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Subject: rec.pets.cats: Resources FAQ
This article was archived around: 21 May 2006 04:22:28 GMT
Last-modified: 16 Jul 1999
The latest versions of these FAQ's may be obtained via the Web at
The multiple posted (ASCII) parts of the FAQ are all archived at rtfm.mit.edu
(184.108.40.206) in the directory /pub/usenet/news.answers/cats-faq. These
files will also appear in other sites that mirror the RTFM archives.
Note: Please see the Table of Contents FAQ for a complete list of
Originally written 1991 & updated through 1997 by Cindy Tittle Moore.
Maintained by the Fanciers website as of July 1999.
Electronic Mailing Lists
There is a electronic mailing lists for vets, vet students and people
otherwise involved with the veterinary profession. Send email
inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
There is a feline-l mailing list. To subscribe, send email to
email@example.com with subscribe FELINE-L your name in the body
of the message, where "your name" is your own name, not a login or
email address. This is for general interest in domestic cats.
The cat fanciers mailing list is for those seriously interested in the
breeding and showing of cats. Drop an inquiry to Orca Starbuck at
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the group.
A mailing list for non-domestic cats has been recently created. This
is email@example.com (don't confuse this with feline-l, for
domestic cats). Subscribe by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org
with subscribe FELINES-L your name in the body of the message where
"your name" is your own name, not your login or email address. The
list owner is email@example.com (Tobias Koehler)
This poem is often requested, sometimes indirectly when people ask
"what is a jellicle cat?" This is a portion of T.S. Eliot's poem for
your edification. The entire poem is not quoted due to copyright laws
and space considerations.
THE SONG OF THE JELLICLES
... Jellicle Cats are black and white, Jellicle Cats are rather
Jellicle Cats are merry and bright, And pleasant to hear when they
Jellicle Cats have cheerful faces, Jellicle Cats have bright black
They like to practise their airs and graces And wait for the
Jellicle Moon to rise. ...
--T.S. Eliot "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats"
The "mousies" Poem
Another oft-requested poem.
Love to eat them mousies,
Mousies what I love to eat.
Bite they little heads off...
Nibble on they tiny feet.
-- B. Kliban
Other Cats, Stone Street Press, 1 Stone St., S.1., NY 10304 USA
(212-447-1436). A handmade boxed set of cat poems and stories from all
over the world.
Altman, Roberta. The Quintessential Cat. It's a one-volume
encyclopaedia of cat lore, cat facts, health information, and any
number of things the curious feline cohabitant would want to know.
Bard, E.M.: The Cat IQ Test. Doubleday, 1980. Gives you various ways
to evaluate the intelligence of your cat.
Becker, Suzy: All I Need to Know I Learned from my Cat. Workman
Publishing, c1990. Humorous book, illustrated by the author.
Camuti, Dr. Louis J. All My Patients are Under the Bed, with Marilyn
and Haskel Frankel; Simon and Schuster, NY ISBN 0-671-55450-6.
Entertaining descriptions of a house-call cat veterinarian's
Caras, Roger. Roger Caras' Treasury of Great Cat Stories. Includes
short stories written by many authors, including, Mark Twain, Rudyard
Kipling, Edgar Allan Poe, etc.
Carlson, Delbert G. DVM and James M. Giffin, MD: Cat Owner's Home
Veterinary Handbook. Howell Book House, NY ISBN 0-87605-814-4.
Emergencies, diseases, biology, medications, symptoms. An excellent
home-vet reference for the concerned cat-owner.
Corey, Paul: Do Cats Think?. Castle Publishers, c1977. Deals with cat
communication and learning. Debunks many myths: neutered males do not
become fat and lazy, a well-fed cat is the best hunter, cats can be
trained, and they do give and receive affection.
Dalton, Charlotte. Sparkle's Tidbits of Advice for Cats (and their
owners). c1995, Sparkle Enterprises, 6022 Morning Dew Dr., Austin, TX
78749. ISBN 0-9646162-0-3. A humorous book of cat advice written from
the cat's perspective. Includes tips on grooming, exerciseing, naming
kittens, visiting the vet, staying healthy.
Edney, A.T.B, ed. The Waltham Book of Dog and Cat Nutrition. Second
edition. Pergamon Press, 1988. ISBN: 0-08-035729-6 (flexicover).
Fogle, Bruce. The Cat's Mind. Pelham Books, 1991. ISBN 0-7207-1996-8.
Fox, Michael W. Supercat: Raising the Perfect Feline Companion. Topics
include cat communication, decoding cat behavior, training your cat,
Frazier, Anitra with Norma Ecktroate. The New Natural Cat: A Complete
Guide for Finicky Owners. 1990. Overview of the cat and its habits,
strong holistic approach, good recipies.
