Recommended Reading in Cat Nutrition
Last Updated on Saturday, August 20, 2016 07:00 PM
Published on Monday, September 28, 2009 01:17 PM
Written by Margaret Gates
By Elizabeth M. Hodgkins, DVM
Dedicated veterinarian Elizabeth Hodgkins, DVM, raises the alarm regarding the serious flaws in the commercial diets we feed our cats and the nutritional diseases that result. She also explains everything cat owners need to know including rearing kittens, the adult cat's middle years, and how to care for the geriatric cat. The very latest treatment options for cat diseases are explained, and sections on litter box problems; parasites; obesity; feline diabetes
; how to read a pet food label; and many more important issues are included. From the novice to the experienced owner, this is a great resource for all cat enthusiasts.
By Michelle T. Bernard
Michelle Bernard has a rare gift for putting in plain words extraordinarily effective and levelheaded ways to properly care for cats. Steering clear of faddish, dangerous trends and dissecting the oodles of misinformation that has regrettably become the norm in mainstream advice on animal nutrition, she shines most conspicuously on the issue of a proper feline diet. By giving the reader a common-sense, straightforward strategy for preparing a diet that is based solely on the nutritional requirements of true carnivores, her book is a must-have for anyone committed to building and maintaining glowing good health for cats.
By Ann N. Martin
Ann Martin has been investigating the multi-billion dollar commercial pet food industry since 1990. In this new and revised edition, Ms. Martin continues her expose of the unsavory ingredients used in many commercial pet foods — including euthanized cats and dogs. She also documents the ongoing animal experimentation funded by many major pet food companies in the name of nutritious pet food.
By Michael W. Fox, B. Vet Med., Ph
.D., D.Sc., M.R.C.V.S., Elizabeth Hodgkins, D.V.M., and Marion E. Smart, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Three veterinarians share their expertise to provide an in-depth appraisal of the pet food industry and what people are feeding to their cats and dogs. This book highlights the dangers of modern pet food — how it is unbalanced, creates addiction and often contains ingredients that can poison your pet. It destroys the myths propounded by pet food companies that human food is "bad" for pets, and that natural food diets are unsafe.
By Kymythy R. Schultze, C.N., C.N.C.
Kymythy's popular species-appropriate diet for cats has already improved the lives of thousands of feline friends and is endorsed by veterinarians worldwide. A comprehensive yet easy-to-understand work, Kymythy exposes the pitfalls of the pet food industry and shares her extensive knowledge of proper nutrition so that your cat can live a long, healthy, and happy life. She is a Clinical Nutritionist (C.N.) and a Certified Nutritional Consultant (C.N.C.).
By Tracie Hotchner
Facts about every aspect of caring for and sharing your life with a cat; ranging from proper nutrition and strange behavior, to medical care and multi-cat households. Tracie tackles controversial subjects such as the truth about commercial dry pet foods and their danger. She offers straightforward solutions to the problems that cause people to give up their cats, many of which are avoidable, including litter box avoidance, scratching furniture and physical ailments. Tracie is the host of Cat Chat™, the live, weekly call-in radio show on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius satellite.
By Desmond Morris
Growing up in the English countryside, Desmond Morris remembers having spent many hours lying in the grass watching the farm cats as they stalked their prey. As a zoologist, he has had in his care most members of the cat family, from tigers to jaguars. This book examines both cat behavior and the way in which humans and cats interact, and answers a vast array of questions on why cats do exactly what they do. Desmond Morris is the author of The Naked Ape, and also Dogwatching and Horsewatching.
Additional Reading About Cats
By Paul Gallico
This book belongs on every cat lover's bookshelf. It is a wonderful, if somewhat dated, book by Paul Gallico (Thomasina, The Snow Goose) published in 1964. It is a manual for cats, purportedly typed by a precocious cat, and translated from the feline. It is utterly charming! Paul Gallico shows his keen observance of and love for cats throughout. It is out of print, but good used copies are available. Be sure to get the edition that has photographs by Gallico's wife, Suzanne Szasz. A good book for all ages; I first read it at 6 years old, and return to it every few years.
The Cats' House
By Bob Walker
The Cats' House is a tour of the ultimate cat-friendly home. It tells how a simple plan to build a room divider transformed a typical home into a playful feline jungle gym: 110 feet of brightly colored aerial walkways, spiral staircases, floor to ceiling scratching posts and creative peepholes. Colorfully illustrated, it is an inspiration for those that dream of making their home more cat-friendly. Now, where's that hammer…
Margaret Gates is the founder the Feline Nutrition Foundation.
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