The personality of your cat is a fascinating mixture of affection and independence. You may think you know him as he purrs in your lap, but come across a cat in the street on a dark night, amidst a soap-opera scene of sex and violence, and it's easy to think he suffers from a dual personality. However, each ear twitch and tail flick has a meaning. Every single cat carries an inheritance of amazing sensory capacities, vocal utterances, body language and territorial displays. By answering such questions as 'What does a cat signal with its ears?' 'Why does your cat tear at the fabric of your chair?' 'Why does a cat swing its head from side to side when staring at its prey?', Desmond Morris give an extraordinary insight into the nature of your cat.
Desmond Morris studied animal behaviour at Oxford University and then moved to become curator of Mammals at London Zoo, where he established his own behaviour research group. His first book The Naked Ape was a worldwide bestseller and changed the way we viewed our own species forever. Since then Desmond Morris has written a string of succesful popular science titles and reference books, including Dogs- A Dictonary of Dog Breeds, also published by Ebury Press.