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The Humane Society of the United States Complete Guide to Cat Care Hardcover – June 18, 2002

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Colette once wrote, "There are no ordinary cats," and cat lovers the world over surely agree. While none of them are ordinary, they generally have similar requirements for diet, exercise, health care, and loving attention from their human companions. The Humane Society's Complete Guide to Cat Care warmly incorporates both similarities and differences to create a comprehensive guide focused on providing the best possible care, not just for your beloved pets but for the species as a whole.

Specific and detailed information is included on physical issues like nutrition, dental care, and vaccinations. Short paragraphs discussing why vegetarianism is extremely unhealthy for cats, which are carnivorous, and how to introduce them to a toothbrush are straightforward and wise--you'll find simple language and plenty of encouragement. Social and behavioral issues are also addressed, and you'll learn methods of feline communication, needs for companionship, and how best to deal with finicky eaters.

The Humane Society provides plenty of information about adoption of abandoned cats, proper sterilization for your pet, and the wisdom of letting your furry friend lead an indoors-only life. Even if you're of a different opinion on some of these matters, you'll still find a range of valuable material devoted to the well-being of your extraordinary feline companion. --Jill Lightner

About the Author

The Humane Society of the United States is the largest animal-protection organization in the country, with a constituency of more than seven million people, and is one of America's most trusted names in animal advocacy.

Wendy Christensen is an award-winning writer who has written extensively on feline topics for magazines such as Cat Fancy, Cats USA, Kittens USA, Natural Cat and Natural Pet among others. She lives in rural New Hampshire.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (June 18, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312269293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312269296
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.1 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,411,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. Hansen on April 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
Not only does this book tell you how to take care of your cat, it is also very interesting to read. Unlike some books, it doesn't have pages of very short descriptions of cat breeds. I find these very boring, as they tend to say the same things from book to book. These have no relevance to actually taking care of your cat. This book has enlightened me on several things about taking care of my cat. Much to my cat's distaste, I no longer feed her mass market pet food, but follow the simple directions found in the book. I also moved my ageing cat indoors, where she seems much less stressed. This book is good as a informative read about cats, and a reference book.
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This guide acquaints the reader with the care of cats from kittenhood to adult cat. It is easy to read and easy to find pertinent information when needed. It is highly recommended.
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Format: Hardcover
This book tells how to keep your cat healthy, happy, and safe. It also takes animal welfare seriously, telling how you can get involved in helping cats! I highly reccomend it to every cat owner in America!
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This is a good overall resource to cat care.
It touches on many subjects and cats of all ages
from kittens to geriactric.
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We borrowed several books form the library as we were thinking about adding a feline companion to our family. This one seemed most practical and had lots of great information. We decided to have a copy for our bookshelf.
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I bought this book for my sister, as she is a new cat owner. She absolutely loves it, and is so thrilled to own a copy of the book. She is quite impressed with the amount of information covered, and feels that it is a good go to guide when she has questions. Based on her comments about the book, I would highly recommend this book to others.
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If you are new to cat care, this might be a worthwhile read. Those who have cared for a few cats or more and made the effort to read other books and join cat care support groups in order to care for their cats correctly, might be less than enthralled with this book. I found it to be very sermonistic. I guess that doesn't mean the sermon is not needed because I'm sure it is. But people who love cats and are willing to read book after book to educate yourself on their care, will find this book preaches to the choir. What this book does do is to remind all of us cat lovers that perhaps we could go beyond just adopting and caring for our own cat or cats. Shelters all across America are in need of volunteers. If you love cats, perhaps you could, as this book suggests, find a way to help out in whatever capacity you might be able.

I also happen to disagree with their pro vaccine stance. They attempt to be up front with the dangers of vaccines but despite all the problems with vaccines they still recommend them. This is a topic you will have to research and decide what's best for any cats in your care. I tend toward a more holistic approach to caring for my cats and this book leans more towards conventional methods.

So while I don't agree with every suggestion in this book, for the most part it was still a worthwhile read.
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