Your Cat: Simple New Secrets to a Longer, Stronger Life

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Macmillan, Jun 26, 2007 - Pets - 283 pages
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"Dr. Hodgkins's discussions are provocative, and disturbing, and the problems they identify will not be easy to rectify quickly. Nonetheless, they are long overdue."
---Alice Villalobos, president of the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians and Director of the Animal Oncology Consultation Service, Woodland Hills (Torrance, CA) and Pawspice Care Clinic (Norwalk, CA)
 
In this controversial new book, dedicated veterinarian Elizabeth M. Hodgkins, D.V.M., Esq., raises the alarm regarding the serious flaws in the commercial diets we feed our cats and the nutritional diseases that result. Your Cat turns today's conventional wisdom of cat care on its head with completely new yet remarkably easy-to-follow guidelines for every cat owner.
 
Features include:
 
The real problem with pet foodsParasites, vaccines, and litter-box trainingObesity and feline diabetesPreventative nutrition for the older catThe ten great myths of cat care
From kitten-rearing to the adult cat's middle years to caring for the geriatric cat, Dr. Hodgkins explores the full spectrum of proper cat care, as well as rampant deadly feline diseases like hyperthyroidism, asthma, skin allergies, and gum disease. She provides an explanation of the origin and thorough discussion of the very latest treatments. Illuminated by brief case histories from illness to health, this indispensable manual is one book that every modern cat owner must have on their shelf.
  

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Review: Your Cat: Simple New Secrets to a Longer, Stronger Life

User Review  - Nona Williams - Goodreads

Several years ago my cat's health was failing. The veterinary treatment didn't seem to be helping, so I searched the internet for information about the causes and solutions for his illness and Dr ... Read full review

Review: Your Cat: Simple New Secrets to a Longer, Stronger Life

User Review  - Alyssa Fae - Goodreads

I think this is an amazing book for cat lovers. While the later chapters become a little tedious due to their medical nature the overall message of the book is clear. I'm glad I found this book and my ... Read full review

Contents

Myth
7
The Life of Todays Cats
11
Chapter 3 The Real Problem with Commercial Pet Foods
21
PART 2
29
What to Feed What to Feed?
37
Does Your Kitten Have Parasites?
47
Can My Kitten Get a Cold or the Flu?
57
FIPAn Enigma Wrapped in a Riddle
67
Feline DiabetesA Manmade Killer
143
Hepatic Lipidosis and PancreatitisMore Dietary Diseases
161
Feline Bladder ProblemsNever Again
167
Inflammatory Bowel DiseaseDisease of the Decade
177
Feeding Raw Meat to Your CatIs It Safe and Sensible?
181
Your Cat Has AllergiesWhat Now?
189
Cancer in CatsAn Ounce of Prevention Is a Pound of Cure
201
PART 4
205

Which Vaccines and When?
73
LitterBox Training for Perfect Habits
77
Should I Spay or Neuter My Kitten?
83
Help My Kitten Is Clawing the Furniture
87
Toys and TreatsSpoil Your Kitten in a Good Way
91
What If Your Kitten Becomes Sick or Injured?
97
I Found an Orphaned KittenWhat Do I Do Now?
103
PART 3
106
The Glorious Years of Young Adulthood
107
Your Cats an AdultWhat to Feed Now?
109
The Annual Health CheckupDos and Donts
115
Feline Dental HealthYour Cat Can Keep Those Pearly Whites
123
ObesityThe Silent Epidemic
127
The Older Cat and Preventive Nutrition
207
Kidney DiseaseA Modern Approach to an Old Enemy
211
HyperthyroidismKeys to Early Diagnosis and Treatment
229
Heart Disease and the CatKnow It When You See It
241
Vaccines for the SeniorA New Perspective
245
Arthritis in CatsMaking the Pain Go Away
247
Pets Are Living Longer Today Because of Commercial Pet Food
253
All Cats Should Be Vaccinated Every Year
259
Food Analyses
267
Protocol for Success in Managing Feline Diabetes
271
Index
277
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About the author (2007)

Elizabeth M. Hodgkins, D.V.M., Esq., has been a veterinarian since 1977. She currently owns and runs her cats-only veterinary practice, All About Cats Health and Wellness Center, in Yorba Linda, California. Dr. Hodgkins graduated from the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and went on to serve as the director of technical affairs at the largest proprietary pet-food manufacturer in the world. During this time, she developed the passion for veterinary nutrition that drove her later investigations into this subject, particularly the management of feline obesity and diabetes.
 
In 2001, Dr. Hodgkins was awarded a U.S. and international patent for a novel and highly successful approach to managing feline diabetes that has effected long-term remission in well over 80 percent of her diabetic patients. She is also a breeder of internationally award-winning Occicats and exhibits her purebred cats across the U.S. Please visit her Web site at www.yourcatbook.com.

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