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Are cheetahs actually just large domestic cats? Although the domestic cat is often used as a model for the cheetah, this is apparently not always appropriate. This book provides indications for domains in which the cheetah is unique and has species-specific needs.
This book showcases the similarities and differences between cheetahs and domestic cats, with an emphasis on nutrition and reproduction. Where no examples are available from one of the two species, those from other members of the cat family are cited. The descriptions and comparisons are especially important for the formulation of rations for captive cheetahs, and for zoo breeding programmes.
The author conducted her doctoral research on cheetah and domestic cat nutrition, and has published various articles about both species on the topics of nutrition, growth, development and husbandry.
Title: Spot the difference: Comparative nutrition and reproduction in the domestic cat and cheetah
Author: Katherine M. Bell
Publisher: Nothingham University Press (2010)