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Cat Culture: The Social World of a Cat Shelter (Animals, Culture, and Society)

Alger, Janet M

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ISBN 10: 1566399971 / ISBN 13: 9781566399975
Published by Temple University Press 2003-01-31, 2003
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1566399971 Former library copy. Hardcover book with light overall wear to the exterior. There are library markings through out the book. The binding is tight and the text is clean with no markings. Fast shipping!. Bookseller Inventory # JF681202

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Title: Cat Culture: The Social World of a Cat ...

Publisher: Temple University Press 2003-01-31

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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This work contends that the anti-social cat is a myth; cats form close bonds with humans and with each other. In the potentially chaotic environment of a shelter than houses dozens of uncaged cats, this work reveals a sense of self and builds a culture - a shared set of rules, roles, and expectations that organizes their world and assimilates newcomers. As volunteers in a local cat shelter for 11 years, Janet and Steven Alger came to realize that despite the frequency of new arrivals and adoptions, the social world of the shelter remained quite stable and pacific. They saw even feral cats adapt to interaction with humans and develop friendships with other cats. They saw established residents take roles as welcomers and rules enforcers. That is, they saw cats taking an active interest in maintaining a community in which they could live together and satisfy their individual needs.

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Understanding cats as social animals

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