February 21, 2017
「你的貓」中文版上市 The Launch of Your Cat Chinese Version
One day last year, a young girl’s cat was sick. She started searching information on the internet hoping to find something useful, and came across some of the articles I had translated. After that she sent me a message asking to join my closed discussion group on Facebook. A few weeks or months passed, she sent me another message asking if I was interested in taking up a job to translate Your Cat into Chinese. I replied, “If you trust me, certainly I am willing to give it a try,” something like that. Then she went ahead to purchase the copy right of this book. When it occurred to me the money she would have to spend on translating this book, I asked her, “This book criticizes kibbles fiercely. Feeding cat wet food only is a minority in Taiwan, and raw food is a minority within a minority. Are you sure you want to have this book translated? The profit might not be able to cover the cost you spend.” Her answer was, “Sometimes minority goes a long way, though slowly.” Then she handed me this job to translate this book into Chinese without even asking my education background. Isn’t she a bit naïve? The book market in Taiwan is shrinking every day. I am worried about her pocket. But on the other hand, the book market in Taiwan is shrinking daily, only excellent books get the chance to be published, don’t they?
This book focuses on the various diseases cats might get during their different life stages. The author explains her way of treatment and the logic behind it. Though this book was published about ten years ago, there is a lot for us, both owners and vets in Taiwan, to learn about how to take care of cats’ nutritional needs, mental and physical health. The nutritional needs of cats are certainly about the food they should eat. Dr. Hodgkins worked for Hills for nearly one decade, which makes her a perfect person to explain the history of kibbles, why kibbles are bad for cats, and how prescription food is made. Her medical treatments regarding various diseases are based on years of practical experiences. The revolutionary discovery is certainly the correct way of managing a diabetic cat. I translated that chapter a few years ago and I think some cat owners might have already read it. Still I urge you to get a Chinese copy of this book, because in Appendix III there is more important information about taking care of a diabetic cat. Dr. Hodgkins has applied calcitriol supplementation in mild to moderate CRD cats for at least 10 years and has seen very positive results. However, as I know there are only two vets in Taipei who have the experience of managing CRD cats with calcitriol supplementation. Moreover, Dr. Hodgkins has noticed a major flaw in the normal range of T4 level regarding feline hyperthyroidism. What is the flaw? Well, you will have to read this book to find out.
I want to thank Sophie, the editor, for spending time, effort and money publishing this book and making my dream come true. She hired a vet who is currently practicing in HK to check my translation. Sophie is very thoughtful, professional and responsible. She and I were two perfect strangers. Based on the same interest, we met and worked together to have this book published in Chinese without actually seeing each other at all. The internet is a wondrous world. Don’t you think so?
非常感謝饒醫生仔細的檢查中文譯本。具有美國獸醫執照的饒醫生，逐句審譯我的譯文，她不但發現我偷偷加了一句話（簡直就是女版福爾摩斯），而且還發現我把會翻譯成不會（好大的錯！Shame on me!），因此我對本書的中譯文準確度有無比的信心。
I want to thank Dr. Rau for checking this book thoroughly. Dr. Rau has an American veterinary license. She checked my translation verbatim. Not only did she catch me smuggling an additional sentence, but also corrected a very big mistake I had made. With her professional help, I am fully confident about the accuracy of the information conveyed in the Chinese version.
I want to thank Professor Huang for recommending this book. Her recommendation is so true and sincere. I am most grateful from the bottom of my heart.
I want to thank a cat friend Jennifer Hu for recommending this book. She has patiently answered various questions about cat diseases in my discussion group. I am always amazed by her detailed and in-depth replies. I think she must have secretly swallowed tons and tons of information regarding cat diseases.
I want to thank Dr. Hsieh for recommending this book. She is one of the two vets who have the experience of managing CRD cats with calcitriol supplementation. If you have a mild to moderate CRD cat, you might consider consulting Dr. Hsieh.
This book is full of professional information and knowledge about taking care of cats, though there are some cute cat illustrations, too. If you buy a copy of this book, I hope you would take your time to read this book slowly and thoroughly. Don’t read it too fast. You want to read it slowly in order to digest the enormous amount of information as much as you can. With only a few hundred dollars, you are able to get such professional information from a very senior vet. The high price performance ratio is out of chart. After carefully reading it, place it most reverently on your bookshelf. Whenever you encounter a problem regarding cat’s health or behavior, this book is one of the best reference books you can get. Actually I consider this book a bible for raising cats. I hope you would feel the same when you finish reading it. I am very confident that this book will go a very long way, though maybe not very fast.
Now, let’s get the ball rolling further, shall we?
My dearest Poki, see what I have done for you.