Do Cats Hear With Their Feet?

Do Cats Hear With Their Feet?

Where Cats Come From, What We Know About Them, and What They Think About Us

Book - 2008
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Do Cats Hear with Their Feet? traces the evolution of cats from the time they first adapted their feline form about 20 million years ago. Exploring every aspect of a cat's life--from predation, to play, to communication--Jake Page shows us what a cat's daily life is really like. He gives us a cat's-eye view of a bird hunt in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and explains why cats will hunt even when they are full, and why no self-respecting cat would eat vegetables. In sections that will be of interest to every cat owner, Jake Page demonstrates why territory is all-important to cats, investigates cat ESP, and shows that cats have, in fact, never been fully domesticated; they've just graciously decided to reside with us. Beautifully illustrated, this engaging book is full of surprising facts. Did you know: Black cats do better in the crowded conditions of cities than any other color? Cats are as allergic to humans as humans are to cats? Cats have survived falls from heights of over seven stories?

Do Cats Hear with Their Feet? will show readers exactly why cats are such amazing creatures, and why humans have been crazy about them for centuries.

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Books ; New York : Collins, c2008.
ISBN: 9780061456480
Branch Call Number: 636. 8 PAG
Characteristics: xiv, 204 p. : ill.

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mpot
Dec 30, 2015

The information in this book is a little dated. Enjoy, but take with a grain of salt.

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biancaandme
Oct 17, 2015

Oh my goodness. This was at times a difficult read. Very intellectual, & at times read like a textbook. Beware of the chapter on black cats. I own a black cat & was so excited to see the author devoted a chapter to them. Unfortunately, he provided a very detailed, horrific list of all the ways black cats (& just cats in general) were tortured & killed in the past due to superstition. Overall, there were a few pieces of info I didn't know that were interesting.

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 13, 2014

No earth-shattering revelations here about cat behavior or the cat psyche, but this is a reasonable balance between academic rigor (which might be very dry reading if you're not an animal behaviorist) and popular "catology." Lots of interesting observations and explanations, and still plenty of mysteries. Why DO cats engage in "hallucinatory play"? And no, they don't hear with their feet--but are very sensitive to vibrations from the ground, and thus might recognize your walk as you approach the house.

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