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Customer Review: enjoyable and entertaining, also informative
While it's true, as another review here says, that the violent deaths of almost all the cats made it both sobering and an unintended "prime argument against free-ranging" cats, I found a lot of truth in it; even the violent deaths. Most people who know cats know of a lot of cats who've died by cars, etc. Yes, it made it sad, but it also injected an extra dose of reality in what was a really heady, exhilerating jaunt through the intelligences of the author's cats. Kept one from viewing it as mere fluff. Personally, I love books like this. If you like cat anecdotes that are NEVER boring, "pet" theories about intelligence, and a glimpse inside the machinations and workings of a cat's mind, then this book is for you. Although I must admit the part in the beginning, about how "people will work only a few job-hours a week" by the year 2000, was unintentionally quite funny. Cat people would enjoy this, as would anyone interested in animal intelligence. The parts about the author's cats learning about snakes, feuding with skunk-like animals, and his one cat who learned to pose for the camera (and only for the camera!) were especially memorable.
Customer Review: enjoyable and entertaining, also informative
While it's true, as another review here says, that the violent deaths of almost all the cats made it both sobering and "an unintended argument against free-ranging cats," I found a lot of truth in it; even the violent deaths. Most people who know cats know of a lot of cats who've died by cars, etc. Yes, it made it sad, but it also injected an extra dose of reality in what was a really heady, exhilerating jaunt through the intelligences of the author's cats. Personally, I love books like this. If you like cat anecdotes that are NEVER boring, "pet" theories about intelligence, and a glimpse inside the machinations and workings of a cat's mind, then this book is for you. Although I must admit the part in the beginning, about people having more free time than they knew what to do with by the year 2000, was unintentionally quite funny. Cat people would enjoy this, as would anyone interested in animal intelligence. The parts about the author's cats learning about snakes, feuding with skunk-like animals, and his one cat who learned to pose for the camera (and only for the camera!) were especially memorable.


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