Your Cat’s Just Not Into YouBy Richard Smith
Based on the best-selling relationship book, He’s Just Not That Into You, Smith’s slim, satirical volume compares us cats to single male humans. Isn’t that kind of insulting, considering that we are way smarter and better-looking than the majority of male humans? And as the title reveals, it focuses only on our supposed aloofness, which is not a trait all of us cats have. So it boils us down to stereotypes. As a result, what we have here is a one-joke book, and its quality relies on how well it is able to milk this singular laugh. I must give credit to the author for making his book short without being chintzy (just under 150 pages), and for coming up with several different approaches to its one topic (a Cat I.Q. test — for humans, of course; quizzes; “Straight from the Kitty Litter” sidebars, etc.). And there is the occasional truism (“Cat love is better and much more reliable than human love”) amidst the silly, fake “Dear Abby” style letters (you want real advice? Read my books!). But for the most part, it just rehashes the idea that cats are selfish creatures who generally have better things to do than give their humans the time of day. It ignores the fact that every cat is different and that actually, a fairly sizable percentage of the feline population is nothing like what is depicted in the book. But come to think of it, the same could probably be said for the book it is based on and male humans. I think this book would be best for someone who has been around cats and likes them, but doesn’t really know them. Real cat humans probably won’t get all that much out of it.