Proper care takes time, money, and a lifetime commitment. Whether you are newly kitten smitten or a seasoned feline aficionado, Cats for the GENIUS shows you how to build the foundation of a long, healthy, happy relationship between you and your cat.
Cats for the GENIUS is written with clever wit and in an easy-to-read conversational style common to books in the For the GENIUS series. It is your comprehensive owner’s guide to everything feline.
Cats as a species are surrounded by myth, misinformation, and misunderstanding, causing so many to be relinquished to shelters. With humans, miscommunication is often behind misunderstandings in relationships. Communication is no less important in our relationships with our cats. Usually, the miscommunication involves a perfectly normal feline behavior that may be innate, instinctual, a sign of stress, or a medical condition that a person finds unacceptable in the home environment—weakening the human-animal bond or completely rupturing it. Ramona D. Marek shows us how to understand what our cats are trying to tell us.
An air of mystery cloaks cats but Cats for the GENIUS helps solve some of the mystery from the beginning. The Introduction discusses feline domestication, where and when it began, and whose idea it was in the first place. The book is divided into four progressive parts of eighteen chapters which can easily be read individually and out of order.
Part 1, Selecting a Cat, focuses on the responsibilities of having a cat, picking a compatible feline personality, preparing your home for a new cat, and making proper introductions to other pets and family members.
Part 2, Life with Your Cat, delves into feline nutrition, reading and understanding cat food labels, verbal and nonverbal feline communication, and basic care and grooming of your cat.
Part 3, Keeping Your Cat Healthy, covers how to choose a veterinarian, important vaccinations for your cat, common feline diseases, and fascinating feline anatomy.
Finally, Part 4, Partings, is about the ways we part company with our cats, life expectancy, and the difficult end-of-life decisions we must make.
Sprinkled in each chapter are a variety of sidebars with tidbits of extra information.