Cat books

So far I’ve read the following books. First I’ll start with the books that I recommend:

How to Speak Cat: The Essential Primer of Cat Language by Alexandra Sellers–This is the most interesting book about pets I’ve read so far. It talks about communicating with cats in their own language–CAT. I’ve tried a little bit on Nemo and, believe it or not, it worked! He actually understood me! You can see the whole story from my post on Jan 21st. Some chapters may be a little too complex but it is an interesting read nonetheless. I don’t recommend buying this book right off the bat, though. If you are interested in this topic, it’s best that you check it out from your local library first.

Think Like a Cat : How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat–Not a Sour Puss by Pam Johnson-Bennett–This is a good book for beginners like me. It talks about basic cat behaviors and common cat problems. It helps you understand why your cats do certain things and what to do about it. This is the first book I bought. I use many techniques mentioned in the book on Nemo. I found that the playtime techniques in the book work especially well. Most of us know how to play with a dog but playing with a cat is a completely different story. This book tells you about cat instincts and how to get your cat to play. I don’t know if Nemo was a good cat to begin with, or these techniques really work. Nemo turned from a couch potato to a playtime maniac in just a few days. He has never caused us any trouble in the house.

Veterinarians Guide to Natural Remedies for Cats by Martin ZuckerThis book covers a lot of information for a cat owner–from feeding to supplements to treatments for common cat health issues. It also contains information about homeopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic care, massage, and herbal medicine. You don’t have to be a holistic “freak” to appreciate the advices. What I like the most about this book is that it provides simple solutions for small health issues we cat owners face on a daily basis. Issues such as diarrhea, vomiting, insect bites, and food allergies, can be treated with simple ingredients we have handy at home. Last time Nemo had minor constipation, I followed the advice in the book and gave him just a little bit of cow milk (probably less than 1 teaspoon). It solved his problem in 10 minutes!

Good owners, great cats by Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson– This is a good book to have. It covers from choosing a kitten to saying good bye to a dying cat. It also includes information that’s not in many other books, e.g. finding your lost cat and choosing a veterinarian. The part that attracts me the most is how to train a cat. I followed the techniques in the book. Averagely it takes about just half an hour to an hour (split into several sessions) to teach Nemo a command.

Raising Cats Naturally by Michelle T. Bernard– I have not read this book but it is highly recommended by many raw feeders, including Busbee’s mom. I have done a lot of research on raw food diet before switching Nemo to raw. This book is constantly being mentioned. Here’s what Busbee’s mom said about this book: “I’ve learned so much through Michelle Bernard’s book about nutrition and what sort of supplements my cats need added to their diets and so on. She tells exactly why the supplement is needed and tells about cats’ inability to produce or process these certain things. It’s really fascinating.” I will buy this book and post my own opinion on it soon.

Following are the books I checked out from the library since I adopted Nemo. I wouldn’t particularly recommend them but I believe the more you read the better you are equipped to handle different situations:

What your cat is trying to tell you : a head-to-tail guide to your cat’s symptoms–and their solutions by Stephanie Pedersen–This book is written by a veterinarian. It covers behavioural problems and health issues. It is a good reference book if you don’t have a similar one at home already.

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