101 Essential Tips: Cat Care is an easily digestible guide to cat ownership intended for kids. The book is beautifully presented with many photographs and each tip is in small, easy to digest chunks. It’s a type of manual that you give a child to read before actually choosing a pet to help them understand the responsibility in the decision and how to make the best choices.
The tips are arranged chronologically; e.g., choosing a cat through to medical care. Since the tips are short, some may be more a factoid than a usable instruction (e.g., one tip is that cats are trainable – not really going into the actual process of doing so). But keeping the tips brief ensures a child can easily digest the information. Adults may not find anything new in here but there are some good reminders of things cat owners should be doing regularly (e.g, trimming nails, medical checks, etc.) as well as updated information (it’s never really a good idea to let a cat out at night any more and definitely no milk).
Because the book is so nicely presented, it’s really not a chore to read. There are pictures for each tip and the pictures are applicable to the tip, not just random cat/kitten stock. The book doesn’t talk down to a child so it is suitable for a wide range of ages. Topics include breeds, short/long hair, acclimating a new cat, kitten or adult adoption, insurance, wounds, fleas/ticks, body language, unwanted presents, finding a missing cat, rewards, brushing teeth, washing a cat, grooming, treats, food, meeting other pets, single or multiple cat adoptions, and more.
I read through most of the book in under an hour. Each tip is about a paragraph long with an accompanying picture. Some tips, such as medical issues or how much food to give, are a bit longer or have tables. As such, this makes a great reference guide.
For me, I really appreciated the emphasis on acclimating a new cat to a home or outdoors. But also there were some surprising tidbits I hadn’t thought about previously. I really wish I had had this when we adopted a cat 2 years ago; I would have loved to go over it with my then 8 year old so she understood the responsibilities of cat care better than just from my memory of past cats.
In all, a very nice guidebook for kids – not too childish and not boring at all.
Reviewed from an advance readers copy provided by the publisher.