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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (October 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312358024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312358020
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Mandatory reading for the caring cat lover and feline practitioner.”
- Adriana Kajon, Ph.D., All-Breed Cat Judge, The International Cat Association

“Dr. Hodgkins’ discussions are provocative, and disturbing, and the problems they identify will not be easy to rectify quickly. Nonetheless, they are long overdue.”
- Alice Villalobos, President, American Association of Human Animal Bond Veterinarians

“A great resource for all cat enthusiasts.”
- Laurie Schiff, Esq., All-Breed Cat Judge and General Counsel for the International Cat Association

“A highly respected expert in feline health, Dr. Hodgkins has given us invaluable knowledge that can help us keep our felines healthy.”
- Kay DeVilbiss, All-Breed Cat Judge and president of the International Cat Association 

About the Author

A successful veterinarian of 28 years, Elizabeth M. Hodgkins, D.V.M., Esq. provides consulting services for veterinary companies. She formerly served as Director of Technical Affairs at Hills Pet Nutrition, the largest proprietary pet food manufacturer in the world.


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Customer Reviews

The book was well written and very easy to read.
pinklady
For those of you trying to switch from dry kibble to wet food this might be a harder task then canned to raw, be very very patient.
Sue S
Our cats will be so much better off after reading this book.
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149 of 152 people found the following review helpful By P. W. Larson on November 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Dr. Hodgkins' book is right on the money. Her background with the pet food industry makes her well informed on the subject of feline diets. Cats are obligatory carnivores which means they make most of their energy from meat, not carbs. I am also a veterinarian/lawyer as is Dr. Hodgkins and I have been recommending a meat diet for cats for the past 10 years. Clients who follow my advice have healthy cats who live long lives. My own cats live long healthy lives on the diet recommended by Dr. Hodgkins. As a lawyer, I would consider it malpractice if a veterinarian put my cat on a corn-based dry cat food. Far too long, the pet food industry has controlled pet diets without proper peer reviewed research on the contents of their pet foods. A rodent, the primal food for cats, is 3% carbohydrates, 40% protein and 57% fat, minerals and fiber. To be a healthy cat food, their diets must mimic that of their primal food source. READ THIS BOOK! Then talk with your veterinarian about improving your cat's health with a healthy, meat based diet.
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94 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Anne Jablonski on August 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
For so many years, it seemed that a lot of the sanity when it came to advice on how to properly care for, and especially FEED, a small cat, was only to be found in books published by non-vets. There are many great books out there with fabulous advice, but, sadly, many of them were never taken seriously by the mainstream veterinary community because they were written by people who lacked the 'DVM' credential.

Dr. Hodgkins' book has, thankfully, changed all that. As a lay person, I've spent years now running a website on cat nutrition and steadily beating a noisy drum to draw attention to the folly of feeding the carnivores we choose to live with foods that have no relationship to what Mother Nature intended. It's been fabulous having the support of so many people, but I've longed for -- for years -- to have a book out there by a real, live veterinarian that spoke the truth about the dangers of feeding dry food to cats and articulated precisely how it is that so very many feline diseases are entirely avoidable if we simply get the diet right.

This book is a dream come true. Aside from the wonderful, easy-to-understand style with which Dr. Hodgkins writes, it's jam packed with answers to the questions that so many of us have sought for years. Personally, I'm especially thrilled with the emphasis throughout the book on nutrition, as that really is the brick and mortar of health for cats. It's been astonishing to me over the years to see veterinary clinics fill up with more and more patients and more and more oversized bags of meat-flavored cereal (i.e., prescription dry food), with no one sitting up and taking notice of the relationship. Dr. Hodgkins' book is an extraordinarily welcome breath of fresh air.
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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Thomas on July 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is absolutely both the best and only cat book you will ever need. I found Dr. Hodgkins' web site for diabetic cats about 6 weeks ago and began following her instructions for diet and insulin. My 2 cats, 1 diabetic and 1 not, responded immediately! The difference in them is amazing--they are both happier and healthier than ever. No more hairballs, no more dry skin, no more dry, dull coats. Their eyes are brighter, they are more active and playful, and my diabetic cat's blood sugar is under control for the first time. It is nothing short of amazing and I am so grateful to Dr. Hodgkins. Her book outlines everything you need to know about caring for your cats. It's simple, straightforward and best of all, full of common sense. If you love your cat, read this book and follow the diet recommendations--you and your cat will be so happy you did.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By books4me on November 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Finally, a book that is NOT simply a recycling of the same old information, or vague mumbo-jumbo. This book is full of useful facts presented in a way that the lay person can easily understand, yet backed by the latest veterinary research and facts of feline physiology.

Finally, a book that breaks it to the public that most commercial cat foods are recipes for obesity, irritable bowel disease and diabetes. Dr. Hodgkins explains how to evaluate a commercial cat food and how to choose a food that will promote a long and healthy life. Your cat's diet is fundamental to health - and as a specialized obligate carnivore, the cats' unique dietary needs are explained in this book.

Dr. Hodgkins presents open-minded and logical discussions of choices that every cat guardian must make, such as indoors only or to allow your cat outside, how to choose a veterinarian, and a detailed discussion of common feline diseases and how to PREVENT them before they occur.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Loves Cats on November 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
After 4 weeks of largely fruitless treatment by my veterinarian for my 9 year old cat's urinary tract crystals (going to the box every 45 minutes) and pre-diabetic signs (drinking water copiously), I started my own research. Every source led me to this book. After a short time of following Dr. Hodgkin's recommendations, my cat was cured. After several months, she is now healthier than she's ever been, has more energy, plays, lifelong dandruff is gone. I highly recommend this book.
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