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Tilly is pretty!!
on 1 November 2012
I'm an avid cat lover and have also read a previous book by Celia Haddon, One Hundred Ways For A Cat To Train Its Human :, so I was expecting to love this book. To be honest though I merely enjoyed it, rather than savoring as I'd hoped.
First off, Tilly is not an ugly cat. Even the so called "unattractive" photo of her in the cat home, shows her beautiful and unusual colouring. I would have picked her a heartbeat, but then she shares many similarities with my own nervous tortie!!
I liked reading about Tilly, and her hard road to becoming a happy and healthy pet. There are many instances that are described that will cause cat owners to chuckle and smile ruefully! There are some lovely anecdotes in the book, and many good tips that the reader can pick up and use in their own cat training
However, I did find that much of Tilly's story was overshadowed by the awful personal hardships her owner was going through at the time of her rehabilitation. I'm not adverse to reading about people's difficulties in life, but I wasn't expecting to feel so depressed reading a book about a cat. I also thought the book could have been cut down and shortened. As once Tilly had completed her milestones I began to lose interest in the book slightly, as I was not expecting there to be so many descriptions of medical ailments, hospitals and pills etc.
I think the book will appeal to cat fans as Tilly is an adorable cat, but please be aware that it is also heavily laced with the medical issues of the author and her husband.