Whether you are a first-time pet owner or you are looking after an existing menagerie, this book provides all the practical advice you will need for keeping your domestic pets happy and in full health. An essential reference guide, this comprehensive volume allows families to choose pets confidently to suit their lifestyle, time constraints and living conditions, and to offer them the most comfortable and caring home. It gives detailed information about a wide range of small animals, from cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, chinchillas, rats and mice to birds, reptiles, invertebrates and fish. Illustrated with 1200 photographs this expert manual is all you need to care for your pet. An authoritative practical guide to choosing and caring for puppies and dogs, kittens and cats, small mammals, birds, reptiles, insects and fish. Step-by-step sequences show techniques such as grooming, feeding, training and exercising. Includes all pet types, with advice on pet characteristics, the most suitable pets for children, and how to choose the best pet for your family's lifestyle.