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My Cat Is Dying: What Do I Do?: Navigating Emotions, Decisions, and Options for Healing (The Pet Bereavement Series Book 3) Kindle Edition
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My Cat Is Dying: What Do I Do? is beautifully written and the author's voice comes across as compassionate and understanding. Here is a tool, a companion, and words from a friend who seems to touch the pain of her readers with warm and tender hands. Wendy Van de Poll's work is groundbreaking, accessible, and written in a conversational style that will appeal to many readers. It is interesting to see how she gives flesh to her words by carefully weaving real life experiences into the writing. As I read through these pages, I became increasingly aware that the tips graciously offered will become helpful to anyone suffering any kind of loss, from a best friend, to a family member, to a special pet. It is a useful companion to those suffering from grief of any kind, a highly recommended self-help book.
From the Author
- ASIN : B01JGY1TKA
- Publisher : Center for Pet Loss Grief, LLC (July 31, 2016)
- Publication date : July 31, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 1099 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 169 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #803,784 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Wendy shows a more appropriate way to care for a dying companion. She describes and explains what we are most likely going through. I admit I felt guilty for all of those times I pushed my cats aside because they were pestering me. And, after reading Wendy's book, I intentionally seek out each of my cats several times each day just to pet them for no reason at all.
Do you remember in the movie Titanic when Jack Dawson says to "Make each day count"? That, in my opinion, is the most important message I received from what Wendy wrote. Here is the quote's context, "I figure life's a gift and I don't intend on wasting it. You don't know what hand you're gonna get dealt next. You learn to take life as it comes at you... to make each day count.”
We don't know how long we have nor can we know how long our pets will live in good health. At some point, we may hear from our vet that our pet is seriously ill, and time is running out. Wendy's book describes the stages of grief, and what we can do for our pet and for ourselves.
I cannot say I enjoyed this book. Like most of us, I dread illness and eventual death. I cannot say if it is better or worse that our pet's do not understand what is happening to them. They rely on us to do what is best for them.
If you have aging cats buy and read this book.
There were also things that could turn it from a decent book to a great book, like including some of the nitty gritty issues that people like myself faced in the process: for example, how to balance self care and care of the dying cat with care for other animals (cats, dogs, etc) in the household - the assumption throughout the book seems to be that the person has only one cat. Also, planning how and where the cat should be buried or cremated and memorialised would seem to be more appropriately touched upon in this book, rather than in the follow-on book for people whose cats have already died. I found it more reassuring to order a handwoven willow basket and to dig a grave in my garden before my cat died, than to leave those decisions to the caprices of weather, or my own energy, after my cat's death.
Throughout the reading, it was obvious the book had been written according to a formula (confirmed at the end by a plug for the self-publishing company) and could have benefited from much tighter editing of considerable repetition and redundancy.
I haven't researched whether other books exist covering this topic. This book was there when I needed it, and I'm grateful for that, and for all the author has done to provide resources for people like myself whose animal companions are amongst our closest family members.
I found Wendy's steps of dealing with grief helpful and I am finally at peace for the feline friends that I have lost so many years ago. Even though this book is for when your feline friend is still alive but is fading to his/her final breath, I have found that Wendy has used excellent points to help you through the various stages and to help you find more time to spend with your feline friend.
It's about how to deal with your various emotions that you go through as you deal with the fact that you will be soon be losing your feline friend. It's about how you can give your feline friend the best care they can get while they are still alive.
I have found many portions of this book to be helpful and it really felt like Wendy was there by my side with her wisdom and advice to help me through my grief. Now I know that it is normal to grieve even years after losing my feline friends.