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The Nine Emotional Lives Of Cats
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  • Published: 2 December 2002
  • ISBN: 9780224069731
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $59.99
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The Nine Emotional Lives Of Cats


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A Journey into the Feline Heart

Many people believe that cats do not have an emotional life, that they are cold and indifferent. Jeffrey Masson, author of several bestselling books about animal emotions, including When Elephants Weep and Dogs Never Lie About Love, is convinced that, on the contrary cats are almost pure emotion.
Masson live by the sea in New Zealand with five cats, and in this fascinating, immensely readable book he reports on his close observations of their emotional lives. These he divides into nine categories - Narcissism, Love, Contentment, Attachment, Jealousy, Fear, Anger, Curiosity and Playfulness - and to each of which he devotes a chapter. Masson's bond with cats is extraordinary they accompany him every night on his evening walk along the shore - and he believes that with no other animal is it easier and more enchanting to cross the species barrier.

  • Pub date: 2 December 2002
  • ISBN: 9780224069731
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $59.99

About the Author

Jeffrey Masson

Jeffrey Masson graduated from the Toronto Psychoanalytic Institute and was briefly Projects Director of the Sigmund Freud Archives. The book he wrote with Susan McCarthy on animal emotions, When Elephants Weep (1994), became a bestseller in the United States. Since then he has published nine books on animals and their emotions, including Dogs Never Lie About Love, The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats and most recently, The Dog Who Couldn't Stop Loving. He lives with his family in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Praise for The Nine Emotional Lives Of Cats

“Anyone curious about the wild will be transfixed by Masson's observations. They are acute and intuitive, but always rooted in the most perceptive behavioural studies of wild and domesticated animals.”

Richard Mabey

“This enjoyable book is useful for its insights, is full of guidance, but its virtue is, simply, pleasure.”

Doris Lessing, Spectator


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