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Cat Health Information--How to Find the Resources You Need!

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Updated February 1, 2016

Finding reliable cat health information can be difficult.  Knowing how to care for your kitty goes a long way to helping your furry loved one live a long, healthy life.

Most websites use this topic as an index of links to specific cat care articles.

At this webpage is a resource you can use to find the cat health information you need, both online and in books.

Having at hand a number of feline health resources to refer to along the way is a good idea.  

Knowledge and expertise are important.  

So are high standards and good credentials.

It is important to be familiar with cat health information BEFORE a furry crisis happens!

So, I’ve done the legwork for you and have put together a comprehensive article full of quality cat health information resources backed by veterinary professionals, feline experts and cat specialists.

Bookmark this page to return to when you need help finding reputable cat health information from caring professionals.

Share this page with your cat loving family and friends.  It will help make their pet owning lives easier.

Choosing Your Cat Care Philosophy

There are different approaches to cat health information, often referred to as “practice philosophy”.  

Traditional practices, also known as allopathic or conventional western medicine, focus on the treatment of symptoms of disorders, diseases and illnesses using pharmaceutical drugs and/or surgery. 

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In alternative approaches, sometimes called “natural” health care or “holistic”, the focus is on supporting the “healing” abilities of the body to prevent health issues and to promote wellness.  

Various holistic philosophies include, homeopathy, chiropractic (both traditional and non-force), acupuncture or acupressure, herbs, natural nutrition and supplementation, and other modalities.

Combining conventional and natural approaches is termed, “integrative”, drawing on the best of both philosophies to serve the healthcare needs of felines.

It is important to choose cat health information that aligns with your own cat care philosophy. 

Consider going the extra mile and choosing the approach that best serves your cat’s healthcare needs, even if this means learning about a new philosophy. 

Think about your stance on vaccinations, diet, pharmaceuticals and elective surgery when choosing the cat health information that best needs your feline’s care needs.

Explore Cat Health Information

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Current Cat Health Information From

Conventional Cat Care Books

ASPCA Complete Guide to Cats: Everything You Need to Know About Choosing and Caring for Your Pet

by James Richards

"Indispensable for both first-time and experienced cat owners, the ASPCA Complete Guide to Cats is the one place to turn for up-to-date information on feline health and behavior, including detailed advice on feeding, grooming, veterinary care, litterbox training, and the special needs of kittens, older cats, and cats from a shelter. With more than 450 illustrations and photos, and an easy-to-use guide to the personalities, characteristics, and idiosyncrasies of the fifty most popular breeds, this handy volume offers real, reliable answers to all of your questions about cats."

Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook, Fully Revised and Updated

by Debra M. Eldredge

"For years, many veterinary treatments for cats were based on research conducted with dogs because it was wrongly assumed that cats were very similar. Recently, there have been giant strides in feline veterinary research. This classic reference is fully updated and revised to reflect these advances and gives you the most up-to-date guidance on cat health and cat care.

Whether you have a kitten or a senior cat, this resource helps you quickly identify potential problems, take proper steps in emergency situations, better understand diagnoses and treatment options, and communicate more effectively with your veterinarian. This is the hands-on reference you'll trust again and again."

The Cat Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Troubleshooting Tips, and Advice on Lifetime Maintenance

by Dr. David Brunner

"Scratch marks on your furniture. Dead mice on your doorstep. Stray hairs all over your clothes. It’s enough to make you cry out, “Why doesn’t my cat have an owner’s manual?” And now—finally!—she does.   

Through step-by-step instructions and helpful schematic diagrams, The Cat Owner’s Manual explores hundreds of frequently asked questions: Which breeds interface best with dogs? How can I maintain a quality exterior finish? And why does my model always drink from the bathtub? Whatever your concerns, you’ll find the answers here—courtesy of celebrated veterinarian Dr. David Brunner and acclaimed author Sam Stall. Together, they provide plenty of useful advice for both new and experienced cat owners."

Complete Cat Care Manual 

by Bruce Fogle and Andrew Edney

"Covering everything cat owner's need to know, this practical guide to looking after the most popular pet in the US provides detailed information on every aspect of cat care . . . Andrew Edney is a noted veterinarian who has contributed to publications on animal husbandry, clinical nutrition, and comparative medicine."

Veterinary Secrets: Natural Health for Dogs and Cats 

by Andrew T. Jones DVM

"From the #1 bestselling author and former practicing veterinarian, Andrew Jones DVM, the only resource you'll need to finally start using natural remedies to heal your dogs and cats at home.

This manual draws from Dr Jones’ 17 years’ experience in veterinary medicine to provide a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to home pet care and disease remedies.

Dr. Jones opens by explaining how he came to question conventional veterinary treatments then began to share his concerns publicly and openly educate pet owners, empowering them to provide their pets with quality, holistic care at home. Eventually, his efforts led to his expulsion from the British Columbia Veterinary College, resulting in a ban from practicing animal medicine.

In this book you'll find what you need to know about feeding your pet, vaccines to give and vaccines to avoid, along with specific conventional medications to be wary of. The book offers ways to treat your pet at home with holistic options that can and will likely extend your pet's life."

Feline Nutrition Books

Feline Nutrition: Nutrition for the Optimum Health and Longevity of your Cat

by Lynn Curtis

"This book will discuss basic feline anatomy and physiology (explaining how a cat's body metabolizes nutrients) coupled with interpreting pet food labels which will help you make healthy selections whether choosing to purchase commercial foods or making a home-prepared raw diet to feed your cat."

