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Feline Philosophy

By John Gray
  • Writer : John Gray
  • Isbn : 0374718792
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Number of Pages : 128
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Review Counts : 998
  • Book Compatibility : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Pdf : feline-philosophy.pdf

Summaries of Book :

The author of Straw Dogs, famous for his provocative critiques of scientific hubris and the delusions of progress and humanism, turns his attention to cats—and what they reveal about humans' torturous relationship to the world and to themselves. The history of philosophy has been a predictably tragic or comical succession of palliatives for human disquiet. Thinkers from Spinoza to Berdyaev have pursued the perennial questions of how to be happy, how to be good, how to be loved, and how to live in a world of change and loss. But perhaps we can learn more from cats--the animal that has most captured our imagination--than from the great thinkers of the world. In Feline Philosophy, the philosopher John Gray discovers in cats a way of living that is unburdened by anxiety and self-consciousness, showing how they embody answers to the big questions of love and attachment, mortality, morality, and the Self: Montaigne's house cat, whose un-examined life may have been the one worth living; Meo, the Vietnam War survivor with an unshakable capacity for "fearless joy"; and Colette's Saha, the feline heroine of her subversive short story "The Cat", a parable about the pitfalls of human jealousy. Exploring the nature of cats, and what we can learn from it, Gray offers a profound, thought-provoking meditation on the follies of human exceptionalism and our fundamentally vulnerable and lonely condition. He charts a path toward a life without illusions and delusions, revealing how we can endure both crisis and transformation, and adapt to a changed scene, as cats have always done.

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  • Pdf File: 77-things-to-know-before-getting-a-cat.pdf

Book Excerpt:

A guide to what you need to know before bringing home a new feline friend, from selecting the best cat for you, to feeding, grooming, health care, and more. If you’re longing for the pitter-patter of four furry feet, you have some homework to do. When new cat owners aren’t prepared, it’s the cat who suffers, so it’s very important to consider all angles of cat care and ownership before making the commitment. This book starts with the process of selecting a suitable cat for your home and lifestyle and goes on to discuss the present and future requirements of feeding, grooming, training, healthcare, and much more to fully educate prospective new cat owners. Inside 77 Things to Know before Getting a Cat: –Advice on selecting a kitten or adult cat based on your family, living space, and lifestyle –Buying a purebred from a breeder versus adopting from a shelter or rescue group –The equipment and supplies you’ll need before the cat comes home –Getting the cat acclimated to his new environment –Feeding, grooming, training, and healthcare for all life stages –Keeping your cat safe at home and away –Illustrations, charts, and checklists, to help you plan and prepare “Featuring striking full-color photography throughout, [77 Things to Know Before Getting a Cat] lives up to its title as a thoroughly reader-friendly guide to getting ready for and caring for a cat.”—The Midwest Book Review

There Was Always a Cat

By Beryl Walker
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : BalboaPress
  • Isbn Code : 1452510253
  • Number of Pages : 176
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reviews : 301
  • Pdf File: there-was-always-a-cat.pdf

Book Excerpt:

Born in 1929, Beryl Walker (nee Pereira) enjoyed a rich but sheltered childhood in rural New South Wales. It was a time when family and church meant everything, and the trials of war brought out the best in the community. There Was Always a Cat captures life as a child of the Great Depression, as well as the joys and sorrows of a lifelong connection with cats, with gentle wit and poignant honesty.

The Inner Life of Cats

By Thomas McNamee
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Hachette Books
  • Isbn Code : 0316262862
  • Number of Pages : 288
  • Category : Pets
  • Reviews : 237
  • Pdf File: the-inner-life-of-cats.pdf

Book Excerpt:

Our feline companions are much-loved but often mysterious. In The Inner Life of Cats, Thomas McNamee blends scientific reportage with engaging, illustrative anecdotes about his own beloved cat, Augusta, to explore and illuminate the secrets and enigmas of her kind. As it begins, The Inner Life of Cats follows the development of the young Augusta while simultaneously explaining the basics of a kitten's physiological and psychological development. As the narrative progresses, McNamee also charts cats' evolution, explores a feral cat colony in Rome, tells the story of Augusta's life and adventures, and consults with behavioral experts, animal activists, and researchers, who will help readers more fully understand cats. McNamee shows that with deeper knowledge of cats' developmental phases and individual idiosyncrasies, we can do a better job of guiding cats' maturation and improving the quality of their lives. Readers' relationships with their feline friends will be happier and more harmonious because of this book.

