Cats: How to Choose and Care for a Cat

Cats: How to Choose and Care for a Cat

by Laura S. Jeffrey

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Children's Literature
This is a rather run-of-the-mill cat care book for children. A short history of the cat as house pet is presented, followed by advice on choosing the right pet for your family, how best to care for your pet and keep it healthy and happy. The book is full of useful information, but falls a little flat. Published in cooperation with the American Humane Association, it is heavily focused on saving cats from shelters. While mentioning that we can buy a cat from a breeder or a pet store, we are told that buying a cat from a breeder is expensive and pet stores do not really care about matching a cat to a family, unlike say, getting a cat from your local Humane Association shelter. The photographs are standard, nothing special and the text of all the photo captions, "Pet Pointer" boxes and "Fast Fact" boxes are direct repeats of the information in the text. For instance, the author spends two full pages on the need to have a collar, information tag and possibly a microchip for your cat in case it gets lost. Then the same advice is repeated in a photo caption and "Pet Pointer" box. For the price, better cat books can easily be found. If you want to support the American Humane Association, go ahead and buy this one. It would be an adequate addition to a collection with other cat books. 2004, Enslow Publishers, Ages 8 to 10.
—Sharon Oliver
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-Jeffrey combines clear texts with endearing full-color photographs. Better for young researchers than the "ASPCA Pet Care Guides" (DK, 2001), these books include history, advice on choosing a pet, taking care of it, and preventing problems. Photographs appear frequently along with inserts of fast facts or pointers. Some bias against pet stores is evident, and readers are encouraged to spay or neuter their pets. They are told never to hit their pet in Cats, where the author insists that felines can also be trained to come when called and possibly even to use the toilet. In Dogs, only praise techniques are recommended for training, using sophisticated vocabulary like "eliminate" and "separation anxiety." Horses includes information on the expense of buying and housing a horse as well as feeding and caring for one. Bias is again reflected in advice on having a vet euthanize an old or ill animal. Information in all three titles is more focused than in entries in the "Nature's Children" series (Grolier) or "Perfect Pets" series (Marshall Cavendish).-Debbie Whitbeck, West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
American Humane Pet Care Library
Product dimensions:
7.48(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
8 - 9 Years

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