I’m not a big fan of the “cats are better than dogs” meme, because I’m not a fan of anything that polarizes people rather than brings them together. For that reason, I was a little hesitant to take a look at 67 Reasons Why Cats are Better than Dogs by Jack Shepherd, the editorial director of the massive social media and entertainment company Buzzfeed. I’m glad I decided to check this book out.
Francesco Marciuliano has a unique ability to capture cats’ personalities. He proved this in his New York Times Bestseller I Could Pee on This And Other Poems by Cats, and I know I wasn’t the only cat lover who was eagerly awaiting publication of his new book, I Knead My Mommy And Other Poems by Kittens. While I had reservations about the first book based on the title (reservations that turned out to be completely wrong,) the title of this book, which the author called “sort of a sequel – or a prequel, depending on how you look at it,” combined with the ridiculously adorable cover, generated an “awww” response for me that is probably hardwired into most cat lovers.Continue Reading
I’ll be honest: I had my reservations about this book. I appreciate a good humor book as much as the next cat lover. But I balked at the title. To me, there’s just nothing funny about a cat peeing on things. I get far too many emails from desperate cat guardians who are dealing with this problem. That’s why I hadn’t even picked up I Could Pee on This when it first became a bestseller.
I do, however, enjoy author Francesco Marciuliano’s internationally syndicated comic strip Sally Forth, so when his publicist asked me whether I’d be interested in interviewing him, I agreed to take a look at the book. And I couldn’t have been more pleasantly surprised.Continue Reading
I spend a lot of time looking at cat food labels so I can stay on top of all the latest information on feline nutrition, so it was a refreshing change to spend some time looking at cat food labels purely for fun. Cat Food for Thought: Pet Food Label Art, Wit & Wisdom is a charming little book featuring cat food art from the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s.Continue Reading
It’s no secret that cats are hot on the internet, and some of the more prominent internet cats have probably made their guardians rich enough to at least be able to give up their day jobs. If you’ve ever wondered whether your cat could be the next Maru, Grumpy Cat or Lil BUB, How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity: A Guide to Financial Freedom offers advice on how to make your cat the next feline superstar.
Written by Patricia Carlin, with photography by Dustin Fenstermacher, this “guide” will help youContinue Reading
Many of you have probably seen some of the often funny, sometimes sweet, posts about cats on Buzzfeed, a website that features “features breaking buzz and the kinds of things you’d want to pass along to your friends.” Now Tanner Ringerud and Jack Shepherd, two of the founders of the wildly successful site, have have created Review of My Cat, based on their popular Tumblr blog.
Let me just preface this review with the following disclaimer: Cats are the most wonderful creatures on this planet, and anyone who thinks differently – well, actually, they probably aren’t reading this site.Continue Reading
This little book provides weight-loss tips and tricks for “extra fluffy felines” modeled along popular fitness regimes such as The Mayo Clinic Diet (“Vary your water sources. The water dish is so over. Water from the kitchen faucet or toilet should be available on demand.”), The South Beach Diet (“Phase I of this diet involves the complete denial of all foods that make you purr.”), and the “French Women Don’t Get Fat…But Their Cats Do” diet.Continue Reading
I absolutely adore The Big New Yorker Book of Cats. Aside from the from that fact that it combines two of my great loves, cats, and New York City, into one beautiful book, it’s everything a special cat book should be.
This beautifully illustrated collection is a celebration of cats. The book features articles, poems and humor pieces by such literary luminaries as Margaret Atwood, Roald Dahl, Robert Graves, Ted Hughes, Jamaica Kincaid, Jean Rhys, James Thurber, John Updike, Sylvia Townsend Warner, E. B. White, and many, many more. And of course, it also contains plenty of the New Yorker’s signature cartoons and drawings.Continue Reading
You know Simon’s Cat from his YouTube videos. It all started with Cat Man Do, which I believe was the original Simon’s Cat video. The hand drawn animated video featuring black and white pencil drawings of a cat trying to wake his guardian has garnered more than 45 million views since it was posted five years ago.
Since then, Simon’s Cat has become an empire, featuring more videos, books, and merchandise ranging from t-shirts to cat beds to fine art prints.
If you’ve ever wondered what your cats are doing on the computer while you’re not looking, this book will tell you – although after reading it, you may wish you could go back to those innocent days before you knew about Whiskerslist: The Kitty Classifieds.
You may have thought you only had to worry about your cats developing an online shopping habit? Not according to what Angie Bailey uncovered in her investigation of feline internet habits. Oh no. According to Angie, you have a lot more to be concerned about, such as your cats looking for love (or a quick hook up), locating seminars to refine the art of looking away while being photographed, finding support groups for compulsive behavior like cord chewing, and even trying to sell off a slightly-used human.Continue Reading
The World Is Your Litter Box Deluxe Edition: A How To Manual for Cats by Quasi (with minor help from Steve Fisher) is a cat classic reissued. Quasi is back with more wit and wisdom in this expanded version of The World is Your Litter Box on topics such as ways to annoy your human just for fun, what to do if your human puts you on a diet, and how to make sure your human keeps your litter box clean.
Quasi understands that humans, no matter how crazy they may be about cats (refer to the chapter on How to Tell if Your Human Is a True Cat Nut!), need a lot of guidance on how to truly appreciate, take care, and serve the needs of the cats who shares their lives. And who better to enlighten them then Quasi.Continue Reading