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  • By Janis Ringuette
    Dec 4, 2013
    ~~Wise, Informative, Practical, Useful~~ The best treatment for a constipated cat is a human who understands how things work, author Pat Erickson states. Clear accessible prose and excellent diagrams for each section of the digestive system provides that understanding. The book's practical advice, distilled from decades of direct experience with cats and extensive research, rests on the solid foundation of respect for the animal and natural processes. Prevention of feline constipation is the greater goal. Treatments for constipation--good and bad--are discussed at length. Erickson explains why a common remedy suggested by veterinarians (as well as human doctors) to alleviate constipation--drink more water--is overly simplistic. The problem of constipation is not necessarily lack of water in the cat. It is lack of water retention in the stool, the author explains. A well-hydrated cat can still be constipated (as can a well-hydrated human). Drinking more water can produce more urine,... More > not solve the problem at all. Increasing water retention of the stool means improving the diet to improve the stool. Fiber is essential for the health of the gut and therefore the health of the cat. There needs to be something in the diet that is not digestible and is not absorbable, that flows on to the gut bacteria waiting in the large intestine. Some--but not too much--plant material must be included in the modern cats diet. The cat's native diet of mouse and other small prey was not just protein and fat; a mouse offers about three percent carbohydrate and the mouse digestive tract contains some plant material. Erickson explains choices of dietary fiber and amounts suitable for cats (surprisingly small) which owners can provide in lieu of rodent digestive tracts. This wise and thoughtful book could only have been written by a science-minded, keenly observant cat owner. The greatest benefit of the book could be the realization that closely observing ones own cat means learning never stops.< Less

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Second Edition
Pat Erickson
November 24, 2013
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.54 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6.14 wide x 9.21 tall
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