Another idiotic statement was that you shouldn't rub a cats tummy because cats don't like that. Really? I had no idea. My cats & kittens roll over for a tummy rub all of the time. They love it. There are other similar incorrect statements about behavior in the book that drove me nuts. I've never not had cats/kittens in my life. I have been surrounded by them since birth. Now I even rescue wee teeny things & bottle feed them. I know kitties. I get the impression that the authors only experience with cats is as a vet, not as a pet, that the author has only ever had dogs for pets & is clearly crazy about them. If you want great advice on how to care for kittens including bottle feeding visit The Kitten Lady.
Another problem with this book is how it constantly recommends you visit House Rabbit Society. Now, I'm not saying they are bad. They have the best of intentions, but everything isn't black or white. There are grey areas that House Rabbit Society doesn't seem to want to acknowledge. For example, Angora rabbits need to be kept on wire. Resting mats/pads are fine, but if you don't want wool full of urine & poop, you will put them on wire. Putting an angora rabbit on a non wire bottom all of the time is the real cruelty. Also, I'd like to hope that if you have an Angora rabbit or two or three... that you take them out of their wire bottom home daily for plenty of grooming & play time on the ground, grasses, wherever. They don't need to be on wire 100% of the time, but they do need wire bottoms. It's not mean, it's necessary. Take a look at an angoras feet, they have a crazy amount of wool on their feet compared to short haired bunnies, which means extra padding. You can provide your bunny with good care & still put them on wire. If you want great advice on how to care for angora rabbits visit my Angora Rabbit Care page.
This book also assumes that everyone has access to the internet. I can tell your right now, that in this day & age, it simply isn't true. There are still a surprising amount of folks who do not have internet access & plenty who don't even know how to use it. They buy a book to care for their animals rather than searching on Google like those of us connected. Now the book tells them to go online rather than tell them what works in the book. Not helpful. Not helpful at all. Both my grandmother & my father for example, would be most disappointed with this as would many people here in rural Appalachia. Guess what? If I want internet I have to get satellite. It's slow, & really flippn' expensive or I have to drive over wrecked roads due to all the big Oil & Gas fracking traffic to get to the library that is over a half hour away. I understand that most people have internet, but most is not all.
If your bird breaks a wing feather & it is bleeding (a blood feather, this is the part of the feather that is alive, like how the pink part of your nail is alive & the growing part is not) the author says to get to the vet. If you don't panic & know what you are doing, you can easily avoid a trip to the vet. If the wing doesn't stop bleeding, get a pair of blunt tweezers or needle nose pliers. Grasp the feather as far down the wing as possible & yank it out quickly. Problem solved, no risk of your bird bleeding out. Just get it over with quickly. To reduce the likelihood of this happening, keep your birds wings clipped. I can't show you how here, so either find someone who does this or go to the vet to learn. Properly clipping the wings is 100% painless & harmless. It's just like cutting your hair or nails.
Okay, I feel a little better now that I got some of that off my chest. It's not a bad book. It's just not as good as it should have been. If you have never owned a pet & are looking for a dog or puppy, this isn't a bad book. If you are considering a cat or kitten or other small furred, feathered, or scaled creature, you will want to get a book about that type of critter, rather than this book. Buying this book for anything other than a dog is a waste of time.
This is a very basic book about a little bit of everything. It just gives you an idea of what you might expect but no real solutions other than to go to the vet. It is not in depth. There is really no how to. You know the saying about giving a man a fish or teaching a man to fish? This book doesn't teach you how to fish, it gives you a fish. The fish is the Vet. Teaching you how to fish would be you learning how to deal with situations at home & going to the Vet when this isn't realistic or possible.
The author clearly loves animals, which is great. He does have some good points, & the book does have good info. However, if I could have looked at this in a book store rather than online, I would have given it a pass. It is simply too basic for me, a woman who has not only had pets for the entirety of her life, but who also runs her own farm & has had to deal with emergency situations without a vet & yes, the animals survived. I'm not saying don't go to the vet, please do. I have a beloved pet cat who is on compound immune suppressing medication thanks to an autoimmune disease more commonly known as Rodent Ulcer. There is no mention of this health problem in cats in this book. Perhaps if dogs got it, it would have been mentioned...
