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Cats And All About Them | by Frances Simpson



It has been suggested to me by many of my "catty" friends that I should write a small handbook for cat fanciers. By arrangement with the Kennel Publishing Company I have been enabled to utilise the paragraphs of Practical Pussyology which have appeared during the last fifteen months in Our Cats. I have had many years' experience with cats and kittens, and have also a real love for them, without which I do not believe any one can be a successful breeder and exhibitor of cats. What is worth doing at all is worth doing well, and to combine profit with pleasure is a most desirable end to have in view. The object, therefore, of this little book is to assist cat lovers to become cat fanciers. I trust that it may be found helpful and instructive.

TitleCats And All About Them
AuthorFrances Simpson
PublisherFrederick A. Stokes Company
Year1902
Copyright1902, Frederick A. Stokes Company
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Cats And All About Them

With Twenty-Four Illustrations

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To The Many Kind Friends Known And Unknown That I Have Made In Pussydom I Dedicate This Little Book

-Illustrations
1. Cover. Design by Mrs. Paul Hardy 2. Frontispiece. Miss Frances Simpson and her Silver male Cambyses 3. Gentian. A lovely Blue female, owned by Lady Marcus Beresford, and bred by Mrs. O'Brien Clar...
-I. Cat Breeds And Varieties
I do not intend to discuss the ancient history of cats, or to raise the question as to whether they were amongst the animals who entered the Ark; nor is it necessary to allude to the Wise Men of the E...
-Cat Breeds And Varieties. Continued
There is a great fascination about these Silver Persians, but they have been so inbred of late years that great delicacy has resulted, and many a tale of woe has reached me concerning the difficulty o...
-II. Cat Care And Management
Those who have had a long experience with cats or kittens know how impossible it is to lay down a hard-and-fast rule regarding their feeding and management. As with human beings so it is with cats. Th...
-Cat Care And Management. Continued
If it is a first litter or if the mother is not reliable, a foster-mother should be in readiness. For preference in such cases get a strong English cat, as they are more robust than Persians, and ofte...
-Practical Hints On Kittens Care And Management
It is always advisable when buying a kitten to make inquiries as to the way in which it has been fed, so as to continue the same regime for at least a few days. Any sudden change of diet for young kit...
-Practical Hints On Mother And Young Cat Care And Management
The best months for our pussies to have their families are April and May, then the young kittens have the summer before them, when they can enjoy plenty of out-door air and exercise. Perhaps you may ...
-Practical Hints On Male And Stud Cat Care And Management
I am sure it is a mistake if you have a stud cat to allow him his liberty one day and then shut him up again. He will pine and fret much more than if kept in continual confinement. It is important, ho...
-Catteries And Cat Appliances
If you decide to keep your cats and pets in a cattery, bring them indoors now and again and thus accustom them to home life and human beings. It is much pleasanter to have a really domestic cat, rathe...
-Hints On Cat Food
If you can persuade your pussies to eat Spratt's Cod Liver Oil Puppy Biscuits you do them a good turn and yourself also, for they are very nourishing and inexpensive. We all acknowledge that raw meat ...
-Hints On Cat Food. Continued
I do not think fanciers estimate at its proper value pure cold water as a drink for cats. No doubt good fresh country milk is nourishing, but at the same time it is rich for young kittens, and I have ...
-Care Of Cat Coats
When cats are shedding their coats, it is particularly important they should have a daily brush, so as to get away the loose fur as quickly as possible, and thus the new hair will have a better chance...
-Cat Dosing
How difficult it is to poultice a cat! Yet in cases of enteritis and pneumonia it is often the saving of poor puss. For enteritis or gastritis when the stomach becomes tender and distended, make a rol...
-Cat Neuters
If you intend having a cat made neuter you should keep him on low plain diet for two or three days before the operation. Do not hand your pet over to an inexperienced person, but take it to a good vet...
-Cat Miscellaneous
Do not let those little bits of dry brown accumulations remain at the corners of your cat's eyes, as in time they wear off the fur, and, when removed, bare places disfigure your pet's face. Unless ab...
-III. Cat Breeding And Exhibiting
Having referred in the last chapter to the rearing of kittens and the treatment of Queens and Stud cats, I propose now more especially to confine myself to the various matings and crossing of breeds w...
-Cat Registration
The Registration Rules of the National Cat Club are as follows: 1. Every Cat exhibited at a show under National Cat Club Rules must (except such as are exhibited exclusively in Local Classes, or exhi...
-Practical Hints On Cat Breeding And Mating
