The Cat: Its Behavior, Nutrition & Health
Linda P. Case, BS, MS
Illustrations by Kerry Helms; Bruce MacAllister

Review by Kathy Lyon Star
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When you consider that there are a number of "cat only" veterinary clinics, and virtually none for just dogs, it would seem that the cat people are a class unto themselves. Statistically, the number of cat-owning households has drastically increased over the past 15 years and more and more people share their homes with two or more cats.

The Cat: Its Behavior, Nutrition and Health is a comprehensive study of the domestic cat. The first section, Knowing the Cat within the Companion, examines the relationship between humans and cats - from initial domestication to the present day. This section also discusses cat structure, special senses, reproduction/genetics, and overpopulation and responsible guardianship. The book skirts a little around the topic of feral cat control, alluding to (but not actually recommending) depopulation. It does mention that rabies in feral cats is rampant, more than in any other domestic animal group.

Part 2, Behavior: Understanding the Domestic Cat, looks at the developmental behavior of the cat from birth to adulthood. An interesting chapter covers behavior patterns, the learning process, and training the cat. The final chapter of this section discusses common behavior problems and their solutions.

Part 3, Health and Disease: Keeping Cats Healthy and Happy, concerns health maintenance and prevention of disease. Included in this section are common internal and external parasitic diseases, and common infectious diseases. An interesting vaccination schedule is included.

Part 4, Nutrition: Feeding Cats for Health and Longevity, provides an overview of the cat's unique nutrient requirements. It covers available pet foods and methods of feeding, details a feeding schedule to follow throughout the cat's life cycle, and examines criteria for the selection of optimal foods. The last chapter reviews several common medical disorders that can be treated or managed through diet.

Each section lists recommended reading at the end, and each section is fully referenced.

Blackwell Publishing (2003).

Hardcover, 392 pages, illustrated with drawings.

ISBN-10: 0-8138-0331-4.

ISBN-13: 978-0-8138-0331-9.


Table of Contents
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Introduction
Alternative Medicine
Anatomy
Anesthesia/Analgesia
Animal Welfare
Aquatic/Fish
Avian
Behavior
Camelids
Canine
Cardiology
Client Education
Cytology / Hematology / Histology
Dental
Dermatology
Dictionary/Reference
Drugs/Pharmacology
Emergency Med
Endocrine
Epidemiology
Equine
Ethics
Exotics
Feline
Food Animals/Livestock
General
Genetics
Geriatrics
Handling & Restraint
Human-Animal Bond
Imaging & Radiology
Immunology
Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Laboratory Medicine
Microbiology
Multimedia
Neurology
Nutrition
 
* Equine Nutrition 3rd Ed.
 
Anim. Nutr. Sci. (VSPN Review)
 
You are hereCat: Behav. Nutr.
 
Clinical Procedures in Veterinary Nursing, 2nd Ed
 
Encyclopedia of Canine Clinical Nutrition
 
Encyclopedia of Feline Clinical Nutrition (VSPN)
 
Home-Prepared Dog & Cat Diets, 2nd Edition
 
Nutrition and Disease Management for Veterinary Technicians, 2nd Ed
 
Nutrition for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses
 
Nutrition Vet. Tech.
 
Nutritional Management of Hospitalized Small Animals
 
Small Animal Clinical Nutrition, 5th ed (VSPN)
 
Small Animal Nutrition
 
* Recent Advances Nutrition 2004
Oncology
Ophthalmology
Orthopedics
Parasitology
Pathology
Pediatrics
Physiology
Physiotherapy
Practice Management
Primates
Rabbits, Rodents & Ferrets
Reproduction
Reptile/Amphibian
Research
Respiratory
Ruminants
Sheep/Goats
Shelter Medicine
Surgery
Swine
Technicians
Toxicology
Urology/Renal
Veterinary Education
Wildlife-Zoo Animals
Zoonoses

Date Published: January 20, 2003

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