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- Publisher: St. Martin's Press (July 23, 2013)
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The Secrets of Lost Cats: One Woman, Twenty Posters, and a New Understanding of Love Hardcover – July 23, 2013
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*Starred Review* A lost-cat poster is an invitation to care about a missing loved one. So begins Davidson’s exploration of the stories she discovers behind the lost-cat posters she began to notice everywhere after she lost her own cat, Zak. A psychotherapist, Davidson often found Zak in her office with her clients, and after she found him again, she realized that she wanted to pass on the support she’d received while Zak was missing. What follows are 20 stories (2 of which are about Zak) of lost cats and their owners. Each story is illustrated with the lost-cat poster, from which the author initially deduced information about the owner (terse descriptions are by males, words like heartbroken denote females), followed by the stories told to her by the cats’ owners. Interwoven with tales such as the mystery of Shelby’s escape, of Joe caught in a garage awaiting rescue for three days after he was discovered, and of Bailey, stolen by a neighbor, are Davidson’s musings about love and relationships, anecdotes from her practice that gave her insights, and ultimately a road map of the journey she took as she learned about the inevitability of change. Cats serve as a metaphor for this change. As she so aptly phrases it, “I lost my cat—I found my cat.” A little gem. --Nancy Bent
“This wonderful book puts an end to the notion that there are cat people and dog people. There are only people--and the animals they love.” ―Julie Klam, New York Times bestselling author of You Had Me At Woof
“Dr. Nancy Davidson takes a brilliant idea for a book, clamps down on it like a cat with its ‘mousie' toy, and runs from one insight to another about people and the kitties who own them. But beware. After you read this you may never be able to just walk past a lost pet poster again.” ―Bob Tarte, author of Kitty Cornered, Enslaved by Ducks, and Fowl Weather
“The best animal stories are ultimately human stories as well, and this book is a beautiful testament to just that. The stories in these pages--each one a gem--will make you laugh, cry, hug your own felines a little bit closer, and in the end remind you why those of us who love our cats would do anything in the world for them.” ―Gwen Cooper, New York Times Bestselling author of Homer’s Odyssey
“A little gem.” ―Booklist, starred review
“She writes with sensitivity and respect about the roles cats and their human companions play with each other and the extent to which a person would go to get their beloved feline back – including breaking and entering and hiring psychics and pet detectives. Some cats were found, others returned on their own – and some never came back, leaving owners depressed and guilty. But the overall feelings Davidson sensed were ones of love and compassion, and these threads run strong throughout The Secrets of Lost Cats.” ―Shelf Awareness
“Each of the brief glimpses into the cat owner's lives proves captivating. Davidson has an engaging writing style and clever concept; people's relationships with pets can reveal much about their personalities, and how a pet owner reacts when his or her pet is suddenly lost can be even more illuminating. Davidson has taken a narrow interest – cat ownership – and used it to examine human nature.” ―Publishers Weekly