Cats for the GENIUS
Are you a cat owner or are you thinking about becoming one? If cats have already cast their magical spell on you, you’ll find valuable information for you and your feline friends. If you’re getting your first cat or find yourself unexpectedly living with a feline roommate, welcome to the cat fancy. Get ready for a whimsical, enchanting, and affectionate lifelong relationship!
Cats for the GENIUS shows you how to build the foundation of a long, healthy, happy relationship between you and your cat.
Cats for the GENIUS is written with clever wit and in an easy-to-read conversational style common to books in the For the GENIUS series. It is your comprehensive owner’s guide to everything feline.
Cats as a species are surrounded by myth, misinformation, and misunderstanding, causing so many to be relinquished to shelters. With humans, miscommunication is often behind misunderstandings in relationships. Communication is no less important in our relationships with our cats. Usually, the miscommunication involves a perfectly normal feline behavior that may be innate, instinctual, a sign of stress, or a medical condition that a person finds unacceptable in the home environment—weakening the human-animal bond or completely rupturing it. Ramona D. Marek shows us how to understand what our cats are trying to tell us.
An air of mystery cloaks cats but Cats for the GENIUS helps solve some of the mystery from the beginning. The Introduction discusses feline domestication, where and when it began, and whose idea it was in the first place. The book is divided into four progressive parts of eighteen chapters which can easily be read individually and out of order.
Part 1, Selecting a Cat, focuses on the responsibilities of having a cat, picking a compatible feline personality, preparing your home for a new cat, and making proper introductions to other pets and family members.
Part 2, Life with Your Cat, delves into feline nutrition, reading and understanding cat food labels, verbal and nonverbal feline communication, and basic care and grooming of your cat.
Part 3, Keeping Your Cat Healthy, covers how to choose a veterinarian, important vaccinations for your cat, common feline diseases, and fascinating feline anatomy.
Finally, Part 4, Partings, is about the ways we part company with our cats, life expectancy, and the difficult end-of-life decisions we must make.
Sprinkled in each chapter are a variety of sidebars with tidbits of extra information.
About the Author
Ramona D. Marek, MS Ed., is an award-winning freelance writer, member and former director of the Cat Writers’ Association (CWA), member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners’ Cat Friendly Practice Advisory Council, nonveterinarian member of the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians, and former member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She is a contributing writer for many national and international print and digital magazines, including Cat Fancy, Animal Wellness magazine, Catnip newsletter (published by Tufts University), Cat Talk, and Pet Product News International. Ramona has written about various topics, including the role and symbolism of the cat in fine arts (art, literature, mythology, film, and history), animal health and welfare, and the pet industry.
Ramona was the recipient of the 2015 goodnewsforpets.com Human-Animal Bond Award for her article “The Strength of the Human-Animal Bond.” She also received The Cat Writers’ Association Muse Award in the category of Newsletter Article/Any Other Topic for her article “Estate Planning and Your Pets.” Ramona’s article “Faint Heart,” about feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, published in Animal Wellness magazine, was awarded the 2014 CWA Purina One Health Award for outstanding article reporting on feline health issues and a Certificate of Excellence as judged by her peers. Other articles by Ramona were awarded CWA Certificates of Excellence in 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011.
Writing has been a part of Ramona’s life since early childhood. Animal welfare, and speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves, have also been lifelong passions. After earning a master’s degree in education, Ramona taught special education for twenty years in public and private schools. Ramona and her husband, Vladimir, live in Vancouver, Washington.
About the For the GENIUS Series
The For the GENIUS series is a line of how-to books about literally any topic that people want to learn. Though written in a conversational style, GENIUS books are thorough and authoritative treatments of the subject. They are written by experts in the subject who want to share with others what they've learned.