|Guest Review by Kathy Sell, DVM, The Cat Clinic, Rancho Mirage, CA
(Click on stars for an explanation)
|This book is Out of Print.
There were three specific products shown in the CD-ROM: The Wild Child, the E-Z Nabber, and the Catch Net, but the title does not reflect that limitation. It might have been more accurate to call it "Use of Three Products to Restrain Fractious Cats".
The CD gave examples for uses for the various equipment for different situations involving fractious cats -- in hospital cages, in plastic carriers, in cardboard carriers, and in humane traps. Most of the tips for handling the cats were useful, but there were some problem areas that could be addressed.
The Wild Child is a plastic box with a detached lid. The video demonstrated many situations in which this device could be useful, but failed to cover a few points. Although the video emphasized how important it was to be careful when placing the restraint box over the cat to prevent injury, there was no mention of the importance of not flipping the cat around roughly in the box once the cat was inside. Also, in one segment, the narrator touched on taping the edges of the Wild Child lid to reduce anesthetic gas exposure, but did not explain how gas leakage was prevented from escaping via the four holes in the top of the lid. There also did not appear to be any sealing mechanism on the lid's edges to prevent anesthetic gas leakage from that area. Unless the lid fits extraordinarily tightly (which did not seem to be the case), it appears that using the Wild Child for gas anesthetic induction exposes personnel to a significant amount of gas anesthetic.
The Catch Net is a long mesh net with a top opening that can be closed by pulling a mechanism in the handle. The one use for the net shown -- dropping a semi-sedated (oral Ketamine) feral cat into it from a humane trap -- was not one I would recommend. I have a problem with sedating a cat so that it is no longer sufficiently coordinated, then shaking and dumping it onto a net as shown in the video. Although it was carefully emphasized not to allow the cat to hit the floor, I think that there is potential for a cat to be hurt using this procedure.
If the cat is going to be transferred into the net in the manner presented, sedation causing incoordination does not seem to be wise. Instead of a net, it might be better to ease a non-sedated cat into a darkened restraint cage, as in the "cat in a cage" segment. I am also not a big fan of nets due to the risk of injury from feet and toes catching in the mesh, something that was not addressed in the video.
The segment on the EZ Nabber is brief and the picture is dark when showing its use in the cage. The product itself looks as if it could be very useful, but I have a few questions. It is mentioned that the mesh is tightly stretched, but not if there are any dangers from the amount of pressure it produces when in use. Is there risk that it could affect respiration in a compromised cat? Is there a time limit as to how long a cat can be compressed in it? Can feet and toes be caught in the mesh?
Many of the ideas presented in this CD-ROM were good, however, I am not sure of the target audience. As a technician teaching tool, it is adequate, but I would expect this presentation to be much too basic for veterinarians.
A few minor criticisms concerning the overall presentation: the CD, when inserted, does not automatically load, so computer beginners might have trouble viewing the video and handout as well as installing the QuickTime program needed to view the video; the quality of the video was average (some sections, especially those involving cats in cages, were dark and difficult to see in detail); the picture that introduces the Cat in a Plastic Carrier segment is difficult to identify; in the same segment, the audio presentation emphasized that the door of the cage should not be allowed to fall onto the cat, but the video did not demonstrate this very well (the door was shown bouncing in and out before it was controlled).
I did think that it was a nice touch to blur the identification card of the cat used in the Cat in a Cage segment, but someone forgot to blur the same card in the video introduction.
Overall, although the CD-ROM makes some good points, I would not recommend it as an educational tool.
Teton NewMedia, Jackson, WY (2002). ISBN: 9781893441729.