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The Cat Manual by [Taylor, Michael Ray]
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"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."
                                                                  -- one-elevenbooks.com
 
"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

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  • File Size: 169 KB
  • Print Length: 51 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 17, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ZTBJDM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,542 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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.
Enjoy.
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The good news is that it takes 30 minutes to read. The not-so-good news is that it's totally without invention. Yes, cats are adorable and I love them. But this article is a mere scratch behind the ears and a chuck under the chin. Save your half hour for reading something more original.
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This best thing about this book is how much it reminded me of my mom and her two cats that she cared for and loved like her babies the last few years of her life. It was an OK read but nothing outstanding. I'm an animal person and have had many different animals including cats. One Maine coon cat was gotten as a kitten and lived as our baby in the house, including having his spot in the bed right beside my head. I include this just so readers of this review do know that I have a soft spot for some cats that I've had the priviledge to be a part of their lives. But still I would just say this book is OK. I picked it out of my long to read list because I wanted a quick read at that time and this was a quick short one. As I said it did remind me of my mom and for that reason I loved it. It also reminded me of some girlfriends who definitely are pretty close to the top of the cat people list, whereas I'm an animal person. I think any cat person would love this book and the entire time they would be saying I just knew it had to be. If you live with cats and especially if you think you are a cat person I think you will love this book. Yes, I'm going to recommend it to a girlfriend or two but probably not the dog lady. But then again she just might laugh and say she knew those cat people were crazy all along. If you have friends or family that are confirmed cat people you have probably heard a lot of these same stories, albeit in a different context perhaps, from them.
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Written from the viewpoint of a cat, "The Cat Manual" covers topics such as "Displays of Human Affection", "Helping Humans", "Reading", "Forbidden Rooms", "The Clock", "Thunderstorms", "Computers", "The Vacuum Cleaner", "The Vet", "Medications", and much more.

While there have been many books about cats, "The Cat Manual" is one of the best and funniest books I've read on the subject. Author Michael Ray Taylor (who clearly knows a thing or two about cats) had me laughing from the introduction as he explained how he found the manuscript written entirely in "Cat" and how it took him weeks to translate it. The book got even funnier from there. The manual is written as if a cat was writing it for other cats - nice touch. There were so many humorous bits in this book I can't possibly mention them all in this review. The ones that made me laugh the most (and maybe suspect my cats might have written a chapter or two) include "Waking the Human" (my cat loves to lick me awake); "Computers" (I love the cat's take on the mouse and laptop); "Helping Humans" (my cat loves to "help" me carry the laundry upstairs by jumping into the basket); "Tricks" (playing them on humans). These are just a few -really I enjoyed everything in the book. Taylor seems to have covered just about every quirk that cats have - and a few I didn't know about! Taylor does touch on the inevitable loss of the cat in a funny and sensitive way - nicely done.

"The Cat Manual" is a fun look at the way cats act and why they act that way.
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