Cat Its Behavior, Nutrition and Health

ISBN-10: 0813803314

ISBN-13: 9780813803319

Edition: 2002

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This text provides pet owners, undergraduate students and pet professionals with a complete guide to four topical areas that are of interest. These are: the history of the human-cat relationship; behaviour of the domestic cat; feline nutrition; and feline health and disease.
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Book details

List price: $99.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/20/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 408
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Knowing the Cat within the Companion
Felis silvestris to Felis catus: Domestication
Phylogeny (Evolutionary History)
Taxonomy (Present-Day Classification)
Domestication
In the Beginning: Ancient Egyptians Meet the African Wildcat (Felis silvestris)
From Wildcat to Pussycat: Changes due to Domestication
Conclusions
Cited References
Selective Breeding: Cat Breeds from the Everyday to the Unusual
Natural Selection: The Cat on Its Own
Selective Breeding: The Emergence of Unusual Coat Types and Colors
Purebreds and the Origins of Organized Shows
Associations
Shorthair Breeds
Longhair Breeds
Rex Cats
Spotted Cats
Unusual Breeds
Conclusions
Cited References
The Cat's Perception of the World: Structure, Movement, and Special Senses
Structure
Movement and Balance
Special Senses
Recognizing the Normal Cat
Conclusions
Cited References
Reproduction and Breeding Management
Reproductive Anatomy of the Queen
Reproductive Anatomy of the Male
Estrous Cycle
Breeding Management
Gestation
Care of Newborns
Caring for Orphans
Conclusions
Cited References
Genetics: Why All Cats Are Tabbies
Basic Genetic Principles
Inheritance of Coat Color and Type in the Domestic Cat
Selection of Breeding Animals
Types of Breeding Systems
Genetically Influenced Disorders
Conclusions
Cited References
The Human-Cat Relationship: Benefits and Responsibilities
The Diversity of Human-Cat Relationships
The Human Side of the Bond
The Cat Side of the Bond
Benefits of Living with Cats
Bonds That Fail: Stray Cats, Feral Cats, and Cats in Shelters
Cited References
References and Recommended Reading
Behavior: Understanding the Domestic Cat
Developmental Behavior: From Kitten to Adult
Neonatal Behavior
Sensitive Period of Socialization in Kittens
The Mother-Kitten Relationship
Play Behavior in Kittens
Development of Predatory Behavior in Kittens
Conclusions
Cited References
Social Life: Communication Patterns, Social Relationships, and Territoriality
Communication in the Domestic Cat
Social Behavior
Territorial Nature
Predation
Breed Differences in Behavior
Conclusions
Cited References
How Cats Learn (or Learning to Train a Cat!)
Habituation and Sensitization
Classical Conditioning
Operant Conditioning (Instrumental Learning)
Observational (Social) Learning
Behavior Modification Techniques
Influences on Learning
Conclusions
Cited References
The Misbehaving Cat: Behavior Problems and Solutions
Identification and Diagnosis: Obtaining a Behavioral History
Elimination Problems
Problem Aggression
Miscellaneous Behavior Problems
Pharmacotherapy for Behavior Problems
Conclusions
Cited References
References and Recommended Reading
Health and Disease: Keeping Cats Healthy and Happy
Viral Diseases
Viruses
Feline Upper Respiratory Disease (Viral Causes)
Panleukopenia
Feline Leukemia Virus
Feline Coronavirus
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
Rabies
Conclusions
Cited References
Bacterial, Fungal, and Protozoan Diseases
Bacteria, Chlamydia, and Rickettsia
Fungal Infections
Protozoan Diseases
Conclusion
Cited References
Vaccination Guidelines
Types of Immunity
Vaccine Selection and Administration
Adverse Reactions to Vaccination
Vaccination Schedules and Guidelines
Conclusions
Cited References
Internal Parasites
Roundworms (Ascarids)
Hookworms
Tapeworms (Cestodes)
Liver Flukes
Lungworms
Heartworms
Conclusions
Cited References
External Parasites
Fleas
Ear Mites: Otodectes cynotis
Mange Mites, Walking Dandruff (Cheyletiellosis), and Lice
Conclusions
Cited References
First-Aid Procedures
Preparing a First-Aid Kit
Immediate Procedures and Restraint
Cardiac and Respiratory Arrest
Shock
Bleeding
High-Rise Syndrome
Choking
Heatstroke
Burns
Insect Stings and Spider Bites
Poisoning
Conclusions
Cited References
References and Recommended Reading
Nutrition: Feeding Cats for Health and Longevity
The Cat as an Obligate Carnivore: Nutrient Requirements
Nutritional Uniqueness
Essential and Nonessential Nutrients
Energy
Water
Carbohydrates
Fat
Protein
Vitamins
Minerals
Digestion and Absorption
Conclusions
Cited References
Providing a Healthy Diet: Cat Food Selection and Evaluation
Types of Commercial Cat Food
Characteristics of an Optimal Diet
Evaluation and Selection of an Appropriate Cat Food
Conclusions
Cited References
Feeding Management throughout the Life Cycle
Feeding Behavior
Feeding Regimens
What to Feed (Overview)
How Much to Feed
Feeding during Growth
Feeding for Adult Maintenance
Feeding during Gestation and Lactation
Weaning Kittens
Feeding Geriatric Cats
General Feeding Guidelines
Conclusions
Cited References
Nutritionally Responsive Diseases
Obesity
Diabetes Mellitus
Chronic Kidney Disease
Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease
Food Hypersensitivity (Allergy)
Hepatic Lipidosis
Conclusions
Cited References
References and Recommended Reading
Glossary
Index
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