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Not really as witty and funny as we'd hoped
on 26 February 2015
We were tempted by the glowing reviews, and as cat owners who like cat humour such as the brilliantly observed Simon's Cat YouTube cartoon clips. However both my girlfriend and I were faintly disappointed with this book.
As the title says, it is in the format of short "thoughts" cats might have as the "real owners" of their humans, and almost as an instruction manual for cats on how to deal with the bumbling humans. They are of course things that most of us can identify with, and quite a few are presented in an originally humorous way, e.g. that cats should rub hair onto all surfaces in the home to help humans deal with the fact that they are sadly handicapped by being almost hairless.
It is a premise that should work well, but the thing is that the quality of the writing feels a bit forced and amateur. The language is quite matter-of-fact, it does not come across as sharp wit (if that was the intention), written by someone for whom humour just comes out naturally. Without wanting to offend, it feels a bit like it's written by / for people whose houses are festooned with cat ornaments and who own a jumper with kittens on it (possibly knitted out of cat hair) :P As a second-hand purchase for a few pounds it was OK, but I would not say that it's an amazing gift for a discerning cat owner...