It’s a Cat’s World… You Just Live In It
By Justine A. Lee, DVM
I like Dr. Lee, even if she is a vet and a little quirky (she clips her cats’ fur, even though they are already shorthairs). Her two kitties are rescues whose lives she saved, and she is one of less than 250 board-certified specialists in emergency and critical care, which means her whole job is about saving lives too. Dr. Lee is also very funny, as you will find out when you read this book. It is laid out in Q&A form over 10 chapters with topics that include information for new cat companions, behavior, poisons and other household dangers, and more. Some of the questions might seem silly but may be something you have always wondered about (“Do cats have belly buttons?” “Do vets have fleas?”). Dr. Lee’s answers to other questions are potentially life saving (“If I see a string hanging from my cat’s butt, should I pull it?” or “Can I give my cat Valium?” — and the answer to both of these is an emphatic “No!”). If you have a question about your cat’s health, behavior or safety, the answer is probably here. Dr. Lee even answers some questions you may have about your vet! And whether the question is informative or just an interesting bit of trivia, her lighthearted approach makes her book very readable. For example, she follows the question “How long is my girlfriend’s cat going to live?” (her response is a mostly straightforward discussion about feline lifepans) with the question, “Should I dump my boyfriend because he doesn’t like my cat?” (of course she says yes). About the only area in which Dr. Lee is lacking concerns nutrition — although she acknowledges that cats should eat a mainly protein diet, she still recommends feeding dry food, which because of the way it is made, can never really be as high protein as is optimum for us kitties. But the rest of what she has to say is pretty good, whether you are wondering why your cat attacks your ankles or which human meds and household items are toxic to your cat.
Must be an interesting book ! I already have two answers : cats have belly buttons. and vets can have fleas but they are named lice. Both itches.
Father Tom says
Hi, Sparkle, Great review. There are always new insights to be had. I guess I have to read the book to get the belly button answer, though. Maybe you could help me look for it, Sparkle, harhar..!
Tom & Mittens
Athena M says
Thank you for the review Sparkle! I still eat dry food and some wet food and kitty grass. My human loves it when the vet compliments my beautiful white teeth — you know the way humans vicariously enjoy our compliments? She thinks the dry food helps keep my teeth pearly white and I love to chew:) I enjoy crunching my dry food.
Spitty the Kitty says
We think we’d like Dr. Lee even though she clips her kitties’ furs (why on earth does she do THAT????)
The other day my Human dropped an aspirin (which she knows is extremely BAD for the kittehs) and she about went crazy till she found it–moving furniture and getting out a flashlight like an obsessed thing. She did find it eventually, which is good, though I am not much interested in eating random non-taystee items I find on the floor. But still.
That sounds like a very informative book Sparkle! And it doesn’t seem like it’d make our mommy leaky either!
Pricilla - Famous SpokesGoat says
Thank you for the great review Sparkle
Glogirly & Katie says
I think we’d really like that book! thanks for highlighting it for us, Sparkle. Nice job!
xo Katie & glogirly
Fraidy Cats says
we love the title to the book! 😀 Good review, Sparkle, we’ll have to check this out. Sounds like there is some good info that our mom could use!
Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, Hollie
Great review, Sparkle. We are going to have to check that one out!
Little One says
What an interesting book to read.
Ginger Jasper says
Sounds like a great readd and I will get mum to check it out.. Hugs GJ xx
Thanks for the review Sparkle, and I do like the clear advice on pesky cat-hating boyfriends!! 🙂
Daisy the Curly Cat says
Thanks for the review, Sparkle, that sounds like a great book!
That does sound like a fabulous book. I just might have to get that one. Thanks for the great review. Have a super Sunday.
The Island Cats says
That sounds like a interesting and informative book, Sparkle. Thanks for the review!!
The Poupounette Gang says
A lot of vets seem to be on the ‘dry food only” kick. We keep wondering why…
That is just my kind of book 🙂 Must check it out!
Sounds like a book worth getting. Thanks for the review.
Max the Quilt Cat says
That sounds like a great book, Sparkle. Nice review.