the devious book for cats

title: The Devious Book for Cats: A Parody

author: Fluffy & Bonkers (with help from Joe Garden, Janet Ginsburg, Chris Pauls, Anita Serwacki, and Scott Sherman)

genre: Fiction, cats, cats, and more cats, tongue in cheek

suggested by: Jess J.

dates read: October 24th – October 26th

review: 5 out of 5 stars

summary: Fluffy and Bonkers (and all their friends) help to explain the ins and outs of the competitive game of “Shelf Swat,” how to nap, kitty litter, and so much more.  They regale the reader with the history of extraordinary cats (part I, II, and III), and lay down the official legend of the crazy cat lady.  A list of “reasons you meant to do that” highlight the ways that certain cat behaviors might appear to be (to untrained human eyes) a mistake, but was actually something done totally on purpose.  And as the back cover explains: “Fluffy and Bonkers wrote this parody without authorization, because since when did a cat need permission for anything?”

personal thoughts: This was definitely a good laugh.  My sister-in-law gave this to me for my birthday, and I’ve been looking forward to reading it ever since.  I’ve never read The Dangerous Book for Boys or the Daring Book for Girls, but I also don’t have human children, so I guess I’m off the hook for now.  Loved the tongue in cheek humor, the detail to which they went into each subject, and the feline view of everything.  I think one of my favorite sections was about “felinism,” which is trying “to ensure freedom and opportunity across all spheres of cat life.  From the right to claws to equal time outdoors, felinism has forced the Western world to examine its attitudes toward cats and their perceived place in society.” p. 84  Hilarious!

favorite quotes:
“Domesticity has dulled our authority and bored us silly.  Did you know that because of a sedentary lifestyle the average feline today uses a mere two to three of its nine lives?” p. v

“Remember that exciting day when you were a kitten and the first box arrived in your home?  It smelled like different!” p. 10

“As you now know, birds, bugs, and mice make thoughtful gifts, but even if you don’t have time to visit the dead vermin aisle at the local Hallmark store, it’s still possible to hunt for wild game in and around your own home.” p. 62

“Newton’s cat and kitten considered building a hole in the door themselves, but then recalled every physicist’s duty to follow the path of least resistance.  In this case, that meant sharing the equation with Newton so that he’d build the door for them.” p. 93

“Ruling cats kept humans called pharaohs as advisers.” p. 105

“No matter how careful one is, however, sometimes things happen.  Bookcases heave themselves over, curtains careen off rods on their own, and suddenly somebody small, quiet, and fuzzy is in a whole mess of trouble.” p. 125

“Rodents have the terrible habit of not showing up to be devoured at designated meal times.” p. 136

“Use of a squirt bottle…serves to feed humans’ morbid fascination with how fast cats can run.” p. 172

“Our insistence on maximum freshness is a holdover characteristic from the days when we caught and killed everything we ate.  Nowadays, the only thing most of us catch at mealtime is flak for being fusspots. . .” p. 190

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