Monday, April 4, 2016

CAT BOOK REVIEW/GIVE-AWAY:CAT FACTS The Pet Parent's A-to-Z Home Care Encyclopedia by Amy Shojai

Kitten to Adult, Diseases & Prevention
Cat Behavior
Veterinary Cat Care, First Aid
Holistic Medicine
Courtesy of Amy Shojai
Have you ever read a book and when finished,  you found yourself saying "WOW!" out loud?
That is how I felt after I perused one of author Amy Shojai's latest books, CAT FACTS The Pet Parent's A-to-Z Home Care Encyclopedia.

If I sat here telling you I read EVERY PAGE of this OVER 500 PAGE INVALUABLE RESOURCE THAT SHOULD BE A PART OF EVERY HOME WHERE CATS ARE IN RESIDENCE, I would be lying. THIS BOOK IS "HUGE!!" When I say "HUGE" I mean it is chock-full of information/resources that are needed and information/resources that those who share their lives with cats DON'T EVEN KNOW THAT THEY NEED!!!!

Think you have read every standout cat reference book that exists? THINK AGAIN! I have read many cat care/cat reference books,  and in my opinion more are "so-so" than not. This book reigns as one at the TOP of my list!! 

FROM CAT FACTS:The Pet Parent's A-to-Z Home Care Encyclopedia:

More than 86 million pet cats today are kept in forty-five million U.S. households. Now, from one of the most trusted cat care authors of the last twenty-five years comes the definitive reference for adopting, keeping, and maintaining a healthy, happy cat.

CAT FACTS: The Pet Parent's A-to-Z Home Care Encyclopedia is designed to answer all your questions. How do I choose the right cat? What holistic help and preventive care should I give? Why do cats act the way they do, and what cat behavior indicates illness? What constitutes an emergency, and how/when can I safely treat my cat with home care and first aid?

CAT FACTS: The Pet Parent's A-to-Z Home Care Encyclopedia is written in a easy-to-reference form that is 

Alphabetical A-to-Z listings
Each letter of the alphabet that begins a section, is attractively drawn and eye-catching.  There are  more than 200 entries, covering everything from abscesses and hairballs to whiskers!!! Do you know what Nutrigenomics is? Or Jacobson's Organ? (Be honest, and don't Google it!) What about zoonosis? I didn't either, but I do now!

Courtesy of Amy Shojai

There are charts (many cat lovers have requested repeatedly that there be a chart showing poisons, from plants to household items. Now you have it!), that list symptoms for a particular condition, the corresponding home care or first aid, the comparative veterinarian and holistic treatments, and preventive advice.

As I mentioned above, it is virtually IMPOSSIBLE  to list EVERYTHING of importance that is in this book. I went through it page by page and read about topics that interested me, or that I have experienced with my own cats such as:

Territorial Aggression
Allergies, Cat
(which Cody experiences)
Artificial Respiration
(which my Bobo suffered from)
(did you know that catnip can be overused? I didn't either! "Overindulgence causes cats to lose their response to the plant. An occasional treat, perhaps once every two or three weeks is plenty." If you are like me, and I have a feeling you are, that is a fact that you DID NOT know!
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
I know many of you have cats who have this and can use more info!

There is More!!

 Also Included:
A symptoms/conditions table
that helps you identify what ailments might be bothering your cat,  
a Breed-At-A-Glance chart to compare personality, looks, care challenges and other issues for if you choose to have a pedigreed cat.

Easy-to-use Index
The comprehensive, easy-to-use index makes quick reference a snap !!!!!!

Contact information for dozens of cat organizations
 and veterinary resources!!!!!!! 

CAT FACTS: The Pet Parent's A-to-Z Home Care Encyclopedia is

Courtesy of Amy Shojai

FROM CAT FACTS:The Pet Parent's A-to-Z Home Care Encyclopedia: the author has taken great pains to compile the most up-to-date information currently available for cat lovers on the care of their cat; however, veterinary medicine is constantly improving. Please consult with your veterinarian on a regular basis to provide the best care for your cat.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Amy Shojai, CABC is a nationally known authority on pet care and behavior, a certified animal behavior consultant for cats and dogs, and a former veterinary technician. She is a founder of the Cat Writers’ Association and the author of more than 30 award winning pet care books including pet-centric thriller series. She shares her North Texas home with a 20 year old Siamese wannabe, delinquent silver shaded tabby, and smart aleck German Shepherd.

