Wild Discovery Guide to Your Cat: Understanding and Caring for the Tiger Within

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"A cat is a lion in a jungle of small bushes."
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Why do cats always land on their feet after a fall? What allows a sleeping cat to comfortably curl into a circle? Why do cats appear to torture their prey before killing it? Why does your cat...
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"A cat is a lion in a jungle of small bushes."
—English proverb
                                
Why do cats always land on their feet after a fall? What allows a sleeping cat to comfortably curl into a circle? Why do cats appear to torture their prey before killing it? Why does your cat knead on your clothing? Just how much attention do cats really require?

To answer these and other questions, Wild Discovery Guide to Your Cat draws from science, history, and feline behavior in the wild to explain the inner nature and most puzzling characteristics of America's most popular pet. The result is a practical and fascinating guide to understanding and caring for these beguiling and enigmatic creatures.

This engagingly illustrated book takes the same cat's-eye view of the world that infuses the Discovery Channel television series Wild Discovery. It emphasizes the untamed roots of almost every aspect of a domesticated cat's conduct: the crouch-and-pounce string-chase games that mirror stalking prey in the wild, the furniture-scratching preoccupation that echoes the territorial scent deposits a wild cat claws onto trees. Written in an accessible, authoritative style, Wild Discovery Guide to Your Cat generously mixes the fundamentals of basic care with compelling explorations into cats' physical and psychological traits.

Included in this comprehensive primer are detailed insights into all aspects of cat design, from the intricate structure of the feline form to the cat's heightenedsenses and remarkable agility. The guide explores why cats do the things they do—addressing such issues as grooming, sleep patterns, marking and defending territory, cat language, and learning and intelligence.

In addition to probing the tiger within, Wild Discovery Guide to Your Cat offers a host of practical tips on choosing a cat to suit your lifestyle, providing responsible care, cat-proofing your home, and ensuring a smooth transition during the first days at home. Once the cat is a member of the family, the book explains how to bond and play with your new pet, and even how to train and travel with it.

Everything you need to know to keep your cat healthy and happy is covered, including the latest information on feeding and nutrition, litter boxes, cleaning and grooming, common health problems, fighting fleas, pregnancy and birth, caring for an aging cat, vet visits, and emergency care.

A breed breviary rounds out the book, with the spotlight on the top cat breeds as well as other common feline pedigrees. This section also presents information on body type, common colors, coat type, grooming requirements, and temperament. An informative cat owner's resource guide follows.

Accompanied by more than 225 full-color illustrations and photographs showing the similarities between domestic and wild cats, this is an entertaining and insightful approach to feline behavior, pet care, and appreciation for first-time cat owners and veteran cat lovers alike.

Lush, lovely, informative and practical, Wild Discovery Guide to Your Cat is a feast for both the eye and the mind...a good introduction to cat care and behavior for novices and also serves as an interesting read for long-time cat owners...There's something for everyone in this book...one of the most educational books to come along in a long time.—Cats, April 2000
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Cats Magazine
Lush, lovely, informative and practical, Wild Discovery Guide to Your Cat is a feast for both the eye and the mind...a good introduction to cat care and behavior for novices and also serves as an interesting read for long-time cat owners...There's something for everyone in this book...one of the most educational books to come along in a long time.
Rhoda Riddell
Wild Discovery Guide to Your Cat: Understanding and Caring for the Tiger Within... and Wild Discovery Guide to Your Dog: Understanding and Caring for the Wolf Within... are the perfect gifts for pet lovers, but they offer something for everyone. The 300 superb photographs of dogs and cats in domestic life and in the wild provide visual delight for any age reader. For the student, the books offers clear, authoritative information for a school report. Would-be and new pet owners can learn everything they need to know in detailed instruction on how to select, care for, and understand dogs or cats....
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Relying on the expertise of veterinarians, animal behaviorists, and zoologists, these two titles explore the connection of domestic dogs and cats to their counterparts in the wild to help owners better understand their pets. Clearly explained are the similarities between big cats and domestic cats (for example, hunting, the senses, and territoriality) and the common traits of wolves and domestic dogs (e.g., pack mentality, canine teeth, and ears). Chapters on behavior discuss body language, vocal language, learning, and intelligence. The advice on nutrition, health problems, pregnancy, aging pets, and emergency care is straightforward and easy to understand. Dispersed throughout, informational boxes give concise advice and checklists on topics such as alternative vet care, defending territory, and bathing. Each volume has 300 wonderful full-color illustrations and photographs. More informative than The Tiger on Your Couch: What the Big Cats Can Teach You About Your House Cat (LJ 3/1/92), these volumes are entertaining as well as educational and would be useful in public and school libraries.--Eva Lautemann, Georgia Perimeter Coll. Lib., Clarkston Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563318047
  • Publisher: Discovery Channel
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.32 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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Foreword to Wild Discovery Guide to Your Cat
ISBN: 1-56331-804-0
by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of
The Tribe of Tiger

         Although people have been keeping cats as pets for more than 8000 years, they still seem mysterious to us even while we take them almost for granted. But perhaps we shouldn't. More than any other kind of animal, they are creatures on the edge... In fact, even the process of domestication has had less effect on the cat than it has upon most other animals...Thus to this day cats live in our homes with their wildness still upon them... If we find them mysterious, it is because we have forgotten much of what our own ancestors knew about the wilderness...A book such as this, with the cat as its subject, is a window on the natural world.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2003

    Marred by propoganda

    An otherwise helpful book which then offends by offering anti-declawing 'propoganda' in an extremist way. Rather than objectively presenting multiple viewpoints, the author presents an entire chapter called 'The Case Against Declawing,' describing the operation as 'grisley,' and presenting completely unproven anti-declawing statements such as cats becoming more violent after being declawed. As the loving owner of two declawed cats, I was personally offended and dismayed that the author's opinion was presented as fact.

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