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Everybody's Cat Book | by Dorothy Bevill Champion



"Everybody's Cat Book" has been written with the idea of helping all who are interested in cats, those who may wish to breed fancy varieties for show or profit, as well as those who wish to care properly for their one pet cat. The author does not profess to have written a comprehensive treatise on diseases or medicines, but simply prescribes reliable remedies for the more ordinary ills that feline flesh is heir to, and nothing is recommended, either food or medicine, which has not already been successfully used by the writer. It is hoped that "Everybody's Cat Book" may be the means of saving both cats and their owners many unpleasant, not to say dangerous, results from experimental prescriptions, prescribed by those who have had no practical experience with the diseases of cats.

TitleEverybody's Cat Book
AuthorDorothy Bevill Champion
PublisherDorothy Bevill Champion
Year1909
Copyright1909, Dorothy Bevill Champion
AmazonYour Cat: Simple New Secrets to a Longer, Stronger Life

Containing chapters on "Colour Breeding," "Showing," "Conditioning," "Judging," "Diseases and Their Treatment," "How to Raise and Treat the Show and Pet Cat," and many valuable prescriptions

By Dorothy Bevill Champion

Copyright, 1909

By D. B. Champion

Press of The Lent & Graff Company 137-139 East 25th St., New York

-Chapter I. The Intelligence And Disposition Of The Cat
How often one hears the remark, How stupid cats are! or, Cats cannot compare with dogs for cleverness. This is a point on which many people make a great mistake, and it is only their ignorance of...
-Chapter II. Longevity Of Cats
The ordinary length of a cat's life is from eight to ten years, although many well-cared-for specimens reach the age of fourteen or sixteen years. As a rule, it is kinder to have them destroyed before...
-Chapter III. Persians And Angoras
The term Angora, in relation to a long-haired cat, should be seldom if ever used in this country, as a typical Angora scarcely exists; therefore, it is supremely ridiculous to see a number of badly ...
-Chapter IV. The Maine Cat
How many people there are who ask, What is a Maine cat? and Why is it not as good as the imported 'longhair'? Possibly some twenty years ago they were as good as any other imported long-haired ca...
-Chapter V. Whites
The long-haired white is a most lovely variety, if kept clean and in good condition; then, with a round head and deep blue eyes, its beauty is hard to surpass. The eyes in this variety make or mar the...
-Chapter VI. Blacks
Blacks have become very popular in this country, and many really good specimens are seen in the show pen to-day. Blacks are very fascinating when they are true to type. A cat coal-black, with large, ...
-Chapter VII. Blues
Although the blue long-hair is now a distinct variety, the colour was first obtained by crossing a self-black with a pure white. The first specimens were shown at the Crystal Palace, England, in the ...
-Chapter VIII. Chinchillas
Probably many novices have no idea of the correct colour of a chinchilla cat; the name chinchilla, as applied to the colour of a silver cat, is most misleading. The little chinchilla animal is, as ...
-Chapter IX. Masked Silvers
Masked silvers are a new variety, and at present very few are bred, as, in the case of many of the darker varieties of silvers, fanciers are all striving after pale chinchillas, and neglecting the d...
-Chapter X. Smokes
Smokes are one of the most beautiful varieties of the longhaired cat. Their colour is most effective, and there is no other animal exactly like it, the nearest, perhaps, being the marmosette monkey. ...
-Chapter XL. Silver Tabbies
Silver tabbies are at present very rare - that is to say, good specimens; and it is quite time more fanciers turned their attention to this variety. Silver tabbies are very much admired, but to breed ...
-Chapter XII. Shaded Silvers
Shaded silvers are one of the prettiest of the silver varieties and are indespensable as a cross in improving the type of chinchillas. They are usually much admired for their type, size, wealth of co...
-Chapter XIII. Cream Or Fawn
These two varieties are usually classified together, as the only difference is a shade or two in depth of colour; in all other respects they should be the same. Champion Argent Splendour. Fawns a...
-Chapter XIV. Brown Tabbies
Brown tabbies were thought little of in the early days of cat showing, probably because there were many of this variety among the short-haired cats. Latterly they have been bred with the most superb ...
-Chapter XV. Orange Tabbies
There are more good specimens to be found in this variety than in the browns, but they are failing in popularity before the solid orange; it seems a pity that there are not enough fanciers to keep all...
