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Maine Coon Cats (Complete Pet Owner's Manuals) Paperback – August 1, 1995
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I don't want to turn you away from Barron's "Maine Coon Cats - A Complete Owners Manual". It contains very good generic information about raising cats, and the photographs are really lovely. It just has that 'mass produced' feel about it.
It also states that carbohydrates is one of the six main nutrients which your cat needs to stay healthy and that carbs come from plant sources...interesting note considering the first sentence in the very NEXT paragraph says that "cats are carnivores", hmm, unless my teachers all those years ago were wrong, carnivores were MEAT-eaters, not vegetarians and a carnivore, especially obligate carnivores which cats are do NOT need vegetable matter in their diets since they cannot properly digest it (look in the wild, when was the last time you saw a big cat eating grass, eh??) The book also promotes ONLY the commercial diets (it mentions homemade meals, and says that you should NOT do so, but it does not mention any of the raw diets which are far healthier for cats).
Other areas which were completely lacking and dated this book to somewhere in the 70s or early 80s were comments such as "the material of the [feeding and water] bowls is irrelevant", just make sure porcelain and ceramic are lead-free and food-safe. Not true!!! Plastic bowls become scratched and scarred after a while and can become breeding grounds for bacteria, causing you to toss them after a while and replace them. Als, the book does not make mention of the newer types of litters available (biodegradeable, pine, newspapere, etc. For these and other reasons, it seems that the book rally was written decades ago, republished in 2006, but without making any changes or updating the information.
Overall, I was not thrilled with the book and when you consider that it is only 90 pages' worth of reading, the book is not really worth the price either. I would not particularly recommend purchasing this book, I thought I was buying something which could be used as a true handbook/guide and which I could use as a reference manual. I did not really find that in this one. This is something I would recommend to someone to learn about ANY type of cat if they are considering adopting one. Nothing in here is specific to Maine Coons, other than the breed standards and how to find reputable breedeers, which you can get for free from any of the breed associations and cat associations' websites (and did I mention that breed information on these sites is free?).
Bottomline - it is a good "intro to cats" but it is not worth the money nor does it provide much more than very basic information freely avaialble on reputable internet sites.