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The Cat Manual [Kindle Edition]

Michael Ray Taylor
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Book Description

Humorous advice for cats, by cats.

The author "discovered" the feline world's best-kept secret in a file hidden on his mother's computer by her cat, Cleo, and now shares it with humanity for the first time. Topics covered range from avoiding visits to the vet, to the artful display of captured prey, to getting in the way of a human trying to read anything, including this paragraph. Upon publication, Cleo denied authorship and hired a team of lawyers with their claws out, but despite her best efforts, word is spreading with over 75,000 Kindle downloads:

The Cat Manual is hilarious for cat-lovers of all ages.

From the author of Cave Passages and Dark Life.

Editorial Reviews


"Do you love cats? Do you have a cat? If yes, then this book is for you. ... It is dead-on when describing the behavior of cats as well as humans."
                                                                  -- MysteriesEtc.

"Cats don't talk, but if they did, they would probably say some of the things in this book."
"I guarantee a lot of chuckles, and some 'A ha! So that's why ...' moments to any readers who have ever lived with a feline, or thought they 'owned' one. Fun, funny, and it will give you new insight into the minds of these "mysterious" creatures!"
-- Karen Watts' Blog About Pets and Books

"Cats rule the world, and we just rent it from them for a daily can of cat food. The Cat Manual explains how this came to be." 
                                                                 -- Cats and Crime

"This book offers a rare glimpse into the feline world. Learn, as your cat herself learned, how to properly present a gift, how to identify the 'sucker' in the room, the trick of increasing one's weight at will, and other invaluable lessons."  

-- Brightdreamers Book Reviews 
"I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this book. I laughed aloud at almost every section (especially the 'Finding and Maintaining Suckers' chapter), and had 'omg, that's so true!' moments whenever a typical-cat behavior was mentioned and explained from their side."
                                                                   -- Rags and Tatters

Product Details

  • File Size: 150 KB
  • Print Length: 51 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,568 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cat Manual? More like The Cat's Meow! Am I right? January 24, 2012
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Just like Jane Goodall, Taylor made productive use of his vacation time by embedding with a native species and bringing scientific observation to what would otherwise be a stalkery preoccupation with other people's business.

And, also just like Jane Goodall, Taylor took his observations and made them into a fun and informative e-book affordably priced for even the most cash-strapped cat lover.

If you only ever read one book written from the perspective of a cat giving instructions to other cats on how to be a proper cat it should totally be The Cat Manual.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh-out-loud funny January 24, 2012
By Joe
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Michael Ray Taylor's "The Cat Manual" had me laughing before I could even finish the foreword -- and I'm not even a cat lover.

The author's creative genius shows as he translates Cat, the language known only by the feline type. He must have spent months in the translation of this difficult language, and it had to have been a painstaking task. Anyone who has ever owned a cat can relate to the humor of this short, affordable read.

I hope to see more humor pieces from Mr. Taylor soon.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alice thru the Looking Glass??? February 15, 2012
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Good book so far, but is it possible the author has never heard of Paul Gallico's book "Silent Miaow" which was translated from "cat" in 1964? I'm assuming it is possible, since none of the reviewers seem to have heard of it either. Anyway, to all who enjoy this book, check out the Gallico book. It's wonderful, even if you have to resort to a used copy.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Adorable January 31, 2012
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We are so grateful that we have someone alive today who not only can translate Cat but who was able to discover the Cat Manual on his mother's computer.

This book just confirms what all of us who have owned cats know already. Cats play games with your mind and they enjoy it. Cats like to make you beg for their attention. They like to make you fetch and carry for them.

This book made me laugh out loud as the author put human feelings and actions to the unexplainable behavior of cats. This isn't a very long read; but it's an enjoyable one.

Well worth the money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very funny! May 15, 2012
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The book format is very clever. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Cat Manual. If you're a cat owner, you'll love this book! If you are not but love animals, you will enjoy it too as it's a light-hearted and funny story.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cat lovers June 16, 2012
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This is a book for cat lovers. Full of humour and insights that someone who has watched cats can produce. I laughed out loud many times. I am convinced my cats have read the manual.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining April 8, 2012
By Linda B
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An entertaining short read. I liked that the author is supposed to be a cat writting instructions for other cats. Cat owners will appreciated this and recognize that their cats have read it too.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Clever! January 22, 2012
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To think all of this time I thought my cat sat on my laptop because he liked the warmth! Perhaps next we will be able to get a cat translator on Rosetta Stone. I downloaded this book last night and completely enjoyed it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny
Good, easy read! So true!
Published 13 days ago by Barbara Lennartz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book about Cats!
Cute and funny book! Interesting perspective and an easy read! If you have or love cats, you should read this!
Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Mildly Funny Book
This book was funny but not funny enough to rate 5 stars. It is a very quick read. It could only have been written by someone who is intimately knows cats.
Published 2 months ago by Valkyrie 56
4.0 out of 5 stars Purrfectly cute!
This book is a must read for cat lovers! Well thought out and amusing. I truly wouldn't be surprised to find out it was real. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ninjanurse
5.0 out of 5 stars Now THIS Is a Cat Manual
Still not what I'm looking for - how to introduce 2 half grown cats to 2 adults (daughter and her cats have come home - we know how to deal with granddaughter - new cats not so... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tere Fredericks
5.0 out of 5 stars For The Cat Lover
Even if you are not a lover of the feline, as I am, this is a remarkable little book. Highly recommend this one!!
Published 2 months ago by Barbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book and the author knows cats!!!
Published 2 months ago by xtra
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
Supposedly written by cats for cats but the author doesn't really get it. Mildly amusing quick read. I wouldn't pay for it.
Published 2 months ago by PegFF
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read book that will be sure to make you laugh ( if you have...
This manual is a must, for all cat lovers & owners. Plus it's funny as all heck when you read a chapter & realize at some point you had or currently have, a cat that did whatever... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rumeur
5.0 out of 5 stars Cleverly written and hilarious
Cleverly written and hilarious.
Published 2 months ago by L. S. Bruner
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More About the Author

Michael Ray Taylor is the author of Cave Passages, Dark Life, and Caves, and has written for Sports Illustrated, Audubon, Outside, Reader's Digest, National Geographic Traveler, The Houston Chronicle, and the website of The Discovery Channel. He has consulted on feature films and has worked on documentaries for National Geographic, PBS and The Discovery Channel. He is a professor of communication at Henderson State University and lives in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, with his wife, three sons, his father-in-law, two cats, and a rat terrier. His hobbies include caving, cooking, and playing bass in Blind Opie, a rock band.

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