- Print on Demand (Paperback): 208 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone; Original edition (1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0684836483
- ISBN-13: 978-0684836485
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,174,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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250 Things You Can Do to Make Your Cat Adore You Print on Demand (Paperback) – 1998
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While I'm certainly no apologist for the mass-market pet food industry, I can't let the author's advice on feline nutritional needs go unchallenged.
Basically, Cats ARE obligate carnivores. Why? Unlike humans, cats cannot synthesize the organic compound taurine, which is essential for their survival. THE TAURINE CONTENT OF GRAINS, VEGETABLES AND FRUITS IS NEGLIGIBLE; IN MOST CASES SO LOW AS TO BE UNDETECTABLE. Cats CAN live on a modified (VERY carefully modified) diet consisting mostly of well-balanced vegetable protein PROVIDED they are given some form of supplementation for the nutrients that cats normally obtain from eating meat. Synthetic taurine is available, although I was under the impression (perhaps erroneous) that "synthetic chemicals" were anathema to most serious vegetarians. "Natural" taurine is easy to come by, with the caveat that there's only ONE "natural" source of taurine: meat. Perhaps my logic is flawed, but I don't see much of an ethical distinction between feeding your cat meat as opposed to a meat derivative.
If you know of someone who claims to have a cat who has thrived on a vegetarian diet for years without some form of taurine supplementation, they're either lying about the supplements or about the cat's health. A person who tries to "convert" their cat to vegetarianism without a thorough knowledge of the modifications that need to be made in order to make up for the essential missing nutrients in the cat's diet is condemning their pet to a life of sickness, blindness and eventually, premature death.Read more ›
The other thing I can't get out of my head is the recommendation that it is better to kill a cat (take it to your vet to be euthanized) than to allow it to live in the author's definition of a less than perfect home. Less than perfect to the author home might just be the perfect home for a particular cat.
"cats had no natural enemies" Wrong. Cats are prey for canids, larger felids, and birds of prey.
Catnip described as an artificial stimulant. - It's not.
Litter box needs washing every day with vinegar and soap." - Weekly washing is sufficient with modern litter and boxes.
Clumping litter kills cats. - Only if the cat ingests it. If cat litter is sticking to your cat and the cat is ingesting it when cleaning, get a different cat litter.
Leaves of catnip look like marijuana. - Not even close. The leaves are completely different shapes, sizes and textures.
You can use human toothpaste to brush your cat's teeth. - Not a good idea.Read more ›
I do not reccomend the book. I reccomend the Humane Society of the United States Complete Guide to Cat Care. It is also available here on Amazon.com. While it takes animal welfare/rights seriously, it is realistic and remembers the most important fact needed to feeding cats properly:cats are CARNIVORES!
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I am lucky enough to have a happy healthy feline CARNIVORE companion. I am a vegetarian... my cat is an obligate carnivore and CAN'T SURVIVE WITHOUT MEAT. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rebecca McGettigan
This book really did help us understand our furry little guy!! It's amazing what this book teaches!! Arrived in excellent condition!Published 8 months ago by Dawn Nation
Cute. Interesting suggestions. Will entertain any cat lover.Published 17 months ago by sandra wilson
This cool book gave me ideas how to entertain my cats. Now theyre older and not play much but I keep trying to make them active.Published on May 22, 2013 by Andra Bench
This book is great. It is an easy read. If your cats could talk they would tell you to read this book.... Read morePublished on May 22, 2012 by Dan C
I have a cat and she is pretty awesome. In fact, I would venture to say that Tracks is better than your cat. Read morePublished on May 27, 2010 by McBowlerpimp
I ordered this book under the impression that there was going to be some sort of list of 250 fun games or something that would increase the bond between me and my cat. Read morePublished on October 19, 2009 by StillWaters
Cats are obligate carnivores - they MUST eat meat; they cannot survive and be healthy on a vegetarian diet. It is grossly irresponsible to try to make a cat be vegetarian. Read morePublished on February 16, 2009 by Lexica510