John Bradshaw, anthrozoologist, cat expert & author

John Bradshaw—international cat expert, anthrozoologist, and author of The New York Times bestseller “Dog Sense”—discusses his new book, “Cat Sense: How The New Feline Science Can Make You A Better Friend To Your Cat.” 1374762819Bradshaw-Cat_SenseFoundation Director of the Anthrozoology Institute at the University of Bristol, bradshawBradshaw has fashioned a present-day guide—historic, scientific, behavioral–to our feline friends that even the most staunch and longstanding cat lover is likely to find fascinating and often-revelatory, at times controversial. In the interview, Bradshaw explains the array of things a purring cat may be communicating   well beyond the contentment we associate with that rumbling sound. He also elaborates on a small but mighty point he makes in “Cat Sense” about declawing—namely, raising the reasonable possibility (based on his own experience, after an accident as a younger man in which he lost a portion of one finger) that declawed cats experience “phantom pain.” Bradshaw also articulates a somewhat jarring assertion he makes in the book that there may be a potential long-term downside of spay-neuter for ensuing generations of cats. He also speaks to feral cats, the common misinterpretation that a cat presenting a dead rodent or bird in their owner’s house is offering a “gift,” and fields e-mails and phone calls from listeners. (

ALSO: We spoke briefly with Patricia Massari, one of the coordinators of the Tampa Bay Walk For Farm Animals, a Farm Sanctuary event set for Nov. 2. (,

SmokeyAND: We bid farewell to Smokey McGarr Page, a kind and gentle cat—and intrepid traveler—who was my mother-in-law’s faithful companion for 19 years.





COMEDY CORNER: Ellen DeGeneres’ “Cat In Heat”  (portion) (

MUSIC: Rebekah Pulley’s “Talking Animals Theme,” Earl Bostic’s “Flamingo,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE:  Carl Perkins’  “Put Your Cat Clothes On”


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About the author
Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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