Our Furry Friends

Pets have always been an important part of my life; over the course of my life I’ve had lots of fish, a guinea pig, a rabbit and dogs. I currently have a cat. For me these creatures are like family and I like to learn the best ways to train, feed, and care for them. The library has tons of books on pet care. Here are three that I find particularly useful: 

Pets and the Planet: A Practical Guide to Sustainable Care by Carol Frischmann 
Before I got my cat, I read this book to figure out how to reduce the carbon footprint of my future pet. I try to live as lightly as possible and it was important that I extend this to my future pet as well. This book gives a lot of advice on how to choose the most ecological option for food, grooming, toys, health, and "waste management." It was definitely interesting and helped me to pick things like cat litter and toys that are biodegradable, made sustainably, and healthy for both the cat and I. Some of Frischmann's recommendations may be a little extreme for some, but read the sections that are most useful to you. And remember, the greenest way to get a pet is to rescue one from a shelter, such as the Fond du Lac Humane Society. 

Feed Your Pet Right by Marion Nestle and Malden C. Nesham
Just like humans, animals have complex nutritional needs. Feeding your pet properly can help to minimize the effects of certain health conditions, keep them at a healthy weight, and generally keep them healthy. Just like humans, cats and dogs that eat the best quality food that meets their nutritional needs will be happier, healthier, and less prone to disease. Nestle, a noted human nutritionist, and Neshem, a pet nutrition expert, have written a book that examines not only the needs of animals, but also the best ways to satisfy these needs. They delve into the history of the pet food industry, the biological and evolutionary history of cats and dogs, and examine the big pet food brands. While they do investigate home cooked pet meals, they do not criticize the vast majority of pet owners who feed their pets commercial foods. This is good for anyone interested in their pets’ diets and interested in improving—or at least understanding—what they are feeding our furry friends.

The Humane Society of the United States Complete Guide to Cat Care by Wendy Christensen and the staff of the Humane Society of the United States
Even for experienced cat owners, this book will be educational and helpful. Covering everything from the basics of cat ownership , adoption, nutrition, exercise to grooming, breeding, and training, this book has it all. It also serves a great resource when you are worried about a cat’s behavior or health. All pet owners should have a handy reference guide for their pet’s general health; for cat owners, this is a good one.


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