeper understanding of what goes on inside the feline mind, which will surely result in an improved quality of life for our cats. And you can’t get a better recommendation than that!
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