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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; REV EXP edition (2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452289750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452289758
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Sherry VINE VOICE on November 25, 2008
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12 years ago, when my Pywacket became diabetic, doctors were prescribing so-called high fiber dry food -- not much different than the food that was causing the epidemic of diabetes in the first place.

After reading Anitra's last book, I was talking to one of the leading experts in feline diabetes who offered up one simple line. "I have to agree with her on one very basic point! Cats are carnivores."

That may sound obvious now, but it was the first moment I realized that my poor sick kitty didn't need the meat flavored cereal that that same expert was prescribing. My cat needed meat, and lots of it!!

Pywacket lived well with diabetes for six years with fewer vet visits than ever. His pre-diabetes asthma was mysteriously cured, and he died of old age at 19.5. Now Anitra has updated her book and I was first in line.

She has already answered questions I spent hours on the internet trying to find, especially what if anything to use to supplement a cat's diet. I do admit that I am not up to feeding raw food as Anitra has long suggested. I have 2 little kids at home, and even a small risk is too much. Still, following Anitra's basic recommendations using high quality wet foods and adding fresh chicken, I have seen my new cats become little fluff bunnies, long haired cats with NO matts ever!

Anitra Frazier understands cats from the slow "I love you blink" to diet, to what it is like to live with these amazing creatures. for my 2 new cats, the latest edition of her wonderful book will stand as my first reference for a long time. Buy it. Study it! You will save thousands in vet bills and for the first time perhaps, truly understand your amazing animals.

Thank you Anitra! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Alexis on June 24, 2009
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I didn't buy this book from Amazon but from B&N. I sat in the store skimming the Diet Section after I found out my cat was almost a full blown diabetic. Both my cats were eating the Vet-Prescribed (Hill's) Diet Z/D. I was horrified that I let my cat get this way by listening to my vet.

The book is very easy to read and understand and it causes a lightbulb to go off in your head. I recommend this book to anyone who is dead-set on Hard Food. I even know a couple of people like this that I plan on lending the book to so they can be well informed before continuing a Hard Food regimen.

Besides advising a Raw Food Diet the Author also gives advice for people who don't want to go to a Raw Food diet which includes wet food and supplements. The supplements are easily explained and the book tells you exactly what to get and how much, which is something I could never find on the internet.

I have since switched my cats immediately to Blue Buffalo, a Holistic brand of wet food, I do plan on going all the way to Raw but because my cats are brainwashed from the chemicals and flavors of Hard Food, it'll be a slow process.

This book has given me the confidence to pay attention to nature and to go with my gut feeling instead of taking Food-Advice from my vets who endorse Hard Food until your cat gets sick then say "They should really be on all wet, but not Raw because it's dangerous due to disease." I'll trust my vet with everything else except food.

*UPDATE* 11/28/09 - Had book for about 5 months.

This book is a dictionary on how to help your cat naturally. I've used home-made saline solution for my cat, and I later tried it on myself. I've even made the home made chicken broth recipe for when my cat got diarrhea.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Military Wife on April 21, 2011
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The shelter rec this book when we adopted our cat who was appox 8 mo old, and I immediately gathered all the ingredients to make the homemade food. I was fortunate that I was living in Denver and had access to Mavrick Beef (free ranged) and excellent health food stores to make the Vita Mix. I made large batches of it and froze it in snack size baggies (one baggie equaled a day's worth of food = see my recipe below.

We adopted her in February of 1996 and she is still with us 16 years later.

Our cat (She Who Must Be Obeyed) had minor health issues throughout her life. She needed medical attention only twice and we took her for her yearly check-ups and shots on a regular basis. She is in fantastic health and has weathered cross country moves numerous times (we're military). Honestly, I feel that the diet has given her the longevity she has, coupled with keeping her indoors and keeping her safe when venturing outside (deck, closed in porch, fenced backyard).

We had numerous visitors who were allergic to cats and they had no problem staying with us in our home. As indicated in the book, people are allergic to the dander that cats produce, not the actual hair. Good food, vitamins (Vita Mix), and safety keeps that dander down to a minimum.

We will be moving overseas in a few months and her vet has given the okay for her to make that journey.

Coco's Slop
1 lb of 85% Beef (hamburger, free ranged)
1 lg sweet potato
1 lg bunch of broccoli
1 c of Vita Mix (premade and kept in fridge or store version)

In a large pot, add approx 2 quarts of cold water. Peel and cut sweet potatoes in large chunks = add to pot. Cut the stem off the broccoli and cut into chunks = add to water.
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