Synopses & Reviews
The Cat Fanciers' Association Complete Cat Book
provides both breeders and pet owners with an easy, authoritative, and engaging reference book on their beloved pet. Written by the associates of the CFA -- consummate experts in their field -- and edited by Mordecai Siegal, this compendium offers a thoroughly instructive and wholly entertaining resource by providing all the information necessary for knowing everything about the feline.
All forty-one breeds officially recognized by the CFA are here; detailed descriptions and official standards outline their history, physical features, and personality, and include show grooming requirements and special handling tips, whether you're at home or in the ring. In addition, you'll find a lively illustrated history of the CFA, the world's largest and most prestigious registry of pedigreed cats.
The book also includes a home veterinary guide as well as in-depth information on cat selection, grooming, behavior, and other essential topics. A major section is devoted to feline nutrition, as energy and nutrition requirements vary during the different stages of a cat's life. CFA veterinary experts offer advice from choosing the right cat food to keeping your beloved feline healthy and fit.
The Cat Fanciers' Association Complete Cat Book promises to become the standard reference in every cat lover's home.
"Siegal, the author of dozens of books about animals, including The Cornell Book of Cats and Davis Book of Dogs, teams up with members of the Cat Fancier's Association to produce this authoritative reference on Felis silvestris domesticus. The bulk of the volume consists of a guide to the 41 recognized breeds and, as such, is sure to land on the shelves of the association's members and other serious cat lovers-those who might, for instance, want to bone up on the scoring system for their Javanese or reread the cat show standard for their tailless Manx. But those who just love their plain old non-pedigreed tabby will also find the sections on breeds fascinating. After reading about the devoted, intelligent Ocicat-who happens to look like a mini cheetah-it's hard to imagine anyone not wanting one. Some sections anthropomorphize their subjects needlessly ('Ragdolls are considerate of their humans' busy schedules, so they bathe and groom their moderately long, silky coats by themselves'), but they're all highly informative and well written. People looking for their first cat will do well to read the section about choosing the right one (again, the emphasis here is on pedigreed animals), as well as the section on New Kitten Basics. The chapters on feline nutrition and basic health care, penned by veterinarians, are also an excellent resource for cat lovers of all stripes." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"The CFA Complete Cat Book" is a complete reference on felines, providing both cat fanciers and general cat owners an easy, authoritative and engaging book on the animal they love. 59 photos. 16-page color insert.
About the Author
Mordecai Siegal is the author of more than thirty pet books, including the best-selling Cornell Book of Cats, the UC Davis Book of Dogs, and the UC Davis Book of Horses. He has written monthly pet columns for House Beautiful, Good Housekeeping, and the CFA Almanac. Mr. Siegal has had a caller-interview radio show, Vets and Pets, on WNYC. He is a founding member of the Cat Writers' Association and president emeritus of the Dog Writers' Association of America. Mr. Siegal resides in New York City.