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Check It Out: These guides to felines are cat's meow

July 05, 2012|By Tamara Henn

Dogs may be man's best friend but cats are still the most popular pet in the United States.

Felines are elegant, affectionate companions that are ideal for people who lead busy lives. Cats are equally content living in an apartment or a house, and they even wash themselves. No wonder so many of us are enamored with these charming creatures.

The Newport Beach Public Library has recently acquired several excellent cat care guides. If a kitten or cat is in your future, or you just want to read up on current feline health care advice, take a look at these new releases:

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"Cat Calls: Wonderful Stories and Practical Advice from a Veteran Cat Sitter" by Jeanne Adlon and Susan Logan: Legendary New York City cat sitter, Jeanne Adlon, and "Cat Fancy" editor, Susan Logan, share savvy cat care tips along with amusing anecdotes in this entertaining memoir. Topics range from what to feed a finicky feline to how to handle pesky behavior problems. Jim Davis, the creator of "Garfield," wrote the foreword.

"Complete Cat Care: What Every Cat Owner Needs to Know" by Bruce Fogle: Veterinarian Bruce Fogle teaches readers how to understand, nurture, and socialize their feline companions. The chapter on training provides step-by-step instructions on getting a cat to sit, come when called, walk on a harness, and use a scratching post. This book also gives detailed medical information, including a section on diagnosing and treating elderly cats.

"The Cat Selector: How to Choose the Right Cat for You" by David Alderton: Do you have your heart set on getting a purebred cat? Different breeds of felines vary widely in temperament, health, appearance, grooming requirements, and intelligence. Find your perfect cat with the help of this informative resource which profiles 120 breeds and even includes handy selector charts.

"The Complete Cat's Meow: Everything You Need to Know about Caring for Your Cat" by Darlene Arden: No matter how much or how little you may think you already know about cats, you're bound to learn something new in this comprehensive guide. Discover the latest research and recommendations for felines at every stage of life, from newborn kittens to geriatric cats. As an added bonus, there's a chapter on how to put together a kitty 'layette' before you bring your furry bundle of joy home.

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