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Complete Kitten Care Paperback – June 1, 2002
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"...a concise, easy-to-understand book. I wish it could accompany every kitten going to a new home." -- Kitty Angell, Cat Fanciers Association Allbreed judge
"...a must-read for anyone ... who already know the joys of living with cats." -- Lenny Southam, DVM, author of
"A wealth of information for first-time kitten owners. Amy Shojai shows you how to enjoy kittenhood." -- Pam Johnson-Bennett, feline behaviorist and author
"There are ... no questions left to ask about ... caring for a kitten after one has read this book." -- Karen Lawrence, CFA Allbreed judge
From the Author
Hey there! Thanks so much for joining me here at Author Central and browsing my various books. I'm an equal opportunity pet lover--currently living with Magical-Dawg, Seren-Kitty and Karma-Kat, you'll see them in my author photo. Nothing gets out of my office without their paw-print of approval.
Both of my kitties showed up as dumped kittens on the back porch. WHO would throw away such wonderful creatures?! While both of them are now grown-up cats, the kitten inside still comes to the surface and quite a lot of Seren-Kitty's experiences you'll find in this COMPLETE KITTEN CARE book (even her picture). I used the introduction section on cat-to-dog and cat-to-cat when first Magic arrived and then just last year Karma showed up. The leash training and crate training tips I've also used with my furry wonders, and of course all the kitten care and health information applies to mine--and your cats, too.
Kitten-hood lasts such a short time, and we want it to be sweet and fun for both the baby and us. And we want the relationship we create during this time to last nine-lives and beyond. All the information (and the SQUEEE! cute kitten pictures) are designed to help you do that.
I'm sharing these tips because not everyone can afford or can locate a qualified cat behavior consultant. You'll find prescriptive how-to advice here, and in my other cat behavior and cat health care books, for as your kitten grows into an adult cat. Since most of us have more that one cat, you may want to take a look at one of my other books sooner rather than later.
Check out Complete Care for Your Aging Cat as well as ComPETability: Solving behavior problems in your multi-cat household, and ComPETability: CATS & DOGS.
I'd love to hear from you about your feline friends. You can send me an email at email@example.com
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I've had dozens of cats--weaned, unweaned, rescued half-dead, purchased from breeders, easy-going lap-cats and neurotic curtain climbers. I've always been proud that in the end my cats were sassy and long-lived. However, I recently purchased a Burmese kitten
I brought him home and planned to spend my Christmas break getting to know him. It did not go well. He immediately darted under a bed and scrambled into a corner of the mattress frame. From there he began a yowling heard throughout the house. The very sight of me sent him into a frenetic shelter search. He was so scared and angry that he growled, yowled, and ate at the same time. By the end of the first week, he was still yowling and I could only get near him if I lay on the floor half under the bed for an hour with a tablespoon of tuna in my hand.
I was ready to take him back where he came from, if I could catch him, but I couldn't admit defeat. I finally broke down and bought Amy Shojai's Complete Kitten Care, AND read it.
Through Shojai's Complete Kitten Care, which is straight-forward, well written, and covers absolutely everything you need to know about kittens, explained everything I'd been doing wrong, and even why another way was better. I had people traipsing in and out, adult cats were prowling about, and the little guy was absolutely lost in my three story farm house. Ten days after I read it, my kitten was on my lap or on my shoulder, tangled in my hair and purring. He offered me a good grooming from time to time, and if he scaled a bare leg with his tiny, needle sharp claws on occasion, it was worth every scratch.
The bonus is that besides the information I was looking for, I found much that I needed but didn't know it. I discovered the technical aspects of kitten nutrition, why I should feed a kitten a number of small meals a day rather than one or two large ones, and why it wasn't a good idea to give a them tuna or cow's milk. I got a lesson in cat hierarchy and its difference from that of other animals, a section that has been extremely valuable in teaching me why my grown cats do what they do. I now know how and why they groom themselves, how to teach them to, if not love, at least to tolerate baths.
Now Barney, as he became, is the clown that chases and is chased, that climbs into my bed and under my blanket, and wakes me up with his nose on mine. He's everywhere and into everything. My method might have worked eventually, but really, I might not have had sufficient years left to wait.
Shojai's book is filled with information, and, as I said is extremely well written. In addition, she conveys information in a knowledgeable but conversational tone. It was such a joy to read that I may read another how-to book someday.
Nah. Probably not.
Only one comment: All the author's advised products, food, utensils, websites etc. are meant for the USA only. There are also many readers from outside the U.S. and those references are not very helpful......
It is possible to be parents of kitties without such helpful advice, but you and your kittens will be much happier and have a better relationship after reading Complete Kitten Care. She covers everything from preparing to bring your kittens home, choosing your kitten(s), food and snacks, litterbox training, play, training in general, providing appropriate scratching targets and encouraging kitties in their use, health, travel, and plenty of information about emergencies. Some of the most helpful information will be the portions on understanding how kittens view their world and you and how to interpret kitten body language and behavior.
Whether you already have kittens or are planning to adopt some, please do yourself and your kitty children a favor and buy Complete Kitten Care. I know I will be referring to the book often for the kittens we will adopt soon.
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