Book Review: Who Moved My Mouse? by Dena Harris

A self-help book for cats?  Any self-respecting cat would tell you that she is purrfect just the way she is, thank you very much, and she doesn’t need no stinking self-help book, even if it smells like tuna.   Despite this, Dena Harris went bravely where no author had gone before, and wrote just that – a self help book for cats.  Thankfully, she had the assistance of Mr. Nom-Noms, “America’s Most Know-It All Expert…On Everything,” to help her with this task, and Who Moved My Mouse?  A Self-Help Book for Cats (Who Don’t Need Any Help) was born.

From the publisher:

Filled with quizzes, exercises and insider tips, this indispensable guide empowers cats to make the twenty minutes they’re awake each day the best twenty minutes of their lives. With chapters that include “A Cat’s Conversations With God,” “How to Win Friends and Influence Dog People,” and “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff… But Feel Free to Freak Out Over Anything That Moves Suddenly or Without Warning,” you’ll find the answers to the questions you’ve been asking. Get ready kitty… self-actualization is only a cat-nap away!

This delightful book made me chuckle most of the time, and laugh out loud more than once.  I don’t recommend drinking while reading – there are far too many “spew alert worthy” passages in the book.  From the incredibly detailed Purrsonality Profile (is your cat an SEBR – Snuggler Eager Bold Rebel or an LCBI – Loner Comatose Bold Innocent?) to The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Cats, this wonderful parody will empower your feline charges to answer such deeply important questions as:  Who are we?  Why are we here?  Where are you going with that ham?

Aside from being super funny, this little book is a visual gem.  Illustrated with Ann Boyajian’s charming cat drawings, and beautifully laid out in two-color print, this is a book to be enjoyed over and over.  Don’t miss this one, and while you’re at it, treat your favorite cat lover to a copy or two – this book makes the purrfect gift.

Dena Harris has been a humor columnist for Cats & Kittens magazine and contributor to Chicken Soup for the Cat-Lover’s Soul.  The author of Lessons in Stalking and For the Love of Cats, Dena lives in Madison, North Carolina husband (aka, “The Tall Guy”) and their cats, Lucy and Olivia, in a home filled with expensive, never-touched cat stuff.

Dena will join us here on The Conscious Cat on Wednesday.  In the meantime, you can find out more about Dena on her websites http://www.denaharris.com and http://www.selfhelpforcats.com and on her blog.

This book was sent to me by the publisher.

7 Comments on Book Review: Who Moved My Mouse? by Dena Harris

  1. Claudia
    November 30, 2010 at 7:29 pm (9 years ago)

    I too loved the book. Boy what fun I had…and it’s been added to my shopping list! Thanks!

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  2. Dena Harris
    October 27, 2010 at 6:42 am (9 years ago)

    Hi Marg and Max – I’d love to hear from both of you if you read the book. All reviews (well, okay… just glowing, positive reviews) welcome. 😉

    Reply
  3. Ingrid
    October 22, 2010 at 12:54 pm (9 years ago)

    Marg, it’s a really fun book. You have a great weekend, too.

    Max, I think a smart cat like you will really enjoy this one. Hugs to you!

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  4. Max the Quilt Cat
    October 22, 2010 at 12:02 pm (9 years ago)

    OMC. Sounds like a wonderful book. I’m going to look into that one.

    pawhugs to all of you…

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  5. Marg
    October 22, 2010 at 8:17 am (9 years ago)

    That sure does look like a great book. Putting it on my list of books to get. Thanks for this great review. Have a super week end and hugs to Allegra.

    Reply

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