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Cat Calls: Wonderful Stories and Practical Advice from a Veteran Cat Sitter Paperback – September 1, 2011
"With its fun-to-read tone, the book transitions seamlessly from charming memoir to practical how-to advice, offering the reader the best of both genres."(Stacy N. Hackett Cat Fancy)
"With amusing anecdotes and clever illustrations, this useful guidebook offers tips on how to care for happy, healthy cats while discouraging them from wrecking the furniture, and other anti-social behavior."(Publishers Weekly)
"Her new book, Cat Calls: Wonderful Stories and Practical Advice from a Veteran Cat Sitter is filled with anecdotal cat tales as she offers her unique brand of common-sense advice."(Jeryl Brunner The Huffington Post)
"For all things feline, this one is a cat lover's fancy."(Kirkus Reviews)
"The heart of Cat Calls are the stories of playful, adventurous, recalcitrant, excited, needy, or just plain curious cats, which will delight ailurophiles everywhere."(Midwest Book Review)
"This pairing of authors has resulted in an informative and reader-friendly work especially suitable for new cat owners and also for anyone aspiring to be a cat sitter."(Meredith Ann Rutter Blog Critics)
About the Author
Jeanne Adlon has been deeply involved with animals for over thirty-five years. She worked for Cleveland Amory’s Fund for Animals,operated the first Manhattan store designed for cats and cat lovers, and became the city’s first full-time cat sitter. In between calls, she writes a popular weekly column as a cat expert on CatChannel.com, a website for cat lovers.
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To start with, we have the delightful Introduction by Jim Davis, who is none other than Garfields Cat-Dad!!! A great start to an excellent book (Oops - No, BBBT -- get away from that lasagna!!).
This is a very up-beat, enjoyable and informative book -- with cute illustrations throughout. The author deftly weaves her (30+ years' worth of) cat-sitting narratives with very useful information on raising a cat and cat care basics, plus stories about her own kitties.. She also includes information on special-needs kitties (who are lovable and are just like the special-needs humans that we know and love and care for) - as well as information on how NOT to raise a cat (no litterboxes on the exposed totally unsafe terrace please!No kitties and drop cloths either -- The kitties could suffocate!!!)), as well as quirky cats and quirky cat owners (kleenexes instead of litter in the litter-box? Big Bad Baby Twinkle -- who LOVES to hit her cat sitter on the ankles and grab her shoelaces, LOL!! -- would freak out if she set her tusch on that!!!<;-)
I LOVED her DEARLY NEEDED information on Moving and kitties. Her mantra -- as is mine -- Put the Cats in a Separate Room with The Door Closed and A Sign On The Door -- so that they do NOT get packed up in the moving boxes or flee out the front door when the movers leave it open!! Also, she imparts great information on introducing a cat to a new home, where she says to make sure there are NO exits in the new home where the cat can escape -- do you know how many cats have tried to run BACK to their OLD home? I do - some of them DID run away, and not all of them were found.....
My applause and thumbs-up to this cat sitter who bravely climbed ten flights in almost-total darkness during a NYCity blackout, to take care of her kitty charge. This in turn has a counterpart to my wonderful cat-sitter who borrowed a 4WD to reach my cats during a terrible blizzard while I (also snowed-in) was at a hotel unable to get home on time.
Then there are some of her quirky charges-- such as Eloise, the kitty who would turn on the TV and who particularly enjoyed watching the sports channels. Or Percy, who was so shy that Ms. Aldon had a great dea of trouble at first, just knowing that he was really THERE - she solved that mystery with great ingenuity. then there is Ginny, who got into the garbage bag and caught her head inside a can -- or Moon, who got badly tangled in a paper shopping bag with handles (as did my Princess with a plastic bag that someone accidentally left on the floor) - Luckily what could have been a tragedy turned into a quick and careful rescue, in both cases. Owners truly need to catproof their homes just as they would do, if they had a 2 yr old human child crawling around exploring everything with hands (paws) and mouth.
Ms Aldon also discusses holiday dangers to cats (tinsel, hooks, ribbon, trim, tree-water, etc) and the very real dangers associated with anything having to do with sewing (as a friend of mine sadly found out when his cat tragically died from a sectioned intestine due to swallowing thread). She mentions the joys of various cat toys but also some of the very real dangers associated with some of those toys -- in other words -- they should be kept securely away from kitty when the owner is not there to supervise the play. I don't agree with her though, about giving a cat a large ball of aluminum foil to play with - cats can easily bite off and swallow pieces of the foil, which is usually knife-sharp and can be quite dangerous once ingested.
As for the little girl running upstairs to get necessities for a kitten crying on her stoop (only to find the kitten GONE when she returned), my heart sank -- yes I hope the mama cat found that kitten -- I too might have done the same thing when I was that young. Grabbing the kitten first and then gathering the necessities (bed, food, water) would be the best way to ensure a happy rescue.
The setting for the book (NY City) is dear to my heart, since I am from The City -- and remember the many stoop kitties, and street kitties that we knew and loved when we kids were growing up there (I too rescued a kitten, Pee Wee -- her picture is on my Amazon page).
And, as this IS New York City-- I would have loved to have seen something in her narrative about the feral cats and feral cat colonies there -- who are tended to by many devoted New Yorkers -- but that is an afterthought, and the lack of the information does not detract from this wonderful book in any way.
It's definitely For Cat Lovers...