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Overview

Today, approximately 27% of households in the United States own at least one cat. This comprises a total of almost 60 million total pet cats. An 8 billion dollar pet food industry and the more than 7 billion dollars that pet owners spend on veterinary care each year provide tangible evidence of the increasing importance that companion animals have in our society. Additionally, the bond that owners have with their cats and the many health benefits that are afforded by this bond have been the topic of numerous research studies in the past 25 years. The cat as a cherished companion is here to stay, and many owners, students and pet professionals are eager to learn more about man’s OTHER best friend, Felis catus.

The Cat: Its Behavior, Nutrition and Health, the textbook of the cat, is written as a companion book to The Dog: Its Behavior, Nutrition and Health. This book provides pet owners, undergraduate students and pet professionals with a complete guide to four topical areas that are of interest. These are: The history of the human-cat relationship; behavior of the domestic cat; feline nutrition; and feline health and disease.

The Cat will fill the need for an academic textbook for undergraduate animal science courses, veterinary technician programs, and cat care or breeding classes. It will also serve as an important resource for pet professionals such as breeders, exhibitors, groomers, and veterinary practitioners.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Karen L Campbell, DVM, MS, DACVIM, DACVD (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This is a comprehensive study of the domestic cat, focusing on the areas of feline biology, behavior, health and disease, and nutrition.
Purpose: As the number of cats as pets increases, the interest in this species warrants publication of books dedicated to them. While a single book cannot provide a truly comprehensive study of even the four major topical areas this work focuses on, it does provide an excellent introduction to these subjects.
Audience: The author states that the book is written for readers pursuing or engaged in professions involving cats and also for college students studying the physiology, care, behavior, and nutrition of companion animals. This book excels in the areas in which the author has the most expertise: behavior and nutrition. The book will be of greatest interest to readers seeking to learn more about the history of cats and their behavior.
Features: This book includes a detailed history of the origins and domestication of cats followed by the development of different breeds of cats. Additional chapters are devoted to reproduction, breeding management, and genetics. There is a short chapter on the cat's perception of the world and another on the human-cat relationship. One of the strongest features of this book are four chapters devoted to feline behavior — these chapters include normal behavior and social interactions and also behavior problems and how to approach training of a cat. There are excellent illustrations of feline "body language." The third major subject area in the book is titled health and disease. The six chapters in this section provide superficial overviews of the topics. This is an appropriate level for an introductory course, but it was disappointing to see some inaccurate information (e.g., not all rabies vaccines are intramuscular). The final section of the book includes four chapters on nutrition and nutrition-related disorders. These are again written at a very basic practical level, which is appropriate for an entry level textbook.
Assessment: This is an interesting, well written introductory level book. It will also be of interest to those who want to learn more about the history of the domestication of cats.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813803319
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/20/2003
  • Edition description: ILLUSTRATE
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda P. Case coordinates the undergraduate companion animal program and teaches companion animal science in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois, is a Consultant for the Aims Company, and owns AutumnGold Dog Training Center In Mahomet, Illinois. Case is also the author of The Dog: Its Behavior, Nutrition and Health (199), and Canine and Feline Nutrition: A resource of Companion Animal Professionals (2000).

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Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

PART 1 Knowing the Cat within the Companion.

Chapter 1. Felis sylvestris to Felis catus: Domestication.

Chapter 2. Selective Breeding: Breeds from the Everyday to the Unusual.

Chapter 3.The Cat's Perception of the World: Structure, Movement, and Special Senses.

Chapter 4. Reproduction and Breeding Management.

Chapter 5. Genetics: Why All Cats Are Tabbies.

Chapter 6. The Human-Cat Relationship: Benefits and Responsibilities.

PART 2 Behavior: Understanding the Domestic Cat.

Chapter 7. Developmental Behavior: From Kitten to Adult.

Chapter 8. Social Life: Communication Patterns, Social Relationships, and Territoriality.

Chapter 9. How Cats Learn (or Learning to Train a Cat!).

Chapter 10. The Misbehaving Cat: Behavior Problems and Solutions.

PART 3 Health and Disease: Keeping Cats Healthy and Happy.

Chapter 11. Viral Diseases.

Chapter 12. Bacterial, Fungal, and Protozoan Diseases.

Chapter 13. Vaccination Guidelines.

Chapter14. Internal Parasites.

Chapter 15. External Parasites.

Chapter 16. First-Aid Procedures.

PART 4 Nutrition: Feeding for Health and Longevity.

Chapter 17. The Cat as an Obligate Carnivore: Nutrient Requirements.

Chapter 18. Providing a Healthy Diet: Cat Food Selection and Evaluation.

Chapter 19. Feeding Management Throughout the Life Cycle.

Chapter 20. Nutritionally Responsive Diseases.

Glossary.

Index.

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