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Anyone who has ever fallen under the spell of an aloof Siamese, an elegant Balinese, a sphinxlike Abyssinian, a tailless Manx, or a white-gloved Birman will welcome this matchless compendium.
"The Cat Fanciers' Association Cat Encyclopedia" presents the forty-three official breeds, as well as the more than eight hundred varieties, in alphabetical order and, in entries ranging in length from two to twenty pages, covers the name, nationality, year of recognition, main characteristics, attitudes, life cycle, historical notes, and unusual nuggets from legend and lore. In addition, a superb care manual provides general information on choosing and feeding a cat, tending to it in sickness and in health, traveling with it, and handling everything from reproduction to emergency first aid. The book clearly outlines CFA official breed standards (also pointing out differences with other international standards). It offers numerous charts, such as cat personality characteristics, to help a prospective cat owner make the best breed selection, and includes a glossary of important terms.
An essential resource for addicted ailurophiles, this fun-to-browse-through book is also the perfect gift for any tender soul susceptible to the charms of these feline friends.