Awww…look at the kittehs. And then throw this book in the recycle bin.
I’m too selfish with my time to have pets (or children, for that matter), and my husband is allergic to most living things, so not having pets works for us. But here’s the thing: I make no judgments on how other people handle their pets. If your cat needs a shrink to improve its self esteem, knock yourself out. If your lizard needs an animal chiropractic specialist, go for it. Mary – do Roberta and Fred have self esteem issues? Want this book to read up on it? Yeah, didn’t think so. You’re probably looking for the latest techniques to deal with your cats’ psyche just like everyone else; a “cat whisperer” or Animal Planet’s big-name cat person or something.
The topic of the book isn’t so bad for a public library collection (which is where it came from). It’s just…you guessed it…old. People who want the very best for their cat’s mental health want something current. A name like National Geographic or the ACFA or Animal Planet will get patrons’ attention and make them feel better about the information in the book. So will a copyright date in the last decade. I’m sure Ms. Wilbourn was important in 1978, and if she’s still important in 2011, our libraries need to have her latest books.