Pets in America: A History

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Portrait of America’s relationship with cats, dogs, birds, fishes, rodents, and other companion animals, drawing on natural history, the changing role of pets in family life, new standards of animal welfare, borderline cases such as livestock pets, and the marking of animals and pet products, focusing particularly on the period between 1840 and 1940, and drawing on diaries, letters, catalogs, and newspapers from the time.