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The Humane Society of the United States Complete Guide to Cat Care Hardcover – June 18, 2002

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Colette once wrote, "There are no ordinary cats," and cat lovers the world over surely agree. While none of them are ordinary, they generally have similar requirements for diet, exercise, health care, and loving attention from their human companions. The Humane Society's Complete Guide to Cat Care warmly incorporates both similarities and differences to create a comprehensive guide focused on providing the best possible care, not just for your beloved pets but for the species as a whole.

Specific and detailed information is included on physical issues like nutrition, dental care, and vaccinations. Short paragraphs discussing why vegetarianism is extremely unhealthy for cats, which are carnivorous, and how to introduce them to a toothbrush are straightforward and wise--you'll find simple language and plenty of encouragement. Social and behavioral issues are also addressed, and you'll learn methods of feline communication, needs for companionship, and how best to deal with finicky eaters.

The Humane Society provides plenty of information about adoption of abandoned cats, proper sterilization for your pet, and the wisdom of letting your furry friend lead an indoors-only life. Even if you're of a different opinion on some of these matters, you'll still find a range of valuable material devoted to the well-being of your extraordinary feline companion. --Jill Lightner

About the Author

The Humane Society of the United States is the largest animal-protection organization in the country, with a constituency of more than seven million people, and is one of America's most trusted names in animal advocacy.

Wendy Christensen is an award-winning writer who has written extensively on feline topics for magazines such as Cat Fancy, Cats USA, Kittens USA, Natural Cat and Natural Pet among others. She lives in rural New Hampshire.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (June 18, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312269293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312269296
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.1 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,719,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By L. Hansen on April 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
Not only does this book tell you how to take care of your cat, it is also very interesting to read. Unlike some books, it doesn't have pages of very short descriptions of cat breeds. I find these very boring, as they tend to say the same things from book to book. These have no relevance to actually taking care of your cat. This book has enlightened me on several things about taking care of my cat. Much to my cat's distaste, I no longer feed her mass market pet food, but follow the simple directions found in the book. I also moved my ageing cat indoors, where she seems much less stressed. This book is good as a informative read about cats, and a reference book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kitten Foster on January 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
This guide acquaints the reader with the care of cats from kittenhood to adult cat. It is easy to read and easy to find pertinent information when needed. It is highly recommended.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Chelsea Watkins on July 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book tells how to keep your cat healthy, happy, and safe. It also takes animal welfare seriously, telling how you can get involved in helping cats! I highly reccomend it to every cat owner in America!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By carol on September 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a good overall resource to cat care.
It touches on many subjects and cats of all ages
from kittens to geriactric.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William M. Mccarter on March 4, 2013
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Much of the information is either very scarce or difficult to find on the internet. Excellent guide to the health and welfare of your cats!
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By M. Smith on April 17, 2014
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This is a good intro to cat care. I like that there is a lot on making your home environment safe for cats. On medical care, she leans toward the conventional veterinary point of view, and on nutrition she leans toward the conventional pet food industry point of view. I have balanced it for myself with Anitra Frazier's and Richard Pitcairn's books, both of which cover alternative health methods and correctly home cooked diet.
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