-Chapter XVI. Tortoiseshells
Tortoise-shells are peculiar in colouring, resembling a piece of tortoise-shell; their colour consists of black, orange and cream patches, these should be irregular in shape, but distinct in colouring...
-Chapter XVII. Orange
Orange cats without tabby markings and of a deep rich red are a very beautiful variety. These cats are useful to breed with other colours, and are, therefore, becoming very popular. They should be o...
-Chapter XVIII. Short-Haired Cats
As short-haired cats have been in a measure, domestic animals since the time of the Egyptians, when they were idolized, it would be difficult to decide their origin, although many scientific people co...
-Chapter XIX. How To Raise The Short-Haired Pet Kitten
Few people take any care in raising pet kittens, others adhere to the old-fashioned method of a saucer of bread and milk and a few table scraps. It will always be noticed what fine specimens butchers...
-Chapter XX. The Siamese
The Siamese cat is perhaps noted more for its very quaint and unique appearance than for its great beauty. These cats are very peculiar in colouring, to say nothing of their disposition. In the latter...
-Chapter XXI. Manx
Perhaps most people are aware that the true Manx cat comes from the Isle of Man, but how it originated there seems more or less of a myth, and no true tail of its origin can be had; this pun is mo...
-Chapter XXII. Abyssinians
The Abyssinian is a short-haired foreign variety, and very few specimens have been imported into this country. They are in type very much like the ordinary short-haired cats, but their heads are somew...
-Chapter XXIII. Neuter Cats
Neuter cats are by far the most successful to have as pets; they grow far finer than males or females; they are also quieter and far more prone to stay at home. They should be doctored at the age of ...
-Chapter XXIV. The Cattery
Catteries are usually started in a small way, and gradually increase each year, until in a few years you may find yourself with two or three males and five or six females; then, as the years go on, al...
-Chapter XXV. Scientific Breeding
If fanciers take the time, trouble, and go to the expense of raising cats, why not breed them on scientific principles? That is to say, do not breed a long-haired cat to a long-haired cat, just becaus...
-Chapter XXVI. Colours Which Should Not Be Crossed
Novices cannot understand the amount of harm that is done by injudicious crossing of colours in breeding cats. They deteriorate the value of the resulting kittens for generations, and it takes sometim...
-Chapter XXVII. Stud Cats
A stud cat should be a very perfect animal in most points, or he should not be kept for stud purposes. Do not breed from undersized cats with bad points; the male cat should be far finer than the ord...
-Chapter XXVIII. Travelling With Cats
Great care should always be taken when sending or taking cats on a journey. Often the very strongest cats catch cold when improperly shipped, even though at other times they run in and out in all weat...
-Chapter XXIX. Kitten Raising
Kittens raised from strong, healthy parents, even though they may be of the highest pedigree, are very little trouble to raise, and should they contract any illness, they usually recover. On the othe...
-Kitten Raising. Continued
If bones are not provided every day, a third meal must be given; but bones are best, as they keep the teeth in condition, and kittens provided with them have no difficulty when teething. Arrangements...
-Chapter XXX. Breeding Queens
The greatest attention should be given to the condition of all breeding queens, for unless they are in perfect health their kittens are sure to be delicate. Queens should not be bred from until they ...
-Chapter XXXI. Cats At Time Of Kittening
All cats, previous to the time of having their kittens, should be well fed on two raw meat meals a day, larger than their usual meals, and no other diet given. Nine weeks elapses from date of mating b...
-Chapter XXXII. Kitten Foster-Mothers
Many times a good foster-mother has saved a litter of valuable kittens. Young cats are sometimes delicate, or they become very excitable when the kittens are born, so they get neglected and die. Pers...
-Chapter XXXIII. Cat Show Management
It is easy to write of Show Management, and to give good advice, but the difficulty arises as to who is to undertake the actual work. Some will say, Pay men or women to do it, but anyone who wants...
-Cat Show Management. Continued
Of course, many owners attend the shows themselves, and line their pens with some warm material, or place cushions inside; but for cats shipped alone, their comfort should be attended to, and the pen ...
-Chapter XXXIV. Preparing Cats For The Show-Pen
One often wonders how much has really been written on the above subject - namely, the care of show cats - and how many different ways have been advised; also, whether novices really take advice, or do...
