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.
Dr. Carol Teed graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 1990. She spent most of her career in feline specialty practice where she became fluent in the mysterious language of cats. While observing cats through their accelerated life cycle, she became fascinated by their ability to bring positive change to the lives of those they interact with. She currently lives in rural Niagara, Ontario, Canada with her husband, four children, two dogs and three cats. She is working on her second book and always has a cat on her lap and two looking over her shoulder.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
First of all, look at this book as a reference book. While a reader can sit down and read this in one setting, the author has so organized this in such a smart way that cat owners/lovers can find the information needed very quickly by consulting the table of contents. Additionally, this is written in “layman” terms. Readers will not find information that is too scientific nor technical. Both of these qualities alone already earn my highest regard, but there is even more to say about this book.
The author is an expert, and she has made a careful study of cats for years. I was highly intrigued to read about the behaviors of cats as we have seven now but have had as many as eighteen cats. Lest anyone wonders, we have rescued feral cats and finally got them all spayed and neutered–no an easy task. One mother cat kept eluding us till finally we were able to catch her. Four of our cats (three formerly feral) live inside, and the others live outside. There is only one cat in the household who was born to be a domesticated cat, but most would never know that our other three housecats were born in the wild.
I was highly entertained and felt quite informed while reading this book. I was never bored, and I feel as though I have learned so much. I plan to hold onto this book and refer to it as we are definitely a “cat” house. I highly recommend this book to anyone who owns cats, loves cats, wants cats, etc.
I was sent a copy fo this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
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