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Cat (2006) is a beautifully thorough study into our feline companions' biological, historical, and cultural heritage. Each slate focuses on a distinct stage of development, charting how the human-cat relationship has progressed from dreadful superstitious misunderstandings to domesticated joy. Meow!

Katharine Munzer Rogers, a former English professor at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, now resides in Gaithersburg, Maryland. She has written several papers and books on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature and, after retiring, has continued her interests in animals and L. Frank Baum's Oz stories.

• Those who love cats
• Anyone interested in the symbolic meaning of cats
• Readers who are interested in cultural history