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Dr. Cookie's guide to living happily ever after with your cat
Schwartz, Stefanie.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, [2002]

Physical Description:
xv, 282 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
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SF447 .S43 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Stefanie Schwartz was raised a dog person, but she was introduced to cats while in vet school and fell in love. Affectionately nicknamed "Dr. Cookie" by clients who observed her tendency to spoil her patients with pet treats, she has become so closely associated with the name that it's her trademark.

Veterinary behavior is the equivalent of psychiatry in human medicine, and is the fastest growing field of interest in veterinary medicine and among pet owners worldwide. Using anecdotes gathered from all aspects of her career, she addresses these topics among many others:

understanding temperment differences between pets
managing your allergies
how cats show affection
hallucinatory play in cats
how to sleep through the night and still love your cat in the morning
secrets behind your cat's daily rhythm of activity and how to synchronize your circadian rhythm with your cat's internal clock
"hissy fits" and feline aggression
litter box problems
sex-related problems
understanding your cat's golden age

Author Notes

Dr. Stefanie Schwartz is a board certified specialist in veterinary behavior, is on the teaching staff of Tufts University's School of Veterinary Medicine, and is a consultant to the Boston Animal Rescue League. She lives in Massachusetts.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

"Happiness is living with cats," writes veterinarian and pet behavior specialist Stephanie Schwartz. To ensure readers will agree, she provides a wealth of information designed to facilitate feline-human cohabitation. Dr. Cookie's Guide to Living Happily Ever After with Your Cat begins with hints about interpreting a cat's tail, progresses to "hallucinatory" play (when a cat races about a room, chasing something invisible to its owners), kitten socialization, destructive behaviors, nutrition and grooming matters, and ends with mourning the loss of a beloved cat. Anecdotes illustrate Schwartz's reasonable and straightforward advice. 16 inexpert, almost creepy, drawings. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
1 General Stuff About Living Happily Ever After With Your Cat
How cats show affection
Interpreting a cat's tail
The advantages of the ""independent"" cat
Cat lovers with an allergy to cats
Common and unusual coat colors in cats
Raising a social cat
Keep your cat indoors!
Taking pity on stray cats
How to name and rename your cat
2 General Stuff About Cat Behavior
Introducing a new cat
Introducing a new cat to a multicat home
Introducing a dog and a cat