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The cats of Thistle Hill : a mostly peaceable kingdom
Caras, Roger A.
Adult Nonfiction SF445.5.C36 1994

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Caras, author of A Celebration of Cats and president of the ASPCA, introduces the menagerie at Thistle Hill, his farm in northern Maryland. Though cats occupy center stage, there are diverting stories about other creatures: Maggie, a donkey who pairs off with Humbolt, a llama; Steakums, a steer rescued from a petting zoo; a 23-year-old cow, an alpaca and a pair of captive-bred macaws. Among the numerous cats and dogs are the cat Xnard, who has appeared in previous books, and Omari, a retriever. Except for the hoofed animals and birds, all the animals have been spayed or neutered. Caras gives practical advice on choosing a cat and dealing with behavior problems. Aileurophiles and pet owners will be captivated by the animals at Thistle Hill. BOMC and QPB alternates (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Caras, president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and author of over 50 books on pets and wildlife, shares the warm story of life at Thistle Hill farm. The 30 inhabitants of this wonderful Maryland menagerie include Steakhums the Hereford steer, Humboldt the llama, and Xyerias the greyhound, but the real stars are the ten-plus cats. All the animals are orphans or strays, and Caras tells one delightful story after the other. We meet Omari, who retrieves sticks and brings them to the porch; sister Siamese Alice and Elvira, who are inseparable; Siafu, who succumbs to feline leukemia; and several other memorable critters. While recounting various adventures, Caras also offers practical advice on the necessity of spaying, neutering, and immunizing animals and teaches us respect for all living things. Not only does Caras's lovely book entertain with its charming photographs and tales, but it promotes the adoption of stray and orphaned animals and responsible pet ownership. Recommended for all public libraries.-Eva Lautemann, Dekalb Coll. Lib., Clarkston, Ga. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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