Cats for the GENIUS by Ramona Marek – A Comprehensive Roadmap to Understanding Your Cat
While it was enjoyable and completely fulfilling, the process for writing my most recent book, Makin’ Biscuits – Weird Cat Habits and the Even Weirder Habits of the Humans Who Love Them, turned out to be far more work than I initially anticipated. I had originally thought the book would be a collection of funny and cute stories from assorted cat lovers, sharing the wild and crazy antics of their feline companions. When I determined the book should also be a resource to share tips and advice on understanding cat behavior, that’s when it got serious. If only I had known about Ramona Marek’s recently released book, Cats for the GENIUS, before I found myself knee-deep in kitty-facts research.
I’m not kidding at all, Cats for the GENIUS is literally like taking all the information on cats available on the internet and other sources and funneling it into one easy to read and easy to understand book on all things cat-related from A to Z. I could have saved myself a lot of hours of work and heartache had I read this gem of a book first because it’s all there!
Every question you could possibly think of is answered. In Makin’ Biscuits, I just touched on the nuances of understanding cat behavior, but in Cats for the GENIUS subject matters from asking the most basic of questions before you decide to bring a cat into your home, such as “Are You a Cat Person?” (it really is the most important question to ask, although often the one least likely to be considered) to chapters on grooming, vet visits, vaccinations, health conditions, cat breeds, diet, end-of-life and more – it’s all covered in the warm, witty, and intelligent style of writing that is the earmark of Marek.
I’ll admit I was a bit overwhelmed when the book first arrived – I had agreed to review it, sight unseen, and when I got it and saw it was nearly 300 pages, I think I audibly gasped. Spare time is a luxury I have very little of, so I was unsure how I was going to be able to read it in a respectable amount of time. But honestly, the book is written in such an engaging way that I was several chapters in without even batting an eye.
It’s a great book – within the thoroughly researched and comprehensive text of each chapter are snippets of useful tips and facts that draw your attention – little light bulb moments of information like how to make a homemade non-toxic solution to use when cleaning your cat’s litter box instead of using harsh cleaning products that could harm your cat. The book actually reminds me of one of my favorite classes from high school – it was a history class – consisting of lots of dates and information that on the surface seemed impossible to wade through. But the teacher was just so compelling and funny, that before you knew it, the buzzer rang and the hour was over. Not only did the time fly by quickly, but I was learning without it seeming like it was an effort at all and I was enjoying it on top of that!
Marek does that with ease in Cats for the GENIUS. She shares many of her own personal experiences with her cats in the book so that you feel as if you’re having a conversation with a dear friend about your cat while reading. It really is the kind of book you want to have handy in your house as a resource guide whether you’re someone new to the world of cats or someone who has had cats their whole life because at some point, all of us have a question or two that we need advice on. I recommend you give it a quick read at first to get a feel for all the information inside, then, if you have a question or concern, you’ll know right where to go to read about it in more detail!
As with my goal with Makin’ Biscuits, Marek’s goal with Cats for the GENIUS is to keep more cats in their homes and out of shelters by educating owners about natural, normal, innate feline behaviors and their uniquely feline needs. She hopes Cats for the GENIUS will dispel certain myths, misinformation, and misunderstandings that often cause a cat to be relinquished to a shelter, and it is also her hope to better educate people that cats are not disposable pets, but valuable, loving members of the family. To purchase your copy of Cats for the GENIUS visit her website at www.RamonaMarek.com for details or go to Amazon.com.
Ramona Marek is an award-winning author, freelance writer and contributing writer whose work has been published in numerous national and international print and digital magazines. She is a member and former director of the Cat Writers’ Association (CWA), member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners’ Cat Friendly Practice Advisory Council, and non-veterinarian member of the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians. She was the recipient of the 2015 Good News for Pets Human-Animal Bond Award for her article “The Strength of the Human-Animal Bond.” She also received the CWA Muse Award in the category of Newsletter Article/Any Other Topic for her article “Estate Planning and Your Pets,” and her article “Faint Heart,” about feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, published in Animal Wellness magazine, was awarded the 2014 CWA Purina One Health Award for outstanding article reporting on feline health issues and a Certificate of Excellence as judged by her peers. Ramona and her husband spoil their two cats who rule their home with velvet paws—Tsarevich Ivan, a joie de vivre silver tabby Siberian, and Natasha Fatale, a full-time diva dressed as an “anything but plain” brown tabby.