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Summer Reading 2021: Adopt-a-Cat Month

Discover new things to read this summer!

All Things Feline!

45th Annual Adopt-a-Cat Month
Brought to you in June by American Humane

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American Humane celebrates Adopt-A-Cat Month® each June – a month that also marks the height of “kitten season,” when large litters of kittens are born and often end up in animal shelters. Pounce on these books about feline care/ownership, cat rescue programs, and the unique relationships between humans and cats. 

Cats - Ebooks

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Among the Pigeons: Why Our Cats Belong Indoors

During the last century, global domestic cat numbers rocketed past 200 million, along with a surge in cat diseases and numbers of feral cats and sick, injured and malnourished cats. Cat shelters are overflowing. Hundreds of thousands of cats are euthanized every year by despondent animal welfare workers. Ecologist and author John Read has travelled the world consulting cat experts and collating the most recent science. In Among the Pigeons, he balances the allure of indoor cats with the animal welfare, human health, and conservation issues they create when allowed to roam. But he also presents solutions, from breeding ideal indoor pet cats to development of humane and targeted tools to control feral cats. 

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Cats for Dummies

Everything you need to take care of your feline friend! Cats For Dummies gives you expert insight into everything from cat behavior to what makes each type of feline unique. With this easy-to-understand guide, you'll be able to tackle those tough cat-astrophes from dealing with problem behaviors like scratching the furniture and missing the litter box--all while learning to understand what your cat is trying to tell you. Happily bring a cat or kitten into your life. Keep your new four-legged family member comfortable and safe. Whether you're looking to get your first kitten or adopt a senior cat, this book covers all the basics of feline cat care.

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Do Cats Have ESP?

The last work completed by America's legendary psychic, Jeane Dixon, before her death, Do Cats Have ESP? explores stories of amazing felines with mystical power. This fascinating book features investigations, cat horoscopes, and incredible accounts of cats who saved people's lives.

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Engineering for Cats

There may be 100 million pet cats in this country, but who says that means they're domesticated? Sure, they clean themselves, use a litter box, and hunt rodents, but cats are also territorial beasts who think furniture is meant for claw sharpening, and that running water is always better than still. In this inventive, surprisingly funny, and highly entertaining and practical book, Mac Delaney addresses the quirks of cat behavior through the mindset of an aerospace engineer (because that's what he is!)--and gives us 10 projects that solve the most common sources of friction affecting cats and their doting owners. For any cat lover with a modicum of DIY skills, here's a whole new approach to living happily ever after with your pet(s).

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In this book, the authors gather and present current research in the study of the behaviour, classification and diseases relating to the feline species. Topics discussed in this compilation include the use of Type 1 interferon for treating feline retrovirosis; new advances in the diagnosis, epizootiology and taxonomy of feline piroplasmids; feline hepatozoonosis and the resurrection of hepatozoon felis; the role of cats in toxoplasma gondii infection; and the therapeutic effect of melatonin in feline uveitis.

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The Photographed Cat

The Photographed Cat presents readers with an examination of how human-cat relationships are depicted in early twentieth-century photography. Examining this relationship from the perspective of the photographer and the human subjects who made or appear in these photographs, Arluke and Rolfe show that the cat photographs are valuable windows into sets of cultural values that may have existed at the time.

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To Understand a Cat

To Understand a Cat: Methodology and Philosophy rests on the realization that the everyday behavior of a cat (but other animals too) should be understood through a new approach, namely methodological dualism. The book delves deep into anthropomorphism, and the complex question of whether a cat has consciousness and free will, and examines the intricate relations of the mental, the computational, and the neurophysiological.

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What Philosophy Can Tell You about Your Cat

What ethical obligations do people have to cats? Are cats more rational than humans? What can cats teach humans about evolutionary psychology? In this fascinating collection of articles, 18 philosophers try to answer these questions and more as they explore the majesty, mystique, and mystery of the cat. They reveal surprising insights into the feline mind and world and offer delightful anecdotes of cats they have known.

Cats - Print Books

These books are available NOW for checkout via curbside/front door pickup!

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77 Things to Know Before Getting a Cat

If you're longing for the pitter-patter of four furry feet, you have some homework to do. When new cat owners aren't prepared, it's the cat who suffers, so it's very important to consider all angles of cat care and ownership before making the commitment. This book starts with the process of selecting a suitable cat for your home and lifestyle and goes on to discuss the present and future requirements of feeding, grooming, training, healthcare, and much more to fully educate prospective new cat owners. Includes illustrations, charts, and checklists to help you plan and prepare.

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Cat traces the relationship between humans and the cat from its original domestication in ancient Egypt circa 2000 BC, through centuries as a utilitarian rodent catcher, its gradual acceptance as a charming and amiable pet, and on to its present status as a companion on a par with the dog--and the subject of infinite online videos and memes. Offering substantial and accurate information about the history of cats and their presentation in literature and art, this highly illustrated book will give cat lovers of all stripes and spots something to purr over.

