Complete Cat's Meow: Everything You Need to Know about Caring for Your Cat


Cat Writers’ Association Muse Medallion, Books - Health and General Care category Readers’ Choice Award, Best Book about Cat Care

The all-in-one resource for cat owners

Do you consider cats valued members of the family? Do you want to ensure you're giving your beloved feline friend the very best possible care? Then ...

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Cat Writers’ Association Muse Medallion, Books - Health and General Care category Readers’ Choice Award, Best Book about Cat Care

The all-in-one resource for cat owners

Do you consider cats valued members of the family? Do you want to ensure you're giving your beloved feline friend the very best possible care? Then this all-in-one, comprehensive cat care guide is for you!

From grooming to litter box issues to nutrition and much more, The Complete Cat's Meow covers all the bases to raising and caring for kitties. It also shows you how to introduce a new kitten to other pets, handle behavioral problems, and make life comfortable for cats of all ages.

  • Covers everything cat owners need to know about health, nutrition, behavior, and training
  • Compelling photos of a wide variety of breeds
  • Other titles by Arden: The Irrepressible Toy Dog; Small Dogs, Big Hearts

Whether you're a veteran cat owner or thinking about adding a feline to your family, The Complete Cat's Meow is your one-stop guide to comprehensive cat care.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“The veterinary and health information is exactly right. The pictures are super cute. The book is easy to read and will be easy to use as a quick resource. You NEED this book. You will love it, and you will learn about and appreciate your cat/cats/cats-to-be even more than you already do.” —Shawn M. Finch, DVM, 

“I have read a lot of cat care books in the almost three decades I’ve spent either caring for cats, working with cats, or writing about cats. When I picked up The Complete Cat’s Meow, I honestly didn’t expect to learn anything new. I was wrong. Not only did I learn a few new things, but this guide truly stands out in the genre.” —Ingrid King, Pet Connection 

“Arden's new book provides cat people with everything they need to keep their cat healthy, happy, and bonded with them for life. She debunks cat myths and provides information to make life better for person and cat. If you get one cat book, this should be it.” —Nancy Marano, Petroglyphs

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470641675
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 600,017
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

An award-winning writer, lecturer, and Certified Animal Behavior Consultant, DARLENE ARDEN is the author of several books on pet care, including Small Dogs, Big Hearts (Howell Book House). A former contributor to Cats magazine, Darlene has written hundreds of articles for major cat and dog publications, as well as for newspapers and general interest publications.
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Table of Contents




Before the Kittens Are Born.

After the Kittens Are Born.

Stray and Shelter Kittens.


Meeting the Breeder and the Kittens.


Are You Ready for a Cat?

Kitten or Adult Cat?

Pedigreed or Moggie?

Long Coat or Short?

Where Will You Get Your Cat?


Kittyproofing Your Home.

The Litter Box.

The Litter.

The Scratching Post.

The Cat Tree.

The Window Perch.

Food and Water Dishes.



Grooming Tools.

The Cat Bed.

The Carrier.


Newest Cat in the Family.

Sharing the House with Dogs.

Indoors Is Best.

Environmental Enrichment.


Four Myths about Cats.

Feline Body Language.

How Cats Vocalize.

Litter Box Issues.

Destructive Scratching.


Rough Play.

Ankle Attacks.

Intercat Aggression.

The Importance of Interactive Play.

The Baby Myth.


Commercial Diets.

Homemade Diets.

Dining In.

Life Stage Feeding.

Veterinary Diets.

Enticing Your Cat to Try a New Food.



Your Cat's Veterinarian.

Feline Spa Services.

Senior Cats.


Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease.

Urinary Tract Stones.

Dental Disease.



Liver Disease.

Allergies and Intolerances.


Upper Respiratory Infection.





Hip Dysplasia.

Spinal Problems.


Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.


Idiopathic Peripheral Vestibular Disease.

Feline Infectious Peritonitis.

Feline Leukemia Virus.





Medical Emergencies.

Nursing Your Sick Kitty.

Cats and Surgery.


Critical Care.

Rehabilitation Therapy.



American Shorthair.



British Shorthair.



Cornish Rex and Devon Rex.

Maine Coon Cat.

Norwegian Forest Cat.

Oriental Shorthair.



Russian Blue.

Scottish Fold.






Moggie or Mixed Breed.


Start Training.

Training and Pet-to-Pet Issues.

Let's Have Some Fun!

Harness Training.

Cat Agility.

Therapy Cats.


Cat Trees and Beds.



Cat Toys.

Collars, Harnesses, and Walking Jackets.

Cat Enclosures.

Stress Relief.

If You Can't Get Out to Shop.

Just for You.


