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Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook, Fully Revised and Updated Hardcover – December 1, 2007
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The most comprehensive, essential reference for every cat owner, this easy-to-use, authoritative guide provides the vital information you need to take good care of your cat in all types of situations and in all ages and stages of her life. This fully revised and updated Third Edition covers common feline problems and ailments in language you can understand. It includes current information on:
Flea, tick, and heartworm preventives
Nutrition and understanding cat food labels
Newly recognized heart, muscle, and dental diseases
Lower urinary tract disease, hip dysplasia, calicivirus, and many other conditions
New drugs and surgical techniques
Therapies using supplements, nutraceuticals, and holistic modalities
From the Back Cover
For years, many veterinary treatments for cats were based on research conducted with dogs because it was wrongly assumed that cats were very similar. Recently, there have been giant strides in feline veterinary research. This classic reference is fully updated and revised to reflect these advances and gives you the most up-to-date guidance on cat health and cat care. It includes:
An index of signs and symptoms to help you find information fast
Clearly written, step-by-step directions for handling common feline ailments and problems
Hundreds of photos, drawings, and tables that illustrate what to look for and how to provide the best care for your cats
All new anatomical drawings and diagrams
New information on genetics, geriatrics, drug sensitivities, raw diets, arthritis medications, dental disease, and more
Information on supplements, nutraceuticals, and holistic treatments that have proven beneficial
Interesting findings on cat behavior
Whether you have a kitten or a senior cat, this resource helps you quickly identify potential problems, take proper steps in emergency situations, better understand diagnoses and treatment options, and communicate more effectively with your veterinarian. This is the hands-on reference you'll trust again and again.
Top Customer Reviews
No one likes to see pictures of sick and injured cats, but the authors, a group of D.V.M.s, don't shy away from illustrating some of the more unpleasant conditions that catflesh is heir to, nor should they. After all, illness and injury plague cats as much as they plague humans, and there's no denying that fact.
My only criticism of this book is that many of the conditions described are encapsulated in overly brief paragraphs. Symptoms are given and linked to all manner of serious and less-serious conditions. There is little differential diagnosis offered between them. Hence, the tenor of the book is rather alarmist at times. The authors' bottom line is usually, "See your Vet," but realistically, not every situation requires a visit to the doctor. Few people can afford to consult a Vet every time a minor issue like a transient case of the sneezies occurs, but home care and treatment is rather slighted in this book. Since the authors are Veterinarians perhaps that's understandable, but describing a swelling as a "possible cyst" without also mentioning that it might just be an aftereffect at an injection site can cause upset, cost a cat owner money for nothing, and cause this book to be less-readily consulted in the future. It happened to me, so I speak from experience.
By the time that you notice that something may be wrong with you cat, they may be in serious trouble. This is a book that tells you what various symptoms may mean and how serious they may be. It gives expert advice on how to care for your healthy cat, how to insure his continued health, and how to care for an injured cat until he can be transported to the vet.
It may tell you more than you really wish to know at times, but you may decide which sections you want to read and how much of them to read. Some of the illustrative photos, though very helpful, can be distressing to see. However, it is better to have more information than you want than less than you need.
No book replaces the need for good veterinarian, regular visits, or a call to see if an emergency visit is advisable, but this book gives excellent adjunct advice and tips to keep your cat healthy and safe.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought as a gift for my sister and her 4 cats. She says it helps her make better decisions as to when the cats NEED to go to the vet. Prompt delivery.Published 2 months ago by KarmaKTS
It has a lot of information and doesn't fill the pages with just cute pictures. It Is up to its title.Published 2 months ago by Fernando
This is a book all cat owners should have. If it saves you one visit to the vet, it will pay for itself.Published 6 months ago by Carlton Smith
As a cat owner you need this. buy it or your cat will be pissed.Published 8 months ago by Alexander Miller
This is my cat bible -- it includes almost everything you need for your kitties. I highly recommend it or a revised version if there is one.Published 11 months ago by Deb and John
A great read. Very in-depth on most every issue a cat can have. With this book, a lay person can come close to pin pointing most illnesses or problems a cat can have and know how... Read morePublished 12 months ago by C. Bennett