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Three Reference Books Every Cat Owner Should Have

There are hundreds of books on the market about every aspect of cat health, behavior, and training. When you add to that the innumerable novels with feline protagonists, memoirs of feline lives, and other cat-related fiction, a new cat owner would be hard pressed to know where to even begin looking. Here are the three reference books we think every cat owner should have.

  • The Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook by Debra M. Eldridge, DVM; Delbert G. Carlson, DVM; Liisa [yes, it is Liisa with two Is] D. Carlson, DVM; and James M. Giffin, MD. This comprehensive and authoritative guide provides the information you need to take good care of your cat in all ages and stages of her life. It covers feline health and behavior problems in depth and in language lay people can understand and gives you a guide to the basics of feline first aid.

  • Think Like A Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat, Not a Sour Puss by Pam Johnson-Bennett. Bennett is a cat behaviorist who has written many books full of expertise and wisdom, all of which we recommend highly. But if you only get one of her books, get this one. It will help you understand the way your kitten relates to the world and give you the tools to make sure your kitten gets off to an excellent start in life and resolve any problems that may crop up in the future. It also covers, in depth and with well-written and clear instructions, the topics of how to introduce other pets, prepare your cat for a new significant other or a new baby, move house with your cat, and help him cope with other major life changes.

  • The ASPCA Complete Guide to Cats by James R. Richards. This book provides advice on health, behavior, grooming, veterinary care, and litter box training for both novice and experienced cat caretakers. It also has a section with easy-to-understand information about the 50 most popular breeds of purebred cats, a great tool if you're looking for a purebred kitten and want to make sure your lifestyle and family situation are going to be a good fit for the breed you want. This book also covers the history of cats, very basic feline genetics, first aid, home nursing, and information on taking care of senior citizen kitties. The book is beautifully illustrated, with hundreds of awesome photos of cats of every breed, type, and configuration.

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