Catify to Satisfy

By Jackson Galaxy,Kate Benjamin
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Isbn Code : 0698412273
  • Number of Pages : 272
  • Category : Pets
  • Reviews : 912
  • Pdf File: catify-to-satisfy.pdf

Book Excerpt:

In this book, Jackson Galaxy, star of Animal Planet’s hit show My Cat from Hell, and Kate Benjamin, cat design wizard, show cat guardians everywhere how to use home design tricks to address everyday cat care issues. Does your feline friend like to pee everywhere but in his or her litter box? Does your kitty have a thing for your furniture that has left your beloved couch in tatters? Catify to Satisfy will show you how simple DIY design projects and hacks can help bring harmony back into your home. Featuring the amazing projects cat guardians from around the world have shared with Jackson and Kate—design strategies for solving even the most daunting kitty challenges—this book is the ultimate guide to creating a happy home for cat guardian and cat alike.

A Cat Named Boy

By James Kenson
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Partridge Publishing Singapore
  • Isbn Code : 1482852675
  • Number of Pages : 48
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reviews : 742
  • Pdf File: a-cat-named-boy.pdf

Book Excerpt:

The idea of writing a short story sparked during one visit to a cobbler some years ago, when I noticed a skinny cat sitting quietly next to its owner, with curiosity and interest on activities around the coffee shop. The thought of how a cat view the world started to develop. Thus began the attempt in writing an animal fiction. The original version was about a day in the life of a cat. It slowly evolved into a story about a cat and its two masters, with periods of misfortune and luck during its short and eventful journey in life. It is narrated through a cats view of the human nature from its numerous encounters and keen observations. My own experience as owner of three domestic cats proved useful in describing the cats behavior and the owner-pet relationship. Likewise the experience of rescuing strays and the multiple visits to veterinarian added more references in the writing. The story is also much about a typical day in the life of ordinary folks in Malaysia, although the protagonist is a lazy cat with cynical view of the humans. The various scenes described in the story were recollections of familiar places in the capital city during the 90s.

The Secret Life of Cats

By Claire Bessant
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Kings Road Publishing
  • Isbn Code : 1843586207
  • Number of Pages : 330
  • Category : Pets
  • Reviews : 695
  • Pdf File: the-secret-life-of-cats.pdf

Book Excerpt:

The Secret Life of Cats is a groundbreaking book, written by a cat lover, for cat lovers, and its informal, yet utterly authoritative approach makes it the purr-fect guide to modern cat care. Cats are the most mysterious of creatures, whose behaviours often confuse as much as they delight -- here at last is the fascinating key to fully understanding and sharing your life with them! For many cat lovers our pets are our best friends. They are wonderful companions that bring endless comfort and amusement. But how well do we really know them? What do they want? In this incredible book, Claire Bessant, Chief Executive of the Feline Advisory Bureau, uses her years of experience to tell us exactly how to better communicate with and look after our pets. We learn what those miaows mean, how to read cat body language, tell their likes and dislikes plus much more -- this book really is the ultimate guide to cat care. Written out of the belief that the more you understand your cat, the more fulfilling life will be for both pet and owner -- this wonderful book shows you how to fully appreciate your cat's natural behaviour and help it live its life to the highest standard. Also covered in depth are the health issues that affect cats and how to ensure they are in the best shape physically

A Decent Life

By Todd May
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Isbn Code : 022660988X
  • Number of Pages : 240
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Reviews : 644
  • Pdf File: a-decent-life.pdf