Overall, this book is just okay - for dogs.
Links to the books we've read & reviewed for your convenience!
- National Geographic Complete Guide to Pet Health, Behavior, and Happiness
- Coffee House Knits
- Feeding You Lies
- Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life
- Breakfast The Most Important Book About The Best Meal Of The Day
- Complete Wellness Enjoy Long-Lasting Health and Well-Being
- The Sh!t No One Tells You About Pregnancy: A Guide to Surviving Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Beyond
- The Complete Guide To Adaptogens From Ashwagandaha to Rhodiola, Medicinal Herbs That Transform and Heal
- Beginning Beekeeping
- Before The Evolution and Future of Processed Food
- The Psychobiotic Revolution
- Simple & Natural Soapmaking: Create 100% Pure and Beautiful Soaps with The Nerdy Farm Wife’s Easy Recipes and Techniques
- The Flower Book
- The Essential Oils Complete Reference Guide: Over 250 Recipes for Natural Wholesome Aromatherapy
- The Gut Makeover: 4 Weeks to Nourish Your Gut, Revolutionize Your Health, and Lose Weight
- The Field Guide To Pregnancy
- 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home: A Nerdy Farm Wife's All-Natural DIY Projects Using Commonly Found Herbs, Flowers & Other Plants
- The Chicken Health Handbook
- Chickens In Your Backyard: A Beginners Guide
- The Moosewood Restaurant Cooking for Health: More Than 200 New Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes for Delicious and Nutrient-Rich Dishes
- The Joy of Jams, Jellies, and Other Sweet Preserves: 200 Classic and Contemporary Recipes Showcasing the Fabulous Flavors of Fresh Fruits
- The Raw Milk Revolution: Behind America's Emerging Battle over Food Rights
- The Joy of Pickling: 250 Flavor-Packed Recipes for Vegetables and More from Garden or Market
- Style, Naturally: The Savvy Shopping Guide to Sustainable Fashion and Beauty
- The Gort Cloud: The Invisible Force Powering Today's Most Visible Green Brands
- Feed Your Skin, Starve Your Wrinkles
- Sleeping Naked Is Green
- Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting
- Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything
- Beef: The Untold Story of How Milk, Meat, and Muscle Shaped the World
- Fortify Your Life: Your Guide to Vitamins, Minerals, and More
- Healing Herbs: A Beginner's Guide To Identifying, Foraging, and Using Medicinal Plants
- The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook
- The Virgin Diet Cookbook: 150 Easy and Delicious Recipes to Lose Weight and Feel Better Fast
- Flip Dolls & Other Toys That Zip, Stack, Hide, Grab & Go
- Healthy at Home: Get Well and Stay Well Without Prescriptions
- Cows Save the Planet: And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth
- Integrative Wellness Rules: A Simple Guide to Healthy Living
- Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
- How Stella Saved the Farm: A Tale About Making Innovation Happen
- The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days
- The Easy Organizer: 365 Tips for Conquering Clutter
- The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food
- Probiotics For Dummies
- Beyond Sugar Shock: The 6-Week Plan to Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction & Get Slimmer, Sexier & Sweeter
- Small Business For Dummies
- Starting An Etsy Business For Dummies
- Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred: Seriously Geeky Stuff to Make with Your Kids
- The Beauty Detox Solution: Eat Your Way to Radiant Skin, Renewed Energy and the Body You've Always Wanted
- A Woman's Guide to a Healthy Stomach: Taking Control of Your Digestive Health
- Holy Shit: Managing Manure to Save Mankind
- Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It
- Terra Madre: Forging a New Global Network of Sustainable Food Communities
- The Hundred Year Diet: America's Voracious Appetite For Losing Weight
- Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin Off the Grid and Beyond the American Dream
- Felties: How to Make 18 Cute and Fuzzy Friends from Felt
- Bread Matters: The State of Modern Bread and a Definitive Guide to Baking Your Own
- Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders: 101 Small Indulgences