Cats have a reputation for being mysterious, independent and downright strange. They may be domesticated but house cats retain a little bit of the wild says Tom McNamee. He writes books about wild animals.
When a black kitten was abandoned on his property, he went on a journey of discovery to try and understand more about the little bit of wild he welcomed into his home.
So he made a study of the cat that became his pet, to try and understand our feline companions - how they perceive the world and how they communicate - and most importantly, how they train their humans!
He talks to Megan Whelan about the resulting book, The Inner Life of Cats: The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions