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Table of Contents

Please Read This First ........................................................................ 2

Disclaimer ................................................................................................................ 2

Table of Contents ................................................................................ 4

About the Author ................................................................................. 9

Cats – An Overview ........................................................................... 10

Cat Breeds Info .................................................................................. 14

Abyssinian......................................................................................................... 14

American Bobtail .............................................................................................. 14

American Curl ................................................................................................... 14

American Shorthair .......................................................................................... 14

American Wirehair ............................................................................................ 15

Balinese ............................................................................................................. 15

Bengal ................................................................................................................ 15

Birman................................................................................................................ 15

Bombay.............................................................................................................. 16

British Shorthair................................................................................................ 16

Burmese............................................................................................................. 16

Chartreux ........................................................................................................... 16

Cornish Rex....................................................................................................... 16

Devon Rex ......................................................................................................... 17

Egyptian Mau..................................................................................................... 17

European Burmese ........................................................................................... 17

Exotic Shorthair ................................................................................................ 17

Havana Brown ................................................................................................... 17

Himalayan .......................................................................................................... 18

Japanese Bobtail .............................................................................................. 18

Javanese............................................................................................................ 18

Korat................................................................................................................... 18

Maine Coon........................................................................................................ 18

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Manx ................................................................................................................... 19

Munchkin ........................................................................................................... 19

Nebelung............................................................................................................ 19

Norwegian Forest Cat....................................................................................... 19

Ocicat ................................................................................................................. 19

Oriental .............................................................................................................. 20

Persian ............................................................................................................... 20

Pixie-Bob ........................................................................................................... 20

Ragamuffin ........................................................................................................ 20

Ragdoll............................................................................................................... 20

Russian Blue ..................................................................................................... 21

Savannah ........................................................................................................... 21

Scottish Fold ..................................................................................................... 21

Siamese ............................................................................................................. 21

Siberian.............................................................................................................. 21

Singapura .......................................................................................................... 22

Snowshoe .......................................................................................................... 22

Sokoke ............................................................................................................... 22

Somali ................................................................................................................ 22

Sphynx ............................................................................................................... 22

Tonkinese .......................................................................................................... 23

Turkish Angora ................................................................................................. 23

Turkish Van ....................................................................................................... 23

Common Cat Colors.......................................................................... 24

Tabby...................................................................................................................... 24

Solids and Smokes ............................................................................................... 24

Cats with white markings ..................................................................................... 25

Tortoiseshell, Patched Tabbies, and Calicoes................................................... 25

Pointed (Siamese) Pattern.................................................................................... 25

Before You Buy a Cat........................................................................ 26

Your Situation........................................................................................................ 26

Financial................................................................................................................. 27

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The Breeder ........................................................................................................... 27

The Cat Itself.......................................................................................................... 28

Selecting a Cat that is Right for You................................................ 29

Kitten or Adult ....................................................................................................... 29

Male or Female ...................................................................................................... 30

Behavioral Patterns .............................................................................................. 31

Physical Appearance ............................................................................................ 31

Purebred or Mixed Breed ..................................................................................... 31

Where Can You Buy a Cat? .............................................................. 33

Common Cat Behaviors Explained .................................................. 35

Attention-Seeking Behavior ................................................................................. 35

Aggressive Behavior towards People................................................................. 36

Aggression towards Other Cats .......................................................................... 37

Chewing Incidents by Cats and Kittens.............................................................. 39

Cats and Their Destructive Scratching............................................................... 40

Litter Box Misuse .................................................................................................. 41

Compulsive Behavior by Cats ............................................................................. 42

Anxiety and Stress in Cats................................................................................... 42

Creating a Healthy Environment for Your Cat ................................ 44

Common Cat Diseases and Health Problems ................................. 46

Cat Diseases and Health Problems ..................................................................... 46

The Vaccinations Your Cat Really Needs........................................ 59

Caring for Your Sick Cat ................................................................... 61

General Instructions ............................................................................................. 62

Keeping Your Cat Healthy the Natural Way .................................... 64

Twenty Tips for Caring for Your Cat ................................................ 66

14. Grooming Your Cat and Hygiene ............................................... 69

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Regular grooming ................................................................................................. 69

Combing................................................................................................................. 70

Brushing................................................................................................................. 70

Nail trimming ......................................................................................................... 70

Bathing ................................................................................................................... 70

Cat Diet............................................................................................... 72

Additional Foods for Your Cat ............................................................................. 73

Essential Tips.................................................................................................... 73

Playing and Exercise......................................................................... 75

Simple Toys That Provide Exercise for Your Cat .............................................. 75

Housing Your Cat .............................................................................. 78

Introducing Your Pets to a New Cat................................................. 81

Training Tips for Cats ....................................................................... 83

Essential Training Tips......................................................................................... 83

How to Train Your Cat - and What Not to Do .................................. 86

Important Do’s of Cat Training......................................................... 86

Important Don’ts of Cat Training ......................................................................... 87

How to Train Your Cat to Walk with a Leash................................... 88

Training Your Cat to Come When Called......................................... 90

Essential Tips.................................................................................................... 91

How to Litter Train Your Cat............................................................. 92

Litter Training ........................................................................................................ 93

More Litter Box Training Tips........................................................... 94

Stopping Your Cat from Biting......................................................... 96

Curbing Your Cat's Aggression ....................................................... 98

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Stopping Your Cat from Eating Houseplants................................ 100

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About the Author

Paul Brough has had many types of pets but cats are probably

his favorites.

He worked in a pet store when he left school but has been

selling insurance for almost ten years.

He has always been interested in writing and feels that this

was the ideal subject for his first book. He did not rely on just his own experience but researched among his friends and

work colleagues.

Paul hopes that this collection of advice and tips will help you and your family to have a long and happy relationship when

your perfect cat adopts you.

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