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Under the Paw: Confessions of a Cat Man

Under the Paw: Confessions of a Cat Man [Kindle Edition]

Tom Cox
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'Brilliantly funny and moving ... will act as an antidote to all the soppy, sloppy, spinsterish rubbish written about our feline f(r)iends'
-- Julie Burchill

'Tom Cox is a very funny writer, and he knows his cats' -- Kate Atkinson

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For years, Tom Cox might have seemed like a regular, hard-living sort of bloke -- a lover of late nights, rock music and beer -- but he had a dark furry secret. Tom was a cat lover. Always had been, in fact. For a while, he kept his passion in check, but there was only so long he could postpone his true dream, especially after he met Dee, his moggy-loving soulmate. In 2001, Tom left London and his job as a rock critic behind, and he and Dee, replete with Dee's cat Janet and three new kittens, moved to a remote part of Norfolk, a county where they knew not one living human soul. They thought it would be easy. They thought their cat madness had reached its limit. They were very wrong on both counts. In UNDER THE PAW, Tom records the chaos of owning seven of the most charismatic, idiotic and duplicitous cats in the country. How exactly does a person go from living a fancy-free young metropolitan life to suddenly thinking it is normal to be on 24-hour call for multiple sets of whiskers? What are the essential rules of disposing of a dead pheasant? How do you learn to love your wife's ex's favourite pet? Tom addresses all these issues and much more, encountering death, depression, flying fur and the first human sentence spoken by a feline along the way. Running through all the maelstrom is the heartbreaking story of his long and chequered relationship with The Bear, his oldest cat: a "painfully sensitive" survivor moggy who may or may not be an evil genius.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 381 KB
  • Print Length: 253 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1847391834
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (1 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ANV3ZQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,410 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tom Cox was born in Nottingham in 1975. Since leaving his post as The Guardian's Pop Critic in 2000, he has written seven books, including the Sunday Times top ten bestseller The Good, The Bad And The Furry. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Observer, Esquire, and many other publications. He lives in Devon.

Tom Cox is a very funny writer.' - Kate Atkinson

'Made me laugh out loud.' - David Sedaris

'Tom Cox writes brilliantly about golf.' William Boyd

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103 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Any animal lover will love this 9 Jun 2008
I admit to being a Mad Cat Woman, in secret, but here is a man who has come out. He's a Mad Cat Man (a little known breed) and he admits it. This is the story of his life-long love for cats and how he currently lives at the beck and call of six of them, with his equally cat-loving wife.

It's a very funny, at times sad, always entertaining book about a man with an obsession. He explains how it started, and how he tried to control it: giving them up completely, and finding himself compulsively chatting up strange cats in the street, before finally giving in when he meets the girl of his dreams and a cat out of a nightmare. He writes about how all their different personalities emerge, and his attempts to understand and deal with them - The Bear: troubled sensitive artistic cat and Evil Genius; Ralph: Pretty Boy Rock Star cat suffering from depression. He explains how difficult it is to find a new house, deal with builders, work to pay for it all, when there are rather a lot of different opinions to take into account. Although he does know each cat's Catch Phrase and Theme Song, he is adamant that he knows they're not children and swears he would never refer to himself as their 'Dad'.

I would recommend this book to anyone, whether Mad Cat Person or ordinary animal lover - it's wryly funny, never over-sentimental and a very enjoyable read. It did make me want to rush out and get a few more cats, though, but maybe that's just me.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
It has to be said that I come from a family of cat lovers, I think that it must be something genetic because it doesn't matter what sex we are we all wear our love of cats on our sleeves (The numerous cat hairs & blobs or purry drool can attest to that.)

Anyone becoming a member of our family has had to cope with this inherent moggy love. My dad just sneezed his way through it. My previously mog resistant uncle found his affections swayed by a particularly grumpy black stray with an unhealthy taste for raw liver & my husband, who had only ever lived in a dog household, found himself seduced by a slightly barking but completely adorable little tabby girl & is now also hero worshipped by a very camp ginger & white moggy named after a deceased movie star. So it was my husband that actually picked up our copy of Tom Cox's excellent book chronicalling his journey through his personal cat history that has lead to him being owned by no less than six cats.

