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Cats for dummies, Gina Spadafori, Lauren Demos, Paul D. Pion

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Cats for dummies, Gina Spadafori, Lauren Demos, Paul D. Pion
Language
eng
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
Cats for dummies
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Oclc number
1145557829
Responsibility statement
Gina Spadafori, Lauren Demos, Paul D. Pion
Series statement
For dummies
Summary
Everything you need to take care of your feline friend Cats are the purrfect pets: they & rsquo;re relatively easy to care for, a blast to play with, and sure to win the heart of every member of your family with their loving nature & mdash;and sometimes sassy demeanor! Cats For Dummies gives you expert insight into everything from cat behavior to what makes each type of feline unique. With this easy-to-understand guide, you'll be able to tackle those tough cat-astrophes from dealing with problem behaviors like scratching the furniture and missing the litter box & mdash;all while learning to understand what your cat is trying to tell you. Happily bring a cat or kitten into your life Keep your new four-legged family member comfortable and safe Live a happy feline-friendly life Keep your cat in prime health Whether you're looking to get your first kitten or adopt a senior cat, this book covers all the basics of feline cat care
Table Of Contents
Intro -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Table of Contents -- Introduction -- About This Book -- Foolish Assumptions -- Icons Used in This Book -- Beyond the Book -- Where to Go from Here -- Part 1 Starting to Think Cat -- Chapter 1 Together, Forever: A History of Cats and People -- From Humble Beginnings: How Cats Became So Popular -- Some Common Misconceptions about Cats - and the Facts -- "All cats are cold fish" -- "Cats love places, not people" -- "Cats can take care of themselves" -- Can You Have a Cat If You Have Allergies? -- The Indoor versus Outdoor Controversy -- Chapter 2 Kitten or Adult? Boy or Girl? One Cat or More? -- Kitten or Cat: Which Is a Better Choice for You? -- Everyone loves kittens! -- Adult cat considerations -- She-Kitty, He-Kitty: Which One's Better? -- Let the Fur Fly -- Should You Consider a Pedigreed Cat? -- Characteristics by Breed -- The go-go group -- A touch of the wild -- Longhaired beauties -- The big cats -- Something different -- The unCATegorizables -- The Not-So-Ordinary Everyday Cat -- Chapter 3 Mixes, Markings, and Pedigrees -- What You Need to Know about Shelters -- Animal-control shelters -- Private nonprofit shelters -- Volunteer Rescue-and-Placement Groups -- Breeders: The Reputable, the Ill-Informed, and the Avoid-at-All-Costs -- Finding the elusive "good breeder" -- Shopping at the cat show -- Online shopping -- Spotting the less-than-ideal breeders -- Pet Stores: What about Those Kittens in the Window? -- Your Neighbor's (Or Coworker's) Kittens -- Chapter 4 The Wild Ones: Special Cats, Special Considerations -- Help for the Wild Ones -- Finding the solution that isn't -- Offering a new way of thinking: Trap, Neuter, Release -- But aren't these cats pests? -- Getting Your Feet Wet: How to Help -- First, do no harm -- Helping the helpers -- Feeding community cats: Help or harm?Learning to Care for Community Cats -- Setting up a routine -- Lining up help -- Trapping cats -- Spaying and neutering cats -- Releasing cats -- Housing considerations -- Part 2 Getting Off to a Good Start -- Chapter 5 Choosing a Healthy, Happy Kitten or Cat -- Evaluating the Environment -- Getting a read on a kitty's history -- Making special considerations -- Choosing a Kitten -- Adopting at the ideal age -- Looking at a litter -- Personality testing your kitten -- Considering the Second-Chance Kitty -- Recognizing Good Health in Kittens and Cats -- The outer cat -- The inner cat -- Taking a Leap of Faith with Your Eyes Open! -- Chapter 6 One Is Never Enough: The Multicat Household -- You're in Good Company -- Another cat - for your cat -- Another cat - for you -- Adding to the Family -- Understanding territoriality -- Choosing compatible cats -- Caring for More than One Cat -- Litter box strategies -- Cat trees, cubbies, and hiding places -- Feeding time at the cat ranch -- Multicat Medical Concerns -- Parasite problems -- Infectious viral diseases -- Chapter 7 Setting Your Cat up for Success -- Pre-Cat Preparations -- Eliminating household hazards -- Organizing a "safe room" -- Bringing Your New Pet Home -- Hello, Kitty! -- Children -- Other cats -- Dogs -- Other pets -- Chapter 8 Think Like a Cat to Understand a Cat -- Making Sense of Cat Senses -- Smell -- Hearing -- Vision -- Taste -- Touch -- Speaking "Cat" -- Eyes -- Ears -- Tail -- Voice -- Hair and whiskers -- Posture -- Chapter 9 Feline Friendly: From Cat Toys to Catios -- A New Era for Indoor Kitties -- A Cat Can't Have Enough Toys -- Why toys are even more important to an indoor cat -- With so many choices, go as crazy as you like -- Feline Furnishings Cats Adore -- Why every cat needs a place to scratch -- Perches, catwalks, and shelves -- Turn on the funA Constant Supply of Nibblies -- Finding food is fun -- Going green -- A Whiff of Fresh Air -- Leashes, strollers, and backpacks -- The very best in cat remodels: The catio! -- Some Final Thoughts on Environmental Enrichment -- Someone to play with -- The you factor -- Part 3 Enjoying Life Together -- Chapter 10 Solving Behavior Problems -- Understanding "Bad" Behavior -- Looking at the Root of Unwanted Behavior -- Strategies for Changing Behavior -- Yes, kitty! -- No, kitty! -- Calm kitty -- Fairness -- Attacking Behavior Problems -- Aggression -- Counter-cruising -- Clawing -- Should you consider declawing? -- Noisiness -- Chapter 11 Getting Good Litter Box Behavior -- Defining the Problem -- What's being done, and where? -- Which cat is the culprit? -- Is Your Cat Sick? -- Use the Box, Kitty! -- Cleanliness is next to catliness -- Offering alternatives -- Discouraging misbehavior -- Stopping Sprayers in Their Tracks -- Retraining through isolation -- Chapter 12 Out and About with Your Cat -- Is Your Cat Up to Travel? -- Health considerations -- Temperament considerations -- Leaving Your Pet Behind -- Prepare for emergencies -- Pet-sitters -- Boarding facilities -- Taking Your Pet with You -- Air travel -- Car travel -- Moving Your Cat to a New Home -- Using a safe room for moving -- Anticipating problems -- Allowing time for readjustment -- Chapter 13 Littering: Should Your Cat Become a Parent? -- The Case Against Breeding -- Spaying and Neutering: What's Involved? -- The Birds and the Bees, Kitty-Style -- Choosing a mate -- The "oops" pairing -- Caring for a Pregnant Cat -- Happy Birthday, Babies -- Special delivery! -- After the birth -- Kitten Development -- Birth to two weeks -- Two weeks to eight weeks -- Eight weeks to fourteen weeks -- The adolescent kitten -- Saying Good-Bye to the Babies -- Chapter 14 Home Care: Good Grooming and MoreFur, the Purrfect Complement -- Why Cats Groom -- What's in It for You? -- Tools of the Trade -- Coat-care tools -- Nail-trim aids -- The Importance of Patience -- Keeping Kitty Coats in Shape -- Combing and brushing -- Cat + water + soap = Oh, my! -- Keeping parasites under control -- Clipping Your Cat's Claws -- Dental Care -- Chapter 15 Feeding Your Cat -- Convenience . . . at a Price? -- Maintaining the "Perfect" Cat Diet -- Fulfilling Basic Nutritional Needs -- Protein -- Carbohydrates -- Fats -- Vitamins -- Minerals -- Water -- Choosing Foods -- What type? -- When to feed? -- What about veterinarian-prescribed foods? -- Treat your cat! -- Curbing Eating Problems -- The too-much cat -- The finicky kitty -- Part 4 The Basics of Good Health -- Chapter 16 Preventive Healthcare for Your Cat -- Recognizing Signs of Good Health and Bad -- The physical cat -- Vital signs -- The emotional cat -- Choosing a Veterinarian -- Understanding Your Veterinarian's Role in Preventing Illness -- The not-so-routine exam -- Vaccinations -- Parasite control -- Recognizing Emergencies -- Chapter 17 Common Cat Health Problems -- A Cooperative Approach to Cat Health -- When Does My Cat Need a Specialist? -- Some Common Health Problems -- Abscesses -- Upper respiratory infection -- Difficulty breathing -- Three nasty viruses -- Urinary tract disease -- Kidney diseases -- Diabetes mellitus -- Heart disease -- Tumors -- Giving Your Cat Medication -- Pilling your pet -- Liquid medication -- Ear medication -- Eye medication -- Chapter 18 Caring for an Older Cat -- How Old Is "Old"? -- Normal Signs of Aging -- Decline of the senses -- Changes in appearance -- Behavior changes -- Special Care for Kitty Teeth -- Common Problems -- Hyperthyroidism -- Constipation/Obstipation -- Osteoarthritis -- Home hospice care -- Knowing When It's "Time" -- Euthanasia optionsDealing with loss -- Part 5 The Part of Tens -- Chapter 19 Ten Cat Myths Debunked -- Cats Have Nine Lives -- Cats Need to Drink Milk -- Cats Purr Whenever They're Happy -- Cats Eat Plants If They're Sick -- Cats Are Dangerous around Babies -- Cats Can Be Kept from Using Their Claws -- A Well-Fed Cat Doesn't Hunt -- Cat Fur Causes Allergies -- Black Cats Are Bad Luck -- All Calicoes Are Female -- Chapter 20 Ten Cool Cat-Related Places To Visit -- Hemingway House -- The American Museum of the House Cat -- Citywide Cat Celebration -- Purrfectly Pedigreed -- When in Rome, Help the Cats -- The Ultimate Destination for Cat Cafes -- Hello Kitty! -- Snuggle with a Library Cat (While You Still Can) -- No, They Don't Throw Real Cats Anymore -- Safe Home for Big Cats -- Chapter 21 Ten Common Household Dangers to Your Cat -- Strings and Similar Things -- A Shocking Experience -- The Warm and Deadly Dryer -- Pain Medicines That Kill -- Toxic Plants -- Garage Dangers -- Four-Wheeled Menace -- Towering Danger -- Parasite Products for Dogs -- Chapter 22 Ten Ways to Help Your Cat in a Disaster -- Have a Plan -- Have a Grab-and-Go Disaster Kit -- Get Your Cat ID - and Keep It Current -- Keep Preventive Care Measures and Health Records Current -- Have Restraints Ready -- Keep First-Aid Supplies on Hand - with Directions -- Know the Locations of Nearby Veterinary Hospitals and Other Animal Services -- Keep a "Lost Kitty" Kit Ready -- Corral Your Cat -- Be Prepared to Help Others -- Chapter 23 Ten Nonprofits Worthy of Your Donations -- Winn Feline Foundation -- Alley Cat Allies -- The Jackson Galaxy Project -- Morris Animal Foundation -- Shelter Medicine Programs -- Help with Spay-Neuter -- Cat Sanctuaries -- Big-Box Advocacy -- Veterinary Schools and Colleges -- Local Shelters and Rescue Groups -- Index -- EULA
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