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.