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Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook, Fully Revised and Updated Hardcover – December 1, 2007
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From the Inside Flap
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
The classic bestseller—expanded and updated
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.
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In life, I also wanted to be a veterinarian, because my connection with animals is so strong. Such as life does not always go as planned I did not fulfill my dream but still have a strong connection with animals and every now and then will foster a homeless kitten or nurse a sick kitten back to health.
This book is not necessarily outdated, as it was published in 2008. I bought the hardback copy and am impressed with the quality of this book being printed on nice paper that is not thin, the print is dark and readable and there is a table of contents in the front and an index in back for quick reference.
Like some reviewers have suggested there are pictures of sad, sick cats that are in black and white (my guess is that color photos would be greatly traumatic to view as the black and white versions are heartbreaking enough to view). The pictures, no matter how sad are necessary for properly knowing what illness your cat may have in an emergency situation and these are what makes the book even more valuable.
In my experience, it is better to be prepared than not. If you think about it, don't most homes already have a first aid kit and if you have kids, you have supplies on hand for cuts, coughs, and other minor first aid emergencies - so why not do the same for your fur babies?
After caring for both of my dogs from puppyhood (one bottle baby) till their old age I learned many things about emergencies and preparedness. Now that I have cats, I am also learning that cats are not as resilient as dogs are and at least being able to understand the basic first aid of cats gives me some comfort that if I ever needed to, I will know how to respond.
*Note* In my photos I took the paper cover off the book, but it does arrive exactly as shown in the description pictures Amazon shows. I just don't like the paper cover because they never stay in place when the book is open.