77 Things to Know Before Getting A Cat by Susan M. Ewing. Mount Joy, PA: Companion House Books, an imprint of Fox Chapel Publishers International, 2018. ISBN-13: 9781620082911
Author Susan M. Ewing has won a Muse Medallion for this book. The news was announced at the recent CWA 25th Annual Conference and Banquet in St. Louis, Mo. Ewing is a past president of the Cat Writers’ Association and her cat flash cards, Cats! Train Your Owner! previously won a Muse Medallion.
Ewing writes an award-winning bi-weekly column, ‘The Pet Pen,” for The Post-Journal of Jamestown, New York and she has written for Kittens USA, Cats USA and Cats Magazine.
Here’s a summary of the book:
If you’re longing for the pitter-patter of four furry feet, you have some homework to do. When new cat owners aren’t prepared, it’s the cat who suffers, so it’s very important to consider all angles of cat care and ownership before making the commitment. This book starts with the process of selecting a suitable cat for your home and lifestyle and goes on to discuss the present and future requirements of feeding, grooming, training, healthcare, and much more to fully educate prospective new cat owners. Inside 77 Things to Know before Getting a Cat: Advice on selecting a kitten or adult cat based on your family, living space, and lifestyle; Buying a purebred from a breeder versus adopting from a shelter or rescue group; The equipment and supplies you’ll need before the cat comes home; Getting the cat acclimated to his new environment Feeding, grooming, training, and healthcare for all life stages; Keeping your cat safe at home and away; Illustrations, charts, and checklists, to help you plan and prepare to bring your kitty home.
Ewing was also awarded the Michael S. Brim Distinguished Service Award by the Cat Writers’ Association. She lives in Jamestown, New York, with her husband, Jim, and two Corgis, Gael and Tegan. The household is currently without a cat.