Kids are often beguiled by the idea of owning a pet; unfortunately, taking responsibility for daily care may not be so exciting. This title written with a veterinarian as consultant, is designed to provide easy-to-read information about the care of the most often chosen pets. In this title, cat-lovers will learn about necessary supplies like litter boxes, brushes, and scratching posts. Other sections, each accompanied by a lively and well-chosen color photo, explain the essentials of feeding a cat, grooming it, and taking it to a vet (including spaying or neutering). Readers are warned never to leave a cat alone with small pets or birds and are told how long to expect a healthy cat to live. One page in each book introduces wild relatives—in this case, big cats like lions, tigers, and leopards; the last topic—decoding cat behavior—offers helpful advice; for example, "When cats arch their backs and their fur stands up, they are scared or angry. Stay back!" In place of sidebars, a small cartoon cat (created by Kim Brown) speaks directly to readers: "Now that I'm an older cat, I don't like to play as much. Pet me softly and pick me up gently." Each book in this useful, well-presented series includes a glossary, a bibliography, and an index. Part of the "Positively Pets" series.
Erika L. Shores knows a cow drinks enough water to fill a bathtub each day. She also knows pigs sometimes play with bowling balls and chickens make great pets. You won't find her backyard full of barnyard animals, but you will find her bookshelves full of books about them. Erika studied English at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and has written dozens of nonfiction books for kids. She lives in North Mankato, Minnesota, with her husband, two kids, and a big orange cat.