Books

Review: No More Scaredy Cat by Sara Goldenthal

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If you have a cat that struggles with fear, hides under the bed and won’t come out, or startles easily, you may want to take a look at No More Scaredy Cat: The easy, step-by-step program that puts an end to stress, fear and anxiety for the cats you love

Sara Goldenthal, a practitioner of both TTouch and Bach Flower Essences has more than a dozen years experience working with cats with all kinds of behavioral challenges in private homes, as well as in animal shelters and rescues. In this small volume, she introduces a deceptively simple method of working with timid and traumatized cats that gradually eliminates fear, stress and anxiety.Continue Reading

Review and Giveaway: Review of My Cat by Tanner Ringerud and Jack Shepherd

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Many of you have probably seen some of the often funny, sometimes sweet, posts about cats on Buzzfeed, a website that features “features breaking buzz and the kinds of things you’d want to pass along to your friends.” Now Tanner Ringerud and Jack Shepherd, two of the founders of the wildly successful site, have have created Review of My Cat, based on their popular Tumblr blog.

Let me just preface this review with the following disclaimer: Cats are the most wonderful creatures on this planet, and anyone who thinks differently – well, actually, they probably aren’t reading this site.Continue Reading

Review: Does This Collar Make My Butt Look Big: A Diet Book for Cats by Dena Harris

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Dena Harris is not going to endear herself to fat cats everywhere with her latest humor book, Does This Collar Make My Butt Look Big: A Diet Book for Cats, but she will sure make the humans picking up this tongue-in-cheek parody of diet books laugh.

This little book provides weight-loss tips and tricks for “extra fluffy felines” modeled along popular fitness regimes such as The Mayo Clinic Diet (“Vary your water sources. The water dish is so over. Water from the kitchen faucet or toilet should be available on demand.”), The South Beach Diet (“Phase I of this diet involves the complete denial of all foods that make you purr.”), and the “French Women Don’t Get Fat…But Their Cats Do” diet.Continue Reading

My 10 Favorite Cat Books of 2013

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I don’t keep track of the number of books I read each year, but my best guess is somewhere between 150 and 200, and at least half of them have something to do with cats. I reviewed more than 30 books here on The Conscious Cat this year.

I made a commitment to myself long ago that I would never post a bad book review. I feel that every author pours his or her heart and soul into a book, and just because I don’t like a book doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not a good book. As a result, if you see a book reviewed here on the site, it means that I really liked it. This made it challenging to pick only ten favorites for this year end round up, especially since the books cover such a wide variety of genres.

Here are my ten favorites for this year, in the order in which I reviewed them.Continue Reading

Review and Giveaway: Pet Sounds by Quinn Cummings

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I know, Allegra, I know. But despite the d-o-g on the cover of Quinn Cummings’ Pet Sounds: New and Improved Stories from the QC Report, this collection of stories, drawn from Cummings’ popular blog, The QC Report, features plenty of cats. Additionally, it’s such a funny and at the same time insightful book, I just had to share it with you.

The author writes about a lifetime of living with, and rescuing pets, ranging from Polly, the dog whose “dayplanner would have only three entries: Eat. Sleep. Excrete.” to bloodthirsty rabbits to lizards rescued from the dead. Of course, the cat stories were my favorites, especially those featuring Lulabelle, also known as Lupac, a portly middle-aged black cat with a relentless hunting drive. “Had she been human, she would have been a dour workaholic who spends her rare off-work hours flipping through feline trade magazines like Small Prey Monthly or Professional Dog Smacking.”Continue Reading

Review: The Dalai Lama’s Cat and the Art of Purring by David Michie

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The Dalai Lama’s cat is back! David Michie first introduced the fictional feline,  HHC (His Holiness’ Cat), dubbed “Little Snow Lion” by the Dalai Lama himself, in his 2012 novel The Dalai Lama’s Cat. HHC was rescued by the Dalai Lama when he saw the small kitten being thrown in the gutter. In the first book, the reader gets an insider’s look at the day to day life of the Dalai Lama’s world as seen by his cat.

In The Dalai Lama’s Cat and the Art of Purring, the Dalai Lama gives his feline companion the task of discovering the true case of happiness.Continue Reading

My Thank You to My Readers: Get Adventures in Veterinary Medicine FREE this Weekend!

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The Conscious Cat wouldn’t be what it is without all of you who read, comment and share each and every day. And to thank you for all of your support, I’m making my newest book, Adventures in Veterinary Medicine: What Working in Veterinary Hospitals Taught Me About Life, Love and Myself, available as a free download this holiday weekend.

The book offers a unique look at what really goes on in a veterinary hospital through the eyes of a former veterinary hospital manager, aka, yours truly. It provides insight into what makes veterinary medicine such a rewarding profession through a series of stories about some of the pets I connected with during my twelve years working in the field.Continue Reading

Review and Giveaway: The Big New Yorker Book of Cats

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I absolutely adore The Big New Yorker Book of Cats. Aside from the from that fact that it combines two of my great loves, cats, and New York City, into one beautiful book, it’s everything a special cat book should be.

This beautifully illustrated collection is a celebration of cats. The book features articles, poems and humor pieces by such literary luminaries as Margaret Atwood, Roald Dahl, Robert Graves, Ted Hughes, Jamaica Kincaid, Jean Rhys, James Thurber, John Updike, Sylvia Townsend Warner, E. B. White, and many, many more. And of course, it also contains plenty of the New Yorker’s signature cartoons and drawings.Continue Reading

Review: Simon’s Cat vs. The World by Simon Tofield

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You know Simon’s Cat from his YouTube videos. It all started with Cat Man Do, which I believe was the original Simon’s Cat video. The hand drawn animated video featuring black and white pencil drawings of a cat trying to wake his guardian has garnered more than 45 million views since it was posted five years ago.

Since then, Simon’s Cat has become an empire, featuring more videos, books, and merchandise ranging from t-shirts to cat beds to fine art prints.

Simon’s Cat vs. The World is the fourth book in Simon Tofield’s series based on his YouTube cartoon character. For the first time, Simon’s white cat is featured in full color.Continue Reading

Review and Giveaway: Too Cute Kittens: Animal Planet’s Most Impossibly Adorable Kittens

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If you watch Animal Planet, you’ve undoubtedly come across their Too Cute series, which raises cute to a whole new level. Since I’m more of a reader than a TV watcher, I was delighted to find out about the new book Too Cute Kittens: Animal Planet’s Most Impossibly Adorable Kittens.

The press release for this book came with an appropriate warning: “Some material in these books may be too cute for human consumption. Reader discretion is advised.” And the press release didn’t lie: this little book redefines cute.Continue Reading

Love Saves the Day by Gwen Cooper Now Available in Paperback

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Gwen Cooper’s Love Saves the Day is one of the most touching cat books I’ve ever come across. This hauntingly beautiful story about how one small cat can change multiple lives is narrated primarily by Prudence, a brown tabby rescued from a deserted construction site on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Prudence is a keen observer of humans and knows them better than they know themselves at times.

This sweeping novel, with Prudence at the center, covers the music scene of the 1970s in Lower Manhattan, the issue of what happens to pets whose guardians die, the real life event of a building on the Lower East Side that was demolished in 1998 and plays a pivotal role in the story, and a complicated mother daughter relationship that crosses several decades. Cooper weaves all  of these threads into a beautiful, cohesive whole. Click here to read my full review of Love Saves the Day.Continue Reading