The Humane Society of the United States Complete Guide to Cat Care [NOOK Book]

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Building a lifelong, loving relationship with a cat can be a challenging task. Whether you're thinking of adopting a cat or already live with one, The Humane Society of the United States Complete Guide to Cat Care offers authoritative and practical advice that will help you make the best decisions for your pet along the way.

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The Humane Society of the United States Complete Guide to Cat Care

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Overview


Building a lifelong, loving relationship with a cat can be a challenging task. Whether you're thinking of adopting a cat or already live with one, The Humane Society of the United States Complete Guide to Cat Care offers authoritative and practical advice that will help you make the best decisions for your pet along the way.

This comprehensive guide includes sections on choosing a healthy cat or kitten, feeding and nutrition, training, grooming, disease, vet visits, caring for an aging cat, feline first-aid kits and emergency care.

Unlike other books that endorse breeding and promote novelty or purebred cats, The Humane Society's Guide to Cat Care stresses making life better for the millions of cats already here. It provides information on rescuing and rehabilitating homeless cats, finding a stray's owner, and helping an outdoor cat make the transition to a safe indoor environment. The guide also encourages animal advocacy and offers a list of ways to get involved.


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Here's a complete, authoritative guide to cat care to get you and your new cat or kitten off on the right paw. Whether you're choosing a cat with a pedigree or a kitten from a shelter, the Humane Society has excellent, commonsense advice, from selection and nutrition to general health and first aid.

If you count absolute numbers, rather than households, cats are now the most popular American pet. They're considered an easygoing, low-maintenance alternative to dogs, but in fact, they are sensitive, complex creatures that require time, care, and attention.

Wendy Christiansen and the staff of the Humane Society provide thorough information throughout, including such essentials as a feline shopping list for necessary supplies, a checklist for cat-proofing your home, and a list of dangerous and irritating plants. They also show you how to evaluate a veterinary practice, pick the right cat food, and understand your cat's vocal patterns.

Should your cat be allowed outdoors? Not if the authors of this book can help it. After you've read about the experiences your cat will be missing out on (being hit by a car, being poisoned by pesticides, and contracting rabies and other diseases, just for starters), you'll be creating a cat-friendly indoor environment. The authors even have ideas for "advanced indoor pampering," including: A cat tree with extra shelves and hammocks; soft background music (many cats like classical); and a window perch for watching cat TV (a bird feeder outside).

As you might expect, this handbook has expert advice on selecting a cat at a local shelter, rescuing stray cats, or helping an outdoor cat become a contented indoor cat. (Ginger Curwen)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466867468
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/8/2014
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 573,138
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author


The Humane Society of the United States is the largest animal-protection organization in the country, with a constituency of more than seven million people, and is one of America's most trusted names in animal advocacy.

Wendy Christensen is an award-winning writer who has written extensively on feline topics for magazines such as Cat Fancy, Cats USA, Kittens USA, Natural Cat and Natural Pet among others. She lives in rural New Hampshire.

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Table of Contents

Note VII
Acknowledgments IX
Foreword XI
1. Why the Cat? 1
2. How Did Our Domestic Cats Originate? 9
3. What Is a Cat? Myths Versus Facts 19
4. The Feline Covenant 29
5. You Choose Your Cat, Your Cat Chooses You 39
6. Getting Ready and the First Days Home 59
7. The Cat in Your Life, the Cat in Your Home 87
8. Indoors or Out? Which Is Best for Your Cat? 111
9. Enriching the Feline Lifestyle 125
10. Cat Behavior: A Primer of the Feline Mind 137
11. Cats and Children 159
12. Handling and Socialization 169
13. The Right Veterinarian 181
14. Food and Feeding 197
15. Eye on Health: Observation and Action 213
16. A Few Ounces of Prevention 243
17. Emergency! 263
18. Life Changes 279
19. Another Cat on Your Doorstep 297
20. Humane Education: Be an Everyday Activist for Cats 309
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