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

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From playful and hilarious accounts of life with cats to heartwarming tales of cat courage, healing and learning, each touching story in Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul celebrates the special bond we share with our cats.

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From playful and hilarious accounts of life with cats to heartwarming tales of cat courage, healing and learning, each touching story in Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul celebrates the special bond we share with our cats.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623610364
  • Publisher: Backlist, LLC - a unit of Chicken Soup of the Soul Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 8/28/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 174,697
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield

Jack Canfield is cocreator 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.


While Jack Canfield himself may not necessarily be a household name, it's very likely that you have heard of his famed Chicken Soup for the Soul series and nearly as likely that you have at least one of them sitting on your very own bookshelf! Having got his start as an inspirational speaker, Canfield's own story is nothing less than inspirational.

Jack Canfield had been traveling around delivering key note speeches and organizing workshops to help audiences build their self-esteem and maximize their potential when he had an in-flight brainstorm that changed his life. While flying home from a gig, Canfield realized that the very same advice he had been delivering during his in-person addresses could potentially form the basis of a book. Canfield used inspirational stories he'd gleaned over the years as the basis of his speeches, and he thought it would be a terrific idea to gather together 101 inspirational stories and anthologize them in a single volume. Upon returning home, Canfield approached friend and author Mark Victor Hansen about his concept. Hansen agreed it was a great idea, and the two men set about finding a publisher. Believe it or not, the mega-selling series was not an easy sell to publishers. "We were rejected by 123 publishers all told," Canfield told "The first time we went to New York, we visited with about a dozen publishers in a two day period with our agent, and nobody wanted it. They all said it was a stupid title, that nobody bought collections of short stories, that there was no edge -- no sex, no violence. Why would anyone read it?"

Canfield wisely practiced what he preached -- and persisted. Ultimately, he and Hansen sold the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book to a small press based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, called Health Communications. The rest, as they say, is history. There are currently 80 million copies of the Chicken Soup books in print, with subjects as varied as Chicken Soup For the Horse Lover's Soul and Chicken Soup For the Prisoner's Soul. Canfield and Hansen ranked as the top-selling authors of 1997 and are multiple New York Times bestsellers. Most important of all, the inspirational stories they have gathered in their many volumes have improved the lives of countless readers.

This year, expect to see Canfield's name gracing the covers of such titles as Chicken Soup For the Scrapbooker's Soul, Chicken Soup For the Mother and Son Soul, and Chicken Soup For the African American Woman's Soul. He and Hansen have also launched the all-new "Healthy Living" series and 8 titles in that series have already been released this year. There is also the fascinating You've GOT to Read This Book!, in which Canfield compiles personal accounts by 55 people each discussing a book that has changed his or her life. The most compelling of these may be the story of young entrepreneur Farrah Gray, who read Deepak Chopra's The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success at the age of 11 and made his first million dollars at the age of 14!

With no sign of slowing down, Canfield continues to be an inspiration to millions, who fortunately refused to give up when it seemed as though he would never even get his first book published. "Mark and I are big believers in perseverance," he said. "If you have a vision and a life purpose, and you believe in it, then you do not let external events tell you what is so. You follow your internal guidance and follow your bliss, as Joseph Campbell used to say."

Good To Know

Canfield is the founder of two California based self-esteem programs, "Self-Esteem Seminars" in Santa Barbara and "The Foundation For Self Esteem" in Culver City.

Writing the first Chicken Soup book was a lot more daunting than Canfield expected. After the first three years of research, he and Mark Victor Hansen had only compiled 68 stories -- 33 tales shy of their goal of 101 stories.

Along with co-writing dozens of full-length books, Canfield also publishes a free biweekly newsletter called Success Strategies.

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Canfield:

"My inspiration for writing comes from my passion for teaching others how to live more effective lives. I started out as a history teacher in an all-black inner city high school in Chicago, graduated to a teacher trainer, then psychotherapist, then trainer of therapists, then large group transformational trainer and then a writer and keynote speaker. All along the way, my desire was to make a difference, to help people live more fulfilling lives. That is what I still do today. Most people don't know this but I was not a good writer in college. I got a C in composition. Nobody would have ever believed I would grow up to be a bestselling author."

"I play guitar, and I am learning to play the piano. I love movies and some TV shows. My favorites are Six Feet Under, Grey's Anatomy, House and Lost. I love to play Scrabble, poker and backgammon with my in-laws, nieces and nephews. We really get into it. I love to travel. I have been to 25 countries and try to add two or three new ones every year."

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

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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 On Love

