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Catwatching Hardcover – 30 Oct 1986

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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd; 1st ed. edition (30 Oct. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224028685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224028684
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 360,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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New paperback edition of classic No 1 bestseller on cat behaviour --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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New paperback edition of classic No 1 bestseller on cat behaviour --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
This is a beautiful book packed full of colour photographs.It answers questions that have intrigued many a cat lover. Such as why does a cat like being stroked? Why do cats sometimes reject their food? Why do cats eat grass? Having a few cats myself, I could identify with ever aspect of this book, and I now feel I understand them a little better. A must have for every cat lover.
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Format: Paperback
I have read the text-only version of this book and it was great. We've always had cats in our family from when I was little to now and I love them. This books explains things I never realised and certainly helps me understand more of their behaviour. For instance, when a cat rolls over exposing his or her tummy - you reach out to give the cat a tummy rub and the cat gets annoyed and walks off in a huff! Well now I know why.
It's not massively in depth, but I think it's great for any cat owner who wants to interact better with their pet.
I have now ordered this illustrated version as a present for my mum.
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Format: Paperback
Fascinating reading, though lacking as a complete guide to cats.
I loved the illustrations, it's a beautiful coffee table book.
There are interesting sections, such as 'why do cats drink dirty water?'- bcause they are very sensitive to the chemicals in the nice clean water we give them, and 'why does the female scream during the mating act?'- because the male has spines on his penis (ouch!).
There are also many sections that cat lovers will skim because it's familiar territory.
I had hoped for something on helping cats integrate new animals into the house and teaching cats to avoid the road, but all in all I really enjoyed it.
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Format: Paperback
I found a remarkable description of the cats' behaviour! Although very short descriptions they were very thorough in plain english. I didn't think much of it when it arrived, but I ended up reading the entire book in 1 day. It changes the way you see your cat and cats in general so that you have a clear understanding so as to why they behave the way they do! A must read for every cat owner.
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Format: Paperback
I found this to be a great introduction to the world of cats.

Whilst it doesn't go into fantastic detail it is nevertheless a revealing book into the behavior of mans second best friend. I felt that I gained quite a lot of information, and could referance it immediately whilst observing the behaviour of my own cat.

I recommend this book to anyone wanting some understanding of cats, but not wishing to go to deep.
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Format: Hardcover
I never knew why my ginger tomcat was so different playing in the fields from the grown-up kitten he pretended to be at home. Somtimes I was not even sure if it was really him. He did not want to see me, his voice changed, and then, suddenly, realising it was me, he has his high babyvoice and comes to me purring. Thanks to this book I recognise more catbehaviour than I did before. A nice book. The cats agree.
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Format: Paperback
what a fab little book. ive had cats all my life and have spent endless hours cat watching but even i learnt some new things from this book and hopeing it improves my relationship with my furry companion! really good read, wide areas covered a good buy!
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I'm very pleased with my purchase.

I like the way the book is laid out with all the questions. It's nice to just flick through.

I've also got Roger Tabor's 'Understanding Cat Behaviour' and this filled in some of the gaps of the stuff Tabor didn't address. Whereas Tabor's intended more as a 'problem solver' this book is full of intriguing articles on stuff which Tabor didn't touch upon.

Lots of nice pictures. Not necessarily pretty pictures of cats posing and looking pretty, but ones of them with dead birds in their mouths and throwing mice about the place. But don't fear, there are some really gorgeous pictures of kittens in there too!

One cool thing I did, suggested in the book, was rub a coin over the teeth of a comb near my cat, Jemima. Like the book said she would, she started licking her lips. Apparently, sometimes they yawn and sneeze when you do this. It's said that this behaviour is like a human rubbing his/her head or a chimpanzee scratching its chin; it's a sign of indecisiveness. The cat doesn't know whether to investigate the sound or stay away, as it might be a rattlesnake or dangerous frog!

I recommend the book to anyone - a new cat owner or long-term cat-lover. Being of the latter group, I feel it has deepened my knowledge. You read something about the cat that you already know and then you discover something interesting about that behaviour which you wouldn't have thought of yourself. So, I think it was well worth it.

Thanks to Lucy for a quick transaction :D
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