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Pets, People, and Pragmatism$
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Erin McKenna

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823251148

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823251148.001.0001

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Respecting Playfulness and Personality

(p.184) Five Cats
Pets, People, and Pragmatism

Erin McKenna

Fordham University Press

The domestication of cats changed the possibilities of humanity. For this relationship to be respectful humans need to understand breeds and individuals and work with their nature. This can include training, showing, and work. A pragmatist approach entails understanding the history of domestication and exploring a variety of ways to communicate effectively. It also entails paying attention to how cats' needs change with age and facing the realities of death. Issues of abuse and neglect, use in biomedical, and use in entertainment are also addressed. The debates about declawing and indoor only cats get special attention.

Keywords:   Death, de-clawing, domestication, property, research, showing, training

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