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The Hidden Language of Cats: How They Have Us at Meow

The Hidden Language of Cats: How They Have Us at Meow

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Descended from shy, solitary North African wild cats, domestic cats set up homes with devoted owners all over the world by learning how to talk to us. This book translates--in case you missed anything.

A renowned cat behavior scientist of over thirty years, Dr. Sarah Brown has been at the forefront of research in the field, discovering how cats use tail signals to interact with each other and their owners. Now, she reveals the previously unexplored secrets of cat communication in a book that is both scientifically grounded and utterly delightful.

Each chapter dives into a different form of communication, including vocalizations, tail signals, scents, rubbing, and ear movements. The iconic meow, for example, is rarely used between adult cats--cleverly mimicking the cries of a human infant, the meow is a feline invention for conversing with people. Through observing the behavior of two cat colonies in rural England, readers will also have the opportunity to glimpse into the lives of some of the cats behind Dr. Brown's science.

Can we understand what cats' meows and other signals mean? How do cats actually perceive us? And how can we use this information to inform how we talk back to our feline friends? Referencing historical records, exploring modern scientific studies of cat-human communication, and including simple, elegant line drawings, The Hidden Language of Cats is perfect for any cat lover who wants to learn more about their companion.

Author: Sarah Brown
Publisher: Dutton
Published: 10/17/2023
Pages: 272
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.97lbs
Size: 9.25h x 6.34w x 0.83d
ISBN: 9780593186411

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 08/15/2023
Publishers Weekly 08/28/2023

About the Author
Sarah Brown gained her PhD on the social behavior of neutered domestic cats while working at the Anthrozoology Institute at Southampton University in the United Kingdom. She has since worked as an independent cat behavior counselor, as a consultant for the cat-toy industry, and has conducted research for and worked with several UK animal charities. She authored The Cat: A Natural and Cultural History, which has been published in four countries; cowrote The Behaviour of the Domestic Cat, 2nd edition; and contributed to The Domestic Cat: The Biology of Its Behaviour, 3rd edition. Sarah lives in London, England, with her family, her dog, Reggie, and her cats, Bootsy and Smudge.

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