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3.0 out of 5 stars For anyone who loves cats..., December 30, 2002
This review is from: The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats: A Journey Into the Feline Heart (Hardcover)
I have "been owned" by cats for as long as I can remember. Currently, I am sharing my house with three of them. All of them have very distinct personalities and enjoy different things. I would love nothing more then to spend a year of my life observing them and all their little quirks. That is what Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson has done in "The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats". I am not familiar with his other works, but as a cat lover, I just couldn't resist this book.
Basically, I would say this is just what I expected. The author noting the behaviors of his five cats. I was a little disappointed about the small world he lives in but applies to anyone who owns a cat. Not all of us are fortunate enough to live in New Zealand, in a quiet neighborhood that is safe to let cats roam free. And I reject the idea that cats cannot be happy unless they are allowed to roam free. Masson's words almost made feel like I was giving my cats a miserable life.
However, there are very good points. He has pointed out traits that I recognize in my own cats that never fail to make me smile. He gives great historical facts on the domestication of cats, and in doing so, explains why they can never become truly domesticated. I would say this, despite its flaws, is a good read for anyone being owned by a cat, or anyone who loves them in general.
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Initial post: Dec 16, 2008 11:41:13 PM PST
A. C. Wells says:
"Not all of us are fortunate enough to live in New Zealand, in a quiet neighborhood that is safe to let cats roam free."

New Zealand may be safe for cats, but cats are NOT safe for NZ. There are thousands of bird species that do not exist anywhere else in the world that have been decimated by the introduction of cats and other small mammals. Please, when discussing the safety of indoor/outdoor cats, think of the risk they pose as predators as well as the risk they run as roadkill.

http://www.invasiveanimals.com/invasive-animals/cats/index.html
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