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Cats: Why we can’t live with them, can’t live without them

It’s estimated that approximately 30-37% of households in the U.S. have a cat. And while the widespread perception of cats is that they’re cold, secretive and maybe a little too independent, science is beginning to reveal their hidden depths of emotion and affection.

It’s estimated that approximately 30-37% of households in the U.S. have a cat. And while the widespread perception of cats is that they’re cold, secretive and maybe a little too independent, science is beginning to reveal their hidden depths of emotion and affection.

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This new understanding of our feline friends is the subject of Thomas McNamee’s new book, “The Inner Life of Cats: The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions.” McNamee, a cat owner himself, uses both behavioral science and his own personal experiences to explain why cats do they often-maddening things they do — and why people are compelled to love them anyways.

AirTalk listeners: send us pictures of your cats, and call in with your feline anecdotes and quandaries.

Guest:

Thomas McNamee, author and the recipient of a 2016 Guggenheim fellowship, whose latest book is “The Inner Life of Cats: The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions” (Hachette Book Group, 2017)

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