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101 Uses for a Dead Cat
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2005
Although this book is now quite old it has lost none of it's ascerbic wit. And it is wit with a dark, naughty and twisted edge which does not have to work hard to illustrate it's point, it does exactly what you would expect of the title and why would you look if you felt as though you would be offended?

I believe this kind of base, juvenille humour is needed by us all at time's. The hilarity of the forbidden and taboo subject is intensely and achingly funny sometimes. Surely everyone remembers wanting to howl with laughter when being heftily scalded as a child?

To ignore we have such base instincts is to deny being human and assume superiorty over ones peers, quite hilarious in itself really, it is afterall, JUST A BOOK!

This book is wickedly funny and a huge "pick-me-up" with no real malice intended! To the book's detractors and disapprovers I say, Lighten up folks! NO ACTUAL CATS WERE HURT IN THE MAKING OF THE BOOK!!
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32 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2002
I first encountered "101 Uses for a Dead Cat" about 20 years ago. Every page produced at least a chuckle and a good many guffaws. These are humorously drawn cartoons without captions -- and they're as absurd as they're meant to be. Of course, no one in real life is going to use a dead cat for any purpose whatever, but given how seriously some cat lovers take their cats -- and the nature of the housecat -- the premise itself is funny. One of those premises, by the way, is that in these 101 absurd cartoons, cats appear to be of more usefulness dead than alive.
I know a lot of cat owners who think this book is hilarious precisely because they love their cats despite the fact that, in many ways, their cats are frequently annoying, destructive, selfish, demanding and high maintenance.
At any rate, I'm always amused when I find people who take this book so seriously they don't see the humor in it, much like vegetarians who go out to dinner with friends and then are obnoxious about the meat or fish other people are eating.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2004
My cat just died, so I dug this book out as an antidote to my gloom. Fantastic, haven't laughed so much in years, and it's given me one or two ideas as well...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2013
This book will make you laugh whether you like cats or not. Have given it to cat owners and non cat owners and they always enjoy. I highly recommend it especially for someone who is ill or hospitalized.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2012
this is the first present i ever gave my daughter in law. i can think of two more people to gift with this
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2012
My daughter bought this for a teacher. It was in great shape and got to us very quick in the mail.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2012
I was a kid when this first came out. We got it for my uncle who lived in a house with an increasing number of cats. They would show up while he was at work and by the time he'd get home his small children would have bonded with them. He was rather fond of at least one of them, but he did think the book was hilarious. As in fact did I. I have had several cats and loved them all very deeply. When they died I tended to bury them in the yard and get (often from amazon) garden stones that had sentimental poems on them. Never did it occur to me to use the book as a suggestion for what to do with the cats when they died. However I seem not to be the only one who read this book at a young age and had it make an impression... while hundreds of thousands of people have read this book without taking it as a suggestion, at least one person seems to have decided that actually he would go one step further than taxidermy when it came to what to do with his cat when it died: [...]

So while I do recommend the book, I also recommend taste and judgement and not turning your cat into a catocopter.... the least you can do is turn it into something that pounces.
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on November 19, 2014
I bought this when it was first published decades ago. Recently, I bought a recent copy for a young friend who never saw the original. Of course, I read it again. The cartoons aren't meant to be serious but they are good therapy after a long day. Most are easy to understand so you can go through the book quickly. It's like eating a bag of popcorn. Once you start, you can't stop. I recommend it to anyone who needs to smile.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2013
i once thought cats were worthless,not anymore! i was astounded at the many uses the author found for them! funny read!
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on June 8, 2014
These books have tickled my teenage grandsons to death. That is good enough reason to keep them on hand; to break the monotony of video games.
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