THE COMPLETE BOOK OF QUESTIONS CAT OWNERS ASK THEIR VET by Susan with Bryna Lawson McDonough

THE COMPLETE BOOK OF QUESTIONS CAT OWNERS ASK THEIR VET

By
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

With an informal yet informed tone, cat veterinarian McDonough and coauthor Lawson answer, briefly, 484 questions about cats--from choosing a kitten and caring for it (medically and emotionally) to breeding, spaying, spraying, and cat communicating. No, we're told, cats cannot see in total darkness; no, they can't catch colds from people; and no, females need not go into heat before being spayed. The health care sections supply general information on cat ailments; and tell when first aid will do, and when veterinary care is required. McDonough points out some of the lesser known health hazards--like the danger of feeding a cat only red-meat tuna, which can lead to steatitis, a vitamin E deficiency; and the fact that aspirin is toxic to cats, and can even be fatal in large doses. She also includes a concise, but complete description of the medical procedure for altering a cat. In the section on communication, the meaning of the purr is investigated; and in other sections, unusual cat quirks are analyzed--like cravings for plastic or wool. There are some useful suggestions for eliminating the problem of spraying, and other behavior mishaps, and also some more questionable bits of advice--like rubbing anti-static laundry clothes on a cat's fur to control static electricity. Though there are too many cross-references to make this a useful book for emergencies, it's a good all-around manual in other respects.

Pub Date: May 13th, 1980
Publisher: Running Press