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Complete Kitten Care Paperback – June 1, 2002

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"...a concise, easy-to-understand book. I wish it could accompany every kitten going to a new home." -- Kitty Angell, Cat Fanciers Association Allbreed judge

"...a must-read for anyone ... who already know the joys of living with cats." -- Lenny Southam, DVM, author of

"A wealth of information for first-time kitten owners. Amy Shojai shows you how to enjoy kittenhood." -- Pam Johnson-Bennett, feline behaviorist and author

"There are ... no questions left to ask about ... caring for a kitten after one has read this book." -- Karen Lawrence, CFA Allbreed judge

From the Author

Hey there! Thanks so much for joining me here at Author Central and browsing my various books. I'm an equal opportunity pet lover--currently living with Magical-Dawg, Seren-Kitty and Karma-Kat, you'll see them in my author photo. Nothing gets out of my office without their paw-print of approval.

Both of my kitties showed up as dumped kittens on the back porch. WHO would throw away such wonderful creatures?! While both of them are now grown-up cats, the kitten inside still comes to the surface and quite a lot of Seren-Kitty's experiences you'll find in this COMPLETE KITTEN CARE book (even her picture). I used the introduction section on cat-to-dog and cat-to-cat when first Magic arrived and then just last year Karma showed up. The leash training and crate training tips I've also used with my furry wonders, and of course all the kitten care and health information applies to mine--and your cats, too.

Kitten-hood lasts such a short time, and we want it to be sweet and fun for both the baby and us. And we want the relationship we create during this time to last nine-lives and beyond. All the information (and the SQUEEE! cute kitten pictures) are designed to help you do that.

I'm sharing these tips because not everyone can afford or can locate a qualified cat behavior consultant. You'll find prescriptive how-to advice here, and in my other cat behavior and cat health care books, for as your kitten grows into an adult cat. Since most of us have more that one cat, you may want to take a look at one of my other books sooner rather than later.

Check out Complete Care for Your Aging Cat as well as ComPETability: Solving behavior problems in your multi-cat household, and ComPETability: CATS & DOGS.
I'd love to hear from you about your feline friends. You can send me an email at

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade (June 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451206347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451206343
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,733,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amy Shojai is a nationally known authority on pet care and behavior, a certified animal behavior consultant, a spokesperson for the pet products industry, and the author of 30 nonfiction pet books. She also writes THRILLERS WITH BITE! which includes the dog-viewpoint thrillers LOST AND FOUND and HIDE AND SEEK. Find out how to join Amy's Audacious Allies (Triple A Team) at

Amy addresses a wide range of fun-to-serious issues in her work, covering dog and cat training, behavior, natural and allopathic health care, nutrition, first aid, aging pets, "the bond" and cutting-edge medical topics. In her nonfiction books, she empowers pet lovers by providing the information they need to make informed decisions for their cats and dogs. She specializes in translating "medicalese" into easily understood jargon-free language, making it accessible to all pet lovers. Oh, and she loves bling-icity!

Her work has been honored with over three dozen writing awards and she is a two-time recipient of the "Friskies Writer of the Year" award. Her articles currently appear in the Herald Democrat newspaper, on and, and and she's published several thousand articles and columns during her career. She presents a twice-monthly "Pet Talk" segment at KXII-CBS, hosted the weekly "Pet Peeves" at and is an expert on Animal Planet DOGS 101 and CATS 101. Sometimes she has time to sleep.

Amy has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and in USA Weekend, The New York Times, Washington Post, Reader's Digest, Woman's Day, Family Circle, Woman's World, and many other leading newspapers and magazines. She has also been a featured pet care expert on Animal Planet Dogs 101, Cats 101, Petsburgh USA/Disney Channel program, Good Day New York, Fox News: Pet News, NBC Today Show, WGN-Chicago "Pet Central" and "Animal Planet Radio" and many others.

She is an active member of the International Thriller Writers, certified member of International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, founder and Past President of the Cat Writers' Association, member of the Dog Writers Association of America, and Past President and Honorary Lifetime Member of Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. She frequently speaks to groups on a variety of pet-related and writing issues, lectures at veterinary and writer conferences, and conducts training and behavior demonstrations around the country.

