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Cat Lover's Companion
by Bathroom Readers' Institute
Order:  USA  Can
Portable Press, 2006 (2006)
* * *   Reviewed by Martina Bexte

Humans' love affair with cats continues to grow - they've recently overtaken the dog as the favorite North American pet. Naturally the creators of the Uncle John's Bathroom Reader series sat up and took note. They've created the purr-fect book for cat fanciers. Contributors to this book tell us they 'uncovered the origins of some of our favorite cat phrases ... learned about legendary cat lovers like Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens and Theodore Roosevelt ... and uncovered efforts around the country to rescue and protect endangered lions, tigers, leopards, and other wild cats.' And that just scratches the surface of the interesting and often brand new facts you'll discover in this engaging volume.

The team of thirteen contributors have done their homework, presenting cat lovers with everything from cats in Arts and Literature and Cartoon Kitties to heroic cats, and cats who have left their mark in history - like Britain's Chief Mouser Humphrey, a stray who made himself at home at Downing Street during Margaret Thatcher's term in office and was still patrolling for mice when Tony Blair moved in. Learn how to 'decode your cat's chatter'; to figure out the Language of Whiskers; and of course make sure and memorize The Ten Cat Commandments. There's even a story about a bed-and-breakfast where travelers may choose one of the house kitties to keep them company overnight. Puzzles, jokes, word games, and corrections to popular feline misconceptions, are also included - some of them eye opening.

Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Cat Lover's Companion is a compact and nifty compendium of cat knowledge. Covering old and new, funny and sometimes sad, it's a great way to understand and appreciate your fine feline friend - or friends - even more.

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