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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)