Web Sites.

Helpful Books.


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  • Posted March 26, 2012

    Superb Resource for Cat Owners and Cat Owners to Be! I’v

    Superb Resource for Cat Owners and Cat Owners to Be!

    I’ve been a cat mom most of my life, and with all that I know, and all that I’ve learned, Darlene Arden’s "The Complete Cat’s Meow" taught me so much more.

    This is a terrific, easy-to-read book that covers nearly everything one could want to know about owning a cat: including but not limited to: choosing the right kitten or cat, creating a safe, healthy environment, training your cat, understanding cat behavior, recognizing (and preventing) illnesses and health issues, addressing litter box issues, introducing animals to one another, dispelling common myths about cats, learning about different breeds, and so much more.

    For the person who is getting a cat for the first time, this is a book that will leave you feeling very confident that you have the knowledge to provide the healthiest and happiest home possible. For those who have had cats for many years, this book is a great refresher for what you do know and likely holds much information you probably don’t know.

    Author Darlene Arden has written a great reference book that is a delight to read straight through and to keep on your shelf as a reference book afterward. I highly recommend this book for all cat owners present and future. =^.^=

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2012

    Rescuegal asks Think you know everything about cats!

    I have grown up around cats since infancy and have had cats all my adult life. This doesn’t make me an authority, but it has given me a good head start. I honestly thought I knew most everything about the care and behavior of cats—then I read Darlene Arden’s latest book, “The Complete Cat’s Meow”.

    Packed into this book is a wealth of information about our feline friends. From the newborn kitten, the older cat, to shopping for your cat and useful resources, Ms. Arden shares with the reader the knowledge and information she has gained over the years through personal experience, research, and interviews with some of the top cat breeders and veterinarians in the country. Also, throughout the book, Darlene Arden has included many black and white pictures of various cats. Each picture is accompanied by more fascinating facts about cats. For example, did you know that “The top two rows of a cat’s whiskers can move independently from the bottom two rows” or that “Cats and people have identical regions in the brain that are responsible for emotions”. There are many more of these interesting tidbits scattered throughout the book. The middle of “The Complete Cat’s Meow” contains 15 pages of stunning color photos of cats.

    Since I work with rescue groups, I am especially pleased to see that Ms. Arden has included much information about Moggie or mixed breed cats. She advocates rescuing animals and providing them with good forever homes. “The Complete Cat’s Meow” also has an entire chapter giving the names, origins, and descriptions of many of the popular cat breeds. Included, among others, are chapters on understanding cat behavior, feeding a carnivore, routine and special feline health concerns. Written in Darlene Arden’s conversational, easy-to-understand style that everyone from the novice to the experienced cat owner can relate and learn. Certainly, this long time cat owner learned a great deal from reading this book and I highly recommend it any and all cat lovers.

    “The Complete Cat’s Meow” is a winner. Buy it, read it and you too will learn. I guarantee it!

    Sue Janson

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

    Wonderful Cat Care Book

    Darlene Arden¿s THE COMPLETE CAT¿S MEOW really is everything you need to know about your cat. Say you¿ve had cats all your life and believe you know all about adopting and caring for a cat. Wanna bet?

    For instance, did you know a group of cats is called a clowder? I didn¿t. I also didn¿t realize that not all vaccines are good or necessary. But which are which? Can your cat catch your cold or vice versa? Can you teach your cat not to scratch furniture? Darlene¿s book answers all your questions in simple language and logical order.

    Here's a genuine recommendation and example from me. If I¿d had Darlene¿s book several years ago, I could have spotted problems and prolonged the life (with quality) of my late pet, Miss Delilah Sue Kitty. Delilah died of renal failure, which I would have spotted when it could have been treated if I¿d had a copy of THE COMPLETE CAT¿S MEOW. But Delilah was sixteen, and I simply thought she was old and had kitty dementia that made her forget where the litter box was. (Unfortunately, she chose the dining room carpet instead, and we still can¿t get the smell out.) The vet told us renal failure is the number one killer of elderly cats.

    Darlene covers every aspect of cat ownership from before a kitten is born to caring for the elderly cat. Those of us who already have cats realize that each has its own personality and needs. By reading this book, we can meet our pets needs to provide them high quality long lives.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2011

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    One of the best cat books in a long time

    The Complete Cat's Meow by Darlene Arden is one of the most delightful books on cats that I have read in a long time. The book has eleven chapters that cover everything from popular cat breeds to health, training and behavior issues. The book has many photos which are stunning, both black and white as well as color. What I really like about this book is that it is easy to read and understand. You feel as though the author is having a personal conversation with you. I am going to recommend this book to all of my cat clients.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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