-Chapter XXXV. Cat Feeding
More attention should be paid to the diet of an animal than any other part of its care. There can be no success if your cat is not properly fed. It must be clearly understood, if you are starting to...
-Chapter XXXVI. Cat Bathing And Cleaning
Never bathe a cat unless positively obliged to; if by accident puss has tumbled into anything which has badly soiled the hair, such as paint, or, as often happens, has become entangled with a sticky f...
-Chapter XXXVII. Cat Judging
A good judge of cats should have had years of experience in breeding in order to realize quickly all the good, as well as bad, points in the animal he is judging; also, he must show no partiality towa...
-Chapter XXXVIII. Scale Of Cat Points
Orange And Brown Tabbies Orange tabbies to have a clear yellow or cream ground colour, with distinct rich orange markings; eyes orange. Brown tabbies should be a rich red brown with black markings; ...
-Chapter XXXIX. Photographing Cats
Many amateurs take snap shots, but few obtain really good pictures of their cats, as time exposures are the most satisfactory. To photograph cats successfully, one requires, as nearly as possible, ...
-Chapter XL. Invalid Cat Diet
More cats succumb from improper feeding when they are ill than from actual disease; or rather an incorrect diet aggravates disease. In the first stages it is best to give a mild laxative, and no food...
-Chapter XLI. Eye Trouble In Cats
There are many causes of eye disease, but probably worms cause more eye trouble than any other. A cat which has worms seldom has clear, bright eyes. Worms affect the whole mucous membrane, which caus...
-Chapter XLII. Pneumonia In Cats
The first symptons of this disease are loss of appetite, and a pained look in the eyes; the animal usually squats on its front legs and does not curl round when asleep; the breathing becomes very ra...
-Chapter XLIII. Distemper In Cats
Distemper, probably the worst ailment one has to contend with in all animals, may appear in several forms - the catarrhal, which chiefly affects the eyes, nose and air passages, the throat form affect...
-Chapter XLIV. Skin Diseases In Cats
There are many forms of skin diseases, some of which are infectious, others not infectious. Among the latter is simple eczema, which is usually caused by feeding cereals with little or no meat, produ...
-Chapter XLV. Treatment Of The Ears In Cats
Too little attention is paid to the ears, one of the most delicate organs of the cat, and, unless they are kept thoroughly clean, disease, and in many cases death, may be the result. Properly speakin...
-Chapter XLVI. Worms In Cats
Perhaps few fanciers have any idea how many troubles the presence of worms cause; among them are, chronic catarrh, fits, chronic enteritis or dysentery, general unhealth-iness, poor coat and condition...
-Chapter XLVII. Care Of The Teeth In Cats
Great attention should be paid to cats' teeth when kept in confinement; bones, raw or cooked, should be given both to cats and kittens several times a week, if not every day. The best bones for young...
-Chapter XLVIII. Colds In Cats
Colds are easily contracted from sudden changes of the weather, but if cats are strong and well fed an ordinary cold passes off without any serious developments, though in cases of weakly cats or kitt...
-Chapter XLIX. Paralysis In Cats
Cats very seldom suffer from paralysis, when they do it usually attacks the hind quarters, leaving them practically useless. This is sometimes seen in kittens after worm fits, also in cats which have ...
-Chapter L. Rickets, Or Softening Of The Bones In Cats
Few fanciers imagine that such a thing as rickets exists among kittens, just the same as with growing children, resulting in deformed spines and crooked legs; this is caused by improper feeding on foo...
-Chapter LI. Fits In Cats
Many cats are subject to fits, but they do not usually occur in healthy, well cared-for cats. I have not in years had a cat or a kitten have a fit in my cattery, no matter how much frightened they hav...
-Chapter LII. Intestinal Disorders In Cats
Intestinal troubles which cause diarrhoea usually arise from improper feeding, such as milk and cereal diet, decomposed or even slightly tainted food. It may also be due to an internal cold. The latte...
-Chapter LIII. Injuries In Cats
Any injury to a cat should be treated at once by a good veterinary, but should you be located far from a doctor, the information given below may be of some assistance. For home surgery a bottle of co...
-Chapter LIV. Disinfecting Cats
The use of all strong smelling disinfectants should be avoided, both at shows and in the cattery. All odours in a cattery can be avoided by strict cleanliness, having the sanitary pans washed and ref...









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