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The Secrets of Lost Cats: One Woman, Twenty…

The Secrets of Lost Cats: One Woman, Twenty Posters, and a New…

by Dr. Nancy Davidson

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Interesting memoir by a therapist who became interested in "LOST CAT" posters and the stories behind them after her own cat went missing. Her main point is that people's reactions to the experience of having their cat go missing reflect their wider attitudes towards the world, other people, and even their own sense of identity.

As a cat person, I was a little apprehensive when I started reading that this book would be too sad for me, but she doesn't include any truly awful stories--most of the cats are found, and the owners of those that aren't mostly seem to be able to at least start to move on with their lives. I found the narrative to be a bit unfocused at times, particularly when she starts delving too deeply into the psyches of the cats' owners with little more to go on than the poster and a brief phone call, but overall this was an enjoyable and fast read that should especially appeal to cat lovers. ( )
  mrlzbth | Feb 6, 2014 |
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for Shirley Davidson, who encouraged her children to be curious
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Five days after Zak's disappearance, I'd learned nothing as to his wherebouts.

People had called to wish me luck - but no one in the neighborhood had seen Zak.

Not even Old Man Tony, who sat on his porch steps every day overseeing the comings and goings on the street.
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"You've seen them. Hanging on telephone poles and posted on supermarket bulletin boards. But have you ever wondered about the stories behind them? When her orange tabby, Zak, disappeared, Nancy Davidson did what countless people before her had done. She made a lost cat poster. And after days of frantic searching, she found him. Nancy was ecstatic. Zak seemed happy, too--although being a cat, it was hard to tell. Zak may have remained his old self, but Nancy had changed."… (more)

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