Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: February 10, 2023 by Crystal Uys

As much as I love cat themed books, books about cats, and books by cats, it’s rare to come across one that I absolutely cannot put down.  I started Allan Goldstein’s The Confessions of a Catnip Junkie expecting to be entertained.  What I didn’t expect was that for the two days it took me to read it, I didn’t get much of anything else accomplished, so be forewarned – don’t start this book unless you  know you’ll have a good chunk of uniterrupted time ahead of you!

Written from the perspective of an orange long-haired cat named DooDoo, The Confessions of a Catnip Junkie is the account of DooDoo’s six thousand mile journey across America.  A self-confessed catnip addict, DooDoo lived with two much adored humans after having been abandoned by his mother in the backyard jungle of San Francisco.  However, DooDoo has an adventurous streak.   One day, a sudden impulse sends him into the wilds of San Francisco and beyond.  After the initial thrill dissipates, he realizes that he is lost, and he wants to find his way home again.  Never in his wildest dreams would he have imagined that it would take him a year, and that along the way he would encounter a subway cat named Rass who becomes his new best friend, help a homeless drunk find his way home, a minor league baseball player and a smalltown TV reporter find the big time, and a widowed pilot find peace.

DooDoo’s adventures will touch your heart while keeping you on the edge of your seat.  Goldstein has an amazing ability to present DooDoo’s breathtaking adventures from a cat’s point of view, and at times as you may recognize your own tamed tiger’s antics in the pages.  You will be routing for DooDoo and his sidekick, Rass, as they encounter one challenge after another.  At times, I got so caught up in the action, I had to actually skip some sections to make sure that DooDoo and Rass were going to be okay and then go back to catch up on the missed details – I just couldn’t bear the suspense!

This is a wonderful, entertaining, touching and well-written book.   If you’re looking for a fun, engaging summer read, you won’t regret picking this one up.

Allan Goldstein lives in San Francisco with his wife, Jordan, and a minimum of two cats. You can  learn more about Allan on his website, Doo Doo cat lived in San Francisco with the above family. He wants you to know he was as beautiful, loving and wild as described in these pages, and continues to be so in the eternity beyond. He considers Mr. Goldstein to be his faithful literary executor and will expect his cut of the royalties when they meet again.

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10 Comments on Book Review: The Confessions of a Catnip Junkie by Allan Goldstein

  1. Fantastic book — the best fiction of any kind that I’ve read in a long time. Thanks for brightening my week, Allan!

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Allan. I hope your book does break out big – it’s so nice to see that the cats’ day has finally come. For the longest time, pet memoirs were all about d-o-g’s!

  3. Thank you Ingrid and thank you, all of her commenters about my book!

    You can read a couple of chapters free on Amazon, and you can buy it there for a mere $17.99!

    If any of your readers want an autographed copy from me, on a book that looks like it’s about to break out in a big way, making a copy signed by the author a collectors item , contact me at [email protected].
    But mostly I just wanted to say thank, so much! The book won’t disappoint you, I promise, and you didn’t disappoint me!

  4. Diane, I hope you’ll decide to read it.

    Tamar, I bought this based on your review and expected to like it, and it actually exceeded my expectations!

    Marg, I think you’ll enjoy this. You have a great weekend, too.

    Layla, it’s a mix – I come across some of these books on my own, either at the bookstore, through online browsing or from recommendations from other bloggers, and some are sent to me by the authors. I identify the ones sent to me for review as such.

    Mary, I know what you mean about adding yet another book to an ever growing list, but I don’t think you’ll regret adding this one.

  5. I must put this on my ever growing list! Ingrid, do writers send you books to review or do you find them?

  6. That does sound like a great book. Can’t wait to read it. Thanks for that terrific review. Hope you have a great week end.

  7. Not that I need one more book to read, but this review is so good I’m gonna have to go get this one now. Thanks, Ingrid!

  8. I know exactly what you mean about not being able to put it down and wanting to make sure he and Rass were going to be okay!
    So happy you loved this book as much as I did! My review here:

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