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The Cat Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Troubleshooting Tips, and Advice on Lifetime Maintenance (Quirk Books) Paperback – August 1, 2004
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just like a technical user manual for a cat. We found it accurate and funny. This is a good guide for a beginner cat owner. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Quiet Mind
I LOVE THIS BOOK, I got it for my fiance who has never had a dog before and he also found it very humerus but most importantly it made it easy for him to understand how dogs work... Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. Pherigo
The author was trying to be humorous and was not, but book did supply good information and gave me insight into both my male and female kittens.Published 6 months ago by Bess S Latham
Written jus like a car manual and very informative. All cat owners should have this book.Published 6 months ago by Mary Sullivan
What a fun and useful book. Written in a clear and clever way that makes it entertaining and informative. Great illustrations. Can be read by kids and adults. So imaginative.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer ks
Wonderful idea for a book about cats. The models need maintenance. The drawings are sensational.Published 6 months ago by Jacqueline Pike
This is a great and an amusing instructions on cat ownership. This also makes a great present to cat owners, even if they have other material on the subject already.Published 7 months ago by Ecolometrics
A must for every dog owner. As a Veterinarian I found this book not only informative, but hilarious!Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer