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About the Author

A veterinarian for 25 years and operator of Indianapolis’s Broad Ripple Animal Clinic for 22 years, Dr. David Brunner specializes in treating small animals—cats and dogs. His first book was The Dog Owner’s Manual. He has two daughters, Molly and Kendell, two black Labrador retrievers, Lucy and Noel, and a wonderful cat named Mouse. Sam Stall is the coauthor of The Dog Owner’s Manual and The Encyclopedia of Guilty Pleasures. He resides in Indianapolis with his cat (and former animal-shelter inmate), Ted, plus three terrier mixed-breed dogs and his wife, Jami.
 
Paul Kepple and Jude Buffum are better known as the Philadelphia-based studio Headcase Design. Their work has been featured in many design and illustration publications, such as American Illustration, Communication Arts, and Print. Paul worked at Running Press Book Publishers for several years before opening Headcase in 1998. Both graduated from the Tyler School of Art, where they now teach.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books; First Edition edition (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931686874
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931686877
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Cat Owner's Manual" combines two of my favorite things: cats and great design. It takes the dreaded "owner's manual" we encounter with just about every consumer product out there and turns it into a humorous, easy-to-read guide for taking care of your beloved kitty. The information is well organized, practical, and covers everything you might want to know. Kudos to the design team for the ease of use and the fabulous illustrations. The subtle humour throughout makes "The Cat Owner's Manual" a joy to read, whether you're looking to be informed or entertained.
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Finally one of the world's greatest mysteries explained! Why does your cat behave the way it does? This an excellent book for cat novices and experts alike; it's as entertaining as it is informative. The combination of the illustrations and icon driven format keeps the book current with our high tech gadget fixated society. Even if you can't program your VCR, with the help of this book, you'll soon begin to understand all your cat's little idiosyncrasies.
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We have operating manuals for our computers, digital cameras, sound systems, television, and all manner of other devices. This entertaining book provides an operating manual for a much more complex assembly, a cat. Cats are amazing creatures. Their ability to hear, to detect odors, and to operate in darkness is far beyond that of humans. They solve problems. They open doors. My cat recognizes, and acts upon, a surprising number of words, and I assume that is typical for cats. Research shows that cats have highly-developed brains. The portion of the brain devoted to speech is unfortunately not developed, but my cat goes to elaborate lengths to communicate her wishes and feelings.

Brunner and Stall give us a manual of "operating instructions, troubleshooting, and lifetime maintenance" of these remarkable creatures. Filled with the same type of diagrams as a computer manual, the book gives us: an overview of makes and models, home installation, basic programming, fuel requirements, exterior, interior, and emergency maintenance, and advanced functions. Numerous, well-drawn diagrams and cartoons accompany the text, which contains valuable information on cats (Dr. Brunner is a veterinarian). The manual is a sparkling exposition on cats, from their optical sensors to their waste ejection port.
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I have come accross many cat books, dog books, and dog or cat books that are written in a funny style. This is one of those rare books that actually manages to succeed in everything it aspires to!

Not only is this book recent (2004), inexpensive, and hillariously written and illustrated, but it has all of the basic information a cat owner would need in an extremely USEFUL format. Man, how I wish I had this book when I first got my cat! It covers all of the questions other books could easily overlook, such as how to hold a cat, proper grooming, socialization, etc.... The format is just so... organized, it's easy to get an idea of where everything is, and the funny mechanical manual format is brilliantly integrated so that it does not interfere with either readability or clarity.

The only deficiency of this book is the lack of detailed medical information. This is not a bad thing in itself, though, as it allows for a shorter, clearer book. I would strongly recommend you to also purchase a veterinarian-written guide to cat health that covers all of the common medical problems. This would allow you access to information about vaccinations, what qualifies as an emergency or needs veterinary attention, and at-home solutions to medical problems without constantly questioning your vet. Such books include "Guide to a Healthy Cat" by Elaine Wexler-Mitchell, DVM (great, recent, inexpensive book - the only lack is that it doesn't go into as much depth as it should because it tries to be easy to understand), "Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook" (a classic, in-depth book about almost every problem you might face - but not very up-to-date as it was written over 10 years ago), or "The Doctor's Book of Home Remedies for Dogs and Cats" (excellent in so many ways, but does not go into problems not treatable at home except to tell you when to take the animal to the vet).
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I love cats, and I have three of my own. I also volunteer at a local shelter. We use this book there, and I use it at home as well. It's full of helpful information for new owners and for cat lovers like myself with lots of experience.
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Average pet owner to professional trainer - you NEED this book in your library. In fact, you no longer need a library at all...this is the book to reference no matter what your canine question or concern. Easy to read and charming illustrations that offer a plethora of informaton covering any aspect of owning, caring, or training a dog. As a companion dog trainer, "the dog owner's manual" has become the most important book I will require my client's to read. Bravo Dr Brunner and Sam Stall!
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I was catwatching a friend of my roommates cat for reasons I still don't understand and found myself bonding with it to the point that when it died in my care (of a heartattack and or clot) I found I couldn't live without another cat. Not being a cat person by trade I needed a reference manual for it and found that Quirk Books had once again delivered. While not as dry and deep as Android Karennina, or Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the cat owners manual is a great example of quality and simplicity presented in an original and humorous manner. I now know enough about cats to have adopted a cat of my own (a 15 pound maine coon named Ravage) who is happy, healthy, and death free at current.
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