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URBANA -- Understanding cats
will be easier for students in companion animal sciences, veterinary
technicians and professionals, and hobbyists in the world of felines
thanks to a new book by a University of Illinois Department of
Animal Sciences lecturer. "The Cat: Its Behavior, Nutrition and
Health" was recently published by Iowa State Press.
"This book will be used in
undergraduate companion animal programs and also by people whose
interests or work involve cats," explained the book's author, Linda
P. Case. Four years ago, Case's "The Dog: Its Behavior, Nutrition
and Health" was published, also by Iowa State.
"The cat is a substantially different
species than a dog, and this difference shows up in many areas,"
Case said. "For instance, the cat is very unique in the types of
diseases it can fall victim to as well as the techniques to prevent
Case noted that the book also includes
a section on the history of the cat's domestication.
Animal shelter workers proved to be a
major audience for "The Dog" book, and she hopes the new book will
help acquaint workers with the special requirements of the felines
charged to their care.
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"We've come a long way in controlling
the stray dog population through leash laws and other regulations,"
she says. "However, we've not come very far in terms of cats. For
instance, feral cats are becoming a problem in many urban areas."
"The Cat" can be ordered through many
local bookstores or through a number of online booksellers. Case
said that in two years she hopes to bring out a new edition of "The
Dog," which will include information on new diseases and updated
materials throughout the book.
"My next project is likely to be a book
targeted toward a popular audience and focusing on human and
companion animal interaction," she said.
[University of Illinois release]