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Some substance here ... but not much
on December 9, 2000
The book's most helpful tips -- interactive play, litter-box placement, thorough veterinary checkups -- could probably be condensed to a few pages, which would have been simpler and could have been posted online or compiled with more data for a future book with real substance. Honestly, there is not a lot of useful information here to warrant the publication of a book on serious cat behavioral problems. Much of the book merely relates off-subject adecdotes about the author's career and the people she meets. I certainly don't care about the vet's clothes, what she does at the gym, the husband's weight probelms, the maid baking cookies, the rommate's tears. The chapters read like poorly written (and edited) short stories instead of fact-based information. The last two chapters are more about owners' struggles with mortality than with feline behavior, and they failed to move me, which would seem to have been the author's sole intent. While I did learn some techniques, this is more of a human-interest book with sappy, mundane overtones that cast the author as an embarrassingly conceited altrusitic hero. She goes for the warm and fuzzy mark but hits a self-aggrandizing chord instead. Kind of like "Touched by an Angel" except with cats.