Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Cat's Life: 101 Stories about All the Ages and Stages of Our Feline Family Members Paperback – Apr 12 2011
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About the Author
Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are co-founders of Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Jennifer Quasha is a published author of more than forty books, a freelance writer, and editor, with a focus on pets.
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Like snowflakes (and people as well, I suppose) no two cats are alike. Each of their animals have a unique personality and different needs. Some like to be held, others want to be left alone, and still others require little more than a saucer of milk or a bowl of Friskies Surf and Turf.
I wrote a story about the first cat I owned in this book. It's called "A Cat Named Garbage." I've owned a dozen cats since that one, and I've grown deeply attached to all of them. It's impossible not to. The one we now have (Black Jack is her name) was found by my daughter, Emily, in the woods, starving and near death. Emily carried her home, and we nursed her back to health. One litter of kittens and five healthy pounds later, Black Jack is the most grateful cat I've ever known. She brings us gophers and moles daily, as if to say "Thank you for saving me. Thank you so much." When I hold her in my lap she not only purrs, she drools on me. That's how happy she is.
Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Cat's Life is chock full of such heartwarming, amusing, and inspirational stories (101 of them to be exact). I challenge you to get through this book without laughing or shedding a tear of joy. This is truly a one of a kind read filled with love and happiness. Buy a copy today and prepare to enjoy yourself.
Nikki Studebaker Barcus, a friend who attends my church, is included in this collection. Her story "The Truce" about rival farm cats is heartwarming, when the corn-field stray, makes up and offers truce during the birthing process of the other. Of course, knowing one author, makes me prejudice to pick a favorite for "My Cat's Life" but choosing second place from the remaining 100 cat-tales is hard. You will enjoy the romp through this Chicken Soup collection. Take them one at a time, daily, or use it like Readers' Digest, have it resting on a bathroom shelf (within reach for the short readable times), or best, like me, read it on the patio swing. I had a stray cat walk between me and the pond while reading, giving me a new gentler feel for the bird-stalking feline.
Not all stories are just about a cat. Human relationships with this animal make up a goodly portion of the book and, yes, inspire, warm the heart, and touch on the compassionate bone of the soul. Not my first Chicken Soup book purchase, but it was my first ANIMAL Chicken Soup book purchase, and now after reading, not my last.
Chicken Soup is long noted for quality writing from not only published authors, but also from common folk who enjoy journal entries at home. This collection is no exception. A great family book, gift idea for cat lovers, and a potential change of heart for a few.
Like people, every cat has it's own personality. The writers of the stories bring this out very well. The stories are so short that it is easy to keep on going through the book, thinking this is the last story I will read, but the next one is so short I may as well go ahead and read it too. This is a good read for anyone who has an interest in cats and it is a good book to read on a rainy day, in your easy chair, with your cat in your lap. -- Valerie Lull, Author Ten Healthy Teas.
Some of the stories in this book made me laught out loud and some made me reach for a handkerchief, but all touched me in some way.
Any time that I buy one of the 'Chicken Soup' books, I know that I am in for a great read. No matter the subject matter, it will be well represented from each end of the spectrum and be an uplifting read.
This particular book, 'My Cat's Life', is earmarked for several friends' birthdays and Christmas gifts this year and will be sure to please.