Book Excerpt:

You’re probably never going to be a saint. Even so, let’s face it: you could be a better person. We all could. But what does that mean for you? In a world full of suffering and deprivation, it’s easy to despair—and it’s also easy to judge ourselves for not doing more. Even if we gave away everything we own and devoted ourselves to good works, it wouldn’t solve all the world’s problems. It would make them better, though. So is that what we have to do? Is anything less a moral failure? Can we lead a fundamentally decent life without taking such drastic steps? Todd May has answers. He’s not the sort of philosopher who tells us we have to be model citizens who display perfect ethics in every decision we make. He’s realistic: he understands that living up to ideals is a constant struggle. In A Decent Life, May leads readers through the traditional philosophical bases of a number of arguments about what ethics asks of us, then he develops a more reasonable and achievable way of thinking about them, one that shows us how we can use philosophical insights to participate in the complicated world around us. He explores how we should approach the many relationships in our lives—with friends, family, animals, people in need—through the use of a more forgiving, if no less fundamentally serious, moral compass. With humor, insight, and a lively and accessible style, May opens a discussion about how we can, realistically, lead the good life that we aspire to. A philosophy of goodness that leaves it all but unattainable is ultimately self-defeating. Instead, Todd May stands at the forefront of a new wave of philosophy that sensibly reframes our morals and redefines what it means to live a decent life.

M Is for Meow

By Helen L. Wilbur
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Sleeping Bear Press
  • Isbn Code : 1627531572
  • Number of Pages : 40
  • Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Reviews : 789
  • Pdf File: m-is-for-meow.pdf

Book Excerpt:

From saber-toothed to tabby, cats have had a prominent place in human history, society, and hearts. Now cat lovers of all ages can discover what's lurking behind kitty's twitching tail and bewitching eyes in M is for Meow: A Cat Alphabet. Beginning readers enjoy the simple rhymes, while older children discover facts about each letter topic in the accompanying sidebar expository. M is for Meow Feed me, pet me, come and play. Let me out, please go away! A cat fits all these thoughts somehow into the tiny word MEOW! General topics such as breeds, behavior, and cat care alternate with charming anecdotal entries. Lavish paintings of cat and owner appeal to enthusiasts of all ages. A back section on cat stats and feline facts provides even more information for pet owners.Former librarian Helen L. Wilbur has loved cats all her life. In explaining her goal in writing an animal book for children, she says, "Animals don't care if you aren't the most popular kid in the class or whether you did your homework." Helen has a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago, a master's degree in library science from Columbia University, and lives in New York City. Robert Papp's award-winning artwork includes hundreds of illustrations for major publishers across the United States, and his first children's book, The Scarlet Stockings Spy, was named an IRATeachers' Choice in 2005. Robert lives in historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

To Catch a Cat

By Heather Green
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Isbn Code : 0698197976
  • Number of Pages : 272
  • Category : Pets
  • Reviews : 675
  • Pdf File: to-catch-a-cat.pdf

Book Excerpt:

A heartfelt, funny memoir about how a kitten rescue project changed one cynic’s life… Journalist Heather Green was finally putting down roots: in shiny, buzzing Manhattan. She loved her work and threw herself into sixty-hour weeks—once walking into a subway pole, getting a concussion, and still going to the office. Her new boyfriend Matt lived across the river in a New Jersey town that had none of the glamour of New York. She liked Matt—a lot—yet she wasn’t sure what to make of weekends in gritty, dilapidated Union City. But things changed the summer morning Heather discovered a beautiful stray cat and her three black-and-white kittens in Matt’s neighbor’s backyard. When she made eye contact with one of the kittens, she felt something she’d never felt before. She and Matt had to save the little animals. Because if they didn’t, who would? The crazy world of cat rescue soon drew Heather in. As she and Matt worked together to figure out how to trap, tame, and find homes for their foundlings, she began to question the life she had back in Manhattan. This is the story of how three furry beings taught one woman about love, community, and what truly matters in life.