The Simple Guide to Cats

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Cats have lived among humans from the time of the ancient Egyptians and make loving, intelligent pets for people of all ages. Cat owners want to give their pets the best care possible. This book is suitable for the first time cat owner as well as established cat enthusiasts. The Simple Guide to Cats is essential reading for anyone who owns a cat or is thinking of getting one. Illustrated with color photos and supplemented by easy-to-read tip boxes. The Simple Guide to Cats will make your life and your cat's life ...
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Overview

Cats have lived among humans from the time of the ancient Egyptians and make loving, intelligent pets for people of all ages. Cat owners want to give their pets the best care possible. This book is suitable for the first time cat owner as well as established cat enthusiasts. The Simple Guide to Cats is essential reading for anyone who owns a cat or is thinking of getting one. Illustrated with color photos and supplemented by easy-to-read tip boxes. The Simple Guide to Cats will make your life and your cat's life fulfilled and rewarding.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780793821112
  • Publisher: TFH Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 So You Want a Cat or Kitten 13
Chapter 1 Should You Get a Cat? 15
Choosing Between Cats and Dogs 15
Cat Considerations 18
A Lifetime of Love 19
Other Household Members 20
Cats and Children 22
Chapter 2 Kitten or Cat? 25
Kittens 25
Adult Cats 28
Choose the Pet That's Right for You 32
Chapter 3 Choosing the Right Feline for You 35
Pet or Show Cat? 35
Gender Decisions 36
Purebreds 38
Persian 39
Maine Coon 39
Exotic 40
Siamese 40
Abyssinian 40
Oriental 41
American Shorthair 41
Burmese 41
Birman 41
Tonkinese 42
Mixed Breeds 42
Kiddie Compatible Kitties 42
Birman 43
Burmese 43
Chartreux 43
Japanese Bobtail 44
Maine Coon 44
Solitude Loving Felines 45
American Shorthair 45
Korat 46
Persian 46
Ragdoll 46
A Hairy Subject 46
Finding the Right Cat for You 48
Chapter 4 Where to Find Your Cat or Kitten 49
The Stray on Your Doorstep 49
Feral Strays 50
Friends and Neighbors with Cats to "Spare" 51
A Pet Store Kitten 52
Purchasing a Purebred Kitten from a Breeder 53
Adopting a Shelter or Rescue Cat 59
Unconditional Love 60
Chapter 5 Selecting a Healthy Cat or Kitten 61
A Healthy Cat Is 62
The Coat and Skin 63
Eyes 64
Ears 64
Mouth and Nose 64
Anal Area 65
A Checkup 65
Pick of the Litter 66
Part 2 Caring for Your Cat 69
Chapter 6 Before You Bring Your Cat Home 71
Start with the Proper Supplies 71
Cat Carrier or Crate 72
Food and Water Bowls 72
Food 73
Cat Bed 73
Litter Box 74
Scratching Post 74
Toys 74
Collar, ID Tag, and Leash (or Harness) 75
Cat Proofing Your Home 76
Cats and Houseplants 77
Beware of Toxic Plants 78
Playing with Your Houseplants 79
Don't Let Your Feline Get Burned 81
If Kitty Gets Burned 81
A Safe Home is a Happy Home 82
Chapter 7 Settling In--The First Few Days 83
What to Expect 83
Preparing Your Family 85
Chapter 8 Feeding Your Cat 89
Kitten Nutrition 89
Adult Cat Nutrition 91
Necessary Nutritional Requirements 91
Senior Cat Nutrition 92
So Many Cat Food Choices, So Little Time 93
Dry and/or Wet Food 93
Free Feeding Versus Scheduled Feeding 94
A Variety of Bowls to Choose From 94
Battling with a Finicky Feline 95
Changes in Diet 96
Loss of Appetite Could be Emotional 98
Chapter 9 Litter Box Training 101
Location, Location, Location 101
Litter Plus Box Equals "Litterbox" 103
Choosing a Litter Box 105
If Your Cat Stops Using the Litter Box 105
Take the Cat to the Veterinarian 106
Why Did Kitty Stop Using Her Litter Box? 106
Techniques to Get Kitty Back to the Box 108
Neutralizing Kitty Odors 108
Chapter 10 Grooming for Cats and Kittens 111
The Hairy Truth 111
