Finally a book about cats by a truly good author, one we've come to depend on.
My Life in a Cat House by Gwen Cooper (Homer's Odyssey) was delightful. Gwen Cooper really knows cats! And she loves them to pieces! Since patience has never been one of my virtues I pre-ordered this from Amazon. It's only available in hard cover right now, or on Kindle. You'll learn more about not only Homer, but Scarlet and Vashti, the two cats Gwen had when she adopted Homer. You'll also meet her two current kitties, gotten while Homer was still alive, Clayton and Fanny. Ms. Cooper has a hilarious way with words. I found myself laughing out loud and even wiping away a tear or two. Each chapter shows, at the beginning of the chapter, a photo of each one of her cats. I spent three wonderful evenings reading this book. Well spent!
Ms. Cooper has another book out that has been out a year or two. I just haven't been able to afford it. Ir's called Kittenish and is a take off on the numerous selfies of Kim Kardashian- gack! I mean to order it as soon as it's available used. Meanwhile, if you've never read any of Gwen Cooper's books, start with Homer's Odyssey, go on to The Ninth Life of Homer the Blind Wonder Cat, and then pick up Love Saves the Day - all books about a cat or cats - all wonderfully written, a couple of which will make you reach for an entire box of tissues, but well worth the tears. It is so much fun to have a book worth reviewing - or even worth reading for that matter.
You can order it new on Amazon, find it at Barnes and Noble, and on Kindle. Not in used book store yet. May you experience the delightful anticipation of sitting down with a book you know you are going to enjoy - one of the most satisfying of thoughts! Happy reading!
The Cat in the Window is a compilation of stories (each chapter a story), edited by Callie Smith Grant. Since each chapter is in itself a short story about a different cat, you can pick this book up and start anywhere and read for as long or as little as you like. I tend to like book-length stories, but this one was recommended to me, so here t'is.
Ms. Grant gives us a short bit of info about each contributing author. Some chapters are taken from full-length books, such as the excellent book about Kit Kat and Lucy by Lonnie Hull DuPont. More than one writer has contributed a few stories. It's interesting to compare the writer's styles. As in all compilations, there are some you will love, some will make you laugh out loud, some will make you feel as if the writer is being a little "too cute". I don't recall any out and out sad stories in this book. If you're looking for book featuring cats, that you can pick up and set down without committing a whole evening, this book might be just the one. Available on Amazon (used), in used book stores, in the library and probably on Kindle.
If any of you gentle readers has read a good cat book that hasn't been already reviewed, please shoot me an e-mail and tell me the title and author. email@example.com.
I'm fast running out of good kitty books to report on. I've read a couple that were so bad I absolutely refuse to report on them.
The Old Man and the Cat (A Love Story), by Nils Uddenberg.
In looking for upbeat books about kitties, the title of this one caught my eye, so I ordered it from Amazon and read it. It is about an old man and a cat, but as far as being a "love story", I remain unconvinced. Translated from the Swedish, perhaps the book lost something in translation. My reading of this book didn't show me that the old man who, very reluctantly, adopted a stray kitty, felt any empathy,much less love! The book doesn't end sadly. I'll say that for it. The writer is a retired professor of medical psychology. He spends quite a bit of the book discussing human/cat relationships, in a scientific manner. I found myself getting bored. The last page is the saving grace of the entire book, in my mind. He says, "I wouldn't mind dying in my bed with Kitty somewhere close by." I can relate to that! Maybe another reader will get more out of this particular book than I did. Not quite up to the reviews I read about it, you can, none the less, obtain it on Amazon, in used book stores, the library or on Kindle.
