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Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook Hardcover – Dec 1 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Howell Book House (Dec 1 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876057962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876057964
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.3 x 24.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 907 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #481,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook Fully revised and expanded, the Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook is the most essential book any cat owner can have. Clearly written, step-by-step directions give you vital information at your fingertips: when you can treat your cat yourself and how to communicate signs and symptoms so that your veterinarian can give your pet the best care possible. A quick reference section on emergencies, all in alphabetical order, enables every owner to find information fast when time is shortest. An index of signs and symptoms on the inside front cover puts every page reference right at hand. Headings in boldface type make finding the right information easy, and charts and tables on vaccinations, household drugs, antibiotics and much more, give complete answers to questions all cat owners ask. A thoroughly detailed index highlights all items covered. Over 200 illustrations enhance every owner's understanding of how to give pills and other medications, how to take a cat's temperature and how to apply bandages. Here in one comprehensive volume is the latest in lifesaving procedures and all veterinary therapies to help you give your cat a lifetime of good care.

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Cat Owner's Home Veterinary HandbookSigns and Symptoms Index on inside front coverEasy-to-understand textAuthors with collective experience of over a half centuryHundreds of instructional photos and drawings throughoutCovers every problem from Pediatrics to GeriatricsAll cat owners wish that their pets really did have nine lives. Now, with this newly revised and expanded edition of Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook, the one life cats do have can be made longer and happier. Virtually every problem that owners will encounter is dealt with in language that teaches everyone how to cope with and prevent those unpleasant surprises. Part of the cat's mystique is a uniquely curious nature. This innate curiosity can create many dangerous situations and unwelcome consequences. This book, a classic in its first edition, has been updated to include the very latest solutions to the daily occurances and special problems in all phases of cat care, including behavior and training. Yes, training! Now, in clear and simple terms, symptoms are identified and thorough instructions are given so that with this book, owners can become the best friends their cats can have in a lifetime.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lynne Cameron on Dec 28 2003
Format: Hardcover
I work with a cat rescue and have been able to save countless cats and kittens with the help of this book. Detailed descriptions, pictures and instructions make this a must have for the cat owner. Everything is written in plain english making it easy to understand. I have recommended this book to everyone in my organization as well as every new "parent" we have placed a cat or kitten with. If you have a cat you need to have this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. L. Brown on July 6 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is the most complete book I have ever seen for cats. It has helped me out when my cat had 5 kittens. It talks about all the diseases, the colds, and symptoms of all kinds of things. It has photos of animals with the problem so you can see if that is the problem with your cat or kitten. WONDERFUL.
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that even a laymen can understand!
I purchased this book a while ago simply because I had multiple cats in the house that were becoming geriatric and I wanted to make sure I was doing the best for them in their twilight. I am also working on my Pre-Vet Curricula for intrance into Vet School.
Then I became a surrogate mommy for a new born kitten that had been abandoned my its feral mother only hours after it was born. Not wanting this wee one to expire, I took her home to raise myself, and immediately got on the Internet looking for info on the proper measures to care for her (I forgot about this book). I found a few helpful sites, but each one was contradicting the other...which for anyone is confusing. Thinking I needed a professional opinion on the subject, & went to my library of reference books & schoolbooks. Luckfully, I ran across this one & decided to see if it mentioned anything at all. To my surprise, it had the most complete section on orphaned kitten care than any of the other books & the Internet sites. I greatly recommend this book for any cat owner, be their cats young or old, it has information aplenty to assist you in caring for your 4-footed loved one.
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The low rating I have given this book is solely because it was written in 1995. If it were an updated edition from 2001, I'd give it rating of 5 stars. Veterinary medicine has enormously developed in the past few years and some of the information in the book is no longer accurate. I am only very familiar with the conditions of hyperthyroidism and hypertropic myocardiopathy. The little information offered in the book regarding hyperthyroidism is no longer accurate. In 1995 the cause of the condition was unknown as well as the effects the condition has on the heart. In addition, the new and successful treatments that are being given to cats are not stated in the book. The information on myocardiopathy, to be fair, seems to be accurate. If the author updates this book, this would be a magnificent reference source to own. I would suggest to change the black and white pictures for color pictures. Other reviewers hate the pictures, but they should realize that this is the best way to visually compare their cat's physical condition against a picture to figure out what is wrong with the cat before it goes to the vet. Medical school textbooks are full of color pictures. My point is that the pictures add to the excellence of books. To finish, it is unfortunate that I ended up with a 1995 edition (which is my fault for not checking it out before ordering the book). Having discovered the inaccurate information makes me wonder what other medical information is outdated in the book. As a result, I can no longer consider it a reliable reference source.
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Format: Hardcover
Just received the book yesterday, have read most of it and it's Great! Only a few criticsms. The first and foremost is the authors' mistaken insistence on FIP (feline infectious peritonitis) testing for cats/kittens. There is no, repeat NO, NADA test for FIP in a live cat/kitten - it's only conclusive on necropsy. (Further info at [...])
In the section on kidney diseases they totally ignored PKD (polycystic kidney disease), which Persian breeders have realized is a genetic problem and have been breeding away from. (Also more info at the above site) I feel this is a gross oversight on the part of these authors.
Unfortunately, FIV (feline immunodeficiency disease, also known as feline AIDS) isn't mentioned. This IS a condition that's easily tested for by any competent vet.
I really hope these authors address these errors and omissions in a new edition of this wonderful book!
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I agree with the request for a gross-picture-free edition of this manual. But, if pictures must be in it, perhaps they could have pictures of cats that aren't quite so obviously ill as the ones shown. If my cat were *that* sick, she'd be staying overnight at the vet's office for as long as it took.
The pictures were the main reason I didn't buy the book when I first saw it at PetSmart. But, now I've just schooled myself not to flip through it too carelessly because I'll see things that break my heart.
Aside from the picture issue, the book is invaluable. It contains far more information than your typical "cats for dummies" style book. Not that "cats for dummies" isn't very enjoyable, but I don't use it when I'm seriously inquiring upon the health of my cats. (All ten of them.)
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