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Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul: Stories of Feline Affection, Mystery and Charm
     

Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul: Stories of Feline Affection, Mystery and Charm

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by Jack Canfield, Marty Becker, D.V.M., Carol Kline, Amy D. Shojai, Mark Victor Hansen
 

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From the impishness of kittens to the regal mystery of adult cats, our feline companions never cease to captivate our hearts and imaginations. Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul celebrates our feline friends, and the people who love them, in all their varied splendor: their independence, their msystique, their playfulness, and, yes, even their disdain.

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From the impishness of kittens to the regal mystery of adult cats, our feline companions never cease to captivate our hearts and imaginations. Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul celebrates our feline friends, and the people who love them, in all their varied splendor: their independence, their msystique, their playfulness, and, yes, even their disdain.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780757303326
Publisher:
Health Communications, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/27/2005
Series:
Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
Pages:
380
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.95(d)

Read an Excerpt

Oscar, the Garbage-Can Kitty

Oscar was named after the Sesame Street character who lives in a garbage can because that is where we first became acquainted. I was working at a pizza-delivery chain and had been assigned garbage duty. While tossing bags into a Dumpster, I heard a faint meow. I began digging through the trash, and several layers down I found a cat—bruised and thin. I wasn’t sure if the cat had crawled into the Dumpster to scavenge for food or if he had been put there purposely. Our establishment sat directly behind an apartment complex, and unsupervised and abandoned pets were common.

Back on solid ground, it became evident that the cat had an injured leg. He couldn’t put any weight on his right hindquarters. The situation created a dilemma for me.
Finances were tight, and I was moving back home to my parents’ house—with two cats already in tow. Dad barely tolerated the two established felines. His reaction to another injured stray was sure to be less than receptive.
I took the stray to the vet, hoping to patch him up. After shots and X-rays, the vet discovered the cat had a cracked pelvis. I posted notices, hoping someone would claim the cat or adopt him.

Meanwhile, the response at home was swift and firm:
No more cats! Dad insisted I take the cat to the Humane Society immediately. I protested that the cat would be put to sleep. Luckily, my mother intervened. She agreed the injury would make the cat unadoptable, so we would keep him long enough for his hip to heal. Then he would have to go—no arguments.

Oscar must have somehow understood his situation.
He seemed to study the other two cats and their interactions with my father. We suspect he bribed Tanner, our golden retriever, with table scraps in exchange for etiquette lessons. When the other cats were aloof, Oscar was attentive. He came when his name was called, and he would roll over on his back to have his belly scratched. As his injury began to heal, he would jump on the ottoman by my father’s favorite chair, and, eventually, into his lap.
Initially, Dad pushed Oscar away, but persistence paid off.
Soon, Oscar and a muttering Dad shared the chair.
At mealtimes, Oscar would come to sit with us.

Positioned on the floor by my father’s chair, every so often Oscar would reach up with one paw and tap Dad on the knee. At first, this provoked great irritation and colorful expletives expressed in harsh tones. Oscar, however,
refused to be put off. Repetitive knee-taps soon led to semi-covert handouts of choice morsels.

Oscar greeted my father at the top of the stairs every morning and waited for him at the door every evening.
My father sometimes ignored Oscar, and, at other times,
stepped over him, complaining the whole time. Oscar mastered opening doors by sticking his paw underneath the door and rocking it back and forth until it opened.
Soon, he was sleeping in the master bedroom at the foot of the bed. My father was completely disgusted, but couldn’t stop the cat from sneaking onto the bed while they were sleeping. Eventually, Dad gave up.

Before long, Oscar, aspiring to his own place at the table during meals, began jumping up into my lap. He was allowed to stay as long as his head remained below table level. Of course, an occasional paw would appear as a reminder of his presence.

Three months passed, and the vet pronounced Oscar healthy and healed. I was heartbroken. How could I take this loving soul away from what had become his home,
from the people he trusted? Sick at heart, I brought Oscar home and told my parents what should have been good news: Oscar was a healthy cat with a healed hip. “I’ll take him to the Humane Society like I promised,” I said dully.
As I turned to put Oscar in the carrier for the trip, my father spoke, uttering three magic words: “Not my cat!”
Oscar is home to stay. He now has his own chair at the table and sleeps—where else?—in the master bedroom between my mother and father. He is their official “grandkitten”
and living proof that deep within the most unlikely heart, there is a cat lover in all of us.

-Kathleen Kennedy


©2005. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield is co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, which includes forty New York Times bestsellers, and coauthor of The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. He is a leader in the field of personal transformation and peak performance and is currently CEO of the Canfield Training Group and Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Foundation for Self-Esteem. An internationally renowned corporate trainer and keynote speaker, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Mark Victor Hansen is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Carol Kline is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and the coauthor of Happy for No Reason and five books in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Santa Barbara, California
Date of Birth:
August 19, 1944
Place of Birth:
Fort Worth, Texas
Education:
B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973
Website:
http://www.jackcanfield.com

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Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul: Stories of Feline Affection, Mystery and Charm 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For any cat lover, a delight of a book. Also, fast delivery from B&N.
HeyJude More than 1 year ago
Great bedtime reading -- or middle-of-the-night reading for insomniacs! A great gift for anyone who loves cats.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book told many storys of cats that changed peoples lives a lot after they got one cat. Some of the storys in there were really sad and upsetting because some died from differnet types of fracters, cancer, and really sick dogs who aren't going to live long. It hurt to know that those people who have grown to love a cat was ripped away from it because those cats died from either a diese that they had or got. I know I would never want that to happen to my cat that I have. It would really hurt to be in there position or even hurt to look at there faces because they had grown attached to a cat and those cats have changed there lives and everyone around them as well. These were some really great storys about how mostly cats have changed a persons life who could have changed people around them or even the entire world!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for the cat lover in all of us. The stories are so real, you can hear every purr and feel every soft paw.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I settled in bed last night at about 9:30, intending to read one or two stories in this book before lights out. Flash forward to 12:30 AM and me propping my eyelids open with toothpicks as I promise myself 'Just one more story.' This book is a gold mine for feline lovers. A well-established cat fanatic, I didn't think I could read anything that would make me love cats even more, yet this book did it. I was touched, moved, humored, and enamoured all over again with our furry feline friends. A quick disclosure - I have 2 stories in the book. But since I don't make additional money if the book sells or not, I hope this review will be taken at face value. I would snatch this book off the shelves and give it to any cat lover, any day. I'm very pleased to be a part of such a fine collection.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book, I have to say, is amazing. I am only in middle school, and this book was none like any other. I'm a cat lover, good enough book for me! Although in some spots, I suggest when you read the book, have a tissue box by your side. I not only found an enjoyment in reading this book, and stories about cats that are amazing to me, but I also awakened some feelings inside of me that have been locked up for years. Now, anybody can read this book, but only cat lovers will truly understand the meanings of the stories in this book. Cat Lover's Only!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I received this book as a gift from a co-worker and cat lover as well. She thought that I would enjoy it. I laughed at some of the antics these cats did and I cried when some of them died. I am a cat lover and have had many cats in my life and I can relate to some of the funny things that have happened and the sad things that happened.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will change how you may look at a cat. All the stories are true or based off of a true story so you don't have to imagine it. Some people really need a cat to change their lives and these stories show that. People's intire lives were changed just by getting a cat, which is simply amazing to me. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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