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Complete Care for Your Aging Cat Paperback – October 22, 2014
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"Guaranteed to help your beloved pet live a happier, healthier, fuller life. While this comprehensive and groundbreaking book presents cutting edge medical information, Shojai makes sure that it's proven and practical. Captivating true storeis of 'successful agers' will motivate you to make sure you give your pets the best care possible." --Dr. Marty Becker, resident veterinarian on Good Morning America and best-selling author
"Once again Amy has done it! VERY important, useful and valuable information in a concise, easy to read work. Our pets are living longer--and with this interesting and complete book--healthier lives. If you have a middle aged to older pet, this book is a Must Have!" --Dr. Jim Humphries, Veterinarian, Contributing Editor to CBS's The Early Show, and National Veterinary Spokesperson
From the Author
Hey there, thanks for finding me on Author Central--and it appears we have "cat love" in common! I currently live with an 18-years-young Siamese wannabe and cherish every day that I have her. Like you, I want my cats to live long, happy and healthy lives and as they age; it's vital to recognize when they need help. Of course, the veterinarian is a key partner for your pets' health care, but YOU can do so much to keep your cats emotionally healthy and assist in their physical well being.
That's why I wrote COMPLETE CARE FOR YOUR AGING CAT. Even 20 or 30 years wouldn't be enough time to spend with a beloved feline--and we want a pets' golden years to be as happy as possible. So the book contains actionable advice. It's not simply a "go to the vet" book, although that of course is important. I want to empower you to recognize both healthy cat and problem cat issues, learn how to help your kitty yourself, and promote a positive pet partnership with your other care-givers including the vet.
This book is a companion volume to COMPLETE CARE FOR YOUR AGING DOG, which covers old-age issues for your canine companion. At the other end of the spectrum, I've also written COMPLETE KITTEN CARE and COMPLETE PUPPY CARE, part of my list of 30+ pet care titles.
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Amy Shojai's Complete Care for Your Aging Cat was first published in 2003 and quickly became the "old cat bible." However, seven years is a long time when you're talking about health related topics. This newly released edition has been updated to reflect changes in veterinary medicine and includes a wealth of resources about treatment options, products and research, complete with links to websites when appropriate. The e-book version of the book includes hotlinks to relevant information.
This book is an invaluable resource for cat owners. Shojai covers basic information on how age affects your cat's body in great detail. She explains how to look for changes that might signal health problems in older cats (for an excerpt, read Amy's guest post Caring for Your Older Cat). She discusses home nursing care to help older cats through various health issues, and presents advanced care options and how to make informed choices, including a section on making end of life decisions which is presented with great sensitivity, yet covers all the facts a cat owner needs to know when faced with this difficult choice.
The most valuable section of the book is the extensive and comprehensive listing of feline health conditions, ranging from arthritis to heart disease to kidney failures. Each section provides information on symptoms, reducing risk, and treatment options. I read a lot of cat health books,and I have yet to find another one that is as well organized and easy to use as a reference guide as this one.
But it's not all hard facts and information. Each section of the book contains a "Golden Moments" segment, which contains heartwarming stories of real cat owners who share their lives with older cats and are continuing to enjoy life while dealing with typical issues common for senior cats. These touching, and often inspirational stories make this book more than just a reference guide.
I loved almost everything about this book. The one area that didn't resonate with me was the author's take on nutrition. Pet nutrition is a controversial subject. While the material is as well-researched and well-documented as the rest of the book, Shojai's recommendations focus on senior diets and prescription diets. I've written extensively about feline nutrition on my blog, The Conscious Cat , and won't belabor the issue here. You can read more about why I don't believe these diets are the best choice for cats of any age there ([...].).
Even though I disagree with the author's recommendations in this one area, I nevetheless highly recommend this book to all cat owners, regardless of how old your cat may be. This is a must read for anyone who wants to keep their cats happy and healthy well into their golden years.
Amy Shojai is an author with a heart, as well as a brain. Her books reflect her love and passion for the animals in our lives, while giving us the advice we need to keep them healthy and happy.
Well-written, well-organized, instructive and entertaining, this book is a must-have for any cat owner -- no matter what age your cat is.
(This book is also available in Kindle format.)
Clear, concise, and well organized. Not only are symptoms noted, approaches to treatment are suggested, and vet diagnosis.
Complete Care for Your Aging Cat helps me care for him. It's a "must" for cat lovers and owners.