Introducing the cats of Fresh Air:
(Top) Terry Gross’ cat Mighty Mite
(Left) Associate Producer John Sheehan’s cat Molloy
(Right) Assistant Producer Molly Seavy-Nesper’s cat Sullivan
(Left) Executive Producer Danny Miller’s cat Spotty
(Right) Administrative Assistant Dorothy Ferebee’s cat Mr. Sweetie
(Left) Director Roberta Shorrock’s cats Sully (in a bag) and Gracie (right)
Anthrozoologist John Bradshaw, author of Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet spoke to Terry Gross today about the science of cat behavior. This book is a follow-up to his New York Times Bestseller Dog Sense. Here he explains how cats are less social than dogs, yet still affectionate:
I think cats are much less demonstrative animals than dogs are. It’s kind of not their fault, they evolved from a solitary animal that has never had the need for a sophisticated social repertoire in the way that the dog, having evolved from the wolf, had that ready-made. So their faces are just not terribly expressive, and some people read into that, that they’re kind of cynical and aloof and those sorts of things, but I don’t believe that for a moment. I think cats show, by their behavior, even if it’s a bit more subtle than a dog, that they really are fond of their owners.
Two dogs are seen guarding a bicycle in Nanjing, capital of southern China’s Guangxi Province. According to owner Luo Ganren, the pair are protective of him and his possessions. My bike has no lock, and I never worry it would be stolen, thanks to my two puppies. They will guard the bike by holding the bars until they see me back.
Picture: HAP/Quirky China News / Rex Features (via Pictures of the day: 26 February 2013 - Telegraph)
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