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This ebook is a comprehensive guide to caring for and understanding our feline friends.

The association between humans and cats—dates back about 5000 years — although this is not long in the history of human life. The exact origin of cat domestication is often debated by historians. It is known that Egyptian populations held cats in high esteem. In fact, cats were an object of worship. Some figures of cats exist in gold and bronze and numerous paintings depict the importance of cats in Egyptian life. The Romans later recognised the useful nature of cats for pest control in grain stores or in military bases for example. It is thought the distribution of cats throughout Europe can be attributed the Roman Empire’s original use of cats. 

Cats as pets now outdo their canine equivalents today across the globe, and it is estimated there may be around 90 million cats as pets living in homes in the USA. Cats may be considered a better choice of pet than dogs for people living busier lives or who live in relatively confined spaces (e.g. flats or townhouses), as they require less exercise than dogs, and tend to their own needs and are generally more independent. The explosion of pet cats over the recent decades has led to the emergence of many cat care industries. There are specialists across veterinary health, rehoming and adoption facilities, pet boarding properties, grooming, breeding and reproductive health and the behaviour and training industry. 

If you are going to keep a pet cat, you need to be prepared to provide for its basic needs as an absolute minimum: food, water, shelter, stimulation (mental and physical) and appropriate health care. Additionally, it is responsible to control cats within reason, reducing any impact upon neighbouring property or wildlife. This is called containment. 

 

Pages: 137

Pictures: 40
ISBN: 978-0-9943737-3-1 

 

Table of Contents
CREDITS


CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION TO CAT CARE

Basic needs - basic duties of the cat owner


CHAPTER 2 FELINE BIOLOGY

Skin
Eyes
Ears
Nose
Mouth
Tongue
Teeth and gums
Digestive system
Reproductive system

CHAPTER 3 BREEDS

Breeds
Recognition of cat breeds
Long haired breeds
Persian
Maine Coon
Birman
Semi-long haired breeds
Balinese
Ragdoll (Ragamuffin)
York Chocolate
Short haired cats
American Shorthair
Cornish Rex
Abyssinian
Russian Blue
Siamese
Sphynx
Manx
Scottish Fold
Korat
Japanese Bobtail
Egyptian Mau
Singapura

CHAPTER 4 FOOD AND NUTRITION

Kittens - birth to 12 months
Pregnant and lactating cats
Obesity or overweight cats

CHAPTER 5 HEALTH CARE

The healthy cat and preventative care
Recognising ill-health
Dealing with emergencies
Snake bites
Wounds
Desexing
Common parasites
Common ailments & disease (including notifiable disease)
Skin disorders

CHAPTER 6 FELINE BEHAVIOUR

Introduction - understanding the cat’s mind
Behavioural problems

CHAPTER 7 WORKING WITH CATS

Cat grooming
Cat breeding industry
Professional training and handling
Day care or boarding
Cat rehoming centre or fostering
Therapy pets
Health care
Therapy for cats
Retail and manufacturing

APPENDIX

Distance learning and online courses
E-books by John Mason and ACS Staff
Printed books by John Mason
Useful contacts
ACS global partners
Social media



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