When the Fur Flies 112
Taking Control 113
Grooming Your Cat at Home 114
Trimming the Nails 116
Grooming Time 117
Bathing Your Cat 118
Ears 120
Eyes 120
Teeth 120
Wanted: Professional Cat Groomer 121
Part 3 Your Cat at Home 123
Chapter 11 Multiple Cat Households 125
Cat Introductions 126
Chapter 12 Keeping Your Cat Safe 131
The Great Indoors 132
The Not-So-Great Outdoors 132
Summertime Blues for Indoor and Outdoor Cats 133
The Cool Cat 134
Sunbathing Cats 135
Summer Fun Could be Dangerous to Kitty 136
Keeping Kitty Away from the Wild Side 136
Preparing for Parasite Invasions 137
Wintertime Blues for Indoor and Outdoor Cats 138
The Warm Feline 138
Winter Woes 139
Making Indoors Safe and Sound 140
Food for Thought 142
The Right Life for Your Cat 143
Chapter 13 Keeping Your Feline Healthy 145
Changes in Everyday Routine 145
Changes in Normal Behavior 147
Proper Veterinary Care for Your Cat 149
Choosing a Vet 149
Doctors Who Make Housecalls 150
Kitty Specialists 151
Board Certified Veterinarians 152
Spaying or Neutering Your Cat 152
Neutering 153
Spaying 154
The Decision to Vaccinate Your Cat 155
Sizing Up Your Cat's Needs--The Core Vaccines 155
The Non-Core Vaccines 155
Vaccine-Related Problems 156
Common Cat Diseases and Ailments 157
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) 157
Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) 157
Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) 158
Feline Panleukopenia Virus (FPV) 158
Upper Respiratory Infection (URI) 158
Parasites 159
Health and Happiness for Kitty 160
Chapter 14 In Case of Emergency 163
Antifreeze Poisoning 164
Choking 164
Drowning 164
Burns 165
Electrocution 165
Heatstroke 166
Hypothermia 166
Injuries From Being Caught in a Trap or Car Engine 166
Insect Stings/Snake Bites 167
Chemical Poisoning 168
Sunburn 168
Ensuring Your Cat's Health with Pet Insurance 169
Benefits of Pet Insurance 170
The Bottom Line 170
Chapter 15 The Older Cat 173
Nutritional Needs for the Senior Feline 174
Weighty Issues 174
Senior Citizen Exercise 175
Kitty's Retirement Years 176
Physical Changes 176
Self-Maintenance Matters 177
When It's Time to Say Goodbye 179
Chapter 16 Feline Behavior Problems 181
Methods of Correcting Your Cat 182
The Urge to Scratch 183
Teaching Good Scratching Habits 184
More Naughty Cat Behavior Problems (and Solutions) 185
Chewing Electrical Cords 185
Jumping on the Counter or Table 186
Plants 187
Escapes! 187
Garbage Looting 188
Paper Shredding 188
The Best Solution for Bad Behavior 189
Part 4 General Information 191
Chapter 17 What to Do With Kitty When You Travel 193
A Travel Companion 193
[P]Etiquette When you are a Houseguest 194
Keeping Kitty's Routine 195
Find a Friend Willing to Kitty-sit 196
Staying Home Alone 198
Hire a Pet Sitter 199
Kennels and Boarding Facilities 200
Searching for a Kennel 201
Inns and Hotels for Cats 202
Choosing a First-Rate Facility 204
Reunited and Ready to Go Home 204
Chapter 18 Showing Off Your Cat 207
Cat Show Categories 208
Kittens 208
Championship 208
Premiership 208
Household Pet (HHP) 209
Finding the Right Registry 209
CFA 210
ACFA 210
TICA 210
CFF 210
ACA 211
CCA 211
GCCF 211
FIFe 211
Advantages of the Household Pet Category 211
Is My Cat Show Material? 212
Rules and Regulations 213
The Secret of Kitty's Success 213
Chapter 19 Feline Lore 215
Independent and Worshipped 215
Independent and Prosecuted 217
Some Breed Histories 218
Persians/Angoras 218
Turkish Van 220
American Curl 220
Maine Coon 221
British Shorthair 222
Ragdoll 222
Independent...But Still in Need of Companionship 223
Resources 225
Cat Registry Organizations 225
Cat-Related Websites 226
Cat-Related Publications 228
Veterinarian Specialty/Membership Organizations 228
Animal Welfare Groups and Organizations 229
Index 231
Photo Credits 239
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