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   Originally written 1991 & updated through 1997 by Cindy Tittle Moore.
   Maintained by the Fanciers website as of July 1999.
Electronic Mailing Lists

   There is a electronic mailing lists for vets, vet students and people
   otherwise involved with the veterinary profession. Send email
   inquiries to for details.
   There is a feline-l mailing list. To subscribe, send email to with subscribe FELINE-L your name in the body
   of the message, where "your name" is your own name, not a login or
   email address. This is for general interest in domestic cats.
   The cat fanciers mailing list is for those seriously interested in the
   breeding and showing of cats. Drop an inquiry to Orca Starbuck at for more information about the group.
   A mailing list for non-domestic cats has been recently created. This
   is (don't confuse this with feline-l, for
   domestic cats). Subscribe by sending email to
   with subscribe FELINES-L your name in the body of the message where
   "your name" is your own name, not your login or email address. The
   list owner is (Tobias Koehler)
Literary References

  Jellicle Cats
   This poem is often requested, sometimes indirectly when people ask
   "what is a jellicle cat?" This is a portion of T.S. Eliot's poem for
   your edification. The entire poem is not quoted due to copyright laws
   and space considerations.
     ... Jellicle Cats are black and white, Jellicle Cats are rather
     Jellicle Cats are merry and bright, And pleasant to hear when they
     Jellicle Cats have cheerful faces, Jellicle Cats have bright black
     They like to practise their airs and graces And wait for the
     Jellicle Moon to rise. ...
   --T.S. Eliot "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats"
  The "mousies" Poem
   Another oft-requested poem.
     Love to eat them mousies,
     Mousies what I love to eat.
     Bite they little heads off...
     Nibble on they tiny feet.
   -- B. Kliban

