To know when cats are acting oddly, you need to know what normal is. The Veterinarians' Guide to Your Cat's Symptoms starts off describing a healthy cat body, from skin, hair, eyes, ears, and teeth to the inner workings of the cardiovascular, digestive, urinary, respiratory, and musculoskeletal systems. This picture of feline health is followed by a chapter on how to keep those systems healthy, with advice on choosing a veterinarian, plus vaccinations, spaying and neutering, nutrition, and litter boxes.
Part 2 does an excellent job of covering accidents, medical emergencies, and diseases that could threaten your cat. This section discusses broken bones, burns, and poisoning; conditions such as hypoglycemia, pneumonia, seizures, and pyometra; as well as infectious and parasitic diseases. For each, it tells you what to look for in your cat and when to dash off to the veterinary hospital for emergency treatment. There's a chapter on feline first aid, as well.
And if you suspect your kitty isn't up to snuff but aren't sure? Part 3 is where you can ensure that your cat's behavior is normal, with more than 130 common feline symptoms and flow charts explaining how to interpret them. Associated signs, possible conditions, and recommended actions are listed for each symptom. Perhaps your cat is showing signs of depressed appetite, with difficulty breathing and possibly coughing as well. These could be signs of cardiac disease, pneumonia, or even lung cancer, and a trip to the emergency clinic for x-rays is strongly suggested. On the other hand, maybe your cat is eating wool. The chart says this condition (termed Wool Eater, a form of compulsive behavior) is not unusual for Siamese cats, but could lead to vomiting or intestinal obstruction; the recommended action is to put the wool out of kitty's reach, and maybe see a veterinarian for behavior-modification medication. Symptoms such as depression and lethargy are treated in depth, as are diarrhea, gagging, lameness, nasal discharge, and various sorts of vomiting.
With appendices that list congenital defects and disorders, poisonous household products, and a glossary of veterinary medical terms, this is a remarkably useful reference for anyone who loves cats. --Stephanie Gold
I use this as my first reference for my 7 cats...I purchased two and gave them away to new cat owners.
A real must to have, but you still should take cat to vet.
My dear, usually loving cat would occasionally, out-of-the-blue, bite me. I bought this book to find out "why". Read morePublished 1 month ago by AmazonJackie
I love this book. It has a lot of detailed information and found it very helpful. I would recommend this to all cat lovers!Published 3 months ago by Mona McCloud
Sellers' product very helpful and informative I'm glad I bought it. It does offer some suggestions as to what the problem could be but of course if not sure cat should be taken to... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kathleen C. Bailey
First class service. Book arrived in good order and considering that it had to come from America- in reasonable time.Published on August 19, 2011 by constance
This book is well-organized and highly informative. It is, essentially, a professional veterinary handbook written for the general public. Read morePublished on July 10, 2011 by Claire