Sunday, November 21, 2010

Great Cat Books

Are they great books about cats or great cats written about in books?  Both!
Here are two wonderful books I read recently:

Dewey by Vicki Myron

Dewey is one lucky cat though it doesn't seem that way at the start of the book when he is dumped through the book drop of a small town library in Iowa on one of the coldest days of the year.  Yet he is rescued and becomes a wonderful mecca for everyone in his community and for miles (even thousands of miles) away.  Dewey's story is intertwined with the authors which is also inspiring.  If you love cats, you'll love Dewey.  (Caution:  tissues required.)

Making Rounds with Oscar by Dr. David Dosa

Oscar is billed as an ordinary cat with an extraordinary gift.  My husband thinks what Oscar does is morbid.  The author believes Oscar is a true comfort to his 'patients' and their families.  Oscars gift is being with his patients in their last hours.  He is a nursing home cat and he seems to know when a person is about to pass on.  He is a sign to families that it is time to finally say goodbye to loved ones who have often been in ill health for years.  All of Oscar's patients have dementia.  And it is in telling the story of these patients and their families that makes this book a must-read for everyone.   I hope you never have to spend any time in a nursing home as a patient or family member.  Yet most of us are likely to at some point with someone we love.  I've encouraged my husband to read Oscar's story more for what it tells us about the medical care system for the elderly than for a cat with a special gift.

Also, if you love cats and haven't read about Norton, check out:
A Cat Called Norton
A Cat who went to Paris
A Cat Abroad
all by Peter Gethers

The Norton books are wonderful treats about a man who professes to hate cats until a girlfriend gives him a delightful Scottish fold kitten.  It's love at first sight.  The man who knows nothing of cats thinks that he can just take Norton along with him wherever he goes like people do with dogs and thus begins Norton's adventures here and abroad.  Norton meets celebrities (Harrison Ford, Sir Sean Connery), lives in France for a year and is terrified of birds.  He is a delight.

And speaking of kitties, see the curious calico in the middle of my van.  Her counterpart, a gold tabby had just left the van before I snapped this photo.  I was helping a friend move and her kittens couldn't help but see what we were up to.  We made sure they were accounted for before we pulled away with loads of boxes.  The kittens will travel separately to their new home.

It's a gorgeous day here in NC.  After finally being rid of our colds, my husband and I are off to take a walk together.  Thanks for stopping by!


  1. My girls got the book Dewey for Christmas a few years ago.

  2. I've read Dewey, but the other books are new (or should I say "mew") to me - thanks for sharing! These would make a great Christmas gift for my mom!


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