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The Cat Manual

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  635 ratings  ·  137 reviews
A book of humorous advice written for cats, by cats. The author "discovered" the feline world's best-kept secret in a file hidden on his mother's computer by her cat, Cleo, and now shares it with humanity for the first time. Topics covered range from avoiding visits to the vet, to the artful display of captured prey, to getting in the way of a human trying to read anything ...more
ebook, 51 pages
Published January 20th 2012 by Michael Ray Taylor (first published January 17th 2012)
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Devlin Scott
This is a (humorous) manual written by cats for cats. How to live and exact proper “ownership” upon your human pet is a just description of this work. Anyone having spent time with a cat will quickly recognize their compatriot / nemesis’s personalities within these pages.

I found this humorous at first but, soon after reading nearly two-thirds the way through the book, I began having frightening thoughts; what if this is all true. It certainly seems to fit in with feline proclivities. Could they
Sep 23, 2012 Lisa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone with a cat in their lives
For years, my family has semi-joked that our beloved cat Skipper Lee Jr. left behind an instruction manual for all the cats that came into our lives after him. After reading this book, I now firmly believe that to be entirely true! This is a delightfully-written instruction book for cats. I do wonder if perhaps it's not the most current version, though, as a few essential tips were missing (e.g., being gravity's helper; sitting on stuff the human is attempting to move; etc.). But, as the author ...more
This is definitely a book for cat lovers and owners - if you're neither, don't even bother reading it because you simply won't get it.
I liked that the angle for the book was different - a cat manual written by cats for cats.
It's filled with humour and good advice for fellow cats, and of course gives us lowly humans insight into why cats do the things they do.
Cute book, I would recommend this as a gift for any cat owner or lover.
Lauren Stoolfire
This advice manual for cats by cats is being shared for the first time by Michael Ray Taylor after finding it hidden on his mother's computer by her cat. Its topics include change, helping humans, gifts, reading, forbidden rooms, waking the human, the death of the newspaper, the vacuum cleaner, and more. This book is pretty funny and I found myself laughing out loud loud at times. Cleo sounds very much like my own cat, Finn, when it comes to some things! If he could talk these are some of the wo ...more
I always had the opinion that cats are creatures that are constantly plotting to the demise of humankind and, to be honest, this book proves that I was right. Cats are cunning animals who are completely aware of what they're doing and their ultimate goal is no other than global domination.
This book is fun to read, fast paced and scary at some moments. I don't have any animals nor plan to acquire any (allergic parents etc.), but I did hear several accounts of people who raise cats and... well, I
Diana Hockley
I loved this book and laughed many times. Obviously this man has been owned - and is owned - by one determined cat at a time or many cats together.

I liked the way it was written as from one cat to another and recognised all the strategies described. :)

Our 20 year old cat, Fuss, has obviously read this manual or a fore-runner and even at her vast age, is still capable of following most of the advice.
The Cat Manual. Not what it sounds - this is not a manual for owners of cats. This is a manual for cats - by cats - about owning humans.

A gloriously humourous take on what it is to be a cat and what they really think of the 'suckers' that treat them like royalty.

An absolute must read for anyone with feline influences in their lives or homes!
Jan 29, 2012 Cindy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Cat People!
Shelves: 2012
This is a story for cat people about the cats that "own" us!

Very cute story for all cat lovers! I read this kindle edition in one sitting and laughed at so many parts. There is no way you could read this and not find numerous incidents that relate to any cats you have known and loved!
Great humor. Very relatable to any cat care-taker. My only wish is that I could get a paper copy of this book to present to my elderly mother who does not internet or technology savvy. She would get loads of enjoyment from reading it!
I got this today from & had to read this asap! This is from a cat's point of view & its pretty true to what or how we believe cats think. Its definately worth the read. Took me no time to finish it.
This book is brilliantly funny and extremely entertaining, where you see yourself in most of the situations mentioned! Highly recommended if you are a cat person and know cats well!
Anyone who has ever been owned by a cat will identify with this book 100%. It details how deviously the cat's mind works in its attempt to rule the planet
This was super cute and funny. If you are a cat lover you will definitely love this book and understand a lot of the references.
Pretty cute, could've been longer. Cats def have more quirks than those written about in this book.
This was a very entertaining book. I found some things very interesting and true to all the cats I have ever owned. I will say that cats can be trained and taught that the human is the master.

