The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
A Journey Into the Feline Heart

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In the hugely popular New York Times bestseller, Dogs Never Lie About Love, provocative psychoanalyst Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson brilliantly navigated the inner landscape of “man’s best friend.” Now he delves deep into the secretive, playful world of cats, revealing emotions, debunking myths, and honoring the feline’s evolution from solitary jungle creature to human companion.

Drawing from literature, history, animal behavioral research, and the wonderful true stories of cat experts and cat lovers around the world, Jeffrey Masson vividly explores the delights and mysteries of the feline heart. But at the core of this remarkable book are Masson’s candid, often amusing observations of his own five cats. Their mischievousness, aloofness, and affection provide a way to examine emotions from contentment to jealousy, from anger to love.

Consider the question: Are cats selfish? While human egocentricity is defined by how little a person cares about others, the cat’s narcissism is not like that at all. Cats may appear self-centered, but they watch us all the time, taking us in. They see us; they notice us–a far cry from vanity.

Cats are curious, a trait that rarely kills them. On the contrary, it gives them the chance to assess, in their own idiosyncratic way, whether we are worthy of their attention. Cats are happy to be themselves. What they think of us is a different question entirely. “We need cats to need us,” notes Masson, “It unnerves us that they do not. However, if they do not need us, they nonetheless seem to love us.”

The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats will captivate readers with its surprises and insights, offering a new perspective on the deep connection shared by humans and their feline friends. This is the book that Masson’s many fans and cat lovers everywhere have been waiting for.


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About Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

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Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson is the author of twenty-five books, including the New York Times bestselling When Elephants Weep and Dogs Never Lie About Love, as well as The Pig Who Sang to the Moon, The Face on Your Plate, and The Assault on Truth. An American, he lives in New Zealand.
 
Published October 29, 2002 by Ballantine Books. 288 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Non-fiction

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An exploration into the emotional complexity of cats, with lots of literary references but mostly personal observations, from Masson (Why Elephants Weep, 1995, etc.).

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Arguing that all farming of animals for food is wrong (even eggs), Masson rebuts the fallacy that farm animals would die out without us, but doesn't say how we are to make the transition.

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An examination of the inner lives of animals, arguing that they possess an emotional sensibility not unlike that of humans.

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When Masson searched modern scientific literature on the subject of emotions in nonhuman animals, he found very little.

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Cows grieve and weep, chickens cuddle lovingly with horses, and pigs croon happily to the moon in the magical world explored by best-selling writer Jeffrey Masson in his newest animal oeuvre, The Pig Who Sang to the Moon: The Emotional World of Farm Animals.

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I confess to being a recovering cat book addict.

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