6 Your Cat’s Amazing Senses
Discover how cats see, hear, smell, taste and feel to understand their world.
BY DEBBIE SWANSON
14 Welcome Home
Bringing home a new cat or kitten? Here’s what you’ll need to start off the right paw.
BY SANDY ROBINS
22 2012 Cats USA Photo Contest Results
30 A Breed for Every Cat Lover
Whether your dream kitten traces its heritage back hundreds of years or just a few decades, the breeds listed here are sure to bring joy to your home.
BY STACY N. HACKETT
63 Breed Guide
66 Buyers’ Guide
Stuff your kitty (and you) will love.
74 The Big 3
Here’s what you need to know to protect your cat from these infectious fatal diseases.
BY REBECCA SWEAT
86 Learn All About Heartworms in Cats
This disease is challenging to diagnose and difficult to treat.
BY DUSTY RAINBOLT
94 Poison Plants List
96 Labor of Love
A pioneer in natural pet care, Anitra Frazier continues to use her influence to benefit cats.
BY LYNN ALLEY
98 The Curious Connection Between Cats and Writers
Over the course of centuries, writers have doted on, written about and been inspired by cats.
BY EVE ADAMSON
106 Extreme Shelter Makeover
Environmentally friendly renovations improve the quality of life for shelter animals, staff and visitors.
BY AUDREY PAVIA
112 Inside the Ring
From judging to scoring to ribbons, learn how cat shows work.
BY JANISS GARZA
120 Harder Than It Looks
Breeding pedigreed cats is a lot more than just getting a tom and queen together. Learn about the rigorous work that goes into the hobby. BY ANDREA DORN
126 Cat Calls: The Litterbox
Wonderful stories and practical advice from a veteran cat sitter.
BY JEANNE ADLON AND SUSAN LOGAN
132 Kitty Directory
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