She and her husband live with Seren-Kitty the Siamese wannabe, Magical-Dawg the German Shepherd, and other assorted critters at Rosemont, their thirteen-acre "spread" in north Texas. Find more information about her work at and follow her Bling, Bitches & Blood Blog at

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Finch on February 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book last year, and I studied it carefully before getting my first kitten, Ginny. The title doesn't lie, "Complete Kitten Care" is exactly what you get. The three-month old female I got last August is now a happy and healthy member of my family thanks to the advice from this book.
The topics covered here involve everything essential that a kitty novice needs to know, such as vet visits, spaying/neutering, adjusting to other pets, and grooming. The most important chapters that should not go unread are the sections that deal with medical emergencies (falls, drowning, and electrocution), and recognizing/treating sick kittens. I'm lucky enough not to have applied that information to my experiences with my kitten, but it's still good to know.
On the behavior front, "Complete Kitten Care" helps you understand your kitten's way of thinking and help you fix his mistakes, particularly litterbox-related mistakes. Also very helpful is the chapter on understanding body language, and how your kitty communicates with you. I now understand all of Ginny's moods by the size of her pupils, volume and pitch of her meow, position of her ears, and how her tail is held.
This book doesn't go without any entertainment, though. There are lots of adorable kitten photos and drawings that will easily melt your heart. In the back of the book, it has cat legends and fun facts, and there are lists of cat-related web sites, magazines, care organizations, pet supply sources, and other cat books.
Highly reccomended! A+
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Jessie L Stephens on July 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
I've fostered dozens of kittens in the last ten years and made just about every mistake there is to make. Now that I have this book, I'll never take on another little one without having it at hand. All parts of this book are valuable to the new kitten owner, but I especially appreciate the sections on recognizing and treating health problems in young animals, and the section on emergencies is priceless. It tells you how to rescue your little one from a dog or other animal, how to administer artificial respiration if necessary, even perform acupuncture to jump start a stopped heart, how to give CPR to a drowned kitty, how to slow down shock, what to do if kitty ingests a poison plant, how to treat both heatstroke and hypothermia.
There's much else in the book, including learning to play with your kitty, understand her communications, and provide the kinds of toys and equipment that will suit her needs best. Complete Kitten Care is just what the title says it is. You probably shouldn't even think about acquiring a new kitten until you have a copy.
Besides presenting a wealth of knowledge, Shojai's book is fun to read. She has an obvious love of her subject, but it's tempered with good common sense and a great sense of humor. You can actually sit down and read this book through, rather than just thumbing to the section you need at any one time--it's that readable. She has a way of making the technical stuff understandable to us folks whose only qualification is that we love kitties.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Carol S. Johnson on February 4, 2011
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I have only one problem with how-to books. I don't read them. I buy them. I just don't read them--or instructions, or manuals, or recipes. And if there was one I didn't think I needed to buy or read,it was one on cat care.
I've had dozens of cats--weaned, unweaned, rescued half-dead, purchased from breeders, easy-going lap-cats and neurotic curtain climbers. I've always been proud that in the end my cats were sassy and long-lived. However, I recently purchased a Burmese kitten
I brought him home and planned to spend my Christmas break getting to know him. It did not go well. He immediately darted under a bed and scrambled into a corner of the mattress frame. From there he began a yowling heard throughout the house. The very sight of me sent him into a frenetic shelter search. He was so scared and angry that he growled, yowled, and ate at the same time. By the end of the first week, he was still yowling and I could only get near him if I lay on the floor half under the bed for an hour with a tablespoon of tuna in my hand.
I was ready to take him back where he came from, if I could catch him, but I couldn't admit defeat. I finally broke down and bought Amy Shojai's Complete Kitten Care, AND read it.
Through Shojai's Complete Kitten Care, which is straight-forward, well written, and covers absolutely everything you need to know about kittens, explained everything I'd been doing wrong, and even why another way was better. I had people traipsing in and out, adult cats were prowling about, and the little guy was absolutely lost in my three story farm house. Ten days after I read it, my kitten was on my lap or on my shoulder, tangled in my hair and purring.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on July 10, 2010
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I purchased Complete Kitten Care in the Kindle version, since we have been used to adult cats for a long time, and wanted to brush up on raising kittens. The book is extremely well written, well organized, highly informative and a lot of fun to read. Amy Shojai has included a lot of adorable photos of kittens, and she writes with a fantastic sense of humor, so I enjoyed the book on many levels.

It is possible to be parents of kitties without such helpful advice, but you and your kittens will be much happier and have a better relationship after reading Complete Kitten Care. She covers everything from preparing to bring your kittens home, choosing your kitten(s), food and snacks, litterbox training, play, training in general, providing appropriate scratching targets and encouraging kitties in their use, health, travel, and plenty of information about emergencies. Some of the most helpful information will be the portions on understanding how kittens view their world and you and how to interpret kitten body language and behavior.

Whether you already have kittens or are planning to adopt some, please do yourself and your kitty children a favor and buy Complete Kitten Care. I know I will be referring to the book often for the kittens we will adopt soon.
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