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Top 8 Books on Natural Health for Cats

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Sooner or later, almost everyone who shares a home with a cat discovers "natural health" or hears about holistic veterinary procedures such as accupuncture, massage therapy or homeopathic remedies. To the novice, some of these terms may sound strangely mysterious, although many of them have been in practice for hundreds of years. Holistic medicine is not intended to replace traditional "allopathic" veterinary care, but in conjunction, they can ensure optimal health and well-being for your cat.

1. Raising Cats Naturally, by Michelle T. Bernard

As more and more people become conscious of the health of their cats, they find themselves turning toward more natural solutions. The old philosophy of "a pill for every ill" is being replaced by conscientious management of our cats' diets, along with a new attitude toward "routine" procedures such as vaccinations. Michell Bernard covers every aspect of raising cats the way nature intended with a frank, no-holds-barred approach.

2. "Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats," by Richard

As a veterinary student studying nutrition, Dr. Pitcairn learned to "Tell your clients to feed their animals a good commercial pet food and to avoid table scraps." During his first years in practice, he was continuously frustrated at his frequent inability to help the pets brought to him for treatment - until he discovered the holistic approach to veterinary medicine. He shares the benefit of his extensive studies through this book in an easily-digestible form.
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3. "Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats"

The sub-title of this book is "Your A-Z Guide to Over 200 Conditions, Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements, and you will find it invaluable as a reference source for monitoring your cat's health. The book is divided into four sections, with articles listed alphabetically within each section. This book will be sure to be well-thumbed by those who are raising a cat. Hardly a day goes by that I don't refer to it.
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4. "The Nature of Animal Healing," by Martin Goldstein, DVM

Dr. Goldstein has been awed and fascinated by the mysteries of holistic medicine in all the years he has practiced it, and his book will help readers understand how the body is capable of healing itself, given the proper nutrition and treatment.
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5. "The New Natural Cat," by Anitra Frazier

The New Natural Cat is in its second edition since 1990, and has become the "Bible" for cat lovers who seek out holistic health care for their cats. The books brims with healthy recipes for home-prepared cat foods, advice on correcting behavioral problems, and includes a handy guide to common health problems.
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6. "Veterinarians Guide to Natural Remedies for Cats," by Martin Zucker

This book is a must-read for veterinarians who are considering integrating the "best of both worlds" into their practices - the tried and true concepts of traditional medicine for acute problems and the holistic approach for treating and often reversing chronic conditions. More than that though, this book will teach cat owners how to partner with their vet in treating and maintaining the health of the whole cat.
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7. "Keep Your Cat Healthy the Natural Way", by Pat Lazarus

"Keep Your Cat Healthy the Natural Way" is an updated version of a previous book written for both dog and cat owners. Pat Lazarus is a well-respected medical writer, and wrote this book through extensive questionnaires and personal interviews with members of the American Holistic Veterinary Medicine Association, an organization of veterinarians who successfully combine allopathic and homeopathic veterinary for the optimum health of their four-legged patients.

8. Cats: Homeopathic Remedies, by George MacLeod

This book is an excellent resource for people with a strong background in homeopathic therapies, but should not be the source of experimentation by novices. For the most part, homeopathic remedies should only be used in consultation with an expert in the field, where this volume will aid in understanding the modalities of the various remedies.
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