Your Cat: Simple New Secrets to a Longer, Stronger Life
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Your Cat: Simple New Secrets to a Longer, Stronger Life

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  95 ratings  ·  21 reviews
In this controversial new book, dedicated veterinarian Elizabeth M. Hodgkins, D.V.M., Esq. raises the alarm regarding the dry food we feed our cats and the nutritional diseases that result. Your Cat: Simple New Secrets to a Longer, Stronger Life turns today’s conventional wisdom of cat care on its head with completely new, yet remarkably easy-to-follow guidelines for every...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 14th 2008 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published June 26th 2007)
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Ken E Baker
An excellent book that gives you a rude awakening to atrocities of the pet food industry. Like Siamese twins, the modern day medical system and the veterinary healthcare systems are the same, twisted around the concept of profits over individuals - focusing on cure rather than prevention, diagnosis over diet and a host of other red flags that an uneducated pet owner would never see. The premise is simple - disease-free means no profits for big pharma and big pet food, hence their approach is to...more
Mar 19, 2008 Annieg rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves their cats or is concerned about their health and nutritional needs.
I learned many things from this amazing book. Not the least of which was how the pet food industry has created many major health issues (ie: obesity, diabetes and heart disease for starters) for pets by using cheap ingredients that cats have no business eating (grains & fruits & vegetables, I mean how many cats go crazy for corn? and weren't cats originally kept around to keep the grain safe from the rodents?) and the lies and manipulations they employ in getting veterinary endorsements...more
Jenny Prince
Sep 01, 2007 Jenny Prince rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Progressive Cat-Lovers Everywhere
I'm still in the midst of this book (I checked it out from the library yesterday), but I think I've covered most of the bases. It delivered itself to me with perfect timing: we've just added a puppy to our two-cat-and-a-dog household, and Buddha, my five year-old feline, was dreadfully unhappy and spending all of his time out-of-doors.

I've only had this book since yesterday, but I think that the commitment to the happiness of your cat and the willingness to research has already made a world of...more
Beth Ann
Jan 03, 2008 Beth Ann rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All cat owners!
Shelves: cats
A cutting-edge-yet practical guide to contemporary cat care in a post-pet food scare world. The author is a practicing vet, a cat breeder, and a former pet food consultant, so she approaches the material from multiple angles.

Her approach is more Westernized than Dr. Pitcairn's holistic and homeopathic one, but Hodgkins is also an advocate of a raw meat diet. For those not wanting to make the raw leap, she helps readers learn how to choose the best commercial foods available.

She tries to teach re...more
Hodgkins is a veterinarian who formerly worked for Hills Pet Nutrition, one of the large pet food manufacturers. She writes about cat care for kittens through geriatric cats, common feline diseases and their connection to improper nutrition. She contends that the dry food diet that vets and pet food companies most often promote for feline health are actually causing or exacerbating many diseases, the main one being obesity. The author advocates that cats should eat a wet (raw or canned) diet tha...more
Finally a cat book not written by a wacko! And written by a vet who knows a cat is not a small dog but carnivorous machine! This book is a must read for any cat owner. The author is a vet with many years of experience and the only vet I have come across so far who seems to understand that the cat is a carnivore and what it eats DRAMATICALLY affects the cat's health. By the time you are done reading this book you just want to run up to your vet who prescribes cat food made of cereal and say DUH!!...more
I became aware of these issues regarding feline nutrition when my Colby was diagnosed as a diabetic. Message boards and other websites brushed on many of the topics covered more thoroughly in this book. If you love your cat(s) and I know you do or you probably wouldn't be looking at this, you really need to read this book. It will change the way you feed your cat(s). I have not switched mine to an entirely canned/wet/raw diet but the dry food they do eat is now grain-free. There is no possible w...more
This book is new at my library and I was really impressed with it. So much so that I'm changing what I feed my cats as a result and now I know how to really analyze the nutrition and ingredient label to make sure I buy them food that's really appropriate for them. Unfortunately I think that was behind Thunder's bladder issues and Clarissa's kidney issues and both of them died of those medical issues, Thunder too young. I know better now and hopefully the three cats we have now will live long, he...more
This a book you absolutely need to read if you have cats. One of the important message is that dry food is bad for your cat and why it is so bad and why canned food and raw food is so much better. There is also a lot of other useful information. It covers most sickness and offers help on each including kidney failure which is so common among older cats. Veterinarians get a lot of their information from pet food company who are more interested in profit than your cat well-being. Read this book an...more
Nona Williams
Several years ago my cat's health was failing. The veterinary treatment didn't seem to be helping, so I searched the internet for information about the causes and solutions for his illness and Dr Hodgkin's book appeared in a search result on Google books. I read all the pages available online and then purchased the book and began implementing her suggestions. My cat is now completely healthy at age 13 and is as frisky as a kitten and I believe it's a result of this book. I've recommended it to a...more
This book is a must-have for everyone who has cats at home. If only I had all of this information before, I would have understood and could have taken better care of my cats. A lot of medical issues could have simply been prevented.

The most important advice this book has given me (and also the website is to NEVER feed your cats any dry food! Cat dry food will never enter my house again and I am grateful for this book and the above-mentioned website for providing me with that in...more
Alyssa Fae
I think this is an amazing book for cat lovers. While the later chapters become a little tedious due to their medical nature the overall message of the book is clear. I'm glad I found this book and my only regret is that there is not a similar one for dogs, to my knowledge. Anyone who owns a cat or who is thinking about owning a cat should read this book. It is enlightening and will give you and your feline friend an excellent head start to a beautiful friendship. I completely and utterly recomm...more
After reading this book, I switched my cats to canned, all-meat cat food (they had been on a diet of high-end kibble for years). The changeover process was pretty painful for all involved, but afterwards they lost weight immediately, and the incessant barfing largely stopped. At their yearly check-ups, the vet pronounces them "extremely healthy."

Next on the to-do list: homemade raw cat food.
Very good and helpful book about cat care, and especially about feeding them. The author explains how cats are carnivores and not meant to eat grains and cereals, such as dry catfood is made of. Glad I read it now when my kitten is still young so I could make the adjustment in what I feed her. Kitty must eat meat - that's what is best for her!
RH Walters
Very informative about cat food and how pet food is not regulated by the FDA or any agency at all. I'm glad Hodgkins wrote this smart and sincere book.
Great information on feline nutrition. Especially useful is the section on reading cat food labels and how important it is to take time to do this.
Hundreds of pages devoted to how dry food will kill your cat. The argument is occasionally persuasive, but primarily over-emphasized and tiresome.
May 11, 2009 Jules rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cat owners
Shelves: bengal-cat
This book shares invaluable information - particularly about feline nutrition - that should be mandatory reading for cat owners.
Totlally eye-opening book. Why aren't more vets aware of this?? I highly recommend to all cat owners!
This is already scarin' me! Soft food from now on, sweeties!
Very interesting so far, with straightforward answers.
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