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Product Details

  • Series: Aspc Complete Guide to
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Printing edition (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811819299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811819299
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For many, the search for a comprehensive cat-care book often leads to frustration, finding only specific topics addressed in each book--from a care primer here to a breed book there. Now, from the ASPCA, comes the Complete Guide to Cats, covering everything that a cat owner needs to know about choosing and caring for a kitty. Beginning in section 1 with the basics of how to bring a cat into your life (choosing your new pet, preparing your home for the new arrival), section 2 goes on to offer detailed information on cat breeds and how to decide which breed is the right one for you. Section 3 covers a brief history of the domestic feline, how the cat works (framework of bones and muscles, the organs, digestive and urinary systems, reproductive system), and understanding your cat. The final section of the guide is devoted to taking care of your cat, including keeping your kitty healthy and common feline health problems, home nursing, first aid, and special care, such as mating, pregnancy, and birth, as well as the older years. With a multitude of color photographs and illustrations sprinkled throughout the clear and concise text--not to mention the added value of appendices that offer a host of helpful information including important telephone numbers and a glossary of cat-related terms--the ASPCA Complete Guide to Cats is a must-have for the owner that wants the best for their feline friend.

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By Kathryn Gallagher
If cat questions swarm through your head, The ASPCA Complete Guide to Cats has the answers. This book provides indispensable advice on health, behavior, grooming, veterinary care and litter box training for both novice and experienced cat owners. Adorable illustrations and photos enhance the pages, and a guide to cat personalities explores 50 of the most popular breeds.

In my house, cat-care books seem almost as plentiful as cat hair. As a book reviewer who lives with four cats, I see a lot of each. One of the best feline health and behavior books I've come across in a long time is the ASPCA Complete Guide to Cats. Drawing upon his professional expertise as director of the Cornell Feline Health Center, James R. Richards offers readers a thorough, well-written look at all things feline. Emphasizing health, behavior and inclusion into the right home, the author guides cat owners through the selection and lifelong care of a cat. Cat breeds and historical information are also included in this practical, user-friendly reference book.

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Great photos and breed descriptions.
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All and all, a very complete yet fun to read book, which manages to pack a lot of info & beautiful pictures in a tight format.
Joss Delage
I highly recommend this book to anyone that has even a smidgen of interest in cats.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Joss Delage on June 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is a must have for anyone considering being adopted by a cat (don't fool yourself on who owns who...) It's full of good information, most of which will not loose any relevance as time goes by. It also includes a very well illustrated "catalog" of breeds, which is a great help to decide which kind of cat you want to cede your house to.
As it is published by the ASPCA, it also has a fairly strong and opinionated editorial stance, which is something I found refreshing & courageous. (For example, they clearly are against not neutering your cat, buying from a pet store, and to a lesser extent letting your cat go out by themselves.)
All and all, a very complete yet fun to read book, which manages to pack a lot of info & beautiful pictures in a tight format.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
As anyone who knows me knows, I have cats. I seem to attract them, well, like cats! I have cat joys and cat tragedies especially prominent in the past few years, with two outdoor disappearances and one indoor death, yet with wonderful new additions and the experience of sharing my home with seven new kittens born under my desk one summer, and five more from a different stray the next summer.
I had always considered cats low maintenance, essentially self-sufficient. This was a requirement to me, as I'm not home very often, and when I am, I can't spend too much time on cat duty. This was the reason I opted for cats over dogs. I was raised a dog person. But dogs require attention several times a day. Sorry, can't do it...
Well, with all that happened in the past year, I found that cats, while generally low-maintenance, have periods nonetheless in which they need special care and attention (even if, like Emma, they don't really want it). Thus, being a person in the education mode, I decided I needed to learn more. It just so happened that one of my book clubs was offering the ASPCA Complete Guide to Cats, so I ordered it.
This has been a gem of a book. It is complete, concise yet filled with information, well organised, colourful and picture-ful, durable (slick coating on the covers and a finish on the pages means the cats can walk across with dampened paws and not destroy the book, useful when it is opened when I attending their needs).
The first section discusses how and when to bring a cat home. It addresses such issues as cats and kids, preparing the home for a cat, your own readiness, and which kind is most appropriate for which environment. It also discusses what to do when welcoming your new friend into the home.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By ALEX YONG on April 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
has easy to use icons to help you match desirable traits to certain breeds. Examples: "Lap cat", "Talkative", "High Energy", "Special Grooming Needs" ... having read the section on the Burmese breed, for example, I can now say, yes their looks are great, but for me, their personality mismatches what i'm looking for in a cat.
has abundant information without being the size of a cinder block. in fact, this book is nice and compact, about the size of a mousepad and an inch thick. the high quality photos are beautiful and the kittycats are so adorable (the cat is my absolute favorite animal!) Minor nitpick: the Ragamuffin breed and the Pixiebob breed aren't featured. i like keeping this book on my coffee table for my cat-loving friends to enjoy too
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is ideal for someone who is considering adopting a kitten or cat. It has abundant info on breeds, including each breed's talkativeness, activity level, and temperament. The numerous photos are captivating. It deals with basic aspects of feline life phases, health & bodily functions, and behavior. It is a useful guide to the cat owner regarding the basics of pet care & problem solving. This is quite a thorough book for being a slim volume, and it was my constant companion through kittenhood.
By the way, our cat has stayed with friends several times when we were out of town, and I have found it useful to loan them _Aspca Complete Guide to Cats_ along with the kitty. It is an entertaining read for the sitters and puts my mind at ease.
If you already have a cat and want more in depth reading, I recommend _The Character of Cats: The Origins, Intelligence, Behavior, and Stratagems of Felis Silvestris Catus_ by Stephen Budiansky, which I found fascinating.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Fortin on March 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book has been around for a few years and I've bought copies not only for myself, but for friends and family members who love cats. The information on breeds and cat care is valuable but what I really appreciate are the beautiful photos throughout the book.
There are numerous cat books out there and I can never resist taking a look, but this little volume surpasses them all. It's simply a beautiful book which I would highly recommend!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kate on December 10, 2011
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This is a very good introductory to cats. It covers a broad range of topics with a good amount of detail. I am an animal sciences major and we used this as a textbook in one of our courses, so that should tell you something about the quality of information.

There are definite points of view expressed in this guide, but I've found them to be in line with everything else I have learned from the veterinary community as well as animal shelters. People may disagree with some of the stances taken by the ASPCA, but there is good evidence for those expressed in this book.

The companion guide for dogs is identical in format, and some of the information in the health section is almost word-for-word the same. The two are very comparable in quality.
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