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The Complete Cat’s Meow

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

The Complete Cat’s Meow

Everything You Need to Know about Caring for Your Cat


Darlene Arden

Five Stars!


I LOVE this book! For all the wrong reasons…

The cover (by which, as you know, I judge a book) is GORGEOUS! The beautiful model is not Max the Cat, but he sure could be…

(Surprisingly, Max has never modeled professionally.)

I love the picture on the back of a cat licking his paw. And of course, I love the picture of Darlene and her beautiful Aimee Cat. Of all the many books I have read this year, this one has my very favorite cover! I am going to keep it out for that very reason.

It was written by Darlene Arden! I love her.

She mentioned me in the acknowledgements! Woo! I am in a book! Thank you Darlene!

And most of all, I love this book for all the right reasons…

It is an excellent cat resource – cat health, cat behavior, cat training (Yes! Of course!) and even cat breeds, of which I tend to be a rescue-oriented eye-rolling Max the Domestic Shorthair Orange Tabby-loving ignorer. Though, as you may have guessed, I have always secretly wanted a Sphinx.

(Even better than a Sphinx!)

I am now a reformed cat breed ignorer, and I very much loved the chapter on cat breeds and their origins and the awesomeness of each.

Throughout the book are wonderful insights into the value Darlene puts on rescue, welfare, and of course, cats themselves. Not surprising, knowing Darlene (and reading the title!) but I always love to hear from the heart of a cat lover.

I also loved learning about CAT AGILITY. That one I did not know, but I so want to start training Max now! He honestly would do quite well as he is super smart. I will let you know what I learn!

The veterinary and health information is exactly right. The pictures are super cute. The book is easy to read and will be easy to use as a quick resource. You NEED this book. You will love it, and you will learn about and appreciate your cat/cats/cats-to-be even more than you already do.

Bunny Trails: I plan on visiting all of the websites referenced in the book. Some I know, and some are new to me, but they all sound really great. Also, I am looking up the Nebraska Cat Agility Club…or maybe starting one.

Coming Soon on Riley and James…

Friday, April 8th, 2011

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Skills for Communicating with Patients – Five Stars! This may be the most helpful book I have read from the  Veterinary Economics 25 Books List.  It is an excellent communication book written for MD’s, though the authors have worked with veterinarians too, which I thought was cool.  It is a medical school textbook and is taking me FOREVER to read!  SO worth it though.  I will review it for you as soon as I finish it!

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Summary of my Favorites from the Veterinary Economics 25 Books List – Very fun project…I am finishing the last two books.

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Anesthesia for the Pet Practitioner – Five Stars! This will be a two part review, the first part here and the second part on Wagging Tail.  Anesthesia for the Pet Practitioner is a wonderful veterinary anesthesia book that I have used for years.  The third edition was recently published by Banfield Pet Hospital, and that is the one I am reviewing.  It is also the best one yet!

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The Complete Cat’s Meow by Darlene Arden – Five Stars! OK, I just started this book, but it has a gorgeous Max the Cat cat on the cover and is written by one of my Very Favorite People AND Darlene mentioned me in the acknowledgements.  (Thank you Darlene!!)  What’s not to love??  Even though I am only a few pages in, I can tell it is also an EXCELLENT resource for cat lovers.  See, I can be objective! : )

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Love Wins by Rob Bell – Just kidding!  Different blog!  I do love it though.  The topics covered in this book are ones I have been struggling with and studying Scripture about for the past few years.  Just reading the intro sitting with Abby in the bookstore allowed me to breathe a deep cosmic sigh of relief.  Not that Rob Bell is the end-all authority on truth, or even claims to be.  He IS, however, very good at making a person think, and tackling Ideas That Shall Not Be Mentioned head on.  At least one Christian leader has been fired over saying he liked the book.  But I am a vet.  I like the book.  And now…back to pets!

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Why all the book reviews?

Life is still sad.  I miss Ebony Dog and Wuzzy Rat terribly.  I also miss Fuzzy Rat, Piggy Pig and Princess Gerbil.

Max the Cat is in the beginning stages of Chronic Kidney Disease.  Not always a big deal for an old cat, actually.  (You know, unless he or she is your cat, or…unless it is.)

But then, when Ebony first got sick, I was hoping that if and when we found the underlying cause of her Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia it would not be awful, but it was.  So I am still in a pretty rough season and having a sick cat is freaking me out a bit.  I am writing about all that, but trying hard to keep it upbeat here.

Even so, a Princess Gerbil Memorial is in the works.  She deserves one as much as the other four!  It is not her fault she passed away when I was too exhausted to write One More.  And she was super cute and kind of quirky, so I think you will like it!

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And finally…

Happy Heartworm-Free May!

And then…

I dunno!  A happier season maybe?  Just an idea…

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