Picks and Pans Review: The Indoor Cat

updated 04/06/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/06/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Patricia Curtis

For any city dweller considering adopting a cat, this book provides all the basic information on diet, hygiene and grooming, safety, illnesses, neutering, behavior problems, play and travel. For instance, if you are away much of the time, Curtis says two kittens may be better than one because, though they sometimes seem aloof and independent, cats must have companionship. Curtis has lived 30 years with cats—as many as five at one time—and even if she adores them to the point of being an embarrassing felinophile, she can also be tough-minded when a pet doesn't work out or is truly crazy. She writes a column on pets for House and Garden. What Dr. Spock's book provides for mothers, this book offers to those kept by urban cats. (Doubleday, $10.95)

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