Think Cat: An Owner's Guide to Feline Psychology Paperback – 12 Jun 2004
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About the Author
David Taylor is an eminent and highly respected veterinary surgeon. He founded the International Zoo Veterinary Group in 1969 and now travels widely across the globe, treating everything from giant pandas to killer whales. He is the author of over 40 pet care books including the bestsellers The Ultimate Dog, You and Your Dog and Hamlyn's My Dog is a Genius, as well as Test Your Dog's IQ, another title in the Hamlyn All Colour Petcare range. He has also appeared on several TV shows.
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I bought this specifically to see if there was any advice regarding my cat's behaviour and was grateful to find out not only was there some helpful advice but a lot of information that I hadn't come across before.
David Taylor is a fine writer, his experience as a vet (to some very exotic species!) has given him a wider insight into the feline world, and using short anecdotes from his working life gives a light humourous touch.
The best thing about this book is that it is very comprehensive given it's size. Where some books obviously concentrate on kittenhood and the early development stages to exclusion of later life this includes a lot more on the ageing process, physical and mental. It's also the first book I've come across that has given detail on how cats grieve on losing a beloved friend, be it a human or another cat.
All of this is tremendously helpful if you have older cats and want to be able to understand the changes from there former, more lively, selves.
Overall I'd say that this will prove to be an invaluable book, it covers so much and explains in detail.
A small caveat regarding this edition: there are a few typos and repetitions scattered through the chapters. It doesn't detract from the writing but it can be a little irritating if you are reading the entire book rather than just a relevant chapter or two.
But Think Cat claims to be "An Owner's Guide to Feline Psychology" and it patently isn't. Desmond Morris's book Catwatching does a far better job on that score. Think cat is overly credulous, and apparently swallows whole such nonsense as Telepathy in cats while its treatment of cat behaviour is largely descriptive rather than explanatory. There's little insight to be found here unlike the similarly titled and presumably equivalent book "Think Dog" I didn't feel any greater understanding of cats after finishing the book nor did it arm me with any new tools or comprehension with which to help deal with my cats.
Overall then, it's a good book but it isn't what it claims to be.
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