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The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Cats: Cat Breeds and Cat Care (The Ultimate Encyclopedia of): Cat Breeds and Cat Care (The ultimate encyclopedia of): Cat ... and Cat Care (The ultimate encyclopedia of) [Hardcover]

Alan Edwards
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31 July 2003 The ultimate encyclopedia of
This comprehensive book brings together in one volume veterinary-approved advice on cat care and coverage of the world's cat breeds. Part one, "Caring for Your Cat", opens with a brief history of the cat and goes on to cover in detail every important topic that any responsible owner needs to be aware of. There is advice on choosing and buying a cat, inoculations for kittens and providing a safe environment indoors and out. There are also major sections on feeding and nutrition, grooming and training and essential health care, all supported by step-by-step instructions. Part two, "The Breeds", is a broad visual encyclopaedia of all the main cat breeds, from the ever-popular Persians and Shorthairs to rarer breeds such as the Main Coon Cat, Ocicat and Ragdoll. Each breed has a breed box giving defining characteristics, such as coat texture, eye colour, average size and temperament. There is also a final section on showing and breeding.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lorenz Books; New title edition (31 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754812774
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754812777
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 23.1 x 29.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 644,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan Edwards has been a judge with the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy in Great Britain for over 27 years. he continues to be an international judge in Europe, as well as International Guest Judge with the Cat Fanciers Federation in the United States. Trever Turner, BvetMed, MRCVS, MCIrb, MABE, is the chief vet at Crufts.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book! 3 Nov 2013
By Pat
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I searched through the various books available, for a present, and chose this very informative reference book on cats. Plenty of information, well laid out with great illustration, the recipient of this present was delighted! so was I - thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars All of the cats! 13 Nov 2012
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If you are a crazy cat person, or need to buy a gift for one, this is perfect. If you or your friend/family cannot own every cat in existence, then they can at least read about them. Even as I write this one of my cats looks over my shoulder, glad that I am being educated but somewhat jealous in my cooing.

The book is also a very well detailed and informative encyclopedia if you are into that kind of thing. But mostly cute kitties.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cat breeds & cat care 13 Aug 2010
By Monique
Love the book. Bought it for my lovely girls Erin now 14 and Amy now 11.
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5.0 out of 5 stars cat breed book 29 Nov 2010
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I have bought this for my 8 year old daughter,a cat-lover, for Christmas. The book is beautifully illustrated with a huge number of photographs, and there is a wealth of information inside. There is a very comprehensive catalogue of cat breeds. My daughter is going to love this book. It is a great book to dip into; there is no requirement to read it systematically from cover to cover. The book is not an A4 size, about half that, and quite thick, which is an advantage as, judging by previous behaviour, she will carry this to school and to friends houses and it is less likely to become torn and ragged being a more manageable size.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cat Information Galore 27 Jan 2001
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I just love cats. If it weren't for this book I wouldn't of found any of our kittens' breeds. This lists down probably every breed of cat there is, except wild and extinct cats that is. I would say this is the best cat encyclopedia I've read. I would recomend this book to any cat breeder out there.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite informative guide for any cat owner 4 July 2008
By fra7299 - Published on
What makes this book useful is the plethora of information it gives on cats as well as the way it is organized. The encyclopedia is quite thorough in detailing not only the various subjects of cats, but types of cats and other areas concerning care and behavior.

There are many topics covered. One of the first main sections focuses on what a person should look for and know ahead of time before choosing a cat for adoption. It gives some tips on what to look for in a healthy cat, and how to care for a sick cat, as well as how to maintain a healthy lifestyle for your pet. This section is followed by advice on how to create the right environment for your cat: how you can help your cat "settle" into its new home, what to do if it does not adjust well, access to litter boxes, toys for cats, etc. This is followed by a section on how to care for cats home and away. If you happen to be leaving town for a time, there are some helpful bits of advice on how to make it less stressful on your feline friends. Explored in this section are such things on dangers to cats within the home and outside and ideas about access to the outside, such as how often you should let your cat out. There is also a section on nutrition and feeding, which goes over how much and what you should feed your cat based on its age or weight. Perhaps the biggest section is the one which goes over the many types of cats--these are broken into shorthair and longhair. There are many pictures of the various types, as well as information on their personalities and temperaments. The final section is about sickness and diseases, from minor to serious, and how to go about treating each one.

What I found most helpful about the book is the broad range of topics about cats. You can think of a common question about your cat, and it is probably answered in this book. There are tons of pictures of cats and their many predicaments included in the book, but this isn't just a "pretty" encyclopedia meant to grab you with its big, cute pictures. There is a ton of information for someone who has never had a cat, and information for someone who has grown up with cats all their life. The cat novice and the cat veteran will probably agree this is an excellent book! A must for any cat lover!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! Nicely written by Alan Edwards. Lots of information. 19 Oct 2007
By Johanna L. Schiffer - Published on
This is a great book about cats. It tells you everything about them, how to take care of them, and how to treat them. If you want to know everything about cats, this is the book to turn to. I bought this book for my cat loving daughter for her birthday. She loved it! She has a black domestic long hair whom she adores. She tried all the things that she learned in the book. She even taught her kitty a few tricks. This is definetly a great book and I also reccomend 'Totally Fun Things To Do With Your Cat' By Maxine Rock and 'Cat Body Language Phrasebook' By Trevor Warner. 'Totally Fun Things To Do With Your Cat' is a very fun book because it shows you how to bring out the activeness and curiousity in a cat, and different fun activities you can do with it. The 'Cat Body Language Phrasebook' is a good book to learn about why your cat does what it does. All three of the books are very good books and I reccomend them all.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book chock full of information 25 Feb 2013
By Carol - Published on
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I used this book to help decide on what kind of kitten I wanted to find. It was very useful and lead me to get the two blue british shorthaired kittens I've named Ivan and Katerina. So much fun and everything I was looking for in kittens!
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4.0 out of 5 stars cat book review 18 Jun 2008
By Effie Y. Nomicos - Published on
a good start to introducing most of the cat breeds. many omitted. the book itself was a bit outdated, b
ut still enjoyable.
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