Knowing the cat–domestication, breeding, genetics, and more
Behavior–understanding and training the domestic cat
Health care and disease prevention
Nutrition and feeding throughout the life cycle and much more.
Concise yet thorough, The Cat fills the need for an academic textbook for undergraduate animal science courses, veterinary technician programs, and cat care or breeding classes, and serves as an important resource for breeders, exhibitors, groomers, and veterinary practitioners.
PART 1 Knowing the Cat within the Companion.
Chapter 1. Felis sylvestris to Felis catus: Domestication.
Chapter 2. Selective Breeding: Breeds from the Everyday to the Unusual.
Chapter 3.The Cat′s Perception of the World: Structure, Movement, and Special Senses.
Chapter 4. Reproduction and Breeding Management.
Chapter 5. Genetics: Why All Cats Are Tabbies.
Chapter 6. The Human–Cat Relationship: Benefits and Responsibilities.
PART 2 Behavior: Understanding the Domestic Cat.
Chapter 7. Developmental Behavior: From Kitten to Adult.
Chapter 8. Social Life: Communication Patterns, Social Relationships, and Territoriality.
Chapter 9. How Cats Learn (or Learning to Train a Cat!).
Chapter 10. The Misbehaving Cat: Behavior Problems and Solutions.
PART 3 Health and Disease: Keeping Cats Healthy and Happy.
Chapter 11. Viral Diseases.
Chapter 12. Bacterial, Fungal, and Protozoan Diseases.
Chapter 13. Vaccination Guidelines.
Chapter14. Internal Parasites.
Chapter 15. External Parasites.
Chapter 16. First–Aid Procedures.
PART 4 Nutrition: Feeding for Health and Longevity.
Chapter 17. The Cat as an Obligate Carnivore: Nutrient Requirements.
Chapter 18. Providing a Healthy Diet: Cat Food Selection and Evaluation.
Chapter 19. Feeding Management Throughout the Life Cycle.
Chapter 20. Nutritionally Responsive Diseases.