Natural Nutrition for Dogs and Cats: The Ultimate Diet 

by Kymythy Schultze

"In these pages, Kymythy Schultze has provided an excellent nutritional text to help us build a healthier life for our animal friends". (Dr. Stephen R. Blake, Jr., D.V.M.). "[This book is] an excellent starting point for us all. Its pages are filled with helpful hints, good advice and most important, logic and common sense". (Dr. Bruce W. Cauble, D.V.M.).

What Cats Should Eat: How to Keep Your Cat Healthy with Good Food

by Jean Hofve DVM

"You love your cat. And, of course, you want to keep your cat healthy for as long as possible. The one thing you can do that will make the most difference in your cat's health is to feed a wholesome, high quality diet. But with hundreds of brands and flavors of cat food on the shelves of grocery and pet supply stores, and contradictory information all over the Internet, how do you know which food is right for your cat? 

Many serious feline health problems have a dietary component. Some are directly caused by diet, and all are affected by it. These medical problems can damage your cat's quality of life, as well as your wallet, since many of them, such as diabetes and kidney disease, are expensive to diagnose and to treat, and are very dangerous for your cat."

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

by Elizabeth M. Hodgkins D.V.M.

"In this controversial new book, dedicated veterinarian Elizabeth M. Hodgkins, D.V.M., Esq. raises the alarm regarding the dry food we feed our cats and the nutritional diseases that result. Your Cat: Simple New Secrets to a Longer, Stronger Life 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 the many deadly feline diseases that are rampant. This indispensible manual belongs on every modern cat owner's shelf."

Natural Cat Care Books

The Complete Herbal Handbook for the Dog and Cat 

by Juliette de Baïracli Levy

"Dog and cat owners are becoming increasingly concerned about the saftey of processed pet food and the possible side-effects of over-use of antibiotics and hormone treatments. This new edition, thoroughly revised and updated, covers Natural Rearing, herbal medicine and disease prevention."

Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats

by Richard H. Pitcairn

"The book that is the definitive guide to a natural lifestyle for dogs and cats is now completely updated and revised—for the first time in 9 years. Writing with the warmth and compassion that have won them a national following, veterinarian Richard H. Pitcairn and his wife Susan Hubble Pitcairn, noted specialists in chemical-free nutrition and natural healing for pets, show dog and cat owners how to provide the very best in companionship and lifelong care.

They now cover environmental matters, including pollutants both inside the home and out, as well as recent hot-button topics, such as Mad Cow disease, Lyme disease, and the West Nile virus. They've updated dozens of recipes for delicious and healthful pet food and treats. With a guide to handling emergencies and an in-depth "Quick Reference" section, they give specific instructions for preventing, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of animal diseases and disorders—with special attention to homeopathic, herbal, and nutritional remedies."

Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats : Your A-Z Guide to Over 200 Conditions, Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements

by Shawn Messonnier D.V.M.

"When it comes to your dog's or your cat's health, you want the best health care available. But did you know that conventional medicine is not the only answer, or even the best answer?

Inside you'll learn from a respected veterinarian how the therapeutic wonders of natural medicine can benefit your dog or cat. This comprehensive guide discusses more than 40 common conditions or diseases that can affect your pet and how they can be treated or improved with natural medicine.

Easy to understand and use, with cross-references between conditions and treatments . . ."

The Natural Remedy Book for Dogs & Cats

By Diane Stein

"Fifty common pet ailments and the natural methods and remedies optimal to support their treatment are arranged in alphabetical order. The book includes a thorough discussion of several natural healing modalities and how they are used for pets.  The methods of treatment include nutrition, naturopathy, vitamins and minerals, herbs, homeopathy, acupuncture/acupressure, flower essences, and gemstones.  Each method is discussed for each of the fifty illnesses.  Many people use natural healing for themselves, but wonder how to use it for their dogs and cats.  This book is a comprehensive answer to that question."

The Nature of Animal Healing : The Definitive Holistic Medicine Guide to Caring for Your Dog and Cat

by Martin Goldstein D.V.M.

"For two decades, Dr. Martin Goldstein--America's most successful, renowned holistic veterinarian--has healed and helped his animal patients with the same natural therapies that benefit humans. The results have been so astounding that today critically sick pets are brought to him from across the country for a new chance at life and health.

In this compelling, very accessible book, Dr. Goldstein explains exactly what holistic medicine is and how it works. By treating the root of a health problem instead of its symptoms, you too can help your animal to regain and maintain its own health, as nature intended. Dr. Goldstein also shares many remarkable true stories of supposedly terminally ill animals who have recovered to full wellness."

Online Cat Health Resources


"Our veterinarians and behaviorists offer you a library of solutions to improve the health and lifestyle of your feline companion. With over 140 years of expertise at your fingertips, there’s always something new to learn about your kitty."

"Health is wealth, both for our feline friends and their two-legged owners, who can be spared eyebrow-raising veterinary expenses with annual check-ups, proper exercise and diet. Our cat health and care section provides expert advice on everything from cat grooming to parasite prevention, cat dental care, alternative treatments and more."

Cornell Feline Health Center

"We know that finding reliable information on the web can be difficult at times. The Feline Health Center offers a variety of articles, brochures, and videos online for cat owners and enthusiasts alike."

Winn Feline Foundation

"The Winn Feline Foundation enhances the relationship between cats and humans by fostering improvements in feline health through research and education . . . Winn Feline Foundation supplies cat health information from experts, including the results of grants for Winn-funded cat health studies. Remember, your own veterinarian is always your best source for information on your own cat’s health."

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