CONNECT WITH AMY! Drop her a line at her blog  or her website . Follow Amy on Twitter (@amyshojai) and like her on Facebook.

 CAT FACTS: The Pet Parent's A-to-Z Home Care Encyclopedia by Amy Shojai makes me, and will make ALL cat lovers  feel secure/comforted to have so much information available at their fingertips. It  is yet another vital "tool" to add to my responsible cat owner tool box, and I can't stress enough that it is one that should be a part of yours as well! 

GIVE-AWAY!! ONE lucky reader who is 18+ and who resides in the U.S. (apologies to our International readers, but the size/weight of this MUST HAVE RESOURCE makes shipping out of the country cost prohibitive), will win a copy! (An approximate $25 value which is a BARGAIN for all of the information that is in this book!)  Entering is easy! Simply enter on the Rafflecopter below and good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway  

DOG LOVERS!! Look for my review (and hopefully give-away!) of DOG FACTS The Pet Parent's A-to-Z Home Care Encyclopedia by Amy Shojai,  that will publish on Dakota's blog, on Monday, April 11th!!!!

In full disclosure: I was not compensated for this review. I was sent a copy of CAT FACTS: The Pet Parent's A-to-Z Home Care Encyclopedia in exchange for my always honest review.


  1. Anything Amy writes is going to be amazing! This book sounds like a must-have for humans with kitties.

  2. I have not entered book giveaways lately, but this one sounds like a must have in my hands kind of one:) Thanks fur the chance!

  3. We're excited that this book is out. It's going to be such a good cat reference!

  4. That sure sounds like it's pretty well done!

  5. Sounds like a wonderful book every cat lover should have.

  6. Awwww.....*blush* So grateful for the kind words, and happy to "paw-tograph" the book to the winner (and their kitties, of course!).

  7. This sounds like a great book and one that should be in my cat book library for sure!

  8. This sounds like a must-have for all kitty parents. What's better than having all the information you need in one place? Thank you for sharing this great review! Purrs!

  9. What a wonderful guide to help you keep your baby healthy and happy. Great review and a great giveaway.

    Have a purrfect day Cody. My best to your wonderful mom. ♥♥♥

  10. great book for cat lovers and folks who live with cats!

  11. I've been following Amy Shojai on FB, and have been curious about this book! Great post!

  12. We love Amy's books, and this one sounds wonderful ! Great review, and great giveaway : good luck to our US friends ! Purrs

  13. Mommy luvs these kind of books. All 'bout da learnin'. Great review and fanks fur sharin'.

    Luv ya'


  14. Very cool book!!!

  15. I know someone who'd love to get her hands on this book. She's a fellow cat lover.

  16. Wow, what a great review. This looks like a great resource. I'm also going to check out her blog and FB.

  17. Whoa! Amy really put together the definitive cat care book.

    The pred instructions we got was to use it as needed. I’ve had 10 pills cut into quarters for a year and have maybe used 1 1/2. Knock on wood.

  18. This book sounds like a must for anyone with a cat.

  19. This sounds very helpful. And it would be good to have as a reference to find things quickly instead of spending time googling.

  20. That looks like a great book for all cat owners.

  21. Amy is a great writer, and this book sounds fantastic! I hope I win a copy!!

  22. What a great all around addition to our cat libraries! Sounds like a great book.........

    Hugs, Pam and Sam

  23. Looks like a great book!

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

  24. It sounds like a real great book.
    Good luck to your american readers.

  25. The perfect person to give us this comprehensive guide. I cannot wait to get a copy and will whether I win this one or not.

  26. Very cool! Looks very comprehensive. Thanks for the review!

  27. Looks like a great reference for cat owners.

  28. WOW A whole encyclopedia about cats! This is an awesome resource for cat lovers.

  29. Meee-wow! lots of entries, I'm over my head delighted (can you hear my purrrrrrs?)

    1. you silly woman!! Remember...its's slightly "padded!!" MOL MOL MOL!! They had entry options where they could get 11 entries...that being said, most people only complete one or two of them :)

  30. I know we would love this book. We have 5 cats and I would love to learn a few things about how cats think and the habits. Thank you and count me in please.