Stubbly Dooright Marty Becker, D.V.M. Teresa Becker 2

Oscar, the Garbage-Can Kitty Kathleen Kennedy 7

My Mother's Cat Renie Burghardt 10

Music-Loving Tabby Beverly F. Walker 15

Coco's Cat Sheila Sowder 19

The Power of Love Barbara (Bobby) Adrian 23

"Child" Proof Valerie Gawthrop 26

The Uncles Bonnie Compton Hanson 30

A Perfect Match M. L. Charendoff 33

Conversation with a Cat Hoyt Tarola 38

Always Room for One More Roberta Lockwood 43

Disney's World Toni Fames 47

What Was That Sound? Maryjean Ballner 52

What I Did for Love Linda Bruno 57

2 Celebrating the Bond

Beautiful Music Steve Dale as told to Amy Shojai 62

That's My Cat Mary Knight 67

The Wisdom of Socrates Syndee A Barwick 72

Saving Private Hammer Rick Bousfield 78

Billu the Beauty, Henry the Hero Cori Jones 83

The Cat Burglar Marty Becker, D.V.M 86

Ling Ling Theresa Dwyre Young 91

The Ashram Cat Shirley Harmison 96

Ariel and Pongo Keiri Glynn 100

Reunion Karen S. Bentley 102

Can You See Me? Dena Harris 108

Mayor Morris M. L. Charendoff 111

Trash-Pickin' Kitty Marie D. Jones 115

Volunteer of the Year Edi dePencier 118

To Find a Friend Vanni Cappelli 121

3 A Furry Rx

Laser, the Therapist Nancy Kucik 130

Five Hundred Flowers Bev Nielsen 134

A Dickens of a Cat Gwen Ellis 138

Puffin's Gift Jennifer Gay Summers 143

Friends for Life Silvia Baroni 147

Nurse Mima Natalie Suarez 152

Peace for Pickles B. J. Taylor 156

The Cloe Cure Marlene Alexander 161

Angels Among Us Vivian Jamieson, D.V.M. 165

The China Cat Mary Bryant, V.M.D 169

4 Cat-Egorically Wonderful

Catch of the Day Patti Schroeder 174

The Cat Man Roger Dean Kiser 181

Serendipity Amy D. Shojai 186

Panther and the Pigeons Barbara Vitale 192

The Cat's Bill of Rights Michael Ruemmler 195

The Ins and Outs of Cats Betsy Stowe 197

One Smart Cat Rebecca A Eckland 199

Jaws, the Terror Carol Shenold 204

The Cat Who Brought Us a Bottle of Wine… from the Popes' Private Reserve Michael McGaulley 206

In-Flight Movings Lisa-Maria Padilla 210

Comedy Pet Theater Gregory Popovich 213

Ringo, the Hero Cat Carol Steiner 217

5 Cats as Teachers

Clueless About Cats Carol Kline 222

For Every Cat, There Is a Reason Lisa Duffy-Korpics 226

Warm Rocks and Hard Lessons Joan Shaddox Isom 232

Beginning Again Harriet May Savitz 236

Solomon's Smile Sharon Melnicer 240

What Willa Knew Kate Reynolds 244

Learning with Roscoe Ellen Perry Berkeley 247

Time with Marky Joanne Liu 251

6 Farewell, My Love

A Postcard to Fremont Catherine Johnson 256

Angel Cat Lesléa Newman 261

Full Circle Andrea Rolfingsmeier 265

The Long Good-Bye Jeanne Marie Laskas 269

Walking with Ace Edie Scher 273

Patches Carolyn Hams 276

The Bell Tolls for Annabelle Madelyn Filipski 278

The Funeral Linda Mihatov 282

Merlyn's Magic Lori Hess 284

Ring of Fire Sara Wye 289

A Cat's Gift of Faith Claudia Newcorn 293

7 Rescue Me!

A Miracle Called Faith Heather L. Sanborn 298

Black Jellybeans Dorian Solot 304

Persian Love Daniela Wagstaff 308

My Life as a Midwife Brian Baker 312

The Kitten Who Saved His Mom Elizabeth Doyle 316

Bogie's Search for His Forever Home Lorra E. Allen 321

Alley's Gift Lori Pitts 325

Romeo and Juliet E. V. Noechel 330

Happy Endings Janet Mullen 333

8 One of the Family

Elvis Has Left the Building Marie D. Jones 338

A Tale of Two Kitties June Torrence as told to Hester J. Mundis 341

Etcetera, Etcetera, Etcetera Sharon Landeen 345

Machiavelli Susan Hasler 348

Training Camp for Wheezy Tom Schreck 350

The Call of the Lobster Susan Isaac 357

Jingle, Jingle Dena Harris 360

Confessions of a Cat Hater-Who Got Lucky Marshall Powers as told to Hester J. Mundis 363

The Gift of Acceptance Anne Marie Davis 368

Learning the Rules Jane Lebak 372

George Washington Cat and Family Peggy Seo Oba 375

Who Is Jack Canfield? 380

Who Is Mark Victor Hansen? 381

Who Is Mary Becker, D.V.M.? 382

Who Is Carol Kline? 383

Who Is Amy D. Shojai? 384

Contributors 385

Permissions 395

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    Highly recommended

    For any cat lover, a delight of a book. Also, fast delivery from B&N.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    Warm and fuzzy stories

    Great bedtime reading -- or middle-of-the-night reading for insomniacs! A great gift for anyone who loves cats.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2006

    For all cat lovers to read on & on!!! Go Cats!!!

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2005

    A great read for anyone who has ever known a cat

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2005

    Excellent Book for Cat Lovers

    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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    Leaders and co deputy deputys den

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    Posted October 3, 2012


    I want to have some fun. ;)

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    Posted September 29, 2012


    Go to the fourth result.

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    Posted September 25, 2012


    Whats in it for me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2012

    Shining diamond


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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Mysterious cat

    Sits in pond only eyes peeking out.

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    Posted September 3, 2012


    I am sexy and loyal. Quiet woods dark wolf does not want u. But i will be ur mate

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2008

    Cat Lover's Only!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2007

    A Great Read for Cat Lovers

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2007

    Cat Lover's Read This BOOK!!!

    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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