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I went through the shelf of cat books at my local library (they had about a dozen) picked three I liked and brought them home.

I have posted book reviews on two of them so far. They are on Amazon and the Books Non fiction discussion board--

http://boards.fool.com/aspca-complete-cat-care-manual-331331...

http://boards.fool.com/cats-understanding-and-caring-for-you...

I like the ASPCA book best. It seems to cover everything in considerable detail including bathing your cat and showing your cat. The other one could be ok for a young reader, but mostly for beginners.

Still working on a third one.

Anyone have favorite books on caring for cats?
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I just stumbled across this while visiting TMF to see what has been going on in the years since I last posted. There are some really great books on cat care, and the one you listed sounds excellent.

Dr. Neils Pederson of the UC Davis vet school wrote a fabulous book that was geared toward multi-cat households, including breeding facilities. I am not and never have been a breeder (I would fail miserably at it, but that is another issue) but upon a friend's recommendation, I picked up a copy of the book. Good information, though a lot of it had to do with breeding and birthing issues, which I am not interested in. It was very comprehensive.

One thing that really struck me was the information on cats' behavior. In addition to being very efficient predators they are also prey animals. One side effect is that a cat will hide its ill health. It is betraying a weakness. I was somewhat aware of this, but the discussion was very good, and I really was touched by the emphasis that you are not being a poor caregiver if you did not know that your cat was ailing right away. (there are things you can look for)

The book is hard to find now and quite expensive.

***BUT:***

because of the value of the information, Dr. Pedersen (who holds the copyright) and UC Davis have made it available in PDF form free online. Check it out. It is valuable and it is free. You can find what parts you need to look at, copy and print.

Here is the information about the book offering:
http://www.showcatsonline.com/x/feline-husbandry-book.shtml
(**please note that the link there no longer works. I have pasted the link to UCDavis for the free download below this.)

https://ccah.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/cats/resources/feline-husban...

Stay safe, have a happy new year, hug your pets, and maybe I'll see you on Facebook.

Beej (Diana Wilder)
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Thanks for sharing, Beej. That's a good book to know about.
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One thing that really struck me was the information on cats' behavior. In addition to being very efficient predators they are also prey animals. One side effect is that a cat will hide its ill health. It is betraying a weakness. I was somewhat aware of this, but the discussion was very good, and I really was touched by the emphasis that you are not being a poor caregiver if you did not know that your cat was ailing right away. (there are things you can look for)


I went through that with one of my kitties a few years ago. It broke my heart, and the emergency vet was truly obnoxious about it and acted like I was a terrible pet parent because I did not know she was so sick. When I brought her to my regular vet the next morning, she said it was not unusual to not know your kitty is sick until it's too late because they hide it so well.

Kathleen
(still miss my baby)
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