Some of the chapters had me laughing as I was reading. How to wake up a your human. I have taught many of my cats that they do not need to go outside in the middle of the night. They have a litter box to use. I will just take them like there mother's would and tell them to go to sleep.

The chapter with liv
Nov 23, 2012 Sandra rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: cat owners
Shelves: humor
a must-read for every "Sucker" ;)
first from this writer for me...the cat manual...i think i saw it advertised on facebook...along with a number of other for a day and you can't beat that price...looked to hold promise so here i am...

has a foreword that begins:

when my mother was a little girl living on an illinois farm and someone would ask her what she wanted to be when she grew up, her answer was always the same: "a sweet little old lady." she has now achieved that goal (or at least come close to it, since she i
Tina Klinesmith
If you have a cat, this is a must read! I must confess that I am more of a dog person but I don't dislike cats. In fact, I have had several (although they usually tend to be more dog-ish felines.) However, my daughter is a cat-person and so I downloaded this free e-book expecting to "loan" it to her. Instead, one afternoon, I had a blast reading through this book.

Written entirely from a cat perspective, and why wouldn't it be since the author claims to have "translated" the entire file that was
Eileen E Cartwright
Cats being cats

As a long time "cat person" I loved this book. The author really knows cats. I also loved the way it was presented as a cat giving advice to other cats. It gives you an understanding of what the expression, "Kitty was just being a cat" means. I especially would recommend that anyone contemplating getting a cat for the first time should read this book.
Ieshia Bates
So cute

I liked the story, the idea of a cat giving advise to humans itself I liked. as well as what was written. it could have had a couple more chapters for my liking. that's the only reason it's 3 stars instead of 5. I'll. still recommend.
Funny and entertaining book for cats by cats. I'm sure the author was a cat in another life. If you do not have cats you won't appreciate the humor. But, on the other hand, if you plan on getting a cat, this book will show you what you are in for ;)
Mike Slawdog
This is an amusing but quick read. We own three cats and many, though not all, of the points here are spot on. It definitely captures their hilarious and unique nature. If you have and/or love cats then this book is definitely for you.
If you are a cat lover, odds are good that you will love "The Cat Manual." The premise is that the author found a cat manual typed in Cat in a Bejeweled subfolder (read: computer gibberish) and was able to translate it. What follows is a hysterically deadpan series of entries about how cats should react to certain situations such as becoming dead weight ("... cats have developed the unique ability - and duty - to become much heavier than their actual weight"), the vacuum cleaner ("A torture devi ...more
Noelle Walsh
This humourous book is written by cats for cats. From a human's perspective, it is truly a delight to read! Cat lovers will love this!
Tertia R Armstrong
Cute but light

Forr anyone who has ever loved a cat. The world from a feline perspective. Shortort subject areas with just enough humor (or should we say sarcasm) to be enjoyable.
Cute, humorous book of being your best cat, told by the point of view of a cat.
I really loved this book. It was funny, entertaining, and was nice and short!
A quick, funny read. I'm pretty sure my cat helped write this!
A fun read and very true.

I strongly recommend reading this when your cat is sleeping. Although I also suspect that most of them have already read it.
Barbara R. Laskowski
Short and amusing

if you have ever owned a cat, you will enjoy this little book.
Easy to read and brings many smiles.

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Michael Ray Taylor is the author of Cave Passages, Dark Life, and Caves, and has written for Sports Illustrated, Audubon, Outside, Reader's Digest, National Geographic Traveler, The Houston Chronicle, and the website of The Discovery Channel. He has consulted on feature films and has worked on documentaries for National Geographic, PBS and The Discovery Channel. He is a professor of communication ...more
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“Remind your humans of the traditional value of the newspaper by helping them to read every time they sit down with one. If there are no newspapers available, shred mail, magazines, checkbooks and other documents to point out the value of stocking less permanent media in the feline household. If your computer skills are up to the task, preorder five years of home delivery of the Sunday New York Times. Now there’s a paper you can spend hours killing. Save the magazine and book review for enjoyment later in the week.” 0 likes
“ When you are injured, the vet is the human best equipped to patch you up. When you lack any specific injury, the vet will gladly provide one, by poking you with needles, sticking thermometers into wholly inappropriate places, and shoving a brightly lit funnel into your ear in order to read your innermost thoughts.” 0 likes
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