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Author: Tracie Hotchner
Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, ©2007.
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Overview: The only fully comprehensive guide to "all things feline," from the host of Cat Chat on Martha Stewart Living Radio. Finally, a definitive book that delivers many unknown facts about every aspect of caring for and sharing your life with a cat, ranging from proper nutrition and strange behavior to medical care and multi-cat households, to grooming and geriatrics. The Cat Bible explains the mysteries of  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Tracie Hotchner
ISBN: 9781592403257 1592403255
OCLC Number: 85830809
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xvi, 397 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword / Dr Dawn D Stelling, DVM --
Foreword / Stephanie Shain, Director of Companion Animal Outreach, Humane Society of the United States --
Introduction --
Chapter 1: Choosing Your Cat --
Some questions to ask yourself pre-cat --
Choosing your cat --
Cat personality types --
Shelters --
Adopting a stray cat --
Purebred cats --
Purebred types and personality charts --
Pet stores --
Breeders --
Purebred rescue groups --
Chapter 2: Basics --
Kitten development --
Feral kittens --
Cat body language --
Ears and hearing --
Eyes and eyesight --
Feet and paws --
Hunting --
Mouth, teeth, and gums --
Sleep --
Taste --
Touch --
Vocalizing --
Water --
Chapter 3: Cat-Safe Home --
General household dangers --
Danger of household visitors --
Dangers during remodeling --
Special holiday and party dangers --
Environmental dangers --
Your new cat's homecoming --
Preparing a new-kitten "safe room" --
Controversy of indoor versus outdoor --
Chapter 4: Stuff For Your Cat --
Beds --
Bowls for food and water --
Carriers and introducing your cat --
Introducing your cat to the carrier --
Catnip --
Soft claws and nail caps --
Cleaning products --
Collars and ID tags --
Deterrents --
Doors for cats --
Teaching your cat to use the door --
Furniture for cats --
Grass gardens --
Grooming products --
Harnesses and leashes --
Patios and fences --
Ramps --
Restraints --
Scratching posts --
Teaching your cat to use her post --
Toys and playtime --
Interactive playing with your cat --
Toys to avoid --
Chapter 5: Your Cat's Emotions --
Why cats are natural loners --
Feline expressions of love (Does your cat love you?) --
Does your cat have ESP? --
Cats who chat --
Scaredy cats --
Fear of new people --
Stress --
Separation Anxiety Syndrome (SAS) --
Overgrooming --
Anorexia --
Fabric eating (pica) --
Grief over losing a person or animal --
Chapter 6: Understanding Your Cat's Behavior --
Aggression --
Food aggression --
Inbred aggression --
Redirected aggression --
Petting and biting aggression --
Territorial/status aggression --
Climbing on people and drapes --
Crazy kitten behavior --
Chewing or licking odd things --
Food play --
Masturbation --
Scratching. Chapter 7: Litter Box And Spraying --
Why cats go outside the box --
Kinds of litter boxes --
Finding the litter your cat prefers --
How to set up and clean the litter box --
Young kittens and litter --
Senior cats and litter issues --
Have you ever wondered about toilet training? --
Spraying and scent marking --
Why a cat sprays --
Cleanup techniques --
Ways to stop spraying --
Feliway! (synthetic feline facial pheromone spray) --
Chapter 8: Humans And Cats --
Allergies --
Symptoms of being allergic to a cat --
Making your cat less allergenic --
Making your environment less allergenic --
Problem behaviors --
Begging at the table --
Charging the door --
Counter-surfing --
Demanding attention --
Nocturnal playing --
Stealing --
Babies: the human kind --
Preparing your cat for a new baby --
Young children and cats --
Diseases passed from cats to people --
Staying healthy with your cat --
Meeting a new person --
Petting problems --
Your last will and taking care of your cat --
Chapter 9: Grooming --
Brushing your cat --
Bathing your cat --
Skin problems --
Dandruff --
Fur issues --
Nail clipping --
Tooth brushing --
Chapter 10: Nutrition --
Basics of feline nutrition and digestion --
Importance of protein in the feline diet --
Getting your cat to drink more water --
How often should a cat eat? --
How much should a cat weigh? --
Good and bad ingredients in cat foods --
Dry food is basically disastrous for cats --
Food and the human bond --
Changing over to a better diet --
Controversial foods for cats --
Raw diets --
Feeding problems --
Finicky eaters --
Allergies to food --
Food-related dangers for cats --
Eating houseplants --
Understanding the ingredients in cat food --
Special diets for health issues --
Special dietary needs of kittens --
Special dietary needs of senior cats --
Chapter 11: Cats And Dogs, And Cats And Cats: Harmony And Conflict --
Dogs and cats --
Differences in how dogs and cats relate --
Introducing the two species --
Risky dog breeds with cats --
General tips for cats living with dogs --
Cats and cats: managing a multi-cat home --
Picking compatible housemates --
Ways to increase harmony --
Hierarchy among cats --
Introducing a new cat --
Promote positive feelings between the cats --
Dealing with cat fights and aggression --
Chapter 12: Medical Basics --
Veterinarians --
Two different philosophies about veterinary practice --
Choosing a vet --
First vet visit --
Vets who make house calls --
Pet health insurance --
Basics of your cat's health --
Cat's vital signs --
How to know if your cat is sick --
Stress --
Tips for handling medical emergencies --
Chapter 13: Illnesses And Medical Conditions --
Allergies --
Anal sacs --
Arthritis --
Asthma --
Cancer --
Colds --
Constipation --
Declawing --
Diabetes --
Diarrhea --
Digestive problems: Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) --
Ears --
Euthanasia and how to deal with grief over losing your cat --
Eyes --
Fatal diseases --
Kidney disease --
Medications and how to give them --
Neutering and spaying --
Obsessive-compulsive behavior --
Oral problems --
Parasites and pesticides --
Skin problems --
Thyroid disease --
Urinary system problems --
Vomiting --
Chapter 14: Little Of Everything Else --
Senior cats --
Teaching and training cats --
Teaching your cat to walk on a leash --
Cat care when you travel --
Alternatives to a commercial cattery (boarding facility) --
Feral cats --
Lost and found --
Afterword / Elizabeth Hodgkins --
Acknowledgments --
Index --
About the author.
Responsibility: Tracie Hotchner.
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Overview: The only fully comprehensive guide to "all things feline," from the host of Cat Chat on Martha Stewart Living Radio. Finally, a definitive book that delivers many unknown facts about every aspect of caring for and sharing your life with a cat, ranging from proper nutrition and strange behavior to medical care and multi-cat households, to grooming and geriatrics. The Cat Bible explains the mysteries of feline behavior to owners who are devoted to their cats without being able to fully understand them. It offers straightforward solutions to the problems that cause people to give up their cats, many of which are preventable, including litter box avoidance, furniture scratching, and physical ailments. There are more than 90 million American households that count cats as family members, but they are a vastly underserved population, devoted to their kitties, yet bereft of all the public attention, programming, and print devoted to dogs. Now, bestselling author and investigative journalist Tracie Hotchner offers them The Cat Bible, with straightforward, fact-filled solutions to health and behavior problems, based on years of research into the real reasons behind these issues. In the same warm, straightforward style that attracts devoted listeners to her radio shows, Tracie tackles controversial topics such as the truth about commercial dry pet foods and their dangers, bringing readers the latest facts on every topic that affects a feline's well-being.

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