Cats I Have Known and Loved

by Pierre Berton | Humor |
ISBN: 0385659385 Global Overview for this book
Registered by winggypsysmomwing of Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on 6/7/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by winggypsysmomwing from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Saturday, June 07, 2008
I purchased this book from a garage sale held to support the Breast Cancer Foundation. They were selling books 5 for $1.00 or 25 cents each so I got 6 books for $1.25.

How could I resist this book by one of my favourite writers and about cats as well.

Journal Entry 2 by winggypsysmomwing at Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Wednesday, March 21, 2012
I admire Pierre Berton. He did a lot to popularize Canadian history and his life's work is impressive. He was 84 when he died in 2004 and as far as I can tell he was writing up to the end because his last book, Prisoners of the North, was published in 2005.

In all the time I've been aware of Berton I had never heard how much of a cat person he was. This little book chronicles the cats that have been in his life from his time as a youngster growing up in the Depression in Victoria until close to the end of his life. There are some great stories about cats here. But, and it's a big but, I part company with Berton in his admiration of people who support large numbers of cats. I know it must be hard when you love animals to euthanize them but allowing them to take over your house and life is an illness. At the very least all cats in that sort of situation should be neutered so that they don't produce any more cats. Although Berton seems to have come around to the idea of having his own female cats spayed close to the end of his life for many years he seems to have allowed them to breed indiscriminately. I can't believe that a popular writer like Berton didn't have the financial wherewithal to have a veterinarian operate on them. He talks about how his mother would drown the kittens which I think is far crueler than neutering the mother. And nowhere does Berton ever talk about neutering the male cats who can be responsible for producing far more kittens than a female.

So, although I enjoyed the stories about the individual cats, I was disappointed overall with this book.

Journal Entry 3 by winggypsysmomwing at Moon Lake in Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba Canada on Monday, July 02, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (7/1/2012 UTC) at Moon Lake in Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba Canada

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