I loved the title to this book but felt the content left a little to be desired. Supposedly, it is full of rules made up by cats, but it sounds to me as if a human has had a hand in creating them. For example, “The First Precept of Feline Psychology: Always give in to the kitten within.” Ahem, that sounds like a bunch of human pop-psychology to me. If humans can’t rectify the need for play with the need to take care of business (in a cat’s case, that consists mainly of training humans), then that’s their problem. We don’t have an issue with it, as we understand the need for balance in our lives. Another proverb right out of a human’s imagination is: “A bird in the hand is impossible with a bell on your collar.” Any real hunter knows that those stupid bells are no impediment to capturing prey. Oh, here’s another one: “Tiarra’s Proverb: Modesty is the best policy.” I have no idea where that came from, but it certainly wasn’t from a cat! You want real cat rules? I’ve got a few: 1) When it comes to food, trust your nose, not your human’s opinion; 2) Rain, earthquake or wind? Blame your human for them; 3) The best cat toys are often found in the trash, and your human will put them back there unless you make the effort to hide them away. (Hmm, maybe I should write a book of rules?) Bottom line: Humans may be charmed by this book’s cute cartoon drawings and silly sayings, but cats will not be impressed in the least.
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