We do cat rescue and have recommended or given this book to many people. It's a good basic book, helps explain when to go to vet, not too hard to read.
I disagree that the "gross pictures" shouldn't be in there -- You don't have to look at them, and they're there to teach what some things may look like. We've found some of the pictures quite useful.
The argument that "if my cat looked that bad we'd be at the vet" is kind of off the point -- this book is good because it is a great COMPANION to your vet --
Anyhow, very good book. I too wish there was a more recent edition, but much of the most changed stuff since 1995, is at a higher technical level than this book.
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This is a book I've given to a number of people. It is EXCELLENT for anyone doing cat rescue, fostering cats, doing TNR (trap neuter return, to stabilize cat colonies).
It's not *that* hard to read! Really sets out and discusses many issues and problems of "multi-cat environment" (> 5 cats).