In selecting a male cat for stud purposes, you should be guided a great deal by the size of head and limbs. A good sire for future generations should possess a massive, well-formed body with broad hea...
-Practical Hints On Cat Breeding And Mating. Continued
It is not always that the best blue-eyed Whites or orange-eyed Blues are bred from parents who are both possessed of these desirable points, so don't distress yourself if you have an odd-eyed White qu...
-Practical Hints On Cat Shows And Exhibiting
If many cats are kept, and some are sent to shows, do not let these, on their return, mix with the others who have remained at home. It is a wise precaution to keep them apart for some days. Miss W...
-Practical Hints On Cat Shows And Exhibiting. Continued
When cats are entered for shows in joint names it is advisable and desirable that the owners should let the secretary know to whom to send the labels and tallies. It is sometimes only possible to forw...
-IV. Cat Diseases And Remedies
There is a tradition that cats have nine lives, but many a breeder of Persians will agree with me that the diseases to which these highly bred cats may quickly succumb are more than nine in number! I ...
-A List Of Simple Remedies For Cat Diseases
Bronchitis A few drops of eucalyptus oil in a jug of boiling water. Let the cat inhale over it frequently. Canker Salvo's Canker Cure. Constipation Freeman's Aperient Capsules. Sweet oil for kitt...
-Worms in Cats
The truth of the following extract from an American paper cannot be too frequently impressed on the minds of fanciers: The worm has but little chance in the healthy stomach of a cat. So build up the...
-Weak Eyes In Cats
Bad eyes in kittens are frequently caused by worms or weakness. For which cases outward application of lotions is of small avail, and we must give strengthening medicines. Try a course of cod-liver oi...
-Diarrhoea In Cats
If your cat or kitten is suffering from diarrhoea, be careful not to give anything hot. Let all food be just warm. There are so many causes for this troublesome complaint, viz., in-d gestion, chills, ...
-Skin Complaints In Cats
Doubtless many of my readers have discovered from time to time little dry scurvy spots upon their cats. These come from heated blood and are easily cured. Ask your chemist to make up an ointment of eq...
-Snuffles In Cats
There are many and various remedies suggested and recommended for that troublesome complaint commonly called snuffles. I have known a complete cure effected by absolute change of air. I heard of one...
-Constipation In Cats
It is very necessary in cases of constipation (generally caused by want of proper green food) to administer an aperient, and I must say I dislike giving castor oil to cats or kittens. Medicine done up...
-Fits In Cats
Fits are rather common amongst highly-bred cats, especially at the time of teething. I have found the following course a most effectual one: - Plunge the cat in a bath of hot water right up to the nec...
-Ear Problems In Cats
All cats have the strongest objection to having anything cold put into their ears. Therefore, if you use any lotion, let it stand in hot water, so that the chill may be taken off. If Condy and water i...
-Debility In Cats
A simple and a good tonic for a cat who is suffering from debility is the following: - Tincture of cinchona bark, one ounce; water one pint. Give a dessertspoonful of this mixture thrice daily. There...
-Distemper In Cats
When distemper attacks our poor pussies, there is really nothing to be done but to try and keep up their strength, as this disease very rapidly produces intense debility. From the commencement give fr...
-V. Cat Clubs And Cat Homes
I am almost afraid to think, much less to say, how many years ago it was that I attended the first Cat Show held at the Crystal Palace, which was organised by Mr. Harrison Weir. I well remember, howev...
-Cat Clubs And Cat Homes. Continued
I think it will be useful to give the standard of points drawn up by each Specialist Club. I therefore append the following list: Blue Persians Coat - Any shade of blue allowable; sound and ev...
-Entering For Cat Exhibition
On the next page is a copy of the entry form used by The National Cat Club, which will serve as a sample of the general form used by various club secretaries: Miss Frances Simpson's Blue Kitten Bon...
-VI. Cat Miscellaneous
There is a great deal in the way in which a cat carries her tail. It ought not to be stuck up straight in the air nor yet curled under the hind legs, or dragged along the ground. I like to see a Persi...
-Cat Miscellaneous. Part 2
In insuring your pussies insist on having the yellow insurance ticket placed on the hamper in your presence. Sometimes you pay your money and then in the hurry of getting the package to the train the ...
-Cat Miscellaneous. Part 3
Now that there are specialist societies for several breeds of cats, prizes for these are well supplied at the various shows. I would, therefore, suggest that fanciers should try to encourage Blacks, W...
-Cat Miscellaneous. Part 4
It is a difficult matter to let our stud cats have their freedom even for a short time or to give them an opportunity for exercise. I have often tethered my torn cat, and for a collar have used a leat...









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