Pest Prevention for Small Cats is a special issue of Pet-Nology magazine by John Burdett and Ian L. Beattie. This is an enjoyable and enlightening book for cat owners because it focuses on making your pet’s life better, from inside out. There are plenty of answers to the question “what do I need to do in order to ensure my cat will not become a carrier of infectious diseases?”

John and Ian make it their goal to give practical and veterinarian’s advice to owners who can’t find the time to seek veterinary care for their pets. The authors have done extensive research into each disease and provide simple yet effective measures that will help you get rid of the parasite(s) at the source. And it isn’t just your cat; it’s you, your family, your home, and your future as well. Let me explain:

At the animal shelter, sometimes the medical staff doesn’t seem to know what to do with cats that have recently arrived. Cats are being mistreated every day in shelters.

We have all seen pet owners walking their cats all over town and thinking nothing of it. Of course, the cats won’t look out of place, they are so cute and friendly.

These particular animals will become carriers of many parasites, and humans don’t always know they are doing it. Indeed, this parasite is one of the most common infections in cats, and it is responsible for many cats becoming sick. It is also responsible for many cases of death. Since so many people are sick of seeing our animals sick, and especially cats sick, John and Ian decided to write a book about it.

Folks in shelters don’t even think they need a book. John and Ian have put it in writing so the folks in the shelter can read it. When you read it, I am sure that you will agree.

John and Ian make several recommendations: get regular checkups; watch your pet for any changes in behavior, as well as his weight; spay or neuter your pet, just as you would for a human; do preventative pesticide treatments when necessary, and don’t release any cat food into your pets’ food dish. These recommendations are meant to make your pet healthy and happy.

Pets in shelters often come into contact with animals that have already acquired the same parasite and become sick. This can occur when a pet owner works with an animal shelter, even though he or she is not specifically contracting the infection.

Every person has physical health to think about. Whether your pet’s health or your own is compromised, the parasite you carried can be transferred to another animal, including you. If you were to give your pet some antibiotics, your cat would likely die.

To say this, however, wouldn’t help you if you are ill. If you think you are ill and you just want to keep your pet alive, the problem of parasitic infections needs to be addressed. When you have a pet and keep it healthy, there are fewer risks that you will contract the problem.

John Burdett and Ian L. Beattie describe many beneficial steps that can be taken to keep your pet healthy. Be patient, and let them guide you, and you will reap the benefits of their knowledge.