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Your Cat: The Owner's Manual: Hundreds of Secrets, Surprises, and Solutions for Raising a Happy, Healthy Cat Hardcover – May 1, 2012
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"Chock full of practical advice on both behavior and health. Anyone who is getting their first dog should read this informative book."
-Temple Grandin, Author of Animals in Translation and Animals Make us Human
"What a great reference to have on hand! YOUR DOG is such a blessing to all of us dog lovers everywhere. Good advice from someone we can trust."
-Betty White, award-winning actress
About the Author
Gina Spadafori is a veteran journalist who has been writing about pets and their care as a syndicated columnist and author. Her top-selling book, Dogs for Dummies, was given the President's Award for the best writing on dogs and the Maxwell medallion for the best general reference work.
Top Customer Reviews
Your Cat: The Owner's Manual: Hundreds of Secrets, Surprises, and Solutions for Raising a Happy, Healthy Cat is not just another basic cat care book. Written by America's veterinarian, Dr. Marty Becker, the veterinary contributor to ABC's Good Morning America and The Dr. Oz Show, and his writing partner, Gina Spadafori, a veteran journalist who has been writing about pet care for decades, this book stands out.
I had the good fortune of meeting Dr. Becker at a veterinary convention in the late 90's/early 2000's. I'm sure Dr. Becker doesn't remember meeting me, but I will always remember his lecture from that convention. Even though I don't remember what it was about, I do remember that it stood out from all the other lectures because of the enthusiasm Dr. Becker brings to his work as a veterinarian, his dedication to the human animal bond, and his passion for sharing his knowledge about pets with others so their lives, and the lives of their pets, can be richer for it.
This passion comes through in every page of the book. From how to select a cat or kitten (or what to do when one selects you) to how to keep your cat happy and healthy throughout her life by providing proper nutrition, health care, environmental stimulation, and even training, the book covers all aspects of cat care.
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When I got the opportunity to review Your Cat: The Owner's Manual, by Dr. Marty Becker, the resident veterinarian from the Dr. Oz show, I knew I wanted to check this one out to see if I was missing anything and boy did I found some interesting things your cat magazines and websites won't tell you.
This book contains almost everything you need to know if you are a cat owner or considering purchasing one soon, from choosing the right cat or kitten for your family, preventing health problems, solving what to do with regards to scratching furniture or using the litter box and saving money on medication and treatments both traditional and alternative as well as which pet products really work.
Here is just a sampling of what I learned from this wonderful book; did you know that garlic and onions are toxic to cats? They can lead to anemia in your feline and is great to know when you consider giving them real food as an alternative to canned or dry pet foods. I also learned that despite claims that laser pointers make great cat toys, it can actually stress them out because they can never "get" the light. There is no reward once it's caught.Read more ›
Savvy cat owners will recognize lots of the advice in this book, which offers a prescriptive approach and tips for finding cats and adoption advice, home care and safety issues, some common behavior challenges, and healthy cat information. There are a LOT of cat care books out there. Marty and Gina, though, deliver with humor and trademark furry affection, and the format of the book makes it easy to find the tips you need. And yes, I can call `em Marty and Gina because I've known both of these folks for years and they're just as thoroughly nice people in purr-son as they are on the page. :)
There are two parts of the book I particularly want to offer as a shout out. The Acknowledgements offer a who's who of the cat care/behavior world and, as the authors so eloquently point out, no book is ever the product of a single person. Kudos to this team-some I know personally and others by reputation, and listing these folks offers even more credibility to the material offered in the book. Further, readers will treasure the value-added Resources section listing Internet contacts for some of the best cat gear and problem solvers available-that alone is worth the price of the book!
Amy Shojai, CABC, author of 24 pet care titles including ComPETability: Solving Behavior Problems in Your Multi-Cat Household
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've owned cats before getting my present kitten, but in this book I am learning a lot of good information that I never learned before.Published 5 months ago by eraser
Read it, re-read it, and re-read it. I continue to refresh my mind about taking care of our "babies". Highly recommend.Published on June 19, 2014 by Mouser's Mom
If you have every had a cat, there is not a whole lot new in this. It was interesting and fun to read though.Published on February 9, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I babysit cats for a living (no dogs please). I'm always looking for a good reference manual for my human clients. This one is purrfect. Read morePublished on March 24, 2013 by Pat O'Shea
This manual answers many questions as our cat issues arise. It is a perfect research book to keep on hand.Published on January 24, 2013 by Willy Fox
I recommend this book if you are a cat lover it is the perfect book with so many little helpful hints on how to take care of your loveable cat I really enjoyed this book a lot.Published on August 19, 2012 by susan