The issue of congenital problems in popular breeds of dogs and cats is now much more public than a decade ago, yet brachycephalic breeds of dog, hairless cats and munchkin cats continue to grow in popularity. Often prospective pet owners don't know the health implications of the pet they are buying and vets may not be comfortable criticising the client's selection of a new puppy once it has been acquired. The purpose of Picking a Pedigree is to raise public awareness of what constitutes a healthy puppy or kitten, to inform what the medical implications of inherited features are and describe the human-influenced breeding practices that have created manufactured problems for the sake of appearance and arbitrary breed standards. The aim is to provide an informative and positive resource so that prospective pet owners have the science-based information they need to make an informed choice on selecting a new family member. Choosing a pet with inherited defects can cost thousands in vet bills and anguish for family members and creates a relinquishment problem for animal shelters taking in abandoned pets with health problems. The contents guide the reader through the evolutionary background of dogs and cats, a discussion of what pedigree means, followed by chapters describing the typical inherited diseases and deformities attributed to certain breeds such as breathing problems, excessive hair, heart disease, skin problems and back problems. The book concludes with advice about how to buy a healthy puppy or kitten, how to find a good breeder and what tools there are to help people make a selection that is suitable for them. Picking a Pedigree is a book that all responsible prospective pet owners should read before making a decision on acquiring a new puppy or kitten.
Using stories, photographs, facts, and analogies from their years of experience working with tigers, two top animal behaviorists give step-by-step instructions for developing a happy, natural relationship with domestic cats. This complete guide covers play, training, bathing, and much more.
Who knows what's going through your cat's mind when he does the things he does? Why does he dart from room to room for no real reason? Why does he hiss at empty spaces? And where does he go when he disappears for days on end? Cats are curious creatures, but with The Secret Life of your Cat you'll soon be able to decipher his actions and gain a greater understanding of his world. Written by the most popular cat author in the UK, Vicky Halls' affable and insightful prose analyses every situation and reveals your cat's inner-most thoughts, unveiling the mysteries of his behaviour and helping to build a better bond between you and your pet. Fully-illustrated throughout, with in-depth explanations for all feline habits and a quick-reference section allowing you to quickly locate any issues, The Secret Life of your Cat ensures that you'll no longer be bemused by his peculiar antics.