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The Cat Manual

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  1,029 Ratings  ·  175 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
Kindle Edition, 51 pages
Published January 20th 2012 by Michael Ray Taylor (first published January 17th 2012)
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Ellen Gail
Jun 30, 2015 Ellen Gail rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-a-day, cats
The fabulous felines Penny & Chloe are back with their three choice rules of catitude, which when questioned they firmly deny came from The Cat Manual. They will not admit such a thing exists, or that they are secretly thrilled that their human has read it, as this can only mean more treats.

The intelligent adult feline can tolerate only so much snuggy-wuggums.

Penny: Ugh. Human snuggles. There's nothing worse.

Chloe: I think human snuggles are kind of nice. I think you're nice!

Penny: Shut up.

Devlin Scott
May 07, 2012 Devlin Scott rated it really liked it
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 09, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
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
Lauren Stoolfire
Jun 08, 2014 Lauren Stoolfire rated it liked it
Shelves: humor
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
Jan 29, 2012 Allison rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 25, 2014 Melanie rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, freebies
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
Dec 22, 2012 Diana Hockley rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 27, 2012 Grammar*Kitten rated it really liked it
Shelves: amazon-freebies
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!
Dec 08, 2012 Robin rated it it was amazing
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!
Jan 29, 2012 Cindy rated it it was amazing
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!
Feb 23, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 21, 2012 Rachna rated it really liked it
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
Sep 10, 2012 Stefanie rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 23, 2012 Sandra rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: cat owners
Shelves: humor
a must-read for every "Sucker" ;)
Jan 22, 2013 Gulda rated it it was amazing
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!
Jan 29, 2012 Jen rated it liked it
Pretty cute, could've been longer. Cats def have more quirks than those written about in this book.
Heather Miller
Jan 03, 2017 Heather Miller rated it it was amazing
I love cats... I love every kind of cat

Though fast, this was an enjoyable read. I could see multiple similarities to my own grumpy pretty kitty. I'm glad I took the time to read this.
Susie Rose
Feb 11, 2017 Susie Rose rated it it was amazing

A great read from the viewpoint of a cat about living with a human. A great "instructional" manual for younger cats.
Pia Vidal
Jan 18, 2017 Pia Vidal rated it really liked it

If you have or had a cat, you must read this book. It is very funny and...real. enjoyable short read.
La La
Oct 07, 2016 La La rated it did not like it
It's about cats, but it is not a manual.

The cat stories in this book are like cute little posts to a personal blog about a person's pet. Nothing special. It was a free ebook. I wouldn't pay for these anecdotes.
Lan Kiều
Aug 06, 2016 Lan Kiều rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: cat lovers and haters alike, because cat lovers love cats and haters need to love them too ;)
It seems like my obsession of kitty cats is getting high lately lol. I got this book when it was free on Amazon and although it really doesn't deserve its original price, I was glad I got the chance to read it. I mean, this is downright a book to read in the toilet, and I've got far too little money for that (sad, I know! In my bathroom there're only cheap comic books in case I drop them into water or get shampoo on it or something)
Basically, the book was a secret cat's guide to living with huma
Tina Klinesmith
Sep 23, 2012 Tina Klinesmith rated it really liked it
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
Jul 26, 2012 wally rated it liked it
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
Jul 12, 2015 Dani rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
Hilarious (although I am not a "Sucker" (sic), not even a "cat person").

A quick read that deserves slow digestion.

Some quotes to testify this:

Foreword: "I spend much of my time roaming the planet on assorted travel grants, studiously avoiding the sorts of honest work in which most people engage." (The author is a professor of communication at Henderson State University)

"The phone cell is an electronic parasite that attaches itself to humans in order to suck hours from their day."

"Due to a purely
Nov 01, 2015 Charlotte rated it it was amazing
I ended my day yesterday and began my day today reading this book. I firmly believe that it is important to have humor in my life every day, and reading this book was an excellent way to satisfy that need yesterday and today. It doesn't take long to read the whole book, but it is also easy to read just a bit at a time since the chapters or sections are short. It has been many years since I have had an indoor cat, and I do not remember all the antics described in this book. Those antics are more ...more
Jan 06, 2016 Obsidian rated it really liked it
I read this the other day and loved the premise behind the "Cat Manual." A professor who has learned to speak and translate "cat" has translated a manual only for cats. The manual discusses such topics as "Displays of Human Affection", "Helping Humans" and "Finding and Maintaining Suckers". The chapter on Finding and Maintaining Suckers was very hilarious.

All in all I did enjoy this manual. It was very well done and as I said I loved the premise behind the manual. The only thing I would quibble
Tere Fredericks
Mar 21, 2015 Tere Fredericks rated it it was amazing
Now THIS Is a Cat Manual

Still not what I'm looking for - how to introduce 2 half grown cats to 2 adults (daughter and her cats have come home - we know how to deal with granddaughter - new cats not so much) and we want it to go well. But this book teaches cats how to train their humans well. I laughed until I realized this IS a manual for training humans - and my Boomer could be a co-author. He has, somehow, at least read the book. To protect yourself, get this book and understand WE are the kep
Ulrike Böhm
Nichts Neues an der felinen Front, zwar ganz lustig geschrieben und sicher auch (für einen Autoren) professionell gelesen, aber ich fand keine rechte Freude dran. Ich hatte wieder mal nicht aufgepasst bzw. versäumt, mir die Leseprobe anzuhören, denn sonst hätte ich vor dem Kauf gemerkt, dass ich mit dem Südstaaten-Akzent des Autors nicht gut zurecht komme. Vielleicht hätte ich sonst noch die eine oder andere lesenswerte Stelle gefunden. So kann ich ehrlicherweise nur zwei Sterne als höchst subje ...more
Dec 02, 2013 Denise rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 01, 2014 Monica rated it really liked it
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
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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
“a cat was observed in a veterinarian’s waiting area sitting patiently on a leash, held by a human. Whoever you are, you had better cut it out.” 0 likes
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