• Companion Animal Care and Welfare: The UFAW Companion Animal Handbook presents a comprehensive, accessible and practical reference for all parties seeking information about the proper care of companion animals.

    • Identifies the needs of companion animals, explains how we know these needs, and gives scientifically-backed advice on how to meet these needs
    • Promotes the most humane treatment and best possible care of our companion animals
    • Addresses controversial issues such as selective breeding, companion animal showing, the keeping of exotic species, and the international pet trade
    • Covers the husbandry and care of all major companion animal species, including mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians
  • Contributor List vii

    Foreword x
    Robert Hubrecht

    Prologue xii
    James Yeates

    1 Introduction: The Care and Animal Welfare of All Species 1
    James Yeates

    2 Carnivorans (Carnivora) 39
    James Yeates

    3 Cats (Felis silvestris catus) 52
    Irene Rochlitz and James Yeates

    4 Dogs (Canis familiaris) 81
    Nicola Rooney and Kevin Stafford

    5 Ferrets (Mustela putorius furo) 124
    Claudia Vinke, Nico J. Schoemaker, and Yvonne R. A. van Zeeland

    6 Rabbits and Rodents (Glires) 145
    James Yeates and Vera Baumans

    7 European Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) 163
    Siobhan Mullan and Richard Saunders

    8 Guinea Pigs, Chinchillas, and Degus (Caviomorphs) 185
    Anne McBride and Anna Meredith

    9 Golden Hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus) 203
    Bryan Howard

    10 Mongolian Gerbils (Meriones unguiculatus) 218
    Elke Scheibler and Eva Waiblinger

    11 Domestic Rats (Rattus norvegicus) 233
    Oliver Burman

    12 Ungulates (Ungulata) 249
    James Yeates and Paul McGreevy

    13 Horses (Equus caballus) 266
    Paul McGreevy and James Yeates

    14 Birds (Avia) 293
    John Chitty and James Yeates

    15 Zebra Finches (Taeniopygia guttata) 318
    Graham Law, Rudolf Nager, and Michael Wilkinson

    16 True Parrots (Psittacoidea) 338
    Joy Mench, Joanne Paul-Murphy, Kirk Klasing, and Victoria Cussen

    17 Pigeons (Columba livia) 355
    John Chitty

    18 Reptiles (Reptilia) 371
    Joanna Hedley, Robert Johnson, and James Yeates

    19 Central Bearded Dragons (Pogona vitticeps) 395
    Robert Johnson and Sophie Adwick

    20 Nonvenomous Colubrid Snakes (Colubridae) 412
    Joanna Hedley and Kevin Eatwell

    21 Mediterranean Tortoises (Testudo spp.) 425
    Andrew C. Highfield

    22 Ornamental Fish (Actinopterygii) 440
    Lynne Sneddon and David Wolfenden

    23 Goldfish (Carassius auratus) 467
    Culum Brown, David Wolfenden, and Lynne Sneddon

    Index 479

  • James Yeates, Chief Executive Officer at Cats Protection; previously Chief Veterinary Officer at the RSPCA, UK; Chair of the BVA Ethics and Welfare Group; member of the SPVS Council, BSAVA Scientific Committee and Equine Disease Coalition; and author of Animal Welfare in Veterinary Practice (Wiley Blackwell) and Veterinary Science.