This addition to Random's Bookworks listings, a companion to the California vet's The Well Dog Book (1974), is refreshingly free of the itchy-koo attitudes endemic to pet-care writing. Dr. McGinnis is interested in providing facts. . . and facts and facts and facts; this is a book for people willing to invest a lot of time and effort in mastering details. There's a good section on feline anatomy and physiology (she firmly recommends going over this--cat in hand) and a sound discussion of preventive medicine with strong emphasis on nutrition. The section on diagnostic medicine is the longest and most elaborate; you'll learn to do everything from palpating the animal's kidneys to administering emergency post-skunk measures (soak the victim in tomato juice). There are also clear descriptions of life-saving procedures such as artificial respiration and heart massage. Dr. McGinnis calls this a ""paramedic's handbook,"" and she's not exaggerating. Certainly the most serious, comprehensive cat-care book around, and well worth the money.