Review: Ingrid King does it again!

Ingrid King has a new book! Ingrid, of the award-winning Conscious Cats website, is also author of Purrs of Wisdom (which we reviewed here last year) and Buckley’s Story. Recently, she announced she will be the new cat expert on

kingvetcoverShe knows cats, and we’re sure that if we met her, we’d be purring around her ankles in no time.

But when we heard the title of this book, we flattened our ears a bit: Adventures in Veterinary Medicine: What Working in Veterinary Hospitals Taught Me About Life, Love and Myself.

We like to read, but we’re not into Stephen King or anything else scary.

Never fear, though. Ingrid has done it again. In fact, we feel a lot better about the whole idea of vets because of the insights she brings from her years as a volunteer and then a manager at vet clinics. She takes us behind the scenes, into the drama of life and death, to show how loving and caring people, and pets, can be.

In this book, Ingrid tells the individual stories of memorable cats and dogs, as well as the fine veterinarians she has known. But the real story is about her journey from an unfulfilling day job to, as she puts it in the book’s introduction, bliss.

And what is bliss? Knowing that your work matters. That’s a story most everyone can relate to, since we all need to believe our lives make a difference in the world.

For Ingrid, that bliss started with animals – caring for them, earning their trust, learning about them and learning from them.

Finding her own path and then actually being able to follow it didn’t happen overnight for her, though, which is why the book is inspiring. Her journey was long and sometimes was an uphill climb, but she persisted. The result is that she can reach millions of people now who might benefit from her knowledge and compassion. Now that’s making a difference.

We have only one complaint with this book. It’s too short! But, as we suspect Ingrid would be the first to say, the biggest impact on our hearts can come from the smallest things. A cat or a dog, say. Or a gesture from a considerate person who takes an interest in our lives.

Ingrid King has a big heart. If you haven’t read her other books or visited her website, Adventures in Veterinary Medicine: What Working in Veterinary Hospitals Taught Me About Life, Love and Myself is a great introduction to her. If you have, this book will bring you closer.

Four paws – 4paws – but only because we wanted more!

“Adventures in Veterinary Medicine: What Working in Veterinary Hospitals Taught Me About Life, Love and Myself” is available from Amazon.

Review: ‘Purrs of Wisdom’ aptly named

Ingrid King’s cat Ruby graces the cover of her new book.

We know that living with cats can make people happier and less stressed. But can cats also help humans be healthier, more organized and smarter?

We think so, but don’t take our word for it — read “Purrs of Wisdom,” the new book by Ingrid King, who writes the award-winning blog, “The Conscious Cat,” and produces a wonderful website that she accurately describes as “a comprehensive resource for conscious living, health, and happiness for cats and their humans.”

Much of “Purrs of Wisdom” is drawn from Ms. King’s interesting, helpful — and, yes, wise — blog. Her regular readers should be very happy to find all that good advice drawn together in one volume. New readers will discover many pearls — urr, purrs — to enrich their lives and increase their appreciation of the cats they know.

We read the book straight through, but we admit that’s not the best way to approach it. Just as you might be tempted to wolf down a whole bag of treats if you get the chance, it’s better to enjoy the chapters one or two at a time and really savor their goodness. Otherwise you might be tempted to skim over some important lessons thinking they are repetitious when Ms. King really is providing constructive emphasis and subtle new angles on key points.

King bases “Purrs of Wisdom” — and “The Conscious Cat” — on her own daily observations and interactions with the cats who share her life. This results in a practical simplicity that we find is the book’s chief appeal. You can read any chapter and act on it immediately.

There are chapters on healthy eating, the importance of sleep, learning from nature, eliminating negativity from your life, techniques to find your dreams, aging gracefully and much more. Unfortunately for humans, they can’t purr, she notes. But just learning to breathe correctly, for example, can have a similar healing effect on the human body and mind.

All this she tells with heartfelt love for her feline mentors.

The golden thread running throughout the book is essential catness: Live in the moment and discover the importance of contemplation and gratitude. Observe the cats you know, then emulate them.

Cats are centered beings, and you can be, too. From that inner calm flows all the good in life.

It’s easy to see that Ms. King is a true cat person — her cats are not mere “pets” but genuine companions and guides. Cats changed her life and helped her reach her dreams. That can happen for you, too, if you are willing to watch and learn.

The book is available on Kindle at the moment but is expected to be in print soon.

We give this book four paws!