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Secret Language of Cats: The Body Language of Feline Bodies

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  90 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Cats are often thought to be solitary and hard to read, but if you know what to look for, they possess a “secret language” that relies on expressions, body postures, behaviors, and noises. This language contains many subtle yet important nuances and is very different from human verbal communication, but it is nevertheless a language that can be learned. The Secret Language ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 25th 2011 by Barnes & Noble
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Dec 20, 2015 Jacky rated it really liked it
I'm fluent in cat now. This skill is going straight to my resume.
Molly Balding
Jan 10, 2016 Molly Balding rated it it was ok
This book contained a lot of useful information about cats from their physical communication to their ages and stages. It's broken down well, using headings and subheadings and the author doesn't jump around much. The only issue is that Dunphy doesn't use many credible resources and instead uses many unpublished opinions and articles from magazines and newspapers suck as and The book isn't very exciting and is more like a school textbook rather than a fun informat ...more
Oct 04, 2011 Suri rated it really liked it
I agree with the other reviewers - brilliant book! If you want to understand the why of cats this is your secret weapon. I loved the tone too. Not precious, but obviously a cat lover wrote it, one who lives with and understands cats.
Sep 12, 2015 Stan rated it really liked it
While cat fans may have encountered a lot of the content of this book before, it has enough interesting bits to keep a reader engaged. I would recommend this book to cat owners, and would be cat owners, who want to understand their fuzzy friends a bit better.
Oct 03, 2011 Leisavaners rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cats
I'm not sure which one I like better - The Secret Language of Dogs or this one, both books are by the same author. Read this if you want to understand your cat, and have a better relationship. Of the four or so books I have read on cat behaviour in the past this is the one that I found most useful. Lots of information on what it means when your cat act or sounds a certain way, and why cats act as they do (for example, inherited behaviours). So glad to have read this, as it helped me figure out w ...more
Jan 16, 2012 Suri rated it really liked it
I don't give any books (or restaurants or songs) a perfect rating, but I received quite a few books for christmas and this is the one I first finished reading in its entirety. I've always been more of a dog person but am introducing a cat to my home in a matter of weeks. Very excited, and I feel very prepared now that I have read this. I usually only read fiction when reading for enjoyment but I liked the writing style very much and found this book very helpful and informative. It's been sitting ...more
Lisa Cummings
Jan 24, 2016 Lisa Cummings rated it really liked it
Lots of great information. Much of it was repeated 8 - 10 times throughout the book. It could've been a little more condensed.
Lyndsay-ann Stewart
Jul 26, 2014 Lyndsay-ann Stewart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nature
This books was really informative and I learnt a lot about cats and cat care. This book would be a really good choice for somebody looking to adopt a cat, especially if it's their first.

The photos were great and the layout clear and easy to follow. I like how the author divided the book into the different stages of life and the different things that can affect a cat.
Aug 16, 2011 char rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pussy-cats
Brilliant book!. Aboslutely interesting information on why your cat does what he does. I loved it!!. Easy to read, easy to understand. All cat lovers/people with feline pets should read this book! :).
Tabetha Nguyen
May 09, 2012 Tabetha Nguyen rated it really liked it
I learned a bunch of interesting information about cats to help me with my felines at home. Some of the information was repeated but still useful.
Jun 14, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it
Great book! Very informative and consistent with my experiences of cats. Minus one star for repetitiveness.
Lidya Chu
Oct 26, 2015 Lidya Chu rated it it was ok
Has some great insight towards cat's behaviour, but nothing different from Google search.
Alissa Bach
Dec 26, 2012 Alissa Bach rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, animals
Very informative and fun to read as well.
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