A handy, quick to read book on all aspects of cat ownership. While brief, it goes some medical issues that other cat books don't- which makes sense, since the author is a veterinarian. A glossary in the back helps the reader to understand the medical section better. There is also a large section devoted to the various breeds of cats that includes whether the breed is quiet or talky, friendly or aloof, active or sedate- information that can really help a person decide if the breed is for them or not. He also goes into cat genetics, which I enjoyed- I finally found out why it looks like my black cat has a white undercoat! (the hair is only black on the tips; the part closer to the body is white. It's caused by something called the inhibitor gene). My only quibble with the author is his section on homeopathy- he doesn't push it, but it's there with vaccinations. I know a lot of people use it, but personally I think it can risk the cat's life to use it instead of biological vaccinations or science based cures.