Purr: The Science of Making Your Cat Happy
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About the Author
Zazie Todd loves nothing more than helping people with their pets. She is the creator of Companion Animal Psychology, an award-winning blog that shares the latest science about our animal companions and evidence-based ways to care for them. Todd has a PhD in Psychology and an Advanced Certificate in Feline Behaviour from International Cat Care. Her award-winning book about dog behavior, Wag, was featured in the New York Times, Slate, and People Magazine. Todd lives in Maple Ridge, BC, with her husband, a dog, and two cats.
"Zazie Todd has created a must-have guide to improving your cat's life."
--Modern Cat Magazine
"Purr covers all the essentials to ensure we are raising our cats right!"
--Ingrid Johnson, Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and founder of Fundamentally Feline
"Purr is cat-centered, so much that it feels like a very smart cat wrote it! Starting with the most recent scientific findings, Zazie Todd explains with clarity what cats enjoy, what is good for their well-being, and how we can build a strong reciprocal bond with them. Indispensable reading."
--Carlo Siracusa, co-editor of Decoding Your Cat and board-certified veterinary behaviorist, UPenn Vet School
"A digestible mixture of science summaries, expert opinions, anecdotes about Zazie's cats, and practical tips. Purr is definitely a book your cat would want you to read!"
--Dr. Sarah Ellis, co-author of The Trainable Cat and Head of Cat Advocacy, International Cat Care
"Cat lovers learn the science behind cats' petting preferences; the multiple meanings of purrs, chirrups, and meows; how to best satisfy the scratching and stalking desires for indoor cats; and even how to keep both cats and wildlife safe if your felines spend time outside."
—Cat Warren, New York Times-bestselling author of What a Dog Knows
"Practical, entertaining, and thorough. Cat owners are in good hands with Zazie Todd."
--Lucy Jane Santos, author of Half Lives: The Unlikely History of Radium
"Purr is an absolute must-read for all animal lovers! This fantastic, evidence-based guide is bound to influence cat-guardian relationships for the better."
--Sarah-Elizabeth Byosiere, Director of the Thinking Dog Center and Assistant Professor at Hunter College (CUNY)
"What a gift to applied animal behavior is Zazie Todd. Purr is both packed with the latest findings and eminently readable. I could not recommend it more highly."
--Jean Donaldson, The Academy for Dog Trainers
"Purr is a must read for anyone who shares their life with a cat and wants to provide the most fulfilling, enriched, and happiest existence possible for them."
--Kate LaSala, Rescued By Training, certified trainer and behavior consultant
"A wonderful, evidence-based guide with concrete suggestions for cat owners to improve the lives of the cats they live with. Purr is a welcome and exciting addition for every cat lover's bookshelf."
--Mikel Delgado, Ph.D., Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and co-founder of Feline Minds
"Full of great science delivered with genuine warmth and heart; I just couldn't put this book down. Through Wag and now Purr, Zazie Todd has united dog-people and cat-people in a single goal: to make the lives of animals in our care richer and healthier--mentally, physically, emotionally--than we ever thought possible."
--Jules Howard, zoological commentator and author of Wonderdog