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Decoding Cats: Inside the Feline Mind

By: Kristyn Vitale,The Great Courses
Narrated by: Kristyn Vitale
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Summary

One minute they’re purring next to us, the next they’re attacking our toes, yet for all their mysterious and quirky ways, we can’t help but love these little lions we’ve let into our homes and our hearts. 

Whether you’re a cat mom or dad or just want to know more about the way domesticated animals evolved, think, and behave, join Dr. Kristyn Vitale, a researcher in the Human-Animal Interaction Lab at Oregon State University, to get inside the mind of the curious, the cute, and sometimes seemingly crazy cat. 

Over 10 lectures. Dr. Vitale will take you through the inscrutable characteristics of cat behavior. She’ll introduce you to cat activities - cat’tivities! - such as socialization and enrichment, which can help to increase your cat’s well-being. She’ll also dispel the common myth that you can’t train a cat - showing you how to both train your cat to do the behaviors you want and correct behaviors you don’t want your cat doing. And she’ll guide you through the evolution of this purrfect pet - from a wild animal to how it become the unique house cat sleeping on your bed.

You’ll find that the more you can decode your cat’s behavior, the stronger your bond with them will be.

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So good

I learned so much. So many of the things owners do are counter intuitive. Five stars!!

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Great narration and super informative

This was actually incredibly helpful and will keep coming back to re-listen for all the great advice, knowledge and narration.

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Loved it

This course was great! There were a few things that I already knew or at least suspected about cats and their behaviour, but the narrator added so much more interesting content, especially about how social cats really are, that in fact, you can train them etc. I really learned a lot, being a relatively new housemate of a cat.

I would recommend this course to everyone who already has or is thinking about adopting a cat, who is planning a move, had a "difficult" cat or simply wants to get to know their feline friend better.

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It might have been interesting

I'm fascinated by cats and it seemed to have potential but the narration was so awful even I couldn't listen a minute longer.

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insightful

don't be put off by the science. great book for cat knowledge, I learned a lot

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  • indykatley
  • 26-12-20

Many studies and some practical information

I would say that this was an interesting book to listen to. It refers to quite many studies regarding feline behaviour and some practical information. The only moment that I cringed was when the author mentioned the punishment of toddlers when they throw a tantrum and on top of that in another example she mentions punishing a tantrum by taking away their candy, when comparing the feline to the human behaviour. Cringe, cringe. Tantrums are age appropriate and a normal behaviour of a toddler and it doesn't have to be corrected and punished, especially by using food as punishment (big no-no). Very unfortunate example. If you are looking for a book with lots of practical information regarding training cats, playing with them, taking care of them etc, you can better choose another book. But considering the fact that this isn't a practical guide for cat, I enjoyed it because it provides interesting information based on scientific research.

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  • Hayley
  • 12-12-20

Learned a lot about cats!

I have always been a cat lover since I was young, looking to learn as much as I can about them. This book taught me a lot about cats that I didnt know about and was well worth the listen to.

The narrator makes the content understandable and enjoyable. Would recommend for the cat lovers who want to learn more about their furry friends.

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  • Fara
  • 22-03-21

Questionable

Between the reader's bizarre pronunciation of foreign words and some information which is simply false, I stopped listening after the first few chapters. Cannot recommend this work.

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  • Lars Kristiansen
  • 06-10-21

A GREAT book for cat owners!

You learn about cats' history, why cats act like cats, and how to improve both your lives. The best part is that it bases all on science. And explains it, so everyone can understand.

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  • Blueberry Belle
  • 18-07-21

Cats are soooooooo smart.

Loved getting the why's and wherefores of cat behaviour. One thing came clearly through: evolution is smart, especially as relates to the housecat. 😻

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  • Karla Cornelio Freer
  • 29-06-21

Really enjoyed it!

Awesome narrator, great and useful information that is easily understable for the general public. Worth your time!

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  • 11-02-21

Nice defense of cats, but . . .

I still conclude they're often aloof and haughty. For example, Prof. Vitale assures us that cats recognize when you call their names. So, when they fail to respond to this, they're intentionally ignoring you. A little attention was paid to how feral cats kill native wildlife, upsetting balances in habitats.

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  • BC
  • 19-04-21

Great Info

Although I don’t currently have any cats, I didn’t have at least two over all of my life until 4 years ago. After 47 years with cats around a lot of this info rings true. Cats are wonderful animals and seemingly get a bad rap, but it seems things are changing.

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  • Madelyn
  • 24-01-21

Interesting but not quite what I wanted

Lots of scientific information but not enough practical information. For instance, why a cat might suddenly bite and how to avoid that, bathroom problems, how to bathe your cat, what to look for when buying a cat, should an indoor cat get the same vaccinations as an outdoor cat, etc.

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  • hmader
  • 12-01-21

Not Very Practical

I don't care about a study done observing cats' reactions to streamers taped to a ceiling fan. I downloaded this book to try and understand cat psychology and figure out why my cat is always fighting with my dog and other cat. It was not helpful for this. I should have known better, though, since book was written by a Ph.D. Where is the Cesar Millan of cats??

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