Cultura & Literatura



Cats, the new special edition from LIFE, takes an in-depth look at the world’s most popular pet, the only domesticated animal that remains almost as wild as its ancient ancestors, which might explain why they rarely do what we want them to do or as we expect them to do. Cats looks at the history of the house cat, secrets of cat behavior, and what you’ve always wondered: what exactly do cats do all day long when we’re away at work or at school? Plus, the historic animosity between cats and dogs—how much is true, how much is manufactured? We also look at “miracle cats,” adoption success stories, and this special edition features lots of great pictures of (what else?) cats. Please note that this product is an authorized edition published by the Meredith Corporation and sold by Amazon. This edition is printed using a high quality matte interior paper and printed on demand for immediate fulfillment.

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how often do we celebrate the life of a cat?

One morning, some years ago when I was living in New York City, I gathered Kaya into an old blue shawl and carried him eight blocks to the animal clinic to be put to sleep. He had been my cat since I was in the ninth grade. I named him after the Bob Marley album. “Nineteen years is a long time for a domestic short hair,” the vet said, stroking him. Kaya still had a little life in him at the end. On the walk over to the clinic he batted at my chin from inside his wrap. I talked to him matter-of-factly, telling him about a recent CNN/New York Times poll that had voted him one of the seven best cats in the Northeast. I often told him things like…

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it all starts with kittens

“No matter how much the cats f ight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.”—ABRAHAM LINCOLN“A kitten is the most irresistible comedian in the world.”—AGNES REPPLIER“A kitten gets himself into every kind of trouble.”—CHAMPFLEURY“A kitten is in the animal world what a rosebud is in the garden.”—ROBERT SOUTHEY“Kittens believe that all nature is occupied with their diversion.”—F.A. PARADIS DE MONCRIF…

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the history of the house cat

Once upon a time—about 100,000 years ago, that is—the ancestor of your finicky, affectionate, inscrutable domestic feline was a wild creature who prowled the deserts of the ancient Middle East. At first, the animals that scientists would call Felis sylvestris lybica pretty much ignored the primates they shared the planet with. These primates were mammals who walked on two legs accompanied by domesticated wolves, the ancestors of today’s dogs. Cats began to pay serious attention to humans only when the Neolithic Revolution began in the Fertile Crescent. The rising temperatures that marked the end of the Ice Age around 9,000 to 10,000 years ago allowed humans to begin cultivating grain. As a result, we morphed from hunter-gatherers into farmers, putting down roots in settlements that marked the beginning of human civilization…

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secrets of cat behavior

There is something deeply mysterious and even downright spooky about cats, which may be why they were enshrined as gods in ancient Egypt—and demonized as witches’ familiars in medieval Europe. Though they’ve shared their lives with humans for thousands of years, cats remain particularly difficult to categorize and study (they are nothing if not stubborn subjects, after all). Yet recent research has shed light on some enduring questions about their behavior, even if it hasn’t solved the fundamental mystery of cats themselves. What is your cat trying to tell you? Of course, you know what your cat is saying when she meows near her empty food dish—it’s the universal feline phrase for “feed me.” But sometimes cats communicate in ways that aren’t quite as clear and may even be deliberately obscure. Why?…

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a cat’s life

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shelter-cat success stories

“Princess is the best combination of playful and affectionate.”—MICHELLE THERIAULT Every year, about 860,000 cats are euthanized in America, and thousands more remain hungry and homeless—a fact worth keeping in mind if you’re considering purchasing an expensive breed, especially since “mutts” tend to be healthier than purebreds. Meet seven cats who, despite illness and injury, somehow beat the odds—thanks to a network of compassionate humans. Princess Princess (previous pages) was brought into the high-kill San Bernadino County Shelter in southern California with her eight newborn kittens in February 2017. That same month, the Los Angeles–based Friends for Life Rescue Network saved them, but since they were all very sick they were confined to an oxygen chamber for days. In June 2017, San Fernando Valley resident Michelle Theriault adopted Princess. “She is the most…