You may think that what I am about to say is a bit controversial, especially considering I’m a cat, but I believe that the fact that Darlene Arden is an animal lover — as in she loves all creatures and is not just a cat fanatic — makes her the perfect human to write this book. I know from cat people; I live with one: they tend to think they are cattier-than-thou and it’s hard not to let that seep through their writing. Ms. Arden even refers to herself as “multicultural,” in that she loves both dogs and cats, and this gives her just enough distance to give us cats what we need most in a cat care book: respect, and an affectionate point of view that’s not smarmy.
One thing Ms. Arden shares with us kitties in spades: she is curious. She must be, because she has to have done a lot of research to come up with this book! She includes some bits of knowledge that even hardcore cat people might not know! Quick, cat humans, tell me the two fatty acids we kitties require. I bet I stumped a bunch of you. If you had Ms. Arden’s book, you would know the answer is linoleic and arachidonic. That particular fact may be a little on the esoteric side for many of you, but overall the book is practical, informative, and will make our lives as cats so much more pleasant and healthy. And that goes for a cat who is being picked up from the shelter by a first-time family, or one who is joining a long-established multi-cat household. This book will benefit any cat, no matter how experienced her human is (or thinks she is).
At less than 250 pages, The Complete Cat’s Meow is comprehensive without being overwhelming. Are you bringing a new cat home? Having litter box or scratching issues? Considering a homemade diet? Want to know what to watch for if your cat gets sick? You will find information on all that here, sprinkled with fascinating cat facts — did you know our peripheral vision is an extra-wide 120 degrees? Or that we spend a whole third of our waking hours grooming? Even better, the book is written in a friendly, non-technical manner and you do not have to be a veterinary school graduate to understand any of it.
Does it sound like I love this book? I do, and I highly recommend it. Even if Ms. Arden may occasionally smell like dog, The Complete Cat’s Meow is 100% feline awesomeness.