The Cat Bible
Originally Posted by fattykitty
Why? As far as I've read at the bookstore, it's a very updated (indoor cats, organic pet food, etc.) and has gotten good reviews.
is obviously written by a "dog person". She apparently wrote a good book about dogs so someone suggested that she would be just the person to write a cat book. (She basically says this in her introduction). I'm sure there is a lot of good information in the book. However, because of the inconsistencies, I question just about everything she's written. I would certainly want to verify the information through other sources.
The author says that getting a cat or kitten is a 10-20 year commitment. True! She has a full page of hints for cats living with dogs. However, on the same page (p. 252) she tells about her own situation. She had two dogs and two cats who had been living together peacefully. Then she added a puppy and all the dogs started attacking the cats. Her solution? Get rid of the cats!
She has very strongly stated opinions which often sound like preaching/ranting, but she is not always consistent. For example: she goes through a list of all the "bad" things that can be found in cat food, then gives a list of "recommended" brands and flavors. One of the recommended flavors--which happened to be the only one I had on my shelf--is full of the "bad" and has none of the "good" ingredients she talked about. So why is it recommended?
The author claims that "The Cat Bible" is all-inclusive. However, she intentionally does not address the issues of pregnancy and birth because she feels that ALL cats should be neutered with the exception of purebred breeding stock (p. 321). I love cats, but I don't necessarily want to own a purebred cat. The book definitely did not help me with the care of Goldy who was pregnant when I took her in. Very disappointing when that was the main reason I had bought it.