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A purring cat is not always contented

In his vast survey of felines wild and domestic, Jonathan Losos reveals, among much else, that a cat’s purr can convey hunger or panic as well as pleasure

20 May 2023

9:00 AM

20 May 2023

9:00 AM

The Age of Cats: From the Savannah to Your Sofa Jonathan Losos

William Collins, pp.400, 22

Large cats cannot miaow. (Lions and tigers, I mean, not moggies who have overindulged on Whiskers Meaty Selection in Gravy.) The largest feline ever to have lived was a sabre-toothed cat in South America, which weighed nearly half a tonne. Female house cats can copulate up to 20 times a day when in the mood.

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