Fully revised and expanded to include the newest breeds, varieties, and colors, as well as the latest thinking on behavior and training, The new Encyclopedia of the Cat is the definitive guide to the history, anatomy, and behavior of the feline species. Cats Past and Present: Chronicling the history of the cat, world-renowned veterinarian and author, Dr. Bruce Fogle, explains how one subspecies of the wildcat developed a tolerance for living near humans and became the domestic cat we know today. The new Encyclopedia of the Cat explores many aspects of the cat's role in human culture, including cat worship and cats in folklore, literature, and art. Visual Breed Guide: More than 65 of the world's major cat breeds are lavishly photographed in specially commissioned full-figure portraits. Key facts are included about all the registered color varieties, their ancestry, breed standards, and temperament. A Complete Cat Care Manual: The anatomy of the feline form is analyzed in detail, from the skeleton and nervous system to the function of hormones and genes. There is extensive advice on your cat's health, grooming, and other aspects of responsible ownership. The instincts, hunting, socializing, and mating habits unique to cats are explained in full. Truly encyclopedic in scope, this is the essential reference for every cat lover.