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"Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent!"

The mirror test is an experiment developed in 1970 by psychologist Gordon Gallup Jr. to determine whether an animal possesses the ability to recognize itself in a mirror. It is the primary indicator of self-awareness in non-human animals and marks entrance to the mirror stage by human children in developmental psychology. Animals that pass the mirror test are: Humans older than 18 mo, Chimpanzees, Bonobos, Orangutans, Gorillas, Bottlenose Dolphins, Orcas (Killer Whales), Elephants, and European Magpies. Others showing signs of self-awareness are Pigs, some Gibbons, Rhesus Macaques, Capuchin Monkeys, some Corvids (Crows & Ravens) and Pigeons w/training. (Sorry Kitty!)

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats
for showing us that cats share our basic emotions and drives.

The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats
A Journey into the Feline Heart
By Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats (2002) - 249 pages
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In the hugely popular New York Times bestseller Dogs Never Lie About Love, provocative psychoanalyst Jeffery 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, Jeffery 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 mischievous behavior, 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 other, a 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 worth of their attention. Cats 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 that they do not need us. 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.

Jeffery Moussaieff Masson, Former Sanskrit scholar and projects director of the Sigmund Freud Archives, has written more than a dozen books, including the New York Times bestsellers Dogs Never Lie About Love and When Elephants Weep. A longtime resident of Berkeley, California, he now lives in New Zealand with his wife, two sons and five cats.

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The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats
A Journey into the Feline Heart
By Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats
for showing us that cats share our basic emotions and drives.