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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

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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.

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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 (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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31 of 33 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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ilil R. Arbel on March 17, 2015
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This is the perfect book for any person who is already honored by the love of a cat, or is contemplating adopting one. It covers everything you could possibly wish to know at any phase of your relationship with your cat. It is indeed a complete guide; from taking care of the newborn kitten or bringing in the new adult cat, to specialized training and interesting shopping, and everything in between. Do you need help with behavior issues? Are you concerned about the best nutrition for your kitty? Do you have an interest in specific breeds? Indoor or outdoor? How about a nice walk on a leash? A game of fetch? Raising dogs and cats together? The dreaded act of giving medications to a cat? Children and cats? And these are only some of the subjects…

But it’s not only the richness of information which made me love the book so much. I am a great admirer of clear, elegant writing, a rare commodity these days. This book is beautifully written, the instructions are logical and easily understood, and the tone is calm and helpful. A pleasure to read – so much so that I read it through, as if it were fiction.

Darlene Arden is an award-winning author, an animal behavior consultant, an animal activist and a lecturer. The Complete Cat’s Meow had been given excellent reviews by highly respected individuals in the field – including everyone’s favorite animal lover, Betty White. They were all absolutely correct. Once you read a few pages of this fun and informative work, you will not only pursue it till the end, but return to it again and again as needed. I highly recommend it!
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22 of 24 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lorna Martin on September 6, 2014
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Darlene Arden's Books are All Wonder and Extremely Informative!! I Only buy her books for my Cat And Dog information. Not even Close to being boring as some can be. Darlene is my Go To Girl for Everything Animal!! If you want True and Accurate info, the Cat's Meow is for you.
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14 of 15 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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12 of 13 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Clemmons on December 29, 2011
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Darlene Arden's THE COMPLETE CAT'S MEOW really is everything you need to know about your cat. Say you've had cats all your life and believe you know all about adopting and caring for a cat. Wanna bet?

For instance, did you know a group of cats is called a clowder? I didn't. I also didn't realize that not all vaccines are good or necessary. But which are which? Can your cat catch your cold or vice versa? Can you teach your cat not to scratch furniture? Darlene's book answers all your questions in simple language and logical order.

Here's a genuine recommendation and example from me. If I'd had Darlene's book several years ago, I could have spotted problems and prolonged the life (with quality) of my late pet, Miss Delilah Sue Kitty. Delilah died of renal failure, which I would have spotted when it could have been treated if I'd had a copy of THE COMPLETE CAT'S MEOW. But Delilah was sixteen, and I simply thought she was old and had kitty dementia that made her forget where the litter box was. (Unfortunately, she chose the dining room carpet instead, and we still can't get the smell out.) The vet told us renal failure is the number one killer of elderly cats.

Darlene covers every aspect of cat ownership from before a kitten is born to caring for the elderly cat. Those of us who already have cats realize that each has its own personality and needs. By reading this book, we can meet our pets needs to provide them with high quality long lives.
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