- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Villard; First Edition edition (1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375752277
- ISBN-13: 978-0375752278
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #936,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Veterinarians' Guide to Your Cat's Symptoms Paperback – 1999
The experts reveal how to interpret and understand your cat's symptoms
and what steps to take to ensure its health.
This comprehensive and practical book is designed to assist cat owners in understanding their pets' bodies and health based on signs and symptoms of disease, and in determining the most common medical problems that might cause particular symptoms.
Adopting the "decision chart" format from popular symptom guides for human ailments, such as the American Medical Association's Guide to Your Family's Symptoms and Take Care of Yourself, five leading veterinarians have designed a user-friendly chart system that will guide a pet owner from noting the symptom and observing the cat's behavior to understanding the associated signs of an illness, the possible conditions, and the best steps to take. Filled with more than 150 charts in an easy-to-follow two-color format and medical drawings, The Veterinarians' Guide to Your Cat's Symptoms is the indispensable reference for cat owners. It not only considers the problems of sick and injured pets, but also addresses the needs of healthy animals. It has all the information a cat owner needs:
¸ What a healthy cat should look like
¸ Flow charts to the 200 most common symptoms
¸ Behavioral issues, such as spraying and clawing
¸ Emergency first aid, including transporting an injured cat
¸ A glossary of veterinary diagnostic tests and medical terms
With this unique combination of medical information and advice, plus an innovative chart system, The Veterinarians' Guide to Your Cat's Symptoms will ensure that your cat really does have nine lives.
Top Customer Reviews
I read everything I could find at the local library concerning diagnosis of symptoms displayed by my cat. The technical books in the library were useless because of the plethora of technical terms that the average layman like me hasn't a clue on the meaning of. Also, the organization, or should I say lack of organization, of the other books made them tedious to follow. Many references and cross-references ad infinitum. I had to tease out answers to simple questions and, even then, didn't fully understand the points they were trying to make. I've had cats for most of my life and thought I was an expert, but I was stumped and worried about my little friend's symptomatic behavior. I needed help, and fast.
Five minutes with the guide to symptoms by Garvey, et al, answered my immediate question and led to a quick solution. The book is filled with well rendered drawings that illustrate and complement the text. The people who put this book together obviously know cats intimately and understand cat behavior. The writing is easy to understand and to the point. It also explains the "whys" behind the facts. The table at the back is both comprehensive and easy for the average reader to understand. This is a book to be USED, not just read.
No book is perfect but this one comes close and gave me what I needed. ....I'm totally satisfied with it.
Worth the money if you own cats.
then you need this book!
We've had cats for many years, and had other books over that time. However, most of those are now
packed in storage, and it was really easier to buy a new book than to dig through old boxes.
I am very glad that I got this one!
If I could change anything at all, it would be to have the photos inside be in color. Not sure why
the publisher chose black and white, but perhaps it was to keep the cost of the book down. I really don't
know, but it would have helped quite a bit.
Other than that, this is a fantastic reference book. It is organized well, so it is easy to find what you
might be looking for. Each chapter goes into great detail without being so medically technical that you need
a PhD to understand it. There are also sketches that really add to the book.
There are lists of symptoms, lists of medications, etc etc. Really, it is a very comprehensive guide to your
cat's health. It also has a lot of emergency care treatments as well. I would advise reading those ahead of time,
so you are not trying to comprehend what you should do should your furbaby actually get hurt.
I am VERY glad that this reference book has been added to our home library.
It has already helped with treatment of an itchy spot on one of our kitties, verifying
that we were treating it properly at home. Great book, highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I use this as my first reference for my 7 cats...I purchased two and gave them away to new cat owners.
A real must to have, but you still should take cat to vet.
My dear, usually loving cat would occasionally, out-of-the-blue, bite me. I bought this book to find out "why". Read morePublished on August 15, 2014 by AmazonJackie
I love this book. It has a lot of detailed information and found it very helpful. I would recommend this to all cat lovers!Published on May 22, 2014 by Mona McCloud
Sellers' product very helpful and informative I'm glad I bought it. It does offer some suggestions as to what the problem could be but of course if not sure cat should be taken to... Read morePublished on March 7, 2014 by Kathleen C. Bailey
It's a good handy reference. But it's not really a textbook kind of thing. I think it was designed to be more of a quick guide.Published on November 6, 2013 by Linda R
First class service. Book arrived in good order and considering that it had to come from America- in reasonable time.Published on August 19, 2011 by constance
This book is well-organized and highly informative. It is, essentially, a professional veterinary handbook written for the general public. Read morePublished on July 10, 2011 by Claire