This book - the
third in a series on Animal Welfare - covers the major issues affecting
the welfare of domestic cats.
In western countries, the cat has become one of the most popular
pets, with its traditional role of rodent catcher being replaced
by that of companion animal. Nevertheless, many situations remain
where the welfare of cats raises concerns.
Written by experts
from the United Kingdom, the United States and Switzerland,
presents up-to-date information on a broad array of topics.
It covers recent developments in our understanding of
cat behaviour, considers the ways in which cat welfare is assessed,
and addresses the successes and failures of the relationship between
cats and humans, including feline behavior disorders.
It also deals with the ever-increasing problem of strays and unwanted
cats in shelters, the feral cat population, and the
effects of housing, disease, nutrition, and breeding on cat welfare.
Although the focus is largely on cats in developed countries,
this book should also be of relevance in developing countries,
where issues affecting the welfare of domestic animals - not only
of livestock but also of companion animals - are beginning to be
identified and addressed.
This volume will be of interest to all those concerned
with the welfare of cats, including veterinarians, animal
behaviorists, animal welfare organizations and cat owners.
(approx USA $59 | CA $66 | Eur €44 | AU $72 | NZ $81)