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250 Things You Can Do to Make Your Cat Adore You Print on Demand (Paperback) – 1998

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Product Details

  • 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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Format: Print on Demand (Paperback)
As a career microbiologist with a fair grounding in biochemistry, I might be qualified to say a few words about the feline vegetarianism advocated in this book.

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.
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One of the things that worries me most about this book is the information about making your cat a vegetarian. Cats are the strictest type of carnivore, obligate carnivores. From Wikipedia: "Obligate carnivores depend solely on the nutrients found in animal flesh for their survival. While they may consume small amounts of plant material, they lack the physiology required for the efficient digestion of vegetable matter and, in fact, some carnivorous mammals eat vegetation specifically as an emetic. The domestic cat is a prime example of an obligate carnivore, as are all of the other felids." So even if you could supply all the required nutrients for your cat in a vegetarian diet, your cat is not designed to digest a vegetarian diet.

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.

Other notes:
"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.
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While this book does offer some good advice, it also has some very unrealistic advice. It says to clean out the litter box every day-dumping the old litter, cleaning the pan, everything. I mean, who really would do that? Cat litter costs about two dollars for a bag big enough to fill one litterbox. That means you would spend over $$$$ a year on cat litter! Plus, she reccomends a vegetarian diet for cats. I know vegetarian diets are healthy for humans-I've been a vegetarian since I was 11-but I know cats should be fed meat. My cat ate meat cat food, but then, when I decided to have him be a vegetarian, too, he started vomiting and having diarrea and he was so skinny that he looked rather unhealthy. I started feeding him meat cat food again. The vomiting and diarrhea stopped, he became plump and healthy, and his coat started glowing. I think Ingrid Newkirk is so caught up in farm animal rights that she forgot the cats'. I think the things she said about meat cat food being unhealthy and unsuitable for cats is speculation-if there was any proof that meat cat food is unhealthy for them, than surely someone besides PETA and the vegetarian pet food companies would know? She says cats are healthier on a vegetarian diet-even though we know cats are carnivores.
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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