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Cat: It's Behavior, Nutrition, and Health
by Case, Linda P.

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Today, approximately 27% of households in the United States own at least one cat. This comprises a total of almost 60 million total pet cats. An 8 billion dollar pet food industry and the more than 7 billion dollars that pet owners spend on veterinary care each year provide tangible evidence of the increasing importance that companion animals have in our society. Additionally, the bond that owners have with their cats and the many health benefits that are afforded by this bond have been the topic of numerous research studies in the past 25 years. The cat as a cherished companion is here to stay, and many owners, students and pet professionals are eager to learn more about man.s OTHER best friend, Felis catus. The Cat: Its Behavior, Nutrition and Health, the textbook of the cat, is written as a companion book to The Dog: Its Behavior, Nutrition and Health. This book provides pet owners, undergraduate students and pet professionals with a complete guide to four topical areas that are of interest. These are: The history of the human-cat relationship; behavior of the domestic cat; feline nutrition; and feline health and disease. The Cat will fill the need for an academic textbook for undergraduate animal science courses, veterinary technician programs, and cat care or breeding classes. It will also serve as an important resource for pet professionals such as breeders, exhibitors, groomers, and veterinary practitioners.

Product Information
Binding: Hardcover
Specs: 392 pages | 2.24 Lbs
ISBN: 0813803314
ISBN-13: 9780813803319
Edition: 1
Publisher: Blackwell Professional Publishing | Publish Date 12/02 | Copyright 2002

Table Of Contents:

Pt. 1.    Knowing the Cat within the Companion
Ch. 1.    Felis silvestris to Felis catus: Domestication
Ch. 2.    Selective Breeding: Cat Breeds from the Everyday to the Unusual
Ch. 3.    The Cat's Perception of the World: Structure, Movement, and Special Senses
Ch. 4.    Reproduction and Breeding Management
Ch. 5.    Genetics: Why All Cats Are Tabbies
Ch. 6.    The Human-Cat Relationship: Benefits and Responsibilities
Pt. 2.    Behavior: Understanding the Domestic Cat
Ch. 7.    Developmental Behavior: From Kitten to Adult
Ch. 8.    Social Life: Communication Patterns, Social Relationships, and Territoriality
Ch. 9.    How Cats Learn (or Learning to Train an Cat!)
Ch. 10.    The Misbehaving Cat: Behavior Problems and Solutions
Pt. 3.    Health and Disease: Keeping Cats Healthy and Happy
Ch. 11.    Viral Diseases
Ch. 12.    Bacterial, Fungal, and Protozoan Diseases
Ch. 13.    Vaccination Guidelines
Ch. 14.    Internal Parasites
Ch. 15.    External Parasites
Ch. 16.    First-Aid Procedures
Pt. 4.    Nutrition: Feeding Cats for Health and Longevity
Ch. 17.    The Cat as an Obligate Carnivore: Nutrient Requirements
Ch. 18.    Providing a Healthy Diet: Cat Food Selection and Evaluation
Ch. 19.    Feeding Management throughout the Life Cycle
Ch. 20.    Nutritionally Responsive Diseases

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