   Other Cats, Stone Street Press, 1 Stone St., S.1., NY 10304 USA
   (212-447-1436). A handmade boxed set of cat poems and stories from all
   over the world.
   Altman, Roberta. The Quintessential Cat. It's a one-volume
   encyclopaedia of cat lore, cat facts, health information, and any
   number of things the curious feline cohabitant would want to know.
   Bard, E.M.: The Cat IQ Test. Doubleday, 1980. Gives you various ways
   to evaluate the intelligence of your cat.
   Becker, Suzy: All I Need to Know I Learned from my Cat. Workman
   Publishing, c1990. Humorous book, illustrated by the author.
   Camuti, Dr. Louis J. All My Patients are Under the Bed, with Marilyn
   and Haskel Frankel; Simon and Schuster, NY ISBN 0-671-55450-6.
   Entertaining descriptions of a house-call cat veterinarian's
   Caras, Roger. Roger Caras' Treasury of Great Cat Stories. Includes
   short stories written by many authors, including, Mark Twain, Rudyard
   Kipling, Edgar Allan Poe, etc.
   Carlson, Delbert G. DVM and James M. Giffin, MD: Cat Owner's Home
   Veterinary Handbook. Howell Book House, NY ISBN 0-87605-814-4.
   Emergencies, diseases, biology, medications, symptoms. An excellent
   home-vet reference for the concerned cat-owner.
   Corey, Paul: Do Cats Think?. Castle Publishers, c1977. Deals with cat
   communication and learning. Debunks many myths: neutered males do not
   become fat and lazy, a well-fed cat is the best hunter, cats can be
   trained, and they do give and receive affection.
   Dalton, Charlotte. Sparkle's Tidbits of Advice for Cats (and their
   owners). c1995, Sparkle Enterprises, 6022 Morning Dew Dr., Austin, TX
   78749. ISBN 0-9646162-0-3. A humorous book of cat advice written from
   the cat's perspective. Includes tips on grooming, exerciseing, naming
   kittens, visiting the vet, staying healthy.
   Edney, A.T.B, ed. The Waltham Book of Dog and Cat Nutrition. Second
   edition. Pergamon Press, 1988. ISBN: 0-08-035729-6 (flexicover).
   Fogle, Bruce. The Cat's Mind. Pelham Books, 1991. ISBN 0-7207-1996-8.
   Fox, Michael W. Supercat: Raising the Perfect Feline Companion. Topics
   include cat communication, decoding cat behavior, training your cat,
   IQ tests.
   Frazier, Anitra with Norma Ecktroate. The New Natural Cat: A Complete
   Guide for Finicky Owners. 1990. Overview of the cat and its habits,
   strong holistic approach, good recipies.
   Holland, Barbara. Secrets of the Cat. Sensible, sensitive and
   Hollander, Nicole. Everything Here is Mine: Sylvia's Unhelpful Guide
   to Cat Behavior. A collection of Sylvia comics featuring her cats.
   Kliban, B: Cat. Workman Publishing Co., NY, 1975. ISBN 0-911104-54-2.
   Kliban had an exceptional understanding of cats, and this cartoon book
   is well worth acquiring.
   Loeb, Paul and Josephine Banks: You CAN Train Your Cat. A valuable
   compendium of information on how to train your cat.
   McHattie, Grace. The Cat Lover's Dictionary. Cat owners and lovers
   will find everything they need to know to maintain the health and
   happiness of their pet. Thoroughly assesses the characteristics of
   over 30 breeds, describing ailments and problems and matching cat
   types with owner life-styles. Color photos.
   Moyes, Patricia: How To Talk To Your Cat. Henry Holt Publishing.
   Includes some folklore but also lots of useful information and
   suggestions for how to develop a real conversational rapport with your
   Mller, Ulrike. The New Cat Handbook, translated from the German Das
   Neue Katzenbuch by Rita and Robert Kineber; Barron's Educational
   Series, Inc., NY ISBN 0-8120-2922-4. Sections on: choosing a cat; care
   & feeding; health; breeding; showing; cat "language" & behavior.
   Neff, Nancy A., forward by Roger Caras, paintings by Guy Coheleach.
   The Big Cats. Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, 1982. ISBN:
   0-8109-0710-0. This is a wonderful book, although it may no longer be
   in print, and is probably expensive if it is. It's a collection of
   beautiful artwork of big cats, accompanied by scholarly, and
   well-referenced text.
   Neville, Peter. Do Cats Need Shrinks?. Contemporary Books. 1991. ISBN
   0-8092-3935-3. He is a British pet psychologist to whom vets refer
   their problem cases. (American readers should check the glossary at
   the back of the book, to help translate terms like "moggy".) He gives
   very good explanations of why cats do things, and how to work within
   their way of thinking to convince them to do otherwise.
   Peden, Barbara Lynn. Dogs & Cats Go Vegetarian. Harbingers of a New
   Age, publisher, 12100 Brighton Street, Hayden Lake, ID 83835 USA; Katz
   Go Vegan, publisher, Box 161, 7 Battle Road, St. Leonards-on-Sea, East
   Sussex, TN37 7AA, UK. ISBN 0-941391-01-6. Discusses the develpment of
   Vegecat supplement, a source of taurine derived from petroleum.
   Povey, R. Charles. 1985. Infectious diseases of Cats: A clinical
   handbook. Centaur Press, Guelph, Ontario C85-098602-8
   Robinson, F. Cat Genetics for Breeders. For people seriously
   interested in how genetics work in cats.
   Siegal, Mordecai, ed. The Cornell Book of Cats (by the faculty and
   staff of Cornell Feline Health Center, Cornell University; Villard
   Books, New York, 1989). This is an excellent reference book for the
   owner who wants detailed medical information. It is more sophisticated
   than popular/consumer type books; it is more like a veterinary
   textbook, but you don't have to be a vet to understand the material.
   Siegal, Mordecai, ed. Simon & Schuster's Guide to Cats. Originally in
   Spanish, Arnoldo Mondadori. Fireside Book, Simon & Schuster. 1983,
   ISBN: 0-671-49170-9.
   Stephens, Gloria. Legacy of the Cat (photography by Tetsu Yamazaki,
   San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1989, ISBN 0-87701-728-X/0-87701-695
   pbk). Dense cat genetics information w/pictures. 37 breeds then
   Taylor, David. You and Your Cat. Lots of useful information. A
   (slightly incomplete) breed summary complete with color pictures. A
   trouble-shooting guide for sick cats.
   Tellington-Jones, Linda, with Sybil Taylor. The Tellington TTouch: A
   Breakthrough Technique to Train and Care for Your Favorite Animal.
   Viking Penguin. 1992. ISBN 0-670-82578-6. Some of what Linda does is
   clearly helpful in dealing with problem dogs and cats, but there are
   parts of her presentation of her ideas that may turn people off
   because they seem to be a little too far out of the mainstream. Good
   massage tips.
   Thies, Dagmar. Cat Care. TFH Publications, 1989. ISBN 0-86622-776-8.
   Thomas, Elizabeth Marshall. The Tribe of the Tiger. This is a great
   book for understanding the behavior and culture of cats, and she makes
   clear how almost every action of our household darlings is connected
   to the big cats in the wild.
   Turner, Dennis C. and Paterick Bateson, eds: The Domestic Cat: The
   Biology of its Behaviour. Cambridge (UK) University Press, 1988.
   Wright, Michael and Sally Walters, eds. The Book of the Cat (New York:
   Summit Books (Pan Books, London), 1980, ISBN
   0-671-44753-X/0-671-41624-3 pbk). Includes a good discussion of
   genetics and cat breeds. Lots of detail, but very accessible, a good
   way to get started once you're past the first stage of learning about
   White and Evans. The Catopedia. Henson 1986(?).

