For anyone interested in feline health care a century or so ago or veterinary history, I've transcribed the sections on breeding and on health/veterinary care from the Frances Simpson's 1903 "Book of the Cat". http://www.messybeast.com/retro-1800.htm
Some of the remedies are quite scary and probably toxic. The lack of understanding of "Distemper" (catch-all term for what we now know as cat flu, FIE and other viral illnesses) must have made outbreaks of the snuffles of diarrhoea a very frightening event for owners and breeders. It is an interesting comparison to modern high-tech methods of diagnosis and treatment.

Sarah H
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For anyone interested in feline health care a century or so ago or veterinary history, I've transcribed the sections on ... very frightening event for owners and breeders. It is an interesting comparison to modern high-tech methods of diagnosis and treatment.

Thanks for posting that - interesting!
-L.
For anyone interested in feline health care a century or ... Some of the remedies are quite scary and probably toxic.

Thanks so much, that was really interesting!
Lauren

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I've transcribed the sections on breeding and on health/veterinary care from the Frances Simpson's 1903 "Book of the Cat". http://www.messybeast.com/retro-1800.htm

That is absolutely amazing and so very interesting. Thank goodness practices have changed as we learned more about cats. I'm actually looking for an old book on raising squirrels as pets. I'd love to find one like this one for cats. I'll keep searching.
I've transcribed the sections on breeding and on health/veterinary care from the Frances Simpson's 1903 "Book of the Cat". http://www.messybeast.com/retro-1800.htm

That is absolutely amazing and so very interesting. Thank goodness practices have changed as we learned more about cats. I'm actually looking for an old book on raising squirrels as pets. I'd love to find one like this one for cats. I'll keep searching.

You might have to settle for a general book on "small pets". The Simpson cat book tied in with the sudden craze for breeding and exhibiting cats, so unless there were comparable fancy squirrel societies/shows you probably won't find any specialist literature from a similar era. If you widen your search to small pets, you'll probably find books with chapters about squirrels. I'm not sure when squirrels became popular as pets, but if you can find that out it might help with a time-frame for library searches.

Sarah H
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