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The Encyclopedia of the Cat (Encyclopedias of Animal Breeds)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  111 ratings  ·  13 reviews
The Encyclopedia of The Cat A highly informative, highly illustrated guide to the world of cats. Text and illustrations combine to provide a comprehensive look at all aspects of the cat

A one-stop reference guide to the main breeds, illustrated with 1,000 photographs and line drawings

Easy-to -use icons provide information on size, coat care, and feeding


Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Parragon Publishing (first published 1990)
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Anthony McGill
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cats-animals
Full of fascinating information, easy to read, beautiful photos and drawings to inform and admire.
Anyone who has a cat or is interested in these intriguing critters will love this book.
Pretty much a one-stop reference guide to all the various breeds and aspects of a cat's life which kept me pawing through all my nine lives. The little box of 'cat facts' which appear on every page are particularly interesting.
My alpha cat is featured on page 253!
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I'm a magnet of Obese pets. ...more
Laura Hassebrock
Great for anyone obsessed with felines -- although I imagine there are more up-to-date versions available. I used to take this with me everywhere.
Nbb Ackley
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am a cat dork. I read this book in search of more knowledge. I knew most of the things inside, but it was still a fun read. If you are bored to death by non fiction, don't read this book. ...more
Nov 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Mildly amusing and informative. Chock full of typos. Good value for fifty cents at a used book sale.
Jan 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this book has some interesting information about cats, I was very disturbed by the extensive breeding programs for some species. If a cat does not meet some "standard", it is labeled "faulty". What happens to all those cats, particularly ones that are so inbred. ...more
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loves it !!!!
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, classics
It's everything about cats. It's a cat lover's dream. It's exactly what it says on the tin.

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Final Score: 4/5
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Jessica by: the cover
Rather repetitive. Way too much about cat shows. Lots of typos and other editing issues.
Mary Ronan Drew
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Encyclopedia of the Cat by Bruce Fogle. I've been paging through this book for a couple of years and finally got down to reading the text recently as well as looking at the splendid pictures. I don't usually notice the publisher of a book, but it's impossible not to be aware you're looking at a DK Publishing book, the quality is so outstanding.

I would like to get a kitten. Wilhelm, having spoken to Miss Darcy and Miss Woodhouse about this matter, says they do not. But I can dream about a blu
Briana Nesgoda
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am the cat type rather than that dog type. I love absolutely adore cats. So, obviously I recommend this to all cat lovers. Even though I do not have my own cat, I found this very informational and a usable source for when ever I could get a cat of my own. Before I read this book, I did not know there was such thing as a cat that likes to swim. I found out the Turkish Van and the Turkish Angora love to swim. I find that interesting. So, to sum it all up this provides a vast amount of informatio ...more
Nov 13, 2008 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cat lovers/Cat owners
This book helped me learn everything I needed to know when I got my cat a year ago. It's helped me with little things like, how to clean out her ears and big things like when she had an eye infection. I am a big cat lover and this book has given me ample resources to buff up on my cat knowledge. It is also just a fun book to look through. One of the things I love most is looking through it to see what different breeds are like. ...more
This book was okay...although I admit I didn't read every single page. I basically skipped the whole cat show and pedigree breed sections. I learned a few things but nothing life changing. I believe this book was published in London. There were a few words that I didn't know like "cattery", I never did figure out what that was. Also, a lot of the stats came from the UK.

All in all it wasn't horrible.
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