#Caturday – Nine Emotional Lives

My mother listens to a lot of books on CD. The one she’s listening to — and enjoying — now is Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson’s THE NINE EMOTIONAL LIVES OF CATS – A JOURNEY INTO THE FELINE HEART.

Masson’s web site says:

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson is dedicated to the emotional lives of animals, vegetarianism, veganism (the ethics of food), animal rights, and human-animal interactions.

He was trained as a Freudian analyst, but got de-shrunk for saying, out loud, that Freud was full of the soft, smelly, brown stuff. I like him already, don’t you?

Masson, who lives in New Zealand, has written nine books on the emotional lives of animals, including one that proposes that humans may have developed our best emotional qualities through our association with dogs.

Again, from his web site:

“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.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A cat enters a solitary person’s life, but neither interacts directly with the other.


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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “#Caturday – Nine Emotional Lives

    • Author

      Marian Allen

      March 17, 2013 at 1:01pm

      Mom is really enjoying it. She played part of it for me, and I’d love to read it in print.

  1. Veronica

    March 19, 2013 at 3:10am

    The cyber world is very focused on cats right now. There are cats EVERYWHERE. Although I am an animal lover, I don’t have any plans of owning a cat as of now. I’d like to stick to fish as of the moment.

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      Marian Allen

      March 19, 2013 at 8:50am

      Oooo! What kind of fish do you have? We used to have goldfish and a dojo loach. Apparently, the water company changed the chemicals they put in the water, and our aquarium treatment couldn’t handle it. 🙁 I still miss them!

  2. Sandra

    March 20, 2013 at 1:36am

    I own two cats, both persian. I just love them so much. I’d try out the audio book soon.

    • Author

      Marian Allen

      March 20, 2013 at 7:55am

      Oooo! Persians are so beautiful! Our daughter’s cat, Alexander, was part Persian. All that long, silky hair! 🙂

  3. Kristine

    March 20, 2013 at 2:11am

    I’m actually more of a dog person. But still, I still like cats but I would not like to own one. It’s more on the fact that I appreciate the dog’s loyalty more.

    • Author

      Marian Allen

      March 20, 2013 at 7:54am

      Kristine, our cats have always been very affectionate. They even (usually) come when called by name! We have a dog, too, so I know how wonderful dogs are. 🙂

  4. Emilia

    March 20, 2013 at 5:27am

    I love cats. I don’t own them because I’m suffering from asthma. My doctor advises me not to take care of furry animals because it might trigger an attack. I settled for a fish instead.

    • Author

      Marian Allen

      March 20, 2013 at 7:51am

      Emilia, there are breeds of cat who don’t trigger allergies. There’s even a hairless breed! But fish are lovely. 🙂

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