This wonderfully written tail (sic) bristles with humour & anecdotes that even a reader giving lodging to just one cat can identify & empathise with & provides a wonderful insight for the non-cat person into the appeal of these little, beguiling but oft misunderstood creatures. I found myself laughing out loud from the first chapter in found it hard to tear myself away from its pages, though my cats found that an outstretched set of claws dug into a fleshy bit had the desired effect when trying to get my attention. A great read guaranteed to soften the resolve of even the steeliest catophobe.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another cat man exists! 17 July 2008
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Fabulous read! I thought i was married to Cat Man, but glad to see another exists! Tom Cox certainly knows his cats (and mine too). Loved it. Want to hear more about The Bear.
Another book soon please!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scouser Cat Woman Loves Book 24 Jun 2008
I finished this book reluctantly. I didn't want to put it down.
It's the life and cat-times of Tom Cox, author, golfer and since childhood, passionate about cats. He is not afraid to admit in public that he is a 'Cat Man' and proud of it.
He shares his life with his wife, Dee and 6 cats. That's 24 paws to be under.
I highly recommend this book. You will learn about Tom's early life and cats. Lots about living in East Anglia. How to feed 6 cats together at the same time - hilarious and Tom's ongoing, at times troubled, relationship with The Bear.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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Being a lifelong incurable cat adorer, I am always on the look out for books about the feline species. However, most specimens I have tried so far have been either too brief, boring, or more often than not merely the authors' autobiographies in diguise, with more of the books being spent on themselves than on the main subject in question, i.e. cats.

Tom Cox's book, however, fitted the title and my requirements perfectly, and was the first book on cats I had picked up and read from cover to cover in a while. You could see his devotion to the species leaping out from every line, every page, every chapter. Every single one of his cats took on their own character and was given their own space. He even managed to make me fall in love with the malignant sounding 'The Bear' by the end of the book, which was no mean feat considering this was a creature that initially sounded like the cat from hell!

Finally, not only did this book fulfil all my criteria of what a cat book should be like, I thoroughly loved the style, wit and humour with which it had been written. Truly a cat lover's book - are there any more coming??
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever! 5 July 2008
I can honestly say that this is the best book I have read in a very long time. I am totally mad on cats and have 3 of my own so there were so many bits in this book that I can relate to. It made me laugh and cry and was simply a very enjoyable read.

I would highly recommend this book to anybody regardless of what your pet preference is. I could not put the book down I read it cover to cover in one sitting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for cat lovers (and perhaps those who don't but know...
Very, Very good. Bought this along with another by the same author and was amused to find my partner laughing out loud at this. Wish there were more in the series.
Published 23 hours ago by Suzi
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bear for King of England
Loving The Bear! He is a national treasure
Published 1 day ago by jade
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all cat lovers.
I love this book. As a self confessed 'cat man' I can identify with everything Tom Cox goes through with his selection of moggies. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Rich
5.0 out of 5 stars Always entertaining
A very entertaining read, has kept me laughing for days. Would highly recommended, especially to cat lovers. Great book , five stars !
Published 13 days ago by Caitlin Durham
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius
Hilarious writer with genuine laugh out loud moments. Real, down to earth and unassuming. A guy who truly kunis cats and has the genius to articulate their world in a funny way.
Published 13 days ago by Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
Funny, light read. Good holiday book; had me chuckling to myself on the plane.
Published 13 days ago by Kimberley G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooray for Cat Men
This book is both very funny and fabulously well observed about the motivations of cat owners and the unexpected complications of being both a straight man and a cat lover. Read more
Published 22 days ago by R. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Funny
Wonderful book guaranteed to make you laugh
Published 22 days ago by David Andrew McEwan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this book - can't wait to read the next one!
Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cat's Whiskas!
Loved reading about the antics of The Bear, Ralph and Shipley. Tom Cox is a gifted writer. Be warned - this is no ordinary cat book.
Published 27 days ago by Maggie Simmons
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