The Cats of Thistle Hill: A Most Peaceable Kingdom

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oduces readers to his feline companions, and to the dogs, horses, cows, and even a llama with whom they share a "mostly peaceable kingdom". "Full of warmth and charm . . . delightful".--Alix Madrigal, San Francisco Chronicle. Photos.

The author of A Cat Is Watching and A Celebration of Cats shares warm, witty tales of the ten-plus cats who live with him and his family on their Thistle Hill Farm in Maryland. In rich, humorous detail, Roger A. Caras tells one ...

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oduces readers to his feline companions, and to the dogs, horses, cows, and even a llama with whom they share a "mostly peaceable kingdom". "Full of warmth and charm . . . delightful".--Alix Madrigal, San Francisco Chronicle. Photos.

The author of A Cat Is Watching and A Celebration of Cats shares warm, witty tales of the ten-plus cats who live with him and his family on their Thistle Hill Farm in Maryland. In rich, humorous detail, Roger A. Caras tells one whimsical anecdote after another as he follows the cats from adventure to adventure. Photographs.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's 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)
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.
Mary Carroll
The prolific Caras--author of more than 50 books on pets and wildlife--blends descriptions of and anecdotes about the dozens of creatures who share his family's Maryland home with advice for other pet owners on cat behaviors and personalities. The Thistle Hill menagerie is not limited to one species: Caras and family share their spread with birds, bats, snakes, deer, and small mammals in addition to multiple cats and dogs, cows and horses, and llamas and alpacas, plus human friends and helpers. Caras' tone is closer to Herriott's fondness and respect for animals and the people who care for them than to the opinionated, self-important note too often sounded in Cleveland Amory's cat tales. The success of Caras' "A Cat Is Watching" (1990) and the fact that his latest effort is an alternate selection of several book clubs suggest purchase.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671754624
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 5/3/1994
  • Pages: 237

Table of Contents

Preface 11
1 The Farm 17
2 The Story of Omari 33
3 Teddy's Tale 51
4 Alice and Elvira 65
5 The Farm Schedule 81
6 The Crew in the Barn 95
7 Siafu 119
8 Xnard 131
9 Like Cats and Dogs 143
10 Fluffy Louise 163
11 The Lure Of Feathers 171
12 To Be Considered 185
Cat Registries 225
The Cat Breeds 229
Protecting Your Cat Against Disease 233
How to Immortalize Your Pets 235
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