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How to Massage Your Cat Hardcover – September, 2003

3.9 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews

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About the Author

Alice M. Brock is the former owner and chef of the world-famous Alice's Restaurant - immortalized both in Arlo Guthrie's song and the film by the same name. She makes her home in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; UNABRIDGED VERSION edition (September 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811840697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811840699
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #863,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book has been around for a long time, but it is still one of the funniest books of "cat humor" that exists. Brock's humor is much more subtle and sophisticated than the macabre, gross, and obvious stuff of books like 101Uses For a Dead Cat. The book is especially hilarious now that pet massage has become a relatively mainstream part of many upscale veterinary practices. So, just to be totally clear, this is NOT an instruction book! It IS a humorous, tongue-in-cheek manual that would have CAT-astrophic effects if really used...
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I first got this book about 30 years ago, when I was a teenager. It made me laugh so hard then that it brought me to tears. Every few years I pull it out to share with someone and it STILL makes me cry with laughter. I'm sorry to find that some people have the opposite reaction. To me, it's hard to understand. I love my cat and know this book isn't meant seriously. It's a deliciously ridiculous 'how-to'. I will always love it.
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If you have an abysmal sense of humor, this isn't for you. If you're buying mousetraps and cat food at the grocery store, this book may not pique your interest. But, man, if you love to laugh hysterically, you should really consider buying several copies...you'll need 'em. Let me fill you in on how I came to discover this book. I have a friend(we'll cal him 'Jen'). I always buy 'Jen' a present for his birthday. I was shopping at a Barnes and Noble near the Twin Cities(sorry, amazon), and happened upon this book. I spotted this book. 'Jen' liked cats at the time, so I began to read. After a page or two, I began to laugh. I was shopping by myself, so I became a little self-conscious. I kept reading. I kept laughing...harder. Tears were coming down. I had to close the book to regain my composure. Deep breath and continued reading. Nope. Close book again; too funny. This went on until I was able to get through it. I knew I had to buy it for 'Jen'. I was hesitant to tell this story to others for fear that the 'hype' may ruin the story for others. Not so. You can hype this book as much as you like, but the fact remains that if the reader has ANY SENSE OF FUN, WHATSOEVER, then said reader will enjoy immensely. 'Jen' loved it.
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I was recently at the veterinarian with my sickly cat, and while waiting I saw this book in a pile. I opened it randomly to a page which included instructions for shaking your cat out and, of course, realized it wasn't meant to be taken seriously. I started back at the beginning, laughing to myself at the photos of a cat being stretched, kneaded like bread dough, and twisted. I'm definitely thinking of getting this as a gift for the cat lovers I know who have a good sense of humour.

If there are people out there who did not find this book funny, I can express nothing but sympathy. What a dull world you must live in.
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Hysterical! I saw this book for the first time 10 years ago and have given at least a dozen copies to fellow cat lovers since then. Bring your sense of humor and ignore the negative reviews. Funny book. Fast shipping. Product as described.
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A quick read, and very funny, if you have the right sense of humor. There is no real cruelty to animals being portrayed in this book, and the nonplussed look of the cat through the entire thing is priceless.
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I have a previous edition of this book and have loved it for years. I am a massage therapist and have 4 cats so I find this particularly hilarious. The price for this edition was excellent and it arrived in great shape...
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By Crystal on September 18, 2013
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This book is too funny! Being a cat owner, I am aware of how much they love to be stroked and petted. Trying one of these moves on a normal cat will cost you some flesh and blood! Truly a tongue-in-cheek read.
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