The Complete Cat's Meow: Everything You Need to Know about Caring for Your Cat

The Complete Cat's Meow: Everything You Need to Know about Caring for Your Cat

by Darlene Arden

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Overview

Awards:
Cat Writers’ Association Muse Medallion, Books - Health and General Care category
About.com Readers’ Choice Award, Best Book about Cat Care

The all-in-one resource for cat owners

Do you consider cats valued members of the family? Do you want to ensure you're giving your beloved feline friend the very best possible care? Then this all-in-one, comprehensive cat care guide is for you!

From grooming to litter box issues to nutrition and much more, The Complete Cat's Meow covers all the bases to raising and caring for kitties. It also shows you how to introduce a new kitten to other pets, handle behavioral problems, and make life comfortable for cats of all ages.

  • Covers everything cat owners need to know about health, nutrition, behavior, and training
  • Compelling photos of a wide variety of breeds
  • Other titles by Arden: The Irrepressible Toy Dog; Small Dogs, Big Hearts

Whether you're a veteran cat owner or thinking about adding a feline to your family, The Complete Cat's Meow is your one-stop guide to comprehensive cat care.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118024560
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 03/04/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 15 MB
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About the Author

An award-winning writer, lecturer, and Certified Animal Behavior Consultant, DARLENE ARDEN is the author of several books on pet care, including Small Dogs, Big Hearts (Howell Book House). A former contributor to Cats magazine, Darlene has written hundreds of articles for major cat and dog publications, as well as for newspapers and general interest publications.

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS.

INTRODUCTION.

1 THE NEWBORN KITTEN.

Before the Kittens Are Born.

After the Kittens Are Born.

Stray and Shelter Kittens.

Vaccinations.

Meeting the Breeder and the Kittens.

2 READY, STEADY, GET YOUR CAT.

Are You Ready for a Cat?

Kitten or Adult Cat?

Pedigreed or Moggie?

Long Coat or Short?

Where Will You Get Your Cat?

3 GEARING UP FOR KITTY.

Kittyproofing Your Home.

The Litter Box.

The Litter.

The Scratching Post.

The Cat Tree.

The Window Perch.

Food and Water Dishes.

Toys.

Catnip.

Grooming Tools.

The Cat Bed.

The Carrier.

4 HOME AT LAST!

Newest Cat in the Family.

Sharing the House with Dogs.

Indoors Is Best.

Environmental Enrichment.

5 UNDERSTANDING CAT BEHAVIOR.

Four Myths about Cats.

Feline Body Language.

How Cats Vocalize.

Litter Box Issues.

Destructive Scratching.

Fear.

Rough Play.

Ankle Attacks.

Intercat Aggression.

The Importance of Interactive Play.

The Baby Myth.

6 FEEDING A CARNIVORE.

Commercial Diets.

Homemade Diets.

Dining In.

Life Stage Feeding.

Veterinary Diets.

Enticing Your Cat to Try a New Food.

Obesity.

7 ROUTINE HEALTH CARE.

Your Cat's Veterinarian.

Feline Spa Services.

Senior Cats.

8 SPECIAL FELINE HEALTH CONCERNS.

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease.

Urinary Tract Stones.

Dental Disease.

Abscess.

Diabetes.

Liver Disease.

Allergies and Intolerances.

Asthma.

Upper Respiratory Infection.

Herpesvirus.

Colitis.

Diarrhea.

Vomiting.

Hip Dysplasia.

Spinal Problems.

Hypertension.

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.

Hyperesthesia.

Idiopathic Peripheral Vestibular Disease.

Feline Infectious Peritonitis.

Feline Leukemia Virus.

Osteoarthritis.

Cancer.

9 EMERGENCIES AND SURGERY.

Poison!

Medical Emergencies.

Nursing Your Sick Kitty.

Cats and Surgery.

Anesthesia.

Critical Care.

Rehabilitation Therapy.

10 POPULAR CAT BREEDS.

Abyssinian.

American Shorthair.

Bengal.

Birman.

British Shorthair.

Burmese.

Chartreux.

Cornish Rex and Devon Rex.

Maine Coon Cat.

Norwegian Forest Cat.

Oriental Shorthair.

Persian.

Ragdoll.

Russian Blue.

Scottish Fold.

Siamese.

Siberian.

Singapura.

Sphynx.

Tonkinese.

Moggie or Mixed Breed.

11 CATAPULTING INTO ACTIVITIES.

Start Training.

Training and Pet-to-Pet Issues.

Let's Have Some Fun!

Harness Training.

Cat Agility.

Therapy Cats.

APPENDIX A: SHOPPING FOR YOUR CAT.

Cat Trees and Beds.

Dinnerware.

Carriers.

Cat Toys.

Collars, Harnesses, and Walking Jackets.

Cat Enclosures.

Stress Relief.

If You Can't Get Out to Shop.

Just for You.

APPENDIX B: USEFUL RESOURCES.

Web Sites.

Helpful Books.

INDEX.

Customer Reviews