If any of you gentle readers has a good cat book to recommend, one I haven't already reviewed, please shoot me an e-mail and I will look into it. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Finding good kitty stories is harder and harder, especially for a voracious reader such as myself. I read a book about a cat in England who, but for the selfishness of his owner, would probably be alive today. I refuse to review the woman's book. She was more impressed with her "twenty minutes of fame" due to her kitty and his passing, than with her actual kitty. I read all kinds of books about cats - some funny, some whimsical, some terribly sad, some about a different cat in each chapter. I've written about all my favourite cat books so far, and some that have not been so favourite. I'm down to one more book in my stack to review and then I'll be searching. BTW, I read up to four books a week - all types, mostly about the Native Americans, either historical, or biographical, books about the Anasazi, environmental books, geology, some mysteries, some good fantasy, only good westerns, which does not include Louis L'Amour. I'm picky what I read, but since I read so much I am always looking for new books and authors. I try to avoid sad animal stories, since there are plenty of sad animal stories right around us, in Real Life. I have some excellent books about otters, elephants, horses, animal rights, vegetarian/vegan movements, no-kill shelter movements, environmental issues. I'm just running out of good kitty books.
The Good Luck Cat by Lissa Warren
In 2008 Lissa Warren witnessed the death of her beloved father from a heart attack. Ting, the living extension of Lissa's dad, is a purebred Korat. My only problem with this book was that Lissa and her parents didn't seek out and save the life of a shelter cat. Instead they spent a huge amount on a purebred cat. Those of us in cat-rescue would save the life of a cat in a shelter, or one we had taken in from one of the colonies, like Charlie,Oscar, Ebony, or CJ to name a few. (I'm still hoping some kind soul will step up to adopt sweet Sweet Pea out at Big T's). Lissa and her parents are obviously well off financially and it never occurred to them to look in a shelter for a cat. That being said, they gave Ting the best life any cat could have.
Less than a year after her father's death, Ting is diagnosed with a potentially fatal heart condition. Their only option to save her life is to have a human pacemaker implanted in Ting's little cat body. The procedure is performed by the best animal hospital in Boston. Thus begins the story of how Ting helped Lissa and her mother deal with the loss of Lissa's father. When her dad was alive he was "Ting's person". This book does NOT have a sad ending! Ting survives the surgery and her journey back to health helps prepare Lissa for a serious diagnosis of her own.
Beautifully written, this book is not just the story of a spoiled purebred cat and her upscale owners. It is a book about grief, hope, and how our pets, in this particular story, a little grey cat, can not only help us through the tough spots, but enrich our lives and enable us to keep on keeping on, to keep on hoping and to appreciate each day we have, especially each day we have with a beloved pet.
Available in the library, on Amazon, in used book stores and on Kindle, I found myself involved in Ting's life, her prognosis, as well as how Lissa, her mother and Ting become a team - a team that is strong because they have the love of each other. An enjoyable read. Although I found it hard to relate to the social background of Lissa and her mother - one of privilege, in a sense, of entitlement. But if you can get around that aspect, it's a good story about a kitty who overcomes the odds and helps her humans. Read it to read about Ting!
Rescued is twelve stories of rescued cats as told through "their eyes" I normally don't like to read a collection of short stories since I'd rather have a story I can get in to However, this book was recommended by a friend and I got it used from Amazon.
Twelve rescuers tell the stories of a cat they rescued, as seen through the eyes of that cat. Not cutesy. Not adorable. No gimmicks. At the end of the book each author is pictured and there is a short bio for her/him. There is a photo or two of each cat featured - that appears along with that cat's story.
As rescuers we all can relate to more than one of these stories. They are heart-warming, sometimes funny, sometimes a bit sad. But every kitty in each story is indeed a rescue.
If you want a book you can pick up and read a short piece from, this just might be the answer. I think the story of "Rama: Sideways" might just be my favourite. You can find this book new or used on Amazon, probably in used book stores, maybe on Kindle and possibly in the library. Read it and see which kitties are your favs!
If you are able to locate either on Amazon, Kindle, in the library or a used book store A Cat Named Squeeky you will never regret any effort made on your part.
