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If you share your life with companion animals, it is so important to educate yourself about their wants and needs and how they process and react to situations in our world. Here are some resource materials to help you better understand our animal friends. You can purchase them by following the links or buttons to


Snowball the attack bunny always ready to ambush you for a game or just some affection

Behavior & Animal Emotions:

Animals in Translation, by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson.
This astonishingly good book is without compare. Dr. Grandin is very clinical, quite science-based in her approach (which she believes is part of her autistic personality). And yet, she argues firmly and extremely convincingly for the emotional lives of animals. Very, very good discussions of various types of aggression and fear. There is no other work as compelling, unique, and thorough.
When Elephants Weep, by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson and Susan McCarthy.
An unveiling of the emotional lives of animals, discussion of proofs of animal "feeling" and emotion, with supportive anecdotal evidence. Topics include joy, embarrassment, grief, playfulness, and cognitive facility with language.

You've got greenies… don't you?

Animal Health:

The Nature of Animal Healing, by Martin Goldstein, DVM.
This book contains the absolute best information on dietary needs of cats and dogs, the ramifications of nutrition choices, the connection between diet and various organs and systems, and the relationship between diet and disease. The rest of the book may make some folks uneasy—there is information about magnets, nosodes, homeopathy, and other alternative choices that may be beyond your comfort level. But put that aside and focus on the wealth of essential information you will get about your animal companion's basic health at the front of the book.
Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats, by Richard H. Pitcairn, DVM, PhD and Susan Hubble Pitcairn.
Similar to the above, but a bit less informative about the interactions of diet and systems/glands/organs. A terrific back up source for health info.

Ethics/Animal Rights:

Animal Liberation, by Peter Singer.
The classic revolutionary book about the state of animals in our country. Essential reading for animal advocates, and even more important reading for skeptics.
Ethics into Action, by Peter Singer.
See above, same author. This volume moves into the realm of what can be done to alleviate suffering and better the lives of the other beings with whom we share this world.

Exercise? I'm a CAT! I LOUNGE!

Great Gifts (for yourself or another animal lover):

The Autobiography of Foudini M. Cat, by Susan Fromberg Schaeffer.
For any cat lover.
The Cat Who Came for Christmas, by Cleveland Amory.
Mr. Amory has several sequels to this great tail of cat-ness, but the very best part is Mr. Amory's legacy. He was the founder of the Fund for Animals, and when he died he left behind Black Beauty Ranch, home and sanctuary to animals of all kinds rescued from circuses, farms, and other situations where they faced abuse, starvation, or neglect.
Out of Harm's Way, by Terri Crisp.
Stories from one of the nation's first disaster rescuers. Ms. Crisp tells of learning to face disaster and help the animals of the area during floods, hurricanes, and other unimaginable situations. As if rescuing a feral in the local empty lot isn't hard enough…

Play with me!

For Children:

Play With Me, by Marie Hall Ets.
A children's story that introduces the concept of being still and quiet if one wants animals to come near. We've used this time and time again with small children, and they "get it". Such an important lesson!


Creating A Peaceable Kingdom, by Cynthia D. Miller.
For those of you with multi-animal (and multi-species) homes, this is a pleasant guide to harmony in the household.
You Can Save the Animals: 251 Simple Ways to Stop Thoughtless Cruelty, by Ingrid Newkirk.
A friend tells a story of a conference years ago of animal rescue workers where one feral cat advocate stood up to remind everyone that if each person did just one thing, just one, the life of animals in this country would be vastly different. Wondering what you (and your family) can do? Here are 251 answers.