See what some reviewers have to say
Library Journal, October 2006 (#1):
"In recent years, there has been an increased focus on holistic healthcare and alternatives to traditional treatment options in human medicine. It should come as no surprise, then, that this focus also extends to the area of veterinary care. In Whole Health, author Arora, who applies holistic methods toward the treatment of cats, writes clearly and comprehensively on the subject of cat health. Chapters cover basics (body care, grooming, skin conditions), feeding (requirements, raw diets, safety concerns, supplements, recipes), routine vet care (choosing a vet, vaccinations, spaying/neutering, tests), the treatment of minor ailments (e.g., parasites, litter box issues), and cat behavior. The book concludes with references, resources, and a thorough index. Arora's well-organized and well-illustrated resource is an excellent introduction to the subject that will not overwhelm the reader."
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Animal Wellness, February/March 2007, pg. 95:
"First there was Whole Health for Happy Dogs. Now, cat lovers have Whole Health for Happy Cats -- A Guide to Keeping Your Cat Naturally Healthy, Happy and Well-Fed. This comprehensive new book was written by author and cat guardian Sandy Arora, who has spent nearly a decade educating and helping people towards a more holistic health care regimen for their felines.
The book covers everything you need to know to get your kitty companion on the road to improved well being. It opens with a section on prevention, covering the basics of holistic health care for cats and the importance of a high quality diet, including a number of recipes for raw diets. You'll also find a section on how to understand feline behavior, plus home care for minor ailments using a range of modalities from herbs to hydrosols to homeopathy.
Beautiful color photos round out this invaluable volume. Whole Health for Happy Cats is a must for any kitty guardian with an interest in the holistic approach."
"The Best Cat Book, Ever"
"When Sandy Arora created the Holisticat e-mail list 10 years ago, she had no idea that it would grow to include 1,200 members with more joining each day.
Arora created Holisticat to share the knowledge she gained when treating her black Persian, Booey, for chronic renal failure and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Going beyond conventional veterinary care, Arora applied holistic modalities and nutrition in caring for Booey, and those have been the hallmark of Holisticat. As "list mom" she has guided countless cat lovers in their quest for a kinder, gentler way of treating their felines.
Now Arora has parlayed her knowledge into a book, "Whole Health for Happy Cats." If your New Year's resolutions include learning more about improving the health of your cat, this book is a must for your library. Better yet, get a copy for all your cat-loving friends as a belated Christmas gift.
The book is divided into two sections: Prevention and Wellness. Without preaching to her readers, Arora gives the message to cat lovers that the holistic way is the better way. She includes basic cat care information – litter box and litter selection and grooming and "necessities " – but then offers the Happy Cat Natural Medicine Kit, chuck full of natural herbs and remedies, plus the ways in which to use them.
Arora’s chapters on nutrition will send you running from the grocery store’s pet food aisles and into your kitchen. While many pet guardians these days willingly feed their dogs a raw diet, it’s only when facing health issues that they consider raw for their cats. Arora makes it doable by including easy-to-follow basic recipes and recipes for specific medical conditions, such as chronic renal failure. While realizing a raw diet is not for every cat lover, she also offers information on selecting a good commercial food.
The section on Wellness discusses different holistic modalities – homeopathy, herbs, flower essences and more – and how they are applied to different health issues you might encounter, while encouraging guardians to be proactive toward their cats’ care.
Arora also wants owners to develop a good relationship with their veterinarian. She coaches them through the more technical parts of veterinary care, such as understanding a urinalysis and blood work.
Interspersed are basics, such as how to give your cat a pill and problems that call for immediate veterinary care. She also provides a thorough section on cat behavior and tips to understand and solve problems.
Finally, Arora includes a comprehensive list of resources for information cited, recommended foods, where to obtain herbs, homeopathics, flower remedies, hydrosols and more, as well as an appendix of infectious diseases.
Should you think that such heavy-duty information is presented in a dull, textbook format, look again. 'Whole Health for Happy Cats' is a joy to read. Call-outs and sidebars make important information stand out as do chapter headings and subheads. The gorgeous four-color photos of cats throughout the book are the icing on the cake.
To order the book, go to www.holisticat.com; it’s just $20.99 (which includes shipping), a great investment for the health and well being of your cat."
Sally E. Bahner is a member of Cat Writers’ Association and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She is a regular contributor to Pets Press.