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'The Cat,' Edited by Dr. Susan Little


I found it – what all cat lovers need.

There are cat lovers, who adore their cats. Then, there are cat lovers who want to know everything….and professionals (veterinarians, veterinary technicians) who need to know everything, and for cat breeders as well. This is the best resource to come along in 9-lives:

It’s a new 1,398 page (I’m thinking it’s pretty comprehensive) book called “The Cat: Clinical Medicine and Management,” edited by Dr. Susan Little. 

You apparently can herd cats (or at least cat people), Little lassoed 68 of the greatest cat experts on the planet, many speak at conferences around the world, and leaders in their specific area of interest, to contribute to the book.

I can’t list all 68 of the experts here. I’ve offered a pawful of examples. These are some of the section editors:

  • Joe Bartges, BS, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVN professor of Medicine and Nutrition Acree Endowed Chair of Small Animal Research Staff Internist and Nutritionist Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
  • Brenda Griffin, DVM, MS, DACVIM, adjunct associate professor Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida, Gainesville; Melissa Kennedy, DVM, PhD, DACVM, associate professor Director of Clinical Virology Department of Biomedical and Diagnostic Services at the College of Veterinary Medicine University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
  • Leslie Lyons, PhD professor Department of Population Health and Reproduction School of Veterinary Medicine University of California, Davis.
  • Margie Scherk, DVM, DAVP (feline), editor Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery; CatsINK, Vancouver BC. Canada.
  • Kersti Seksel BVSc (Hons), MRCVS,MS (hons), FACVSc, DACVB, CMAVA, DECVBM-CA  Registered Veterinary Specialist Behavioural Medicine Adjunct Senior Lecturer Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia.

This book covers (quite comprehensively) recent advances in feline medicine, including behavior, Even touched on are shelter cats and the issues surrounding over-population. And lots of cool pictures (which helps to demonstrate what the scientists are talking about).

To offer an idea of just how comprehensive this book, here are just some of the chapter headings:

  • Understanding the Cat,  Feline-Friendly Handling
  • Kitten Development
  • Behavioral Therapeutics
  • Nutrition for Normal Cats
  • Nutritional Disorders
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Dental and Oral Diseases
  • Dermatology
  • Hematology and Immune-Related Disorders
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Senior Cats: Special Considerations
  • Zoonotic Disease and Prevention of Transmission

Over the years, I’ve participated in many projects, and contributed to many books and papers – being a very small part of this very large book has indeed been a true honor (I contributed to the section of kitten socialization classes).

Little lectures about feline health around the world, she is a feline specialist in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Little is the past president of the Winn Feline Foundation.

I bet if all the mice on earth read this book, they’d know enough to escape.

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