I read this book in one night! The author, Vic Reskovic, has no other books to his name, but his account of how he and his wife came to adopt, and be adopted by a stray little girl kitty whose face, in his words, looked like it had it had been "dipped in a hot fudge sundae, with a cream coloured streak coming down the middle of its forehead and over its nose." Her eyes were so blue the author expected to see clouds in them! Part Siamese, this little girl was quite talkative and Vic and his wife Cindy named her "Squeeky"- a fitting name indeed. They didn't want a cat. But they fed her when ever she showed up. One day she just waked into their house when Vic held the door open. From her appropriation of a blue shawl to finally sleeping on their bed between them, Squeeky went from being a homeless stray to a kitty with two humans of her very own. This author has a humorous side to his writing. I often found myself smiling. I even laughed out loud a couple of times.
Squeaky lived for nineteen years with Vic and Cindy. Would all stray kitties were so fortunate as to find such accommodating humans to love them! You'll need a hanky at the very end, but every bit of the story is well worth any tears. We've all experienced what Vic and Cindy experienced at the passing of Squeeky. Vic has become an advocate for stray cats and lists several organizations in the back who he suggests might be helpful in finding a home for a stray, unless you don't wind up adopting him/her yourself. One of the organizations he lists is Best Friends Animal Sanctuary outside of Kanab, Utah. The largest no-kill shelter in the country, I know from personal experience that Best Friends is a wonderful place and a wonderful organization. Get this book and enjoy every minute of it!
Our trapping/transporting team was BUSY last weekend. Between Friday and Sunday they trapped 19 cats for TNVR!
Thank you so much to everyone who participated in this project--Our Rock Star trapper Laura, Nancy and Emily for transporting to the Denver Dumb Friends League, Tonni who recovered them after surgery, and Nancy and Jenny H who delivered them back home. All the cats were neutered or spayed and vaccinated, and many were given antibiotics for things like a skin infection, wounds, and an ear infection. Great work team! Now they can spend their time chasing bugs and lying in the sun.
Thank you so much to DDFL for providing no cost spay/neuters.
Christina adopted Mama Kitty and took her home to live out her retirement years as a spoiled indoor kitty.
Mama is ten years old and has lived her whole life outdoors at Big T's colony. She's never been much for pets or human affection, only allowing an occasional head pat in passing from her caretakers. When Christina started volunteering to feed the kitties at Big T's a year ago, Mama Kitty was smitten, and started acting like a kitten when Christina was around. Christina felt the same love for Mama. In early March Mama went into Family Pet Hospital for medical care for a hurt paw and to have three teeth removed. While Mama was recovering at Deb's house, Christina visited her each morning. And so, as the saying goes, "Once a cat has chosen it's human, game over..."
Thanks so much to everyone who helped make the TNR effort a success. Thanks to Laura who planned it, trapped and transported. Thanks to Janet, Tabatha, and Andrea for helping Laura trap. Thanks to Bri for trapping in your colony. Thanks to Nancy for transporting to Denver Dumb Friends League. And, thanks to Jenny H for being on call to transport. We were able to TNR 10 cats from 3 locations. Some of them were treated with antibiotics, matted cats were brushed, and we know of one to two that need more medical care. What would we do with out Denver Dumb Friends League? They are terrific! Thank you DDFL and Tonni too!
CJ from Big T's colony had a wound on his cheek that wasn't healing. Last week Deb and Christina got him into a carrier and Deb took him to see Doctor Molly Abernathy at Family Pet Hospital.
Doctor Molly treated his wound and will see him back for dental care and a follow up visit next week. Meanwhile he is recovering at Deb's house and is loving playtime and sitting on Deb's lap. Yesterday he "helped" Deb play Candy Crush on the computer.
Thank you Christina and Family Pet Hospital for helping CJ. Purrs to Deb for taking me in and giving me lots of LOVE!
LFFAC adventures, stories and maybe even a cute cat video every now & then.