Book Review: Caticons by Sandy Lerner

By Melissa Lapierre

“What if you had an (almost) unlimited budget and unfettered desire to surround yourself with furniture, clothing, art, household objects, books, and pretty much everything else in various semblances of cattitude? You would have caticons,” opines Sandy Lerner on the book jacket of her latest literary endeavor. “Welcome to my thirty-year odyssey probing the corners of the art world, catalogues, foreign shores, and cyberspace, all in search of the one Cat Thing I did not have.”

For a person like me who searches for cat-related items everywhere I go, this massive volume is a feast for the senses. I found myself “oohing and aahing” with every turn of the page while looking around my home realizing that my collection pales in comparison! But in the end that’s the thing about personal collections regardless of your budget — the things you choose to surround yourself with are pieces that should make you happy when you look at them.

Lerner’s collection began during a time in her life when she was forced to be catless — her new husband was highly allergic to anything with fur (which would’ve instantly been a deal breaker for this cat lady, but I digress) — and additions to her collection are not based on value, but “(1) is it a cat, and (2) do I like it?” Her collection spans from fun little trinkets such as chopstick holders, nutcrackers and duct tape to valuable pieces of jewelry and artwork. She admits there isn’t much of anything cat-related she doesn’t already own, but that doesn’t stop her for continuing her search, and her friends have joined in the hunt in hopes of finding something she doesn’t have!

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Every time I pick up Caticons I discover something new to covet for my own collection, with the “Cats in Books and Entertainment” section being my favorite. Cat history, quotes and poetry are packed in the pages alongside hundreds and hundreds of beautiful photographs.There’s no better gift for the cat lover in your life this holiday season than Caticons. It’s an art history book with feline flair!

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Book Review: Cat Scene Investigator by Dusty Rainbolt

Cat Scene Investigator by Dusty Rainbolt

By Melissa Lapierre

In nearly four decades of being owned by cats I’ve never had to deal with inappropriate elimination, but I can understand how frustrating it must be for everyone involved. Seeing as how it’s one of the top reasons why cats are relinquished to shelters it’s a problem that cat owners need to be better educated on, because in most cases the human is causing the problem by not “listening” to what their cat is trying to say, yet it’s kitty who pays the price. Hopefully this book will be able to repair the pet/parent bond in many homes.

For such a serious subject Cat Scene Investigator is laid out in an extremely enjoyable style. As a huge fan of reading mysteries I appreciated the “police procedural” style, and the adorable cat cartoons that begin each chapter add a touch of humor to the situation too. Sections entitled “Tails from the Trenches” describe true life cases and how they were overcome, loads of helpful products on store shelves that have been used successfully are outlined, and the various medical situations detailed can be helpful even when the potty isn’t the problem!

Even if you’re not currently experiencing an issue with inappropriate elimination, this is a book that should be on the bookshelf of every cat parent as one never knows when a situation may arise. Those of us who are fully enmeshed in the “cat world” are going to know someone someday having this problem that the book can be passed along to as well. So much research has been put into this invaluable tool that I have no doubt will save relationships, sanity, home furnishings…and most importantly, cat lives.

Dusty Rainbolt is a former vice president of the Cat Writers’ Association, and an associate certified cat behavior consultant and member of International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She’s famous for her articles, columns and books on cat care and behavior and animal rescue. Over the course of her career Dusty has been honored with 52 cat writing awards.

Amazon purchase link: Cat Scene Investigator: Solve Your Cat’s Litter Box Mystery

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