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Wild discovery guide to your cat : understanding and caring for the tiger within
Discovery Channel (Firm)
Publication Information:
New York : Discovery Books, 1999.
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216 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
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SF442 .W488 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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"A cat is a lion in a jungle of small bushes." --English proverb                                  Why do cats always land on their feet after a fall? What allows a sleeping cat to comfortably curl into a circle? Why do cats appear to torture their prey before killing it? Why does your cat knead on your clothing? Just how much attention do cats really require? To answer these and other questions,Wild Discovery Guide to Your Catdraws from science, history, and feline behavior in the wild to explain the inner nature and most puzzling characteristics of America's most popular pet. The result is a practical and fascinating guide to understanding and caring for these beguiling and enigmatic creatures. This engagingly illustrated book takes the same cat's-eye view of the world that infuses the Discovery Channel television series Wild Discovery. It emphasizes the untamed roots of almost every aspect of a domesticated cat's conduct: the crouch-and-pounce string-chase games that mirror stalking prey in the wild, the furniture-scratching preoccupation that echoes the territorial scent deposits a wild cat claws onto trees. Written in an accessible, authoritative style,Wild Discovery Guide to Your Catgenerously mixes the fundamentals of basic care with compelling explorations into cats' physical and psychological traits. Included in this comprehensive primer are detailed insights into all aspects of cat design, from the intricate structure of the feline form to the cat's heightened senses and remarkable agility. The guide explores why cats do the things they do--addressing such issues as grooming, sleep patterns, marking and defending territory, cat language, and learning and intelligence. In addition to probing the tiger within,Wild Discovery Guide to Your Catoffers a host of practical tips on choosing a cat to suit your lifestyle, providing responsible care, cat-proofing your home, and ensuring a smooth transition during the first days at home. Once the cat is a member of the family, the book explains how to bond and play with your new pet, and even how to train and travel with it. Everything you need to know to keep your cat healthy and happy is covered, including the latest information on feeding and nutrition, litter boxes, cleaning and grooming, common health problems, fighting fleas, pregnancy and birth, caring for an aging cat, vet visits, and emergency care. A breed breviary rounds out the book, with the spotlight on the top cat breeds as well as other common feline pedigrees. This section also presents information on body type, common colors, coat type, grooming requirements, and temperament. An informative cat owner's resource guide follows. Accompanied by more than 225 full-color illustrations and photographs showing the similarities between domestic and wild cats, this is an entertaining and insightful approach to feline behavior, pet care, and appreciation for first-time cat owners and veteran cat lovers alike. Lush, lovely, informative and practical, Wild Discovery Guide to Your Cat is a feast for both the eye and the mind...a good introduction to cat care and behavior for novices and also serves as an interesting read for long-time cat owners...There's something for everyone in this of the most educational books to come along in a long time.--Cats, April 2000

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Booklist Review

Two new books are terrific introductory guides to our most popular pets--dogs and cats. The structure and topics of each book are similar. Both books relate the physical and behavioral attributes of dogs and cats to their wild ancestors. This approach fosters understanding of why these companion animals look, and especially act, the way they do. Each book is divided into six chapters that cover the animal's body and senses; behavior; selecting a pet; living with and training the pet; pet care and breeding; and the various breeds. Each chapter is subdivided into sections such as pack mentality (dogs); feline sleep (cats); intelligence; shopping around (choosing a pet); and my favorite, responsible pet ownership. Written in a practical, matter-of-fact writing style, each section is full of good advice about such matters as introducing the new pet to the household and (most important) behavior. Explaining what the dog or cat is doing in the context of its wild relatives (and why a particular trait enhances the survival of the wild cousins) is a particular strength of both books. Resource guides at the end of each book give tips on topics such as handling emergencies, poisons and poisonous plants, and breed associations. Both books are well illustrated with color drawings and photos. These excellent primers for the first-time pet owner, with tidbits that will surprise the veterans, are highly recommended for all libraries. --Nancy Bent

Library Journal Review

Relying on the expertise of veterinarians, animal behaviorists, and zoologists, these two titles explore the connection of domestic dogs and cats to their counterparts in the wild to help owners better understand their pets. Clearly explained are the similarities between big cats and domestic cats (for example, hunting, the senses, and territoriality) and the common traits of wolves and domestic dogs (e.g., pack mentality, canine teeth, and ears). Chapters on behavior discuss body language, vocal language, learning, and intelligence. The advice on nutrition, health problems, pregnancy, aging pets, and emergency care is straightforward and easy to understand. Dispersed throughout, informational boxes give concise advice and checklists on topics such as alternative vet care, defending territory, and bathing. Each volume has 300 wonderful full-color illustrations and photographs. More informative than The Tiger on Your Couch: What the Big Cats Can Teach You About Your House Cat (LJ 3/1/92), these volumes are entertaining as well as educational and would be useful in public and school libraries.ÄEva Lautemann, Georgia Perimeter Coll. Lib., Clarkston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.