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The Silent Miaow: A Manual for Kittens, Strays, and Homeless Cats [Paperback]

Suzanne Szasz , Paul Gallico
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April 1985
A delightful manual which instructs stray kittens and homeless cats in how to obtain, captivate, and dominate the families of their choice. 200 black-and-white photographs.

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  • Paperback: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Publications; 1st Paperback Ed edition (April 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517556839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517556832
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 18.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 757,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A childhood favourite 22 Feb 2011
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Adore this book - and can so easily recognise the traits written about...I know a few cats who have read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So true!! 20 Jun 2014
By Sue
Read this book years ago and bought a copy for my daughter when her kitten was about six months old and training her!
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This is a must for anyone who any one who loves cats although the text of the book is not my favourite Gallico writing.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless classic. 15 Sep 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Whether or not you are an admirer of the feline species who, as this "manual" documents, consider themselves superior to homo sapiens, there is much to enjoy in this timeless classic, purported to have been typewritten by a cat. The photography is wonderful. If you've been frustrated trying to capture a cat's expression on film you'll be amazed and delighted at these seemingly effortless pictures. If you are a cat, you'll find the instructions contained in this "manual" extremely helpful in interacting with your human. If you are a human who happens to be owned by a cat (or cats), you will no doubt be all too familiar and delighted with the description the heroine gives of how she trains her human family. Lastly, if you begin this book with no understanding of cats whatsoever, you will put it down with a smile on your face and head to the nearest kennel or animal shelter in the hope of finding a companion as delightful as Ceca. For she makes absolutely certain that when you have read this through to the last page--and very easy reading that is--you will have a boundless admiration of cats and of their relationship to humankind.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book and a must for all cat lovers 5 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
You will never look at your cat the same after reading this great book, which was actually written by a cat and translated by Paul Gallico! The techniques that they use to infiltrate their way into your home and your heart are instantly recognisable, but only serve to make you realise how clever your cat really is! If you love cats, you'll love this book!
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From tough to sweet 3 Aug 2004
By Kevin Killian - Published on Amazon.com
Tough minded sportwriter Paul Gallico had one secret weakness, he was putty in a cat's paws, especially a goodlooking, proud feline. His book THE SILENT MIAOW is one of his very best books, ranking right up there with THE SNOW GOOSE and THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE. Perhaps this won't make you a cat lover, but it can't hurt, and I guarantee this book will bring a twinkle and maybe a tear to the eye of everyone who has had a cat select them for living with.

Whether or not your cat is still alive, or has joined its compadres on the farther shores of RAINBOW BRIDGE, Gallico's book wil make you laugh out loud with the cunning photos of the beautiful cats of the 1960s, cats not too far removed from the cats of today. There's a little bit of sexism in the text, but that's to be expected, and as we all know, Gallico was actually a writer who thought the world of women, and wrote some amazing women characters from LUDMILA to MRS ARRIS.

But the cats are the thing, and a good time is guaranteed by all.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Guide on How to Manipulate Humans 25 Oct 2004
By George Webster, Ph.D., - Published on Amazon.com
This manual for kittens, strays, and homeless cats was translated by the gifted writer, Paul Gallico, after it was typed by a wise cat. The result is alternately uncanny and heartwarming. Uncanny because I recognized every ploy that my cat, Duchess, uses to wheedle from me a life of incredible comfort, and heartwarming because it portrays the wonderfully affectionate nature of cats. After you read this, you will never again view a cat in the same manner. They are calculating creatures, but they are also full of love for you. The lessons in this manual are enhanced wonderfully by dozens of terrific photographs of a cat named Cica. Don't miss this splendid book.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming 10 Jan 2001
By "sologub" - Published on Amazon.com
This is a sweet book. Cat lovers will immediately recognize the traits of their favorite feline in the descriptions of kitty's charming behavioral tricks. Gallico presents these with humor from a cat's perspective, which sounds more than a little silly, but which works to the book's benefit. The Silent Miaow was written in 1964, so many of the author's remarks on human relations are quite out of date, but the endearing and manipulative way cats behave clearly hasn't changed over the years! The Silent Miaow would be a nice gift for a friend who loves cats. Read it yourself if you're feeling down -- its sweetness will certainly cheer you up.
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