Recommended Reading

The following books and webpages are highly recommended if you’re interested in the topics raised in these pages.

Animal Abuse

Ascione, Frank R & Arkow, Phil (Editors, 1999), Child Abuse, Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse, Linking the Circles of Compassion for Prevention and Intervention, Purdue Research Foundation

Merz-Perez, Linda & Heide, Kathleen M (2003), Animal Cruelty: Pathway to Violence Against People, AltaMira

Animal Health

Eldredge, Debra M et al (2008), Cat Owner’s Home Veterinary Handbook, Wiley Publishing Inc, 3rd Ed

Miller, Lila & Zawistowski, Stephen (Editors, 2004), Shelter Medicine for Veterinarians and Staff, WileyBlackwell

Caring for Neonatal Kittens

Bloomfield, Betty (1994), Nursing & Hand Rearing Newborn Kittens – now out of print but you might find a 2nd hand copy

Darrow, Sharron (updated 2013), Bottlekatz by Sharron Darrow 

Animal Shelters

Alger , Janet M & Alger, Steven F (2002), Cat Culture: The Social World of a Cat Shelter, Temple University Press

Fakkema, Douglas (2001), The Four Phases, Animal Sheltering magazine

International Cat Care, Cat Rescue Manual – A great resource on cat rescue.

Figley, Charles R (2006), Compassion Fatigue in the Animal-Care Community, Humane Society Press

Geyer, Marilee (2007), One at a Time: A Week in an American Animal Shelter, No Voice Unheard

Animal Welfare and Animal Rights

Appleby, Michael C et al (2011), Animal Welfare, Wallingford, Oxon: CAB International, 2nd Ed

Bekoff, Marc (2008), The Emotional Lives of Animals: A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy and Why They Matter, New World Library

Bekoff, Marc (2007), Animals Matter: A Biologist Explains Why We Should Treat Animals with Compassion and Respect, Boston: Shambala Publications

Goodall, Jane & Bekoff, Marc (2004), Ten Trusts: What We Must Do to Care For the Animals We Love, HarperCollins

Waldau, Paul (2011), Animal Rights: What Everyone Needs To Know, New York: OUP

Williams, Erin E & DeMello, Margo (2007), Why Animals Matter: The Case for Animal Protection, Prometheus Books

Companion Animals

Gallico, Paul (1987), The Silent Miaow: A manual for kittens, strays & homeless cats, London: Pan Books


Rivera, Michelle A (2004), Canines in the Classroom: Raising Humane Children through Interactions with Animals, New York: Lantern Books


Brestrup, Craig (1998), Disposable Animals: Ending the Tragedy of Throwaway Pets, Camino Bay Books

Winograd, Nathan (2007), Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America, Almaden Books

Responsible Ownership

Horton-Bussey, Claire (2006), Living With A Rescued Cat, Dorking: Ringpress Books

Trap Neuter Return (TNR)

International Cat Care, Feral Cat Manual – Great resource on feral cats and TNR.

Perry Berkeley, Ellen, TNR: Past, Present, and Future: A History of the Trap-Neuter-Return Movement

Slater, Margaret R (2002), Community Approaches to Feral Cats: Problems, Alternatives, and Recommendations, Humane Society of the US

Printable Leaflets

Feral Cat Ireland’s TNR leaflet

Alley Cat Allies TNR leaflets

Blue Cross animal health, behaviour and care leaflets (see, for example, Looking After Your Cat and Looking After Your Dog)


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