Your Cat- simple new secrets to a longer, stronger life
By Elizabeth M. Hodgkins, DVM, Esq.
I first purchased this book shortly after it was published in 2007 because I knew the author would be focusing on the very latest nutritional findings for felines. Typically I do not give much credence to veterinary advice on nutrition because I know most veterinarians have had very little education regarding nutrition. Dr Hodgkins is the exception to the rule. Not only is she a veterinarian she is also a nutritionist, immunologist, internist and cat breeder. She owns and runs a feline exclusive veterinary practice in California.
Ten years later, Your Cat, is still my go to reference for feline nutrition and disease processes that are so affected by nutrition such as diabetes, gum disease, irritable bowl syndrome, kidney disease, and urinary problems. The 276 page book is heavily focused on feline nutrition and the problems with commercially available pet foods. Dr Hodgkins does offer chapters on more commonly discussed topics such as litter box training, parasites and indoor/outdoor issues. The best advice in Your Cat revolves around nutrition and the role it plays in prevention of disease.
In 2001 Dr Hodgkins was awarded an international patent for a novel and highly successful approach to managing feline diabetes that has resulted in long-term remission in well over 80 percent of her diabetic patients. I will repeat that: long-term remission in over 80 percent of diabetic patients. Imagine if a doctor in human medicine could accomplish the same!
My favourite section of Your Cat is Part 5 Ten Myths of Cat Care. This section alone is a must read for every cat guardian. Three appendixes are also included that provide valuable information on how to read pet food labels, food analyses, and protocol for managing diabetes.
The author does a great job explaining the very complicated science of reading the labels of pet foods, allowing guardians to become aware of the most common tricks found in pet food labeling. I highly recommend Your Cat for any cat guardian who has a special interest in nutrition and or feline diabetes.
Elizabeth Llewellyn is a feline welfare and behaviour specialist with over 20 years experience working with cats in a variety of settings including rescue, breeding, boarding, grooming and veterinary. She lives in Chittenden County Vermont with her three cats.