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on December 16, 2001
If you are looking for the ultimate book on cats, this is the fully revised and expanded version. Not only is it the definitive guide to the behavior, history and anatomy of the feline species, it chronicles the history of the cat world.
More than 275 cat breeds are shown in full color photographs. There are over 1,400 photographs and illustrations in all. This specific selection also includes feline health, nutrition, behavior (indoor and out), and advice on how to deal with cat behavior.
From the first page, you will be spellbound by the pure beauty of the DK specially commissioned photographs.
The main chapters include:
The Cat Family: Ancestors, Big Cats, Small Cats of the Americas, Africa and Eurasia. How Wild Cats became domesticated.
Cats and Man: Religions, Superstitions, Folklore, Literature, Art, Cartoons, Entertainment, Collectables, Working and Companion Cats.
Feline Design: Skeleton, Brain, Nervous System, Muscles, Movement, Heart, Lungs, Reproduction, Digestion, Skin and Coat, Feline Genetics and Aging.
Feline Behavior: Mind, Communication, Social Behavior, Hunting and Play, Courtship and Mating, Mothers and Kittens.
Domestic Cat Breeds: History of Breeding, Coat Colors, Patterns, Eye Shape and Color, Breed Profiles, Introduction to Shorthairs, Introduction to Longhairs. (then cat breeds are discussed in detail)
Caring For Your Cat: Personal Relationship, Choosing a Cat, Life Indoors, Indoor Problems, Outdoor Life, Nutrition, Homemade Foods, Food Intake, Good Health, Immune System, Sighs of Ill Health, Grooming, Traveling, Training, Behavioral Problems, Caring for a Sick Cat, First Aid.
A Glossary and Index are included. About two-thirds of the book is dedicated to cat breeds. The highlight of the encyclopedia is however definitely the first four chapters and the last section on caring for you cat.
This book contains some of the most beautiful pictures of cats I have ever seen. The stories of Aesop's tale of Venus and the Cat was quite fascinating and an illustration is shown of a cat-maiden who spies a mouse and gives chase. She was transformed from a cat into a beautiful girl by Venus, however when the girl pounces on the mouse and devours it, the goddess decides she must turn the girl back into a cat since the transformation was never complete.
The "Cats and Man" section has the most interesting stories, art and fairy tales. If you love cats, you will be captivated by stories of these fascinating nocturnal creatures. Who often, it seems, sleep most of the night as well. At least, I hope that is what is sleeping at the end of the bed. >^..^<
A book that is definitely: "Impressive Enough To Meow About!"
Human beings are drawn to cats
because they are all we are not
-self-contained, elegant in everything they do,
relaxed, assured, glad of company,
yet still possessing secret lives.