Holland, Barbara. Secrets of the Cat. Sensible, sensitive and
Hollander, Nicole. Everything Here is Mine: Sylvia's Unhelpful Guide
to Cat Behavior. A collection of Sylvia comics featuring her cats.
Kliban, B: Cat. Workman Publishing Co., NY, 1975. ISBN 0-911104-54-2.
Kliban had an exceptional understanding of cats, and this cartoon book
is well worth acquiring.
Loeb, Paul and Josephine Banks: You CAN Train Your Cat. A valuable
compendium of information on how to train your cat.
McHattie, Grace. The Cat Lover's Dictionary. Cat owners and lovers
will find everything they need to know to maintain the health and
happiness of their pet. Thoroughly assesses the characteristics of
over 30 breeds, describing ailments and problems and matching cat
types with owner life-styles. Color photos.
Moyes, Patricia: How To Talk To Your Cat. Henry Holt Publishing.
Includes some folklore but also lots of useful information and
suggestions for how to develop a real conversational rapport with your
Mller, Ulrike. The New Cat Handbook, translated from the German Das
Neue Katzenbuch by Rita and Robert Kineber; Barron's Educational
Series, Inc., NY ISBN 0-8120-2922-4. Sections on: choosing a cat; care
& feeding; health; breeding; showing; cat "language" & behavior.
Neff, Nancy A., forward by Roger Caras, paintings by Guy Coheleach.
The Big Cats. Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, 1982. ISBN:
0-8109-0710-0. This is a wonderful book, although it may no longer be
in print, and is probably expensive if it is. It's a collection of
beautiful artwork of big cats, accompanied by scholarly, and
Neville, Peter. Do Cats Need Shrinks?. Contemporary Books. 1991. ISBN
0-8092-3935-3. He is a British pet psychologist to whom vets refer
their problem cases. (American readers should check the glossary at
the back of the book, to help translate terms like "moggy".) He gives
very good explanations of why cats do things, and how to work within
their way of thinking to convince them to do otherwise.
Peden, Barbara Lynn. Dogs & Cats Go Vegetarian. Harbingers of a New
Age, publisher, 12100 Brighton Street, Hayden Lake, ID 83835 USA; Katz
Go Vegan, publisher, Box 161, 7 Battle Road, St. Leonards-on-Sea, East
Sussex, TN37 7AA, UK. ISBN 0-941391-01-6. Discusses the develpment of
Vegecat supplement, a source of taurine derived from petroleum.
Povey, R. Charles. 1985. Infectious diseases of Cats: A clinical
handbook. Centaur Press, Guelph, Ontario C85-098602-8
Robinson, F. Cat Genetics for Breeders. For people seriously
interested in how genetics work in cats.
Siegal, Mordecai, ed. The Cornell Book of Cats (by the faculty and
staff of Cornell Feline Health Center, Cornell University; Villard
Books, New York, 1989). This is an excellent reference book for the
owner who wants detailed medical information. It is more sophisticated
than popular/consumer type books; it is more like a veterinary
textbook, but you don't have to be a vet to understand the material.
Siegal, Mordecai, ed. Simon & Schuster's Guide to Cats. Originally in
Spanish, Arnoldo Mondadori. Fireside Book, Simon & Schuster. 1983,
Stephens, Gloria. Legacy of the Cat (photography by Tetsu Yamazaki,
San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1989, ISBN 0-87701-728-X/0-87701-695
pbk). Dense cat genetics information w/pictures. 37 breeds then
Taylor, David. You and Your Cat. Lots of useful information. A
(slightly incomplete) breed summary complete with color pictures. A
trouble-shooting guide for sick cats.
Tellington-Jones, Linda, with Sybil Taylor. The Tellington TTouch: A
Breakthrough Technique to Train and Care for Your Favorite Animal.
Viking Penguin. 1992. ISBN 0-670-82578-6. Some of what Linda does is
clearly helpful in dealing with problem dogs and cats, but there are
parts of her presentation of her ideas that may turn people off
because they seem to be a little too far out of the mainstream. Good
Thies, Dagmar. Cat Care. TFH Publications, 1989. ISBN 0-86622-776-8.
Thomas, Elizabeth Marshall. The Tribe of the Tiger. This is a great
book for understanding the behavior and culture of cats, and she makes
clear how almost every action of our household darlings is connected
to the big cats in the wild.
Turner, Dennis C. and Paterick Bateson, eds: The Domestic Cat: The
Biology of its Behaviour. Cambridge (UK) University Press, 1988.
Wright, Michael and Sally Walters, eds. The Book of the Cat (New York:
Summit Books (Pan Books, London), 1980, ISBN
0-671-44753-X/0-671-41624-3 pbk). Includes a good discussion of
genetics and cat breeds. Lots of detail, but very accessible, a good
way to get started once you're past the first stage of learning about
White and Evans. The Catopedia. Henson 1986(?).
