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The Cat

A Natural History

Sarah Brown



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Quarto Books
03 March 2020
The Cat: A Natural History takes an absorbing, in-depth look at the biology, behaviour and diversity of this popular animal.

Provides a comprehensive, richly illustrated introduction to the natural and cultural history of the cat Offers an in-depth discussion of behaviour, including social organisation, communication, courtship, and learning Covers anatomy and physiology, including mobility, predation skills, and the genetics of coat colours Features clear and accessible text plus infographics, diagrams, and 250 stunning colour photographs Includes a beautiful photographic directory of more than forty breeds Tracking the evolution of the cat from its first ancestor, the Pseudaelurus, to the emergence of the modern domestic cat, Sarah Brown looks at how different lineages of the species developed and how the domestic cat Felis came into contact with humans.

Clear accounts of how the cat's body functions help explain its extraordinary ability to balance, assess its hunting abilities, and understand its health and dietary needs. Details about the range of coat types and colours and their genetics give a comprehensive overview of the many breeds and non-breeds we see today. Descriptions of the function of whiskers, the cat's reliance on their sense of smell, and the sensory importance of the tongue all contribute to our understanding of the cat's physiology.

Cat communication by different means is covered, including vocalisation and non-vocal communication. Whether living in the wild, on the streets or in a domestic setting, learning how to relate to other cats is a central element to cats' socialisation, and this is discussed as part of an in-depth look at cat behaviour.

The cat's notorious independent spirit and how it affects the cat-human relationship is assessed, and we take a look at attitudes to cats over the centuries and show how cats have featured in culture. The author offers advice on how to promote feline harmony in a multi-cat household, and how to enhance your pet's physical and mental well-being.

A directory of breeds features gorgeous photographs of more than 40 popular breeds, alongside details of their characteristics, genetic background and care requirements. Modern breeding and associated issues are raised, and a comprehensive glossary of medical terms covers health issues that owners need to know.
By:   Sarah Brown
Imprint:   Quarto Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 196mm, 
ISBN:   9781782408574
ISBN 10:   1782408576
Series:   A Natural History
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   03 March 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introducing the cat 6-11 Chapter 1 Evolution & Development Ancestry of the cat 14-15 The global spread of cats 16-19 The domestication of the cat 20-23 Revered, feared then treasured companion 24-7 A coat of many colors: variations around the world 28-31 Chapter 2 Anatomy & Biology The cat as a mammal 32-3 Life cycle of the cat 34-5 How cats breed 36-9 The feline skeleton 40-43 Alpha predator: the teeth & jaw 44-7 Eating & the digestive system 48-9 How cats smell 50-53 How cats hear 54-5 A cat's coat, and its variations 56-7 The cat genome: recent studies 58-61 How cats think 62-5 Chapter 3 Society & Behavior Eating & sleeping 66-9 Courtship & mating 70-73 Birth & parenting 74-5 Growing up: kitten development 76-7 Lions in the house: the hierarchy of cats 78-81 How cats communicate 82-5 Cat cognition, recent studies 86-9 The feline memory 90-91 Domestication and genes 92-5 Chapter 4 Cats & People The cat-human relationship 96-106 Personality' in cats 107-117 Communication between cats & people 118-128 The growth in popularity of cats 129-139 Challenges facing modern day cats: how we can help 140-149 Chapter 5 Cat Breeds Historic and extinct breeds 150-53 New cat breeds 154-7 A directory of cats 158-215 The future of breeding 216-17 Useful Resources Author biographies 218 Bibliography 219-220 Index 221-23 Acknowledgments 224

With a PhD in domestic cat behavior, Sarah Brown has 30 years of experience with cats and cat owners, working as a consultant to the pet industry, as an academic and with rescue organisations. Sarah is the co-author of the definitive academic textbook The Behaviour of the Domestic Cat, (2nd edition) published by CABI (2012). She lives in London.

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