LITTLE CATS by Herbert S. Zim


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Zim notes that ""some experts"" have put the 36 or so known species of cats into three main groups--big cats, cheetahs, and the Fells genus whose 25 species include the bobcat, lynx, cougar, and domestic cat; he concentrates here on the last of the three, with pictures and descriptions of the most common species among them and a general outline of small cats' behavior in the wild--a picture that must be filled in with observations of domestic cats, as ""surprisingly little is known"" of some of the others. Known history of the housecat's domestication is equally sketchy, but Zim provides an outline of what can be deduced from statues and paintings (pictured here)--from ancient Egypt, where cats were associated with gods and over 300,000 cat mummies were buried in a special cemetery, to medieval Europe where they were linked with evil spirits and burned in public ceremonies. Concise, undogmatic, informative, and attractive--Zim established the standards for this sort of book, and he continues to meet them.

Pub Date: May 10th, 1978
Publisher: Morrow