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The Natural Cat: The Comprehensive Guide to Optimum Care Paperback – November 25, 2008
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“Empowers the reader with a wealth of practical information. I heartily recommend this very special book.”—Richard H. Pitcairn, DVM, PhD
About the Author
Anitra Frazier is the executive director of Anitra's Natural Cat, a house call service providing holistic health care and grooming to the "furry-purrys" of New York City, as well as worldwide telephone consultations. She also heads Fluff City, New York's feline health spa and hospice. Anitra's clients have included hundreds of brilliant and influential cats, some of whom have shared their lives with luminaries from the worlds of film, theater, fashion and classical music. She is the author of The Natural Cat andIt's A Cat's Life.
Norma Eckroate has coauthored numerous books since she and Anitra Frazier teamed up for the first edition of The Natural Cat. Her works include The Dog Whisperer, The Puppy Whisperer, Complete Holistic Care and Healing for Horses, and Switched-On Living.
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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!
Ms. Frazier must exist in a charmed wonderland of compliant kitties who are eager to surrender their open mouths to pills, syringes, and oral hygeine. In the real world, the average cat will react defensively when its mouth is invaded, no matter how nicely you "ask permission." In fact, my vast experience with cats has shown me that the minute I start bargaining or explaining my actions to them, they sense that I'm about to meddle with their personal space and they make a quick exit to the nearest hiding place.
Also, the author's suggestion to find a holistic veterinarian or one who will work via phone consult with a standard vet is not realistic. In the San Francisco Bay Area holistic vets' prices are prohibitive, especially for the multi-cat owner. And western-medicine oriented vets are very rarely accomodating to networking with outside sources whose views on nutrition and healthcare are at odds with their own.
I also question the author's suggestion for allowing/encouraging tomato products for cats. Cats have a natural aversion to tomato products. A for a good reason: they are night shades, related to the lily and also eggplant, which cats will run from.
The book, however, has many nuggets of valuable information, especially the argument against dry food and free-feeding. In my love-hate relationship with this 500+ page manual, I must say that in the final assessment it has enough good advice to earn a permanent place on my bookshelf.
And I'm not asking my cats for their permission either!
I started my two cats out on the raw diet in 1995. They are both still thriving in their old age and look like they are 8 instead of 17 and 18. I have also gone to this book as my cats have been aging for remedies for sore joints, kidney support and such.
I will forever raise my kitties with Anitra's help.