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250 Things You Can Do to Make Your Cat Adore You Print on Demand (Paperback) – May 15, 1998
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There are happy cats, and there are happy cats. Which kind of cat is yours? You may be surprised...
Here it is, straight and simple. Even the most well-intentioned, doting cat owner can (and often does) create an environment in which the beloved feline feels less than comfortable. Think about it: we humans create homes that feel, smell, sound, and look good to us -- not our cat. But fear not. Here in 250 Things You Can Do To Make Your Cat Adore You, a top animal expert, cat lover, and listener gives you insight from the cat's point of view, as well as practical and simple things you can do, to accommodate the cat's wishes so that nothing feels, smells, sounds, looks, or tastes at best unappealing, at worst harmful. With tips on how to:
- read your pet's body language
- use holistic remedies for common cat maladies
- discover human traits that cats love -- and loathe
and much, much more. With this book you can end kitty boredom forever and improve most behavior or health problems if they exist. And if they don't, here's an opportunity to make your happy cat happier!
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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. Human toothpaste is made with flavorings, sweeteners and other ingredients that are not good for your cat. And your cat can't spit out the toothpaste when they are done brushing. Using a toothpaste formulated for your pet is better - they don't foam and ingredients are pet safe.
Declawing a cat changes their gait. - Not necessarily. I adopted a declawed cat and she walked and acted just like a non-declawed cat. I would never have a cat declawed, but would not hesitate to adopt one.
Clipping a cat's nails requires special tools. - Nope, regular human nail clippers work fine. They are even what my vet uses.
"never leave kitty at the vet's office, no matter how nice everyone is." - If you aren't comfortable leaving your pet at the vet's, you need a different vet. When I had to leave my pet at the emergency vets, they were great about giving me a tour of the back areas where the pets are. I've also been in the back area of my veterinarians office, and everything was clean and tidy and the pets were in clean, comfortable cages with food, water, privacy, whatever they needed.
use "gentle baby shampoo" on your cat - while gentle on baby, baby shampoo is not gentle on your cat. If it is all you have and your cat needs a noxious substance removed from their coat, use it. But for more than that, get a shampoo formulated for cats. Pet shampoo is less likely to leave your cats skin dry, itchy and otherwise uncomfortable.
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.
If there should be any remaining doubt on the matter, just type the words "taurine cats vegetarian" (without the quotation marks) into your browser's search field, and see what comes up.
This one issue doesn't necessarily invalidate the contents of the entire book, but it does raise serious questions about the judgment and expertise of a person who cavalierly advocates something as potentially dangerous as feline vegetarianism.
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At least I have my cat.