The Inner Life of Cats

The Inner Life of Cats

The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions

Book - 2017 | First edition
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"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"-- Publisher's website
Publisher: New York : Hachette Books, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316262873
0316262870
Branch Call Number: 636.8 McNamee 2017
Characteristics: 278 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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kjgteach
Jun 29, 2018

I loved this book. Well written, informative, made me laugh out loud and cry many times. The author's journey with his beloved cat, and what he learned from her, is worth the read. But mixed in are accounts of recent scientific research on cats, current veterinary practices, facts about feral cats and bird death and all kinds of stuff that I, as a cat lover, learned from and enjoyed immensely. Thank you Mr. McNamee :)

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Johnallenlewis
Dec 10, 2017

This writer is obviously a good person who loved his cat, Augusta.
However, like many people, his intentions of good care for his charge seem to have gone a bit off track.
I have been in an unusual position of caring for two cats for 15 years and spent the last 3 of those with them every waking moment, which sometimes turned out to be 18 hours per day.
The author of this book has great faith in veterinary practices, which he feels have made great strides recently.
I'd disagree with that. My opinion.
There is a wonderful beginning to the book, but like good magic, it's a momentary distraction from the core of what it says.
I'd look at the progression of the author's life in relation to Augusta, and how the changes affected that little being.
I apologize for being a bit negative about this work. But the suggestions that Thomas McNamee makes for how to care for a cat run against the grain. I leave these comments here to help cat owners question the real value of believing outright this material and to help some poor felines who might be given the wrong treatment, whatever the good intentions.

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Summerday18
Dec 08, 2017

It started out so promising, with lush, evocative writing. Unfortunately, the author relies heavily on a discredited "study" blaming cats rather than humans for tragic losses in North American bird populations. The most useful contributions were an interview with Eileen Karsh about her research of cat behaviour (p. 30-50), and an inside view of cat rescues in no-kill Rome, including a meeting with researcher Eugenia Natoli (p. 113). A review of Mildred Moelk's study of cat vocalization was also interesting (p. 64). Unfortunately the author leaves the impression that trap-neuter-return programs are doomed to failure, lighting on an off-hand comment in Natoli's paper that referred to the challenges of many abandoned cats, without considering the wealth of other research that describes their success in controlling populations of feral cats. Much of the book was devoted to the author's personal experience with a cat, which it seemed to me would have worked better in a separate book.

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jmalone13
Oct 22, 2017

I loved reading this book. The above written summaries are all correct so I won't repeat but will highly recommend for anyone to read but especially people who are attracted to the feline.

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Kl├╝gerKater
Jul 15, 2017

At first glance, you may be inclined to simply label this book as "something only a crazy cat lady would read." However, you can quickly dismiss that notion, as this is truly an academic writing, which in essence is a synthesis of the most relevant scientific research--interspersed with charming anecdotes--concering our feline friends "Felis catus". As a cat owner, I found this book not only to be extremely informative on all things cat-related, but thoroughly enjoyable. For instance, the author delves into the inner nature of the cat (as the title suggests), and actually supports their views with factual evidence--so, do not expect to find a generically written "10 Steps to a Happy Cat" mantra. I also appreciate how all those commonly-held, banal stereotypes are easily dismissed with logic and thorough scientific research (e.g., cats are loners and can take care of themselves). Instead, find out why your cat does the weird things they do, and come away with a better understanding of how you can foster a deeper, more meaningful relationship with your furry companion.

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