Synopses & Reviews
This is a very funny book of fascinating facts about feline psychology, behavior, and health, with unique insight about cat traits we thought were inexplicable. For example: Why do cats suddenly start racing around the house for no apparent reason? We call this strange behavior “crazy hour.” As the most highly evolved predator on the planet, cats are perfectly designed for hunting . . . Hunting requires long periods of stalking and waiting, punctuated by a sudden and furious burst of activity as they go for the kill. During these periods, cats sleep, rest, and conserve energy. House cats average 17 hours of sleep a day, particularly on days when 24 or Lost aren’t on television. In mouse-free environments, cats lack prey, and these long periods of rest are interrupted by bursts of activity that mimic a cat’s natural behavior—the capture of food prey. The stored energy eventually has to be released.
This is not a book just for cat lovers but for any reader who loves entertaining nature books such as Why Do Men Have Nipples? and Do Fish Drink Water?
Dr. Skip Sullivan is a vet who owns The Cat Practice in New York City, which he founded in 1972. He is a graduate of the Veterinary School at Cornell University, and he is a Vietnam veteran who served in the Marine Corps and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with a combat V.
David Fisher is a comedy writer who lives in Riverdale, New York, with his family (and two cats!)
Can cats be trained?
Do cats have ESP? Why do cats scratch so much? Face it: You dont own your cat; your cat owns you. And since cats are often mystifying, complex furry creatures, veterinarian Dr. Skip Sullivan is here to answer all of your questions and more in this hilariously fun and quirky guide pertaining to all things feline. Like a cat weaving between your ankles, Why Dont Cats Go Bald? ties in informational Cat Stats, Cat Tips, and even personal Cat Tales from Sullivans unforgettable experiences with the thousands of cats hes treated. This is one purrr-chase you wont regret!
About the Author
Dr. Skip Sullivan completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania and then served in Vietnam with the Marine Corps where he was awarded a Bronze Star medal with a combat V. He then attended the Veterinary school at Cornell University where he concentrated on Feline Medicine. He has now been tending solely to cats for the last twenty years.
His veterinary office, The Cat Practice, is based in Manhattan. It was founded in 1972 with the purpose of providing our feline friends with the finest medical and surgical attention and their owners with the best possible communication.
David Fisher has perfect pitch as a humorist and co-author. He began his professional career as a staff writer for comedienne Joan Rivers syndicated talk show, ‘That Show.’ He has since written more than 50 books; only those listed as bestsellers are noted below.
*Co-authored his first bestseller, Killer (Playboy Books) with ‘Joey Black,’ the first confessional written by a Mafia hit man; second bestseller with Joey Black, Hit #29
* Fisher began writing about sports in the early 1980’s, co-authoring the bestsellers, The Umpire Strikes Back and Strike Two (Bantam Books) as well as two additional books with legendary umpire Ron Luciano, and former Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda’s bestselling autobiography, The Artful Dodger (Morrow).
* Fisher created a new reference system when he created and edited, What’s What, A Visual Glossary of the Physical World (Hammond) which Esquire called, “The most important new reference work published in the past half-century,” and which was subsequently published in nine bilingual editions, selling more than 1,000,000 copies.
* Moving from sports to entertainment, Fisher created and co-authored with George Burns the #1 bestsellers, Gracie, A Love Story and All My Best Friends. George Burns had co-authored five books prior to collaborating with Fisher, none of them bestsellers, and one book after their collaboration, which also failed to hit the bestseller list.
* He also collaborated with legendary TV and feature film producer and documentarian David Wolper, who is responsible for 10 of the top 50 shows in TV history as well as motion pictures like L.A. Confidential and Willy Wonka on the bestseller, Producer (Scribners)
* His novella, Conversations With My Cat, (Viking) was also published in six languages and after being the #2 bestseller in France, was honored with the ‘Prix Literature de 1,000,000 Amis,’ an award given annually to the best book concerning animals published that year.
* Fisher’s parody, Chicken Poop for the Soul, Stories to Harden Your Heart, (Pocket Books) has sold more than 125,000 copies and led to a second collection of his humorous stories, Chicken Poop II: More Droppings.
* His most controversial bestseller, Been There, Done That (St. Martin’s) with Eddie Fisher, received rave reviews from critics and a less kind reception from Eddie Fisher’s former wives.
* Both of Fisher’s collaborations with Hall of Fame quarterback and broadcaster Terry Bradshaw, It’s Only A Game and the inspirational Keep It Simple, (Pocket Books) were bestsellers, as was his collaboration with legendary attorney Johnny Cochran, A Lawyer’s Life. (St. Martin’s Press)
Fisher is married and lives in Riverdale, New York with his wife, two teenaged boys, two cats and one very small, very self-confident, dog.