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Catwatching (Petwatching)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  677 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
A cat book unlike any other: a fresh, fact-filled look at their affections, their aggressions, and their life cycles. Morris explains your cat's most curious habits. Companion volume to Dogwatching. Line art throughout.
Hardcover, 136 pages
Published January 3rd 1988 by Crown Pub (first published 1986)
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Hakan T
Kediler hakkında yararlı ve ilginç bilgiler içeriyor ama tipik rehber kitaplardan değil. Bu da çekiciliğini arttırıyor. Kediler dünyasına dalmak isteyenler veya benim gibi görece yeni kedi sahibi olanlar için yararlı, okuması kolay ve zaman zaman da eğlenceli bir kitap.
Mar 08, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: animals, non-fiction
As a cat lover and owner, I have several books in my library devoted to either the care of these enigmatic animals, or to their history and distributions in the world. Desmond Morris is a noted anthropologist, who has penned this neat little book devoted to the life and behaviors of the domesticated cat. He has answered many questions which are common and some one may not have thought about.

For example:Why does a cat trample on your lap with its front paws?
Why does a cat wag its tail?
Why does
Sarah Sammis
Dec 14, 2011 Sarah Sammis rated it liked it
It was a good introduction to cats but as a long time cat lover most of the facts in the book I already knew. I had hoped for something a little more academic or something that went into greater depth on the social interactions of those colonies of semi-feral cats. I know Morris has taken part in those studies but Catwatching doesn't touch on it (except briefly in the introduction). The illustrations though are wonderful.
Jan 10, 2016 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All the essential questions about your cat's behavior are summarized in this excellent feline foray. I got it off the 10 cent rack at the local library near our home. It looked a little thin as it is laid out in a brief chapter format while answering all those pesky questions about the cat. For example: Why does a cat purr? Why does a cat chatter it's teeth when it sees a a bird through the window? Why is a female cat called a queen? Don't be fooled by the format, this is a worthwhile guide for ...more
Tracy Terry
Oct 29, 2015 Tracy Terry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A hardback 'coffee-table' sized read of a book published by Edbury Press Ltd in 1994 which as far as I can ascertain is no longer in print though second-hand copies are available. As beautiful to look at as it is interesting to read, if ever there was a book guaranteed to have cat lovers swooning this is it.

A beautifully photographed book which answers many a question posed by cat lovers the world over
(just why are cats attracted to those who 'dislike' them? Do they have ESP and can they predic
Aug 06, 2014 J K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An older book, lots of these facts I sort of knew - possbily from reading it when we got our first kitty in the early 1980s - but lots of things I'd forgotten or didn't know about at all - like that flipping play that cats do when they toss a toy in the air actually comes from their latent fishing abilities, or that American cats pluck their caught birds in a very different technique to those from the 'old world'. All fascinating, small chunks of cat knowledge from a man who spent a lot of time ...more
Nicolás Leyton
Jul 29, 2015 Nicolás Leyton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
De verdad que el profesor Desmond Morris siempre me sorprende con sus libros. Me encanta la forma en la que te expone todos los comportamientos de las especies, en este caso, de los gatos. Quedo fascinado con este libro y es una lástima que se me haya ido tan rápido. Me sirvió mucho para entender varios de los comportamientos que presentan mis dos gatos y que yo nunca había podido entender. Así mismo, me aclara un montón de dudas en cuanto a mitos y me permitió conocer algunos datos curiosos sob ...more
Street Sharks
Oct 25, 2011 Street Sharks is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
trying to get in these mother fuckers' heads YA HEARD?
Julie Rylie
Jan 19, 2012 Julie Rylie rated it liked it
I pretentiously started to read this book thinking I knew everything I needed to know about cats but of course I was wrong, and the curious stuff I could learn, are the following:

- Cats scratch on sofas/ carpets, chairs bla bla to strip off the old worn-out claw shealths to reveal the new claws beneath;

- If a cat rolls over on his belly for you he is saying "I trust you enough to adopt this vulnerable posture in your presence";

- Feces burying is the act of a subordinate cat, fearul of it's socia
Sıla Filiz
Feb 20, 2016 Sıla Filiz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kitabın yazarı Morris'in 50 yıllık tecrübe ve gözlemlerini aktardığı kitap sorular çerçevesinde kedilerin davranışlarını analiz ediyor. Bir çok kedi sahibinin farkettiği ama ne anlama geldiğini bilmediği davranışları bu kitapta bulabilirsiniz. Benim en çok ilgimi çeken kedilerin oyuncaklarını neden havaya fırlatarak oynadığıydı. İngiliz kültüründe ''kedi'' ler ile ilgili deyim ve atasözlerinin nasıl geliştiği de kitaba konulmuş. Kedi severlerin severek okuyacağını düşünüyorum.
María Greene
Aug 26, 2016 María Greene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Como amante de los animales y, entre ellos, de los gatos, me entretuve mucho. Siempre es entretenido saber cosas nuevas, en especial cuando tienen base científica, y en especial cuando la base es legal y no extraída de cualquier lugar, que a veces es solo una mentirota publicitaria o puramente sensacionalista.

Sin embargo, por eso mismo de ser un amante de los animales, la gran mayoría de las cosas ya las sabía.

