Sioux Falls Zoologists

"Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent!"

The mirror test is an experiment developed in 1970 by psychologist Gordon Gallup Jr. to determine whether an animal possesses the ability to recognize itself in a mirror. It is the primary indicator of self-awareness in non-human animals and marks entrance to the mirror stage by human children in developmental psychology. Animals that pass the mirror test are: Humans older than 18 mo, Chimpanzees, Bonobos, Orangutans, Gorillas, Bottlenose Dolphins, Orcas (Killer Whales), Elephants, and European Magpies. Others showing signs of self-awareness are Pigs, some Gibbons, Rhesus Macaques, Capuchin Monkeys, some Corvids (Crows & Ravens) and Pigeons w/training. (Sorry Kitty!)

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse The Secret Life of Your Cat
for getting into the cat's mind and explaining its behavior.

The Secret Life of Your Cat
Unlock the Mysteries of Your Pet's Behavior
By Vicky Halls

The Secret Life of Your Cat (2010) - 208 pages
The Secret Life of Your Cat at Amazon.com

Have you ever wondered how your cat views the world or how he would behave if you weren't there? This fascinating book uncovers the truth about why cats behave the way they do.

Best-selling author Vicky Halls unravels the secrets of your cat's life in this, her first, full-illustrated book. Every area of his life is explained, from the mysteries behind kitten play and encounters with other cats, to where he goes at dusk and what he gets up to. With illustrations, real-life stories and Vicky's expert, friendly advice, she will help you see the world through feline eyes and explains everything that has a bearing on your cat's character, from anatomy to day-to-day behavior.

With this book as your guide, you'll be able to get inside your pet's mind and discover what makes him tick.

The Secret Life of Your Cat uncovers the biology and physiology behind the uniquely feline approach to life and, in particular, how cats have adapted to living with humans. The book examines the cat inside out, starting with a nose-to-tail explanation of how evolution has shaped this perfect little predator. Information on feral, social and age- and breed-related behaviors reveals the biological and behavioral adaptations cats have made over centuries in order to successfully live with humans.

The author also reveals what makes a cat content in its daily life, both in the house and out and about in the neighborhood. The author examines troublesome behaviors, such as aggression, toilet-troubles and turf wars, revealing their biological sources and suggesting remedies. There are also tips on the adaptations pet owners can make at home to provide a cat-friendly environment, and 240 full-color photos add romance to the text.

For the cat lover who wants to know everything about a beloved pet to the animal lover who is curious about all pets, The Secret Life of Your Cat is a richly illustrated and authoritative guide to the singular mystery that is the cat.

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The Secret Life of Your Cat
Unlock the Mysteries of Your Pet's Behavior
By Vicky Halls

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse The Secret Life of Your Cat
for getting into the cat's mind and explaining its behavior.