Planet Cat: A CAT-alogBy Sandra Choron, Harry Choron and Arden Moore
At first I wasn’t aware this book was sitting around, waiting to be reviewed. Next thing I knew, my human had Binga jumping through a Styrofoam hoop — from what I gathered later on, this was part of a kitty “IQ test” described in the book. After that, I realized I needed to spend some time with Planet Cat, so I curled up on it for a good, long nap. (You do realize that’s how we kitties get our book learning, right? Sorry to say, the same tactic won’t work for humans.) I don’t think I’ve slept on this many cat facts, trivia and useful (and useless) information, ever. You can open Planet Cat up to any page and discover something new: Seven cigar brands named after cats; 25 reasons why cats are better than dogs (for example, “Cats don’t slobber” — works for me!); treating cat bites; the nine most common mistakes made by cat owners; how to handle behavior problems; 17 gifts for the cat who has everything — and loads more. Nearly 400 pages more, in fact! Oh yeah, and that IQ test. I refused to take it. Not like Boodie, who failed miserably by not comprehending that she was supposed to jump through the hoop. I knew very well what was going on and I put my paw down and said no. If I can review a book and recommend that humans go out and buy it — as I do with this one — then I should not be required to take frivolous quizzes.