A Cat is Watching: A Look at the Way Cats See Us
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A Cat is Watching: A Look at the Way Cats See Us

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Renowned wildlife authority and president of the ASPCA, Roger Caras, uses psychology, biology, and personal anecdotes to show us how cats view the world and the people in it. Cat lovers will be enthralled with his insights into the feline world, from the secret of catnip to the true meaning of a purr. Exploring the mysteries of animal communication, Caras explains cat voca...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 1st 1997 by BBS Publishing Corporation (first published January 1st 1990)
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A Cat Is Watching was the earlier of Roger Caras' pair of books about most people's most familiar companion animals, domestic felines and canines. He writes from lifelong knowledge--sometimes specifically about the Cats of Thistle Hill Farm. Caras' stories and observations are engaging, and even as someone who has lived with cats and known cats for a long time, I learned some new information. B&W photographs and drawings enhance the book and I love the chapter headings that each feature a li...more
Ann Bailey
This book was a delight to read. Not only did I learn a lot of interesting facts about cats, but the stories and opinions given from the author were hilarious to read. Fantastic cat book!
This was a fun book to read. I did not like to read more than a chapter at a time, though, because Caras gets very creative and existential in his musings about cats, and I wanted to step away and think about it for awhile. Sometimes his language seemed over the top and I just buzzed through a chapter. He speculates a lot in a stream-of-consciousness style that is light and fun. This was a good bathroom read. Caras was at his best when he talked about specific personal experiences with his own c...more
By far the most entertaining of the feline references I have read. This one tries to present a cat's view of humans, which isn't really possible, but Caras does a good job guessing. Cats are fascinating creatures so no book about them should be dull. Being a cat lover myself, I am biased.
Anyone who has lived in close proximity to animals senses that they can perceive things that humans never notice. A Cat is Watching, written in a pleasant conversational style, has helped me to better understand my own little brood.
Apr 12, 2008 Kg4jbj rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I was telling someone, who was adopted by a stray cat, how the cat had probably already checked her out, and cited this book. A Good look at how cats work, and how they see and approach us.
great views on how cats perceive us.

i learned that cats associate people as big cats and they don't see the intricacies of a person's face, we're pretty much a blur.
Interesting book. I enjoyed the parts about his own cats rather than all of the theories and opinions on why cats do certain things.
Nov 17, 2010 Hotenough marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cat lovers, anyone interested in animal behaviors and emotions.
Recommended to Hotenough by: Dee
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This looks like a really good book on cat behavior.
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Roger A. Caras was an American wildlife photographer, writer, wildlife preservationist and television personality.

Known as the host of the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Caras was a veteran of network television programs including "Nightline," "ABC News Tonight" and "20/20" before devoting himself to work as president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and t...more
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