A new edition of "Catwatching", in which the text is accompanied by colour photographs of cats of every variety, each illustrating the behaviour described by the author. Morris answers 60 questions such as: why does a cat purr; and why are cats attracted to people who don't like them?
"Having spent the best part of the last seven years trying to train a ginger and white neutered cat to cover up his litter after he?s finished, this reviewer was understandably less than delighted to read that the uncovered faeces business signalled a cat which thought it was the dominant member of the household! It is gems like this which make Desmond Morris?s book, originally published in 1987, a delight to read. Morris applied in Catwatching the same principles of observation and deduction that he?d brought to bear on his Peoplewatching book. He theorized about the behavioural traits of Britain?s favourite pet and then tested his hypotheses using his knowledge of domestic cats and cat behaviour in the wild. Morris paints a picture of cat behaviour as far more complex than is usually thought. Cats are very complicated animals and despite having lived with them for thousands of years we have yet to understand much of their behaviour. Morris?s book sheds considerable light on feline nature by answering questions such as, 'Why do cats eat grass?' and 'Why are cats attracted to people who don't like them?'. Remarkable for its insights at the time of its first printing, the book may now seem a little old-fashioned in its approach. Yet the simplicity and directness Morris employs are also part of its strength. If you have not yet owned a cat and are considering taking the plunge, you should read this book first. It will not make your relationship with cats any better, it will not help you train them or make better companions out of them, but it will help you understand them a little more. Beware, though, that that may not be a good thing!" (Kirkus UK)