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Tender Loving Cat Care.

Dr. Kritsick's book, Tender Loving Cat

Dr. Kritsick's book, Tender Loving Cat Care, is typically a veterinarian's approach concentrating on the need for periodic medical examinations, feeding and nutrition, and dealing with illness.

The author stresses the urgency of keeping the animal well hydrated. If not, the pet will resort to toilet bowl water, cesspools, or other sources that can be either contaminated or tainted with chemicals.

Although the cat has a substantial need for protein, many feline illnesses are the result of too much protein. He warns against feeding cats dog food because the latter does not contain taurine, an amino acid essential to survival of cats.

Dr. Kritsick emphasizes the need for frequent feedings of an infant kitten. "Until it is two months old," he explains, "a kitten should be fed three to four times a day; this will prevent the onset of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), a potentially life-threatening condition." In cold weather, an adult outdoor cat will require more food in order to maintain body temperature.

Milk may cause diarrhea, Dr. Kritsick warns. The idea of a saucer of milk has always been considered a "must" for cats but is not scientifically true. Remember, also, that leaving food out for consumption later entails the same hazards that confront humans. Spoilage, contamination, and evaporation can affect the food.

Another essential nutrient, the vitamin biotin, can be destroyed by feeding the cat white of egg.

Cats display an almost obsessive concern with their appearance by their constant grooming. Actually, it is instinctive and serves to preserve the coat of fur so essential to the creature's well-being. Cats hate bathing, Dr. Kritsick notes, so remember that forcing it into a bath can be traumatic. By all means, avoid getting the animal's head wet. Do not use a spray because the sound might terrify the cat.

The purring of a cat or kitten isn't always a sign of contentment, the author explains. They have been known to purr when in pain.

The value of books such as these can be judged by their abundance of helpful hints in dealing with a creature that is essentially a wild animal but has managed to accommodate itself to a human society. In doing so, cats have become vulnerable to many ailments characteristic of our modern species.
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