   Cat Fancy
   CATsumer Report, product reviews of food, litter, toys and accessories
   and other articles for cat owners. 1 yr. $18 or C$41. Order from Good
   Communications, Inc., PO Box 10069, Austin, TX 78766 or call

   August, John R., 1989. "Preventative Health Care and Infectious
   Disease Control," pp. 391-404 in Sherding, Robert H. (ed) The Cat:
   Diseases and Clinical Management, v1. Churchill-Livingstone Inc, NY.
   Barlough, JE and CA Stoddart, "Feline Coronaviruses: Interpretation of
   Laboratory findings and Serologic Tests." pp. 557-561 in August, J.R.
   (ed) 1991. Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine. WB Saunders Co.,
   Philadelphia. ISBN 0-7216-2226-7
   Booth, Dawn M. "Antiviral Therapy." pp. 577-582 in August, J.R. (ed)
   1991. Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine. WB Saunders Co.,
   Philadelphia. ISBN 0-7216-2226-7
   Burrows, Colin F. 1991. "Diarrhea in kittens and young cats". pp.
   415-418 in J.R. August. Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine. WB
   Saunders Co., Philadelphia.
   Lewis, Ricki. 1988. "The cat's meow (taurine deficiency causes eye and
   heart problems)." Health (Ny, NY) 20:18, March 1988. Probably more
   popular citation on taurine in cats diets.
   Pedersen, N.C. Common Infectious Diseases of Multiple-Cat Environments
   pp. 163-288 in Pedersen, Niels C.(ed) 1991. Feline Husbandry: Diseases
   and manangement of the multiple cat environment. American Veterinary
   Publications, Inc. Goleta, CA. ISBN 0-939674-29-7
   Pion, PD; MD Kittleson and QR Rogers. 1987. "Myocardial Failure in
   cats associated with low plasma taurine: a reversible cardiomyopathy."
   Science 237:764-768. 14 Aug 1987. Note: This one is rather technical.
   Stoddart, Cheryl A. and Jeffrey E. Barlough. "Feline Coronaviruses:
   Spectrum of Virus Strains and Clinical Manifestations." pp. 551-556 in
   August, J.R. (ed) 1991. Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine. WB
   Saunders Co., Philadelphia. ISBN 0-7216-2226-7
   Weiss, Richard C. "Feline Infectious Peritonitis and other
   Coronaviruses." pp. 333-356 in Sherding, Robert G. 1989. The Cat:
   Diseases and Clinical Management. Churchill-Livingstone, New York.
   ISBN 0-443-08461-0

   Cats, Cats, and More Cats 2 Greycourt Ave, PO Box 560, Chester, NY,
   10918 Fast shipping, donates percentage to animal causes.
   Cat Claws, Inc. P.O. Box 1774 Des Plaines, IL 60018 Phone:
   708-981-1873 FAX: 708-981-0662 Cardboard scratching posts, flea
   remedies/combs, toys, cat trees.
   Dad's Cat Action Toy Shop c/o SunRae Products P.O. Box 84 Redwood
   City, CA 94064. They have what they call a "Cat'alog" and also a Hall
   of Fame your cat can join (you receive a newsletter "The CAT-Aerobics
   Exercise Mews."
   Doctors Foster & Smith 2253 Air Park Road Rhinelander, WI 54501-0100
   tel: 800-826-7206 Canine, feline, and equine vaccines, medications,
   and grooming preparations. Cat toys, beds, furniture, collars. Most of
   the other stuff is for dogs.
   Evolution K-9/Feline Vegetarian Dog/Cat Foods Dr. Eric Weisman &
   Assoc. 815 S. Robert St. St. Paul, MN 55107 (612) 227-2414 (800)
   Master Animal Care Lake Road P.O. Box 3333 Mountaintop, PA 18707-0330
   tel: 800-346-0749 For cats and dogs--fold-down cages, cat doors (10
   different types), vaccines and syringes (limited selection), lots of
   grooming supplies, dog breed books, gift items for people.
   Pedigrees 1989 Transit Way Box 905 Brockport, NY 14420-0905 tel:
   716-637-1431 This is RC Steele under another name -- no $50 minimum
   order requirement & higher prices. Ask for "The Pet Catalog"--this is
   stuff for dogs and cats. Cat doors (incl. electromagnetic), beds,
   bowls, collars, toys. Stuff for people, too: sweaters, T-shirts, gift
   RC Steele 1989 Transit Way Box 910 Brockport, NY 14420-0910 tel:
   800-872-3773 orders 800-872-4506 customer service Lots of discount
   items. Minimum $50 order. Watch out for shipping costs on oversize
   A Tale of Two Kitties 11054 Ventura Blvd., Suite 133 Studio City, CA
   91604 tel: 818-509-2924 Novelty cat items: cups, statuettes, cards,
   Vet Express 655 Washington P.O. Box 1168 Rhinelander, WI 54501 tel:
   800-458-7656 Widest selection of canine, feline, and equine vaccines,
   medications, and grooming preparations. Serious stuff.
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