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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Howell Book House; 1 edition (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470641673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470641675
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The veterinary and health information is exactly right. The pictures are super cute. The book is easy to read and will be easy to use as a quick resource. You NEED this book. You will love it, and you will learn about and appreciate your cat/cats/cats-to-be even more than you already do.” —Shawn M. Finch, DVM, rileyandjames.com 

“I have read a lot of cat care books in the almost three decades I’ve spent either caring for cats, working with cats, or writing about cats. When I picked up The Complete Cat’s Meow, I honestly didn’t expect to learn anything new. I was wrong. Not only did I learn a few new things, but this guide truly stands out in the genre.” —Ingrid King, Pet Connection 

“Arden's new book provides cat people with everything they need to keep their cat healthy, happy, and bonded with them for life. She debunks cat myths and provides information to make life better for person and cat. If you get one cat book, this should be it.” —Nancy Marano, Petroglyphs

From the Back Cover

The all-in-one resource for cat owners

"This is a book to be treasured by every cat lover—and we are a legion. I learned a lot and enjoyed every minute."
BETTY WHITE, actress and author

Do you consider your cat a valued member of the family? Do you want to ensure you're giving your beloved feline friend the very best possible care? Then this all-in-one cat care guide is for you!

From grooming to litter box issues to nutrition and much more, The Complete Cat's Meow covers all the bases for successfully raising and caring for kitties. It also shows you how to introduce a new kitten to other pets, handle behavioral problems, and make life comfortable for cats of all ages.

Whether you're a veteran cat owner or thinking about adding a feline to your family, The Complete Cat's Meow is your one-stop guide to comprehensive cat care.


More About the Author

A Certified Animal Behavior Consultant, Journalist, Author, Learning Facilitator in Kutztown University's Dog Training and Management Certificate Program and frequent media guest, Darlene Arden's passion for helping animals live longer and better lives shines through in all she does. Whether she's writing books or articles, speaking to breed clubs and other animal-related groups, attending veterinary conferences to increase her own knowledge and as a presenter, or interacting with individual pet owners, her goal is always the same -- to enhance the lives of dogs and cats. In her "spare time" she is a World Canine Freestyle Organization Judge, Referee, and Advisory Board member and she produces and hosts a local cable television program. Find her on the web at: www.darlenearden.com

Customer Reviews

Highly recommend this book for all cat owners.
D. S. ROGERS
Written in an interesting and easy to read style, it is chock-full of useful information for the first time owner and the life-long owner alike.
Ramona D. Marek
I received this book in the mail and could hardly wait to read it.
Connie Marie

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Diane M. on April 22, 2011
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Darlene Arden's new book, The Complete Cat's Meow, deserves the accolade, "Best (and most 'complete')Cat Book, Ever." It is beautifully written, clear, concise, and jam-packed with solid, sensible advice, beginning at the 'beginning' with a chapter on newborn kittens and how they grow. Following are chapters on how to choose a cat; getting ready for the cat's introduction into the household; and sections on understanding the feline mind; feeding; health care; concerns unique to felines; emergency situations; overviews of popular cat breeds; and activities and training (incuding a section on therapy cats). Yes, you can train a cat! Everyday life with cats is thoroughly covered, from kittenhood through old age. All of this is done in a genial, non-preachy, reader-friendly style and is illustrated with photos. Numerous information boxes emphasize points of interest, such as subtle signs of illness and neutering/spaying. The book winds up with two appendices. The first is "Shopping for Your Cat" -- great fun! The second is a list of useful resources, including websites and books. At the end is a well-thought-out index. I am a credentialed veterinary technician, and I recommend this book to both neophytes and experienced cat owners. There's something here for everyone. I love this book.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Juli Viars on February 17, 2013
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I generally do not write book reviews because most of the time someone else has done a great job conveying my thoughts. I find no purpose in writing a redundant review. After purchasing The Complete Cat's Meow , I knew I had to make a couple of comments. Throughout my ongoing quest to learn as much about best nutritional and health practices (keeping it as natural as possible) for my four legged family members, I have purchased several books. While Arden's, The Complete Cat's Meow, has lots of general info and is easy to read, a couple of things stood out that I just could not overlook as critical misconceptions or misinformation on the part of the author.

First, on page 100 Arden states that dry, crunchy food "may help keep kitty's teeth clean." Jean Hofve, DVM says, "Let's get this one straight once and for all: dry food does not clean your cat's teeth!" In my research I have discovered that vets, homeopathic and conventional, agree that dry food is not a good diet for any of pets. Dry pet food is just that... dehydrated (10% or less moisture)... hence very little water, which our pets need! Low water consumption for our cats is a problem we face already without exacerbating the problem with dehydrated food. According to [...] a few problems with dry cat food include, but are not limited to, low moisture, high carbohydrate, protein from plant rather than animal sources, and overconsumption. Arden acknowledges some of the problems with feeding dry food, but touts that reading the label can help ensure a good dry food choice. The problem with that is pet food labels are very difficult to interpret and there are no good DRY food choices. Dry food should never be the animal's primary food source (Anitra Frazier, The Natural Cat).
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Susan Conant on May 2, 2011
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Darlene Arden's loving and enthusiastic guide to cat care is both comprehensive and delightful. Even the most practical, down-to-earth chapters sparkle with humor. Especially notable is Arden's emphasis on the feline need for human companionship and on the consequent importance of interactive play with cats. This is the perfect book to help all cat owners, veterans and newcomers alike, to appreciate cats and to provide cats with the best possible lives. Highly recommended!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ramona D. Marek on May 21, 2011
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Darlene Arden's book, "The Complete Cat's Meow" is just that. Written in an interesting and easy to read style, it is chock-full of useful information for the first time owner and the life-long owner alike. Arden's knowledge and expertise about cats is apparent but so is her deep love and respect. I learned something I didn't know: "cats and people have identical regions of the brain that are responsible for emotions."

With chapters covering topics from litter box issues, training (yes, training your cat!), de-bunking myths, healthcare, playtime, and much, much more, there is absolutely no reason why humans and felines cannot have a happy, successful relationship. If owners read this book more cats would stay with their families and fewer would be relinquished to shelters.

If you own a cat or are considering a cat, "The Complete Cat's Meow" is the perfect owner's manual.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. S. ROGERS on May 20, 2011
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This book was so easy to read, I finished it in a few hours. It is so very informative and I thought I knew all there was to know about cats, I was wrong!

The book was a joy to read and the resource section is awesome! It is one that I will refer to over and over again.

Highly recommend this book for all cat owners.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Susan Bulanda on April 7, 2011
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The Complete Cat's Meow by Darlene Arden is one of the most delightful books on cats that I have read in a long time. The book has eleven chapters that cover everything from popular cat breeds to health, training and behavior issues. The book has many photos which are stunning, both black and white as well as color. What I really like about this book is that it is easy to read and understand. You feel as though the author is having a personal conversation with you. I am going to recommend this book to all of my cat clients.
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