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Discover expert advice about owning cats, so your beloved pets can live happy and healthy lives. This title provides advice on feeding, health care, housing, and all other important aspects of responsible pet ownership. 

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Complete Cat Care Manual

Covering everything cat owners need to know, this practical guide to looking after the most popular pet in the United States is the perfect reference for any cat lover. The Complete Cat Care Manual provides detailed information on the day-to-day care of kittens and adult cats, including feeding, training, handling, exercising, essential equipment, dealing with behavioral problems, identifying health problems, and grooming. 

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I Am Pusheen the Cat

Pusheen is a pleasantly plump cat who has warmed hearts and tickled funny bones of millions worldwide with her signature GIF animated bops, bounces, and tail wiggles. Now, Pusheen is ready to make the leap from digital to print in her first comic collection! Learn what makes her purr and find out why millions of people have already fallen in love with this naughty, adorable kitty. Featuring some of the most popular stories from Pusheen's Tumblr and Facebook pages (plus a healthy serving of never-before-seen material), I Am Pusheen the Cat is a treat for cat lovers and comics fans alike.

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The Inner Life of Cats

As it begins, The Inner Life of Cats follows the development of the young Augusta while simultaneously explaining the basics of a kitten's physiological and psychological development. As the narrative progresses, McNamee also charts cats' evolution, explores a feral cat colony in Rome, tells the story of Augusta's life and adventures, and consults with behavioral experts, animal activists, and researchers, who will help readers more fully understand cats. McNamee shows that with deeper knowledge of cats' developmental phases and individual idiosyncrasies, we can do a better job of guiding cats' maturation and improving the quality of their lives. 

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The Secret Language of Cats

Have you ever wondered what your cat is saying? Cats do not meow randomly, nor do they growl or hiss because they have nothing better to do. Cat sounds have a purpose, and they can carry important messages, whether for us or other cats. In The Secret Language of Cats, Schötz offers a crash course in the phonetic study of cat sounds. She introduces us to the full range of feline vocalizations and explains what they can mean in different situations, and she gives practical tips to help us understand our cats better.

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The Story of Fester Cat

From when he first ambled into Paul Magrs's yard--skinny, covered in flea bites, and missing all but one and a half teeth--Fester knew he'd found his family. Paul and his partner, Jeremy, thought it was the ragged black-and-white stray, tired from a rough life on the streets, who was in desperate need of support. This is the true story of an extraordinary little cat whose gentle charm and trusting soul turned two young men into a family.

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The authentic tale of an adventurous and charismatic cat and her compassionate human admirers, Strays proves the healing power of love and the profound bond between humans and animals. Alcoholic and depressed, Michael King lives on the streets of Portland, Oregon, and sleeps in a UPS loading bay. One raining night, he stumbles upon a hurt, starving, scruffy cat cowering beneath a café table and takes her in. He names her Tabor, nurses her back to health, and together they travel from Oregon to the beaches of California to the high plains of Montana. As they make their way along the West Coast, the pair become inseparable, healing the scars of each other's troubled pasts. When Michael discovers that Tabor has an identification chip and an owner in Portland who has never given up hope of finding his beloved cat, he is faced with the difficult choice of keeping Tabor or returning her to her rightful owner--and, once again, facing the streets alone.

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To Catch a Cat

A heartfelt, funny memoir about how a kitten rescue project changed one cynic's life... Journalist Heather Green was finally putting down roots- in shiny, buzzing Manhattan. She loved her work and threw herself into sixty-hour weeks. But things changed the summer morning Heather discovered a beautiful stray cat and her three black-and-white kittens in her boyfriend's neighbor's New Jersey backyard. When she made eye contact with one of the kittens, she felt something she'd never felt before, and the crazy world of cat rescue soon drew Heather in. This is the story of how three furry beings taught one woman about love, community, and what truly matters in life.

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Total Cat Mojo

Cat Mojo is the confidence that cats exhibit when they are at ease in their environment and in touch with their natural instincts-to hunt, catch, kill, eat, groom, and sleep. Problems such as litter box avoidance and aggression arise when cats lack this confidence. Jackson Galaxy, star of the hit Animal Planet show "My Cat from Hell," provides advice to help your cats harness their mojo. This book is his most comprehensive guide yet to cat behavior and basic cat care, rooted in understanding cats better. 

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The Travelling Cat Chronicles

The Travelling Cat Chronicles is a life-affirming anthem to kindness and self-sacrifice that shows how the smallest things can provide the greatest joy--the perfect gift for cat lovers and travelers! With simple yet descriptive prose, this novel gives voice to Nana the cat and his owner, Satoru, as they take to the road on a journey across Japan to visit three of Satoru's longtime friends and learn the true meaning of courage and gratitude, of loyalty and love.

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Your Cat

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. 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. This indispensable manual is one book that every modern cat owner must have on their shelf.