- 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)
Catwatching Hardcover – 30 Oct 1986
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting insights into cat behaviour. A must for anyone allowed to share their home with a cat.Published 7 months ago by Zappa 55
Excellent and fascinating read into the cat world. Well worth buying.Published 15 months ago by Michael Jones
I'd recommend this book for all cat lovers who want to know a bit about feline behaviour in a light and simple way. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Rita