Book Mews: Purr – The Science of Making Your Cat Happy


Cat people, rejoice! Finally, a fun-to-read yet science-based book about cat behaviour that explains how to keep your cat healthy and happy.

In Purr, animal behaviour expert Zazie Todd addresses every stage of a cat’s life and offers surprising and effective advice for even the most experienced cat owner, all with the science to back it up:

“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

Cat lovers will also discover how to:

  • Enrich your cat’s life through play and exercise
  • Reduce anxiety and fear around your absence, visitors, and trips to the vet
  • Train your kitten or cat without causing harm (ie. don’t use a spray bottle!)
  • Provide for special needs like asthma
  • Make senior cats comfortable

In Purr, Zazie Todd demystifies the feline-human relationship and shares her scientific knowledge in an easily accessible way which will appeal to everyone who owns a cat – 24% of the UK population according to the PDSA.

ZAZIE TODD has made a career out of helping people with their pets. She is the creator of award-winning blog, Companion Animal Psychology, 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 Daily Telegraph, The iPaper, The Sun, The Psychologist and The Sunday Post plus The New York Times and People Magazine. She’s originally from Yorkshire but currently lives in Canada.


The Science of Making Your Cat Happy

By Zazie Todd

ISBN: 978-1-77164-814-1

Pub date: May 2022

Hardcover £18.99

288 pages

eBook available

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