Disfruté, en todo caso, como siempre, la prosa de este señor, que escribe tan bien, d
Apr 18, 2015 Skyqueen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oops...forgot to rate this one I finished a week or so ago. So far not up to my usual reading pace. Too much dang life happening and not necessarily the good kind. So it was nice to read this short little book answering all the questions you've always had about cats and then some!! Turns out they are way smarter than dogs...we knew that, ahem, but also have suffered unnecessarily. Amazing facts even dog lovers should read! Recommend. But probably hard to find. BTW he also has a "Dogwatching" edi ...more
Feb 04, 2014 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are a cat person, this is an enjoyable book to read. It helps you understand why your cat does what it does. Some of it seemed a bit speculative, but the speculations made sense. I skipped chapters on the bits of our cat's life that she never enjoyed because we had her spayed. But it's a quick read and divided into useful sections like a large FAQ.
Bookworm Amir
Aug 23, 2013 Bookworm Amir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was great to learn more about the itsy-bitsy's of cat behaviour which, as a cat owning family, we thought we knew much but this book expanded our knowledge.

Everything from why does it purr, why do they come to our laps, what's with the playing and flipping of the ball, why can they seem to be 'cruel' when they've caught prey, and to their courtship and (crazy) mating acts, the history of their domestication and lots, lots more.

Just as we read books on people's body language, this is t
Oct 20, 2011 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's not much you can say about this book that the subtitle 'The Essential Guide to Cat Behaviour' doesn't tell you. It's a fascinating read for cat lovers. You may know some of the reasons behind some of your cat's behaviour. There's bound to be the answer to more than question you've had at the back of your mind for years though.

I flew through this in a couple of hours. It's a pretty short book with no flannel. Just explanations for why cats do what they do.

It's a pretty old book. So I'm un
Jun 19, 2013 Jasper rated it really liked it
One thing is for sure, I have never ever known this much about cats before.

This book has taught me so many things about cats and has corrected many of the things I had thought about cats before I read this book.
For instance, I had always thought cats purred when they were contented
but it turns out it's because it "Signals a friendly social mood."
Now I watch our cat in a whole different way.
Now I watch her and I always know what she is doing and why she is doing it.

It wasn't exactly a book you c
Kristen Coakley
Liked it!

An enjoyable little read. I only wish it had been longer, as I found it to be a little short! A brief overview of cat behavior, anecdotes and history. Catlovers will enjoy.
Mar 13, 2016 Ana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This short and fairly interesting read is everything a (new) cat person should know about those magnificent creatures. It's a great entry-level guide through your favourite companion's behaviour. It does as it promises in the introduction, no more, no less. Although I was aware of most of the things presented in the book, new and exciting facts were plentiful. The only thing that bothered me is the fact that even though the author mentions giving cow milk to cats, he never actually warns the rea ...more
Judy Abbott
Dec 20, 2014 Judy Abbott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Çok rahat okunabilen ve evcil kedimizi yakinen tanımamızı sağlayan bir kitap. Yeni şeyler öğrendim kediler hakkında.

Oct 12, 2013 Inés rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Amantes de los gatos
Shelves: kindle
Libro que encantará a todos los amantes de los gatos.

En poco más de cien páginas, el zoólogo y etólogo Desmond Morris responde a las preguntas que siempre hemos podido hacernos sobre nuestras mascotas - ¿cuál es el significado del ronroneo?, ¿por qué tienen las pupilas en forma de raja?, ¿cómo afecta el celo a machos y hembras? - con un lenguaje que todos podemos entender, además de ilustrarnos con una magnífica introducción sobre el papel de nuestro querido amigo en la sociedad desde los albore
David Bonesteel
Jun 14, 2013 David Bonesteel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting and concise explanation of many facets of cat behavior, organized into brief question and answer sections that make for easy reference and quick reading. Desmond Morris illuminates many fascinating aspects of feline hunting and mating behavior, as well as providing insights into their body language. The book may lack some scientific rigor in that Morris sometimes speculates on issues of cat motivation for which he has no experimental or statistical support (or at least none that h ...more
Nov 12, 2015 Vilis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grāmata par kaķiem. Apjomam pārsteidzoši ietilpīga, un tas labi, jo 100 lappuses ar interesantiem kaķu faktiem, imo, ir pilnīgi pietiekami.
Naja, ein paar Sachen hab ich zwar gelernt über Katzen, aber so eine richtige Offenbarung war das Buch auch wieder nicht.
Mar 19, 2015 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
short and sweet, easy to read explanations to cat behaviour. only wish more behaviours were covered.
Mar 30, 2014 Giselle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me encantan los gatos. Y me gustó que este libro responda las preguntas sobre el comportamiento de ellos.
Feb 02, 2014 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I learned some of the logic behind cats. This will theoretically help me get along with my cats better. Although I doubt it.
Aug 22, 2013 Jael rated it really liked it
In Catwatching, Morris explains in a question and answer format why cats do the things they do. I think all cat enthusiasts should read it, it's a very interesting book. Although, on the segment of "Why do we speak of someone 'Having Kittens'?" Morris wonders why no other animal usage is used. Maybe at the time the book was written, it wasn't a popular phrase, but I knew of having kittens but it was rarely used. Instead 'having a cow' was more popular. It makes me curious how that one came about ...more
Nov 30, 2014 Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written, factually interesting, relevant to my knowledge needs!
Nov 30, 2014 Boris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Interesting tidbits about cat behavior. Nothing flooring. *shrug*
Jan 01, 2011 Faith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Desmond Morris is a zoologist who has worked with big cats, and he also admires domesticated cats, having watched them for hours on his boyhood farm. This book about housecats is written in Q&A format, which makes it easy to select the content that interests you. Why do cats bring their prey to humans? Is it really meant as a gift? Why do they want to come inside practically as soon as they go outside? Why do they purr? Each chapter has short, clearly written answers. Recommended for everyon ...more
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“...of eighteen kittens reared in the company of rodents, only three became rodent-killers later on. The other fifteen could not be trained to kill later by seeing other cats killing. For them the rodents had become 'family' and were no longer 'prey'. Even the three killers would not attack rodents of the same species as the one with which they were reared.” 2 likes
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