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The Cat Fanciers' Association Complete Cat Book Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Reference (October 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062702335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062702333
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.7 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,451,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Siegal, the author of dozens of books about animals, including The Cornell Book of Cats and Davis Book of Dogs, teams up with members of the Cat Fancier’s Association to produce this authoritative reference on Felis silvestris domesticus. The bulk of the volume consists of a guide to the 41 recognized breeds and, as such, is sure to land on the shelves of the association’s members and other serious cat lovers—those who might, for instance, want to bone up on the scoring system for their Javanese or reread the cat show standard for their tailless Manx. But those who just love their plain old non-pedigreed tabby will also find the sections on breeds fascinating. After reading about the devoted, intelligent Ocicat—who happens to look like a mini cheetah—it’s hard to imagine anyone not wanting one. Some sections anthropomorphize their subjects needlessly ("Ragdolls are considerate of their humans’ busy schedules, so they bathe and groom their moderately long, silky coats by themselves"), but they’re all highly informative and well written. People looking for their first cat will do well to read the section about choosing the right one (again, the emphasis here is on pedigreed animals), as well as the section on New Kitten Basics. The chapters on feline nutrition and basic health care, penned by veterinarians, are also an excellent resource for cat lovers of all stripes.
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About the Author

Mordecai Siegal is the author of more than thirty pet books, including the best-selling Cornell Book of Cats, the UC Davis Book of Dogs, and the UC Davis Book of Horses. He has written monthly pet columns for House Beautiful, Good Housekeeping, and the CFA Almanac. Mr. Siegal has had a caller-interview radio show, Vets and Pets, on WNYC. He is a founding member of the Cat Writers' Association and president emeritus of the Dog Writers' Association of America. Mr. Siegal resides in New York City.

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A must-have for anyone who is owned by a cat or cats!
Anna Marie Fritz
With so much dated feline health information currently on bookshelves, it is refreshing to see this section reflect the cutting edge of feline medicine.
Lorraine Shelton
The book is excellent and a good source for reference regarding breeds.
Linda Tunnell

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine Shelton on March 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
After a disasterous false start with the "Encyclopedia", which was simply an outdated, mediocre European book with the CFA logo sloppily applied to it, the Cat Fanciers' Association's ambitious project to present the world of pedigreed cats to the public is finally here. The sections on the different cat breeds are written by actual experts on the breeds: CFA breed council secretaries. The section on feline health, written by one of the world's foremost "cat breeder vets", Dr. Susan Little, makes this book an indispensible part of any cat lover's library. With so much dated feline health information currently on bookshelves, it is refreshing to see this section reflect the cutting edge of feline medicine. Those with cats of less prestigious heritage than the National Award Winning pedigreed cats pictured in full-color generously throughout the book will find this volume valuable for the section on feline health alone.

Congratulations, CFA, on a job well done!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Linda Tunnell on March 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The book is excellent and a good source for reference regarding breeds. I also found the health information section quite informative, and would recommend it to anyone with any kind of cat.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Butterfuss on March 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
a very informative book for the cat lover, with bright color pictures, discriptions of temperment , hair color of each cat. a very good book to have on hand.
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By Holly Ravetz on February 23, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book is very informative and well organized. I love referring to it as an aid to learn about my newly adopted cat. I'd say a must own for cat lovers and owners!
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By Haynes12 on December 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
boo came just as I expected it to be and right on time this is a book that I need for some classes next semester and figure now would be a good time to start looking over it
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Format: Hardcover
Great book and incredibly cheap, those two things made me happy but I was annoyed because I didn't receive my book until 10 days after it was supposed to come (and the expected range was almost a whole month!)
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