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Culture Clash
Jean Donaldson

The Culture Clash is special. Written in Jean Donaldson's inimitably informal yet precise lecture style, the book races along on par with a good thriller. The Culture Clash depicts dogs as they really are - stripped of their Hollywood fluff, with their loveable 'can I eat it, chew it, urinate on it, what's in it for me' philosophy. Ms. Donaldson's tremendous affection for dogs shines through at all times, as does her keen insight into the dog's mind. Relentlessly she champions the dog's point of view, always showing concern for their education and well being.

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Housecat :
How to Keep Your Indoor Cat Sane and Sound

Christine Church

Almost 70 percent of cat owners keep their cats indoors all the time. This is the most complete guide to creating a safe, healthy, stimulating world for your cats written specifically for indoor-only cats. Its all here, from how to recognize and alleviate stress to a rundown of every type of litter on the market to how to get cat hair off your couch. Christine Church writes for in such magazines as Cat Country, Dog Fancy, Paw Printz, I Love Cats and Cats. She is also a regular columnist for Just Cats! and was awarded a Muse Medallion from the Cat Writers Association.

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The Purina Encyclopedia of Cat Care
Amy Shojai

Usually they just sleep, eat, and chase crumpled wads of paper around like they're possessed, but when your kitty starts vomiting or biting her skin till she bleeds, it's helpful to get some answers. Amy Shojai, a veterinary technician for 20 years, has compiled an encyclopedia that provides A-to-Z guidance to cat care and cat behavior.

From Abscess to Zoonosis, Shojai discusses diseases and abnormal conditions as well as perfectly healthy behaviors like play-fighting, kneading, and the Flehman reaction. Shojai explains cat-grooming needs, provides information on the neutering process, describes why cats navigate so well, and explores the situations likely to cause your cat stress, the symptoms associated with stress, and how best to address said stress, once you've identified it.

There's also a useful appendix introducing cat breeds and associations, and another appendix of symptoms with their associated diseases and conditions, so you can read up on the physical and character traits of the Abyssinian, Bengal, and Maine Coon, or determine that coughing could be a sign of heartworms, worms, or pneumonia. With extra pages listing animal welfare foundations, pet services, and veterinary resources, plus 41 color photographs illustrating popular cat breeds, Shojai's encyclopedia is accurate, easy to use, and a great resource on all things feline. --Stephanie Gold

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The Dog Who
Loved Too Much

Nicholas H.

What do you do with a dog who attacks the telephone whenever it rings? Or one who chases imaginary rabbits down imaginary holes? Or one who is terrified of microblinds...or turns into Cujo every time company arrives?

In this warm, compassionate, entertaining, and very informative book, Dr. Nicholas Dodman, one of the premier veterinary behaviorists in the country, tells real-life stories from his practice that illustrate his unique approach to correcting unwanted behaviors. By making key changes in a dog's diet, exercise regime, environment, and training, Dr. Dodman has been able to work wonders with even the most difficult problems. Utilizing revolutionary discoveries in canine behaviorism and pharmacology, Dr. Dodman has given hope and help to owners whose only previous options were obedience schools, or if these failed--euthanasia. Whether you own a problem dog or just want to better understand the complex, intelligent mind of your canine companion, this is a book you won't want to miss.

© 1996-2001,, Inc. or its affiliates


The Cat Who
Cried for Help

Nicholas Dodman

Dr. Nicholas Dodman, professor of behavioral pharmacology at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and director of the Behavior Clinic, turns his attention to our feline friends and their mysterious minds in The Cat Who Cried for Help. Similar to Dodman's discussion of dog behavioral problems in his popular first book, The Dog Who Loved Too Much, The Cat Who Cried for Help examines aggravating cat habits and undesirable behavior, and shows how modifications in such areas as diet, exercise, and environment cause remarkable improvements in the majority of problem cats.

Divided into three sections, Dodman first tackles aggressive behavior, followed by emotional behavior, and compulsive cats. With examples from his own practice, Dodman intelligently communicates symptoms, treatment options, and helpful tips for prevention. Vital to his treatment is maintaining the cat's dignified and independent nature, an objective sure to please those cat owners irritated by certain kitty traits but concerned first and foremost for the health and well-being of their cats.

Praised by author Elizabeth Marshall Thomas as "a thoughtful and creative approach to changing detrimental behavior," The Cat Who Cried for Help is perfect for cat owners interested in better understanding their fascinating feline.

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Dogs For

Gina Spadafori

You'll want to send Rover out to fetch a copy of Dogs For Dummies, the doggy book that answers just about any question you may ever have about your canine companion. What? Rover doesn't know how to fetch? Not to worry. Just turn to Chapter 20 to find everything that you (and Rover) need to know.

In Dogs For Dummies, award-winning syndicated pet care columnist (and host of the Pet Care Forum on AOL) Gina Spadafori offers sage advice about everything from housetraining and veterinary care to grooming techniques, basic training, and silly things you can teach your dog. With this handy reference as your guide, you find all the information you need to find and care for healthy puppies or adult dogs.

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Cats For

Gina Spadafori,
Dr. Paul D. Pion

Few creatures seem more inscrutable than the common, domesticated cat. Fortunately, with Cats For Dummies™ you'll finally have insight into everything from cat behavior (both good and bad) to what distinguishes each of the feline breeds. In this thorough, easy-to-understand guide, award-winning pet care columnist Gina Spadafori and world-renowned veterinary cardiologist Paul D. Pion, DVM, DACVIM reveal everything you need to know about topics such as: Choosing the kitten or cat who's right for you; Choosing a good feline companion for your cat (and whether you should choose one at all); Dealing with problem behaviors like furniture clawing, spraying, and avoiding the litter box; Understanding what your cat is trying to tell you; Safeguarding your cat from poisonous houseplants and other dangers; Selecting irresistible cat toys; Controlling fleas and ticks; Grooming; Traveling with your cat and finding a good pet sitter; Surfing the World Wide Web for fun, useful sites all about cats.

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