THE BODY LANGUAGE AND EMOTION OF CATS by Myrna M. Milani

THE BODY LANGUAGE AND EMOTION OF CATS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In this companion to The Body Language and Emotion of Dogs (1986), veterinarian Milani applies her astute psychological observations toward the solving of the most prevalent feline behavioral problems. To demystify often enigmatic and disturbing feline habits, Milani begins by examining the anatomy, physiology, and body language of cats. Armed with the knowledge that cats are, by nature, nocturnal, solitary, and predatory animals, she explores in detail a number of typical problems. These include that of a black Persian, Toulouse, who prefers the closet to his litter box; Marmalade, a neutered cat who disdains being put out at night; and Aquinas, a wool-sucking parish cat who finds the priest's robes irresistible. Stressing the importance to the human/feline bond of correct interpretation of physical signs, Milani offers four options for resolving problems: accepting the situation, changing one's feelings about it, altering the cat's behavior, or terminating the relationship--i.e., finding the pet a new home or having it euthanized. As in her previous works, the last option--an extreme choice--is recommended altogether too freely. Throughout are helpful tips on various aspects of cat care--from how to contend with a cat that scratches to how to whet the appetite of a finicky eater. Thoughtful, probing, and, with the one exception noted, welcome psychological guidance.

Pub Date: Sept. 25th, 1987
Publisher: Morrow