Cats are one of the most popular pets around, but they are also wild animals. This book, focusing on behavior and well-being, looks at the feline genus as a whole and how our understanding of the domestic cat can help explain wild cat characteristics, and vice versa. Different behaviors are described to indicate what constitutes good welfare in the cat, while the origins of cat behaviour are discussed from an evolutionary basis. This book also covers current topics such as welfare issues with feral cats and human-cat interactions.
Providing a veterinary perspective as well as an ethological one, this is an important read for veterinarians, shelter workers, animal behaviourists and students of veterinary medicine and animal welfare, while also being of interest to pet owners.
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Andrew F. Fraser was formerly at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.Review:
"Fraser (formerly, Memorial Univ. of Newfoundland, Canada) presents a commonsense discussion of feline behavior and welfare. The book largely focuses on domestic cats, although three chapters are devoted to a general discussion of a wide selection of wild species. In the context of this work, welfare primarily refers to general care of domesticated cats in the home setting―including some basic information on health care―as it pertains to an animal's overall well-being. Readers should appreciate that this is not a book about the ethics of animal rights. General audiences will easily understand most of the text, although the writing tends to be rather verbose and needlessly repetitious. The author does a good job of putting details of feline behavior into perspective to the overall mental and physical health of the domesticated cat; however, the brief discussion of anatomy and physiology is of more limited value, especially for laypersons, and is not well tied into its underlying role in driving behavior. A selection of 90 black-and-white photographs varies widely in quality. This book offers a general primer on cat behavior and home care and will primarily interest cat owners and feline enthusiasts. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers and lower-division undergrates and two-year technical program students in veterinary fields." (D. A. Brass, independent scholar Choice)
"This book is another enrichment of the literature on behaviour of cats. It shows the urgent need for their protection worldwide; it improves our knowledge and understanding of their special life styles."
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