Most helpful critical review
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Inaccurate and Annoying
on August 19, 2011
I was really excited to read this book. After reading "Inside of a Dog", I wanted to find a similar book about cats. I'll admit that I didn't research this book as thoroughly as I should have before purchasing it, but I'm hoping this review will allow others to do that more quickly and efficiently than I would have been able to. Believe me, the five star reviews you see on this page are deceiving.
First of all, the book's organization makes no sense. It's basically a Frequently Asked Questions about cats book. And that's fine except the questions aren't even organized in a manner that makes sense. This is evident when the author has to keep referring to questions that are in different chapters. I don't see how one would find this information useful as a reference even because it skips around so much. If I needed a quick answer, I'd have no idea where to look.
Secondly, the information is not entirely accurate. For example, the author goes on and on about how cats are carnivores and need to eat meat (which is accurate), but then in the same breath she'll advocate feeding your cat Iams or Science Diet. Why is this wrong? Because those two foods (and others like them) are almost entirely corn or gluten by products. It's completely inconsistent with her earlier statement. It's not uncommon for vets to advocate this because vets are taught so little about healthy animal nutrition and what they are taught is sponsored by companies like Iams or Science Diet. If you want more information about this, see [...] You don't necessary have to feed raw (though it would be best), but there are better foods out there than the ones she suggests. Many vets are finally seeing the light on this issue and I would encourage the author to do the same.
It appears that this author's knowledge is in the area of emergency vet care. That is what she is trained in and where she works, so it makes sense. However, much of her advice tends to reflect that she does not usually see healthy animals or animals with chronic problems. While that's great for the one chapter that seemed to make sense (the chapter about emergency care, no surprise), it doesn't bode well for the rest of the book.
Does this book have basic cat information? Yes. But that's information you could find out from the internet or other sources much more cheaply and quickly.