CATsumer Report, product reviews of food, litter, toys and accessories
and other articles for cat owners. 1 yr. $18 or C$41. Order from Good
Communications, Inc., PO Box 10069, Austin, TX 78766 or call
August, John R., 1989. "Preventative Health Care and Infectious
Disease Control," pp. 391-404 in Sherding, Robert H. (ed) The Cat:
Diseases and Clinical Management, v1. Churchill-Livingstone Inc, NY.
Barlough, JE and CA Stoddart, "Feline Coronaviruses: Interpretation of
Laboratory findings and Serologic Tests." pp. 557-561 in August, J.R.
(ed) 1991. Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine. WB Saunders Co.,
Philadelphia. ISBN 0-7216-2226-7
Booth, Dawn M. "Antiviral Therapy." pp. 577-582 in August, J.R. (ed)
1991. Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine. WB Saunders Co.,
Philadelphia. ISBN 0-7216-2226-7
Burrows, Colin F. 1991. "Diarrhea in kittens and young cats". pp.
415-418 in J.R. August. Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine. WB
Saunders Co., Philadelphia.
Lewis, Ricki. 1988. "The cat's meow (taurine deficiency causes eye and
heart problems)." Health (Ny, NY) 20:18, March 1988. Probably more
popular citation on taurine in cats diets.
Pedersen, N.C. Common Infectious Diseases of Multiple-Cat Environments
pp. 163-288 in Pedersen, Niels C.(ed) 1991. Feline Husbandry: Diseases
and manangement of the multiple cat environment. American Veterinary
Publications, Inc. Goleta, CA. ISBN 0-939674-29-7
Pion, PD; MD Kittleson and QR Rogers. 1987. "Myocardial Failure in
cats associated with low plasma taurine: a reversible cardiomyopathy."
Science 237:764-768. 14 Aug 1987. Note: This one is rather technical.
Stoddart, Cheryl A. and Jeffrey E. Barlough. "Feline Coronaviruses:
Spectrum of Virus Strains and Clinical Manifestations." pp. 551-556 in
August, J.R. (ed) 1991. Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine. WB
Saunders Co., Philadelphia. ISBN 0-7216-2226-7
Weiss, Richard C. "Feline Infectious Peritonitis and other
Coronaviruses." pp. 333-356 in Sherding, Robert G. 1989. The Cat:
Diseases and Clinical Management. Churchill-Livingstone, New York.
Cats, Cats, and More Cats 2 Greycourt Ave, PO Box 560, Chester, NY,
10918 Fast shipping, donates percentage to animal causes.
Cat Claws, Inc. P.O. Box 1774 Des Plaines, IL 60018 Phone:
708-981-1873 FAX: 708-981-0662 Cardboard scratching posts, flea
remedies/combs, toys, cat trees.
Dad's Cat Action Toy Shop c/o SunRae Products P.O. Box 84 Redwood
City, CA 94064. They have what they call a "Cat'alog" and also a Hall
of Fame your cat can join (you receive a newsletter "The CAT-Aerobics
Doctors Foster & Smith 2253 Air Park Road Rhinelander, WI 54501-0100
tel: 800-826-7206 Canine, feline, and equine vaccines, medications,
and grooming preparations. Cat toys, beds, furniture, collars. Most of
the other stuff is for dogs.
Evolution K-9/Feline Vegetarian Dog/Cat Foods Dr. Eric Weisman &
Assoc. 815 S. Robert St. St. Paul, MN 55107 (612) 227-2414 (800)
Master Animal Care Lake Road P.O. Box 3333 Mountaintop, PA 18707-0330
tel: 800-346-0749 For cats and dogs--fold-down cages, cat doors (10
different types), vaccines and syringes (limited selection), lots of
grooming supplies, dog breed books, gift items for people.
Pedigrees 1989 Transit Way Box 905 Brockport, NY 14420-0905 tel:
716-637-1431 This is RC Steele under another name -- no $50 minimum
order requirement & higher prices. Ask for "The Pet Catalog"--this is
stuff for dogs and cats. Cat doors (incl. electromagnetic), beds,
bowls, collars, toys. Stuff for people, too: sweaters, T-shirts, gift
RC Steele 1989 Transit Way Box 910 Brockport, NY 14420-0910 tel:
800-872-3773 orders 800-872-4506 customer service Lots of discount
items. Minimum $50 order. Watch out for shipping costs on oversize
A Tale of Two Kitties 11054 Ventura Blvd., Suite 133 Studio City, CA
91604 tel: 818-509-2924 Novelty cat items: cups, statuettes, cards,
Vet Express 655 Washington P.O. Box 1168 Rhinelander, WI 54501 tel:
800-458-7656 Widest selection of canine, feline, and equine vaccines,
medications, and grooming preparations. Serious stuff.