How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You

Author:  The Oatmeal

Published By: Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC

Reviewed by Melissa Minners

                When you have a cat in your house, you know that he or she is not at the mercy of the human.  No, its quite the opposite you are at the mercy of your cat.  He or she owns everything in your home and you should just be happy to be allowed to bask in his or her glory.  But what if your cat stares at you for long periods of time, purring, and then suddenly attacks?  How can you tell if your cat has a desire to go for your jugular?  A new book has come out that will assist you in that matter How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You by The Oatmeal.

                First, I should warn you, if you are not sharing your abode with a cat (otherwise known as being owned by a cat), this book may not be necessary.  It may not tickle your funny-bone as heavily as those of us who know what it is like to live with a cat.  Now that I have issued this warning, I have one more warning for you keep tissues handy, because if you do know what it is like to live with a cat, this book is soooo funny that you will find yourself bent over double with tears pouring down your cheeks from the laughter.

                There is a whole chapter regarding how to know whether your cat is plotting to kill you, featuring regular cat behaviors that could be hints toward his or her murderous intentions.  Did you know that if your cat brings you a dead animal, this may not be a present, but a warning.  And if your cat likes to do that kneading thing on you, well, it may mean that he or she is looking for weaknesses in your vital organs.  There is also a pull out poster included in this book that you can post on your wall as a reminder that your cat may be plotting to kill you.

                There are other useful chapters, such as a comparison between newborns human babies and cats, how to tell whether your cat thinks he is actually a mountain lion, how to pet your kitty, how to tell your cats sexual orientation and more.  There is also a hilarious six part strip featuring the Bob Cats at the office.  Just picture how life would be if your cats were actually executives at the office what antics would they pull?

                From page to page, this book is hysterical, with funny drawings and hysterical writing.  The Oatmeal, otherwise known as Matthew Inman, really gets into the funny things that cats do and what possibly may be going on in the minds of a cat when they do those funny things.  We all have these thoughts, but The Oatmeal brings it to paper (and the web at in hysterical fashion.  This book comes highly recommended to anyone who lives with a cat and needs a pick-me-up after a long, hard day.


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