Thursday, April 9, 2015
Book Review & Giveaway: Learning the Secret Language of Cats: A Vet's Translation
Dr. Teed began to write this book because she felt a book like this was missing from the bookshelves of cat owners and lovers. It became a labour of love with each page written as she realized she could impact so many cat lives and hopefully prevent preventable disease, behavioural issues and euthanasia. With humour, candor and intelligence, Dr. Teed not only provides insight into modern day feline health and welfare issues, but describes how the experiences of the cat are mirrored in our own lives.
Dr. Teed explores the body-mind-soul connection and notes what feeds the mind is often deficient in the modern world we have constructed for ourselves and our cats. These deficiencies then become written on the body. She feels a more integrated approach to care of our felines is what is needed now for the modern cat. Through personal stories of lessons learned over her years as a veterinarian in feline practice and as an overall cat lover, Dr. Teed calls the cat the ultimate success story and through careful study has found the secrets to his success. She has observed first hand time and time again the positive power of the cat to affect change in small sprees and reflects what an amazing thing it would be if we were all a bit more cat-like. In her words, every household can benefit from a cat.
It probably goes without saying that my bookshelves are packed with books about cats, both fiction and non-fiction. I'm always eager to read and learn more about these precious little beings that mean the world to me. They are such mysterious creatures and we have so much to learn both from them and about them. This book, written by a vet who spent the majority of her career caring exclusively for a cats, is a must read for anyone who either already shares their lives with cats or is thinking of bringing a cat into their home for the very first time.
What I enjoyed about this book is that it isn't a cat care manual, a story, or a memoir. It's a fusion of all three: a feline practitioner and "cat whisperer" writing about her experiences both with her own cats and her feline patients through the years. She shares her insight into feline nutrition, medical and behavioral issues, and how to decipher what your cat is trying to tell you. Of particular interest to me were her thoughts on choosing veterinary medicine as a career choice and why she ultimately decided to give up her practice, and the importance of pet insurance and why veterinary costs are so high.
Of course, we are all passionate about our pets and their care and there will always be instances where we disagree with the "experts", and in this case it's the author's views on allowing a cat outdoors unsupervised in spite of the many hazards, and the use of shock collars and mats to curtail unwanted behavior. There are innumerable ways to enrich an indoor cat's life so the big, scary outside world doesn't seem so appealing, and to redirect misbehaviors with ways to make everyone happy.
I think anyone who loves cats will find something in this book to help make your pet happier and healthier, and to possibly make you a better, more understanding pet parent!
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