Monday, December 01, 2008

under the paw: confessions of a cat man by tom cox

Having to sit still for long stretches at a time (to aid the recovery of my recently operated on knee) has allowed me to return to one of my best-loved pasttimes - reading. One of my favourite book genres is cat-related biographies, which I know wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea. For those who are into feline tales, this is a recent offering by a Englishman who has owned (or has been owned by?) 12 cats to date. As Cox rightly points out, there are many books about cat-loving women - but not that many about cat-loving men. And surely there are men out there who love cats, considering how many pet cats there are in the world?

I would rate this book up there with other cat-related books such as Dewey: the Small-Town Library Cat who Touched the World by Vicki Myron and Autobiography of Foudini M. Cat by Susan Fromberg Schaeffer. Thoroughly enjoyable and well-observed, I especially liked the cast of minor characters such as Cox's Dad, who always speaks in CAPITAL LETTERS. A Christmas gift idea for a cat-loving friend, perhaps? (Therese, that's not a veiled suggestion from me!!)

See Tom Cox's blog here, starring everyone's favourite acrobatic cat, Maru :)


  1. Ever read "The Cat Who Went to Paris", by Peter Gethers? It made me want to own a Scottish Fold :)

    Hey, I got mentioned in your blog! Teehee!

  2. Yes, that's another one of my favourite cat books!! Scottish Folds are adorable. I have been known to try to fold catflap's ears in half in an attempt to emulate Norton's cuteness (needless to say she wasn't impressed).