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Under the Paw: Confessions of a Cat Man

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In 'Under the Paw', there is death, depression, flying fur, the first human sentence spoken by a feline. Tom Cox records the chaos of owning seven of the most charismatic, idiotic and duplicitous cats in the country.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published 2008 by Simon & Schuster
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Sharon
Jul 22, 2009 Sharon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cats
Friends who know my fondness for the tales of Dewey the library cat and Christian the lion will not be at all surprised to learn that I loved Tom Cox' "Under The Paw."

Cox, a former music critic, writes a moving and entertaining story about the various cats who have entered his life. He is an unrepentant feline lover, and is unafraid to tell potentially embarrassing tales on himself in this memoir.

Among my favorite parts of the book are the various definitions for cat behavior, and the hilarious
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Hanluvr
Aug 18, 2011 Hanluvr rated it it was ok
The best thing I can say about this book is that it is only 240 pages long. That being said, it was a LONG 240 pages and I had to take a break from this book for a while or risk never finishing it. I am a cat person and I normally love cat based books. I follow the author on facebook and his blog and have enjoyed both, so I thought I'd like this book. I even had to make a point of buying the book out of country as it isn't printed in the US. But alas this wasn't my cup of tea. I've read plenty o ...more
Jules
I tried. I really did. I wanted to love it because it was supposed to be all about cats and living first hand with their quirkiness and I love cats and have lived with their quirkiness for half of my life. Unfortunately, I found the book somewhat boring and a little forced. I'm about 70% of the way through but I can't bring myself to finish it. Bought it on a whim when I was browsing through Amazon, but it's really one to get from the library if you want to check it out. Not that I recommend it.
Vivienne
Feb 01, 2015 Vivienne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, humour, cats
Tom Cox really knows cats and this charming memoir gave me a great deal of pleasure. I could recognise many of my own feline tribe. Even though I now only have three there was a time when my late husband and I had nine cars so could well appreciate the joys and challenges of having a houseful of feline companions.
Dorian
Oct 23, 2013 Dorian rated it liked it
Shelves: library-books
Tom Cox is a self-confessed "mad cat man", and this book is a memoir of (secondarily) his life and (primarily) the cats in it.

He skips fairly briefly over his childhood, and childhood cat. He skims likewise over the couple of years he spent being a rock journalist in London, years apparently most notable for freaking his friends out by making up to every cat he encountered on the street. He then meets a nice young lady who shares his feline fixation, and they settle down in the bulk of the book
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Christine Mizzi
Aug 04, 2011 Christine Mizzi rated it it was amazing
Keen animal lovers, especially of the feline type, will identify their whiskers-brushed experiences in the detailed & highly humorous accounts by Tom Cox. It is extremely evident that Cox has ample writing experience: he used to review music albums for news articles. His extensive knowledge on music, house-hunting, a fluid and pleasant sense of writing, his furry companions, his positive and humorous personality, and the diligent company of his sweet partner make this book a delectable and e ...more
Cherryonion
Dec 30, 2015 Cherryonion rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This is the first book Tom Cox wrote about his cats and it introduces The Bear, a cat I'm completely in love with. I didn't realise what a rough beginning he had, but his eyes truly say it all. If you love cats, this book is very entertaining. He clearly adores his cats and their everyday doings are described in a highly amusing manner. However I also love the frustrations he describes, which only a cat owner can relate to. You love your cats to pieces, but they are also equally annoying at time ...more
Amanda
Dec 15, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it
A funny and affectionate look at a few of the cats that have entered Cox's life.
Sarah
I gave up on page 70. Usually I race through cat memoirs but I could not get caught up in this one. I didn't enjoy the author's writing style and the cats were not coming alive for me. The author's personality overshadows the cats. I was expecting to laugh out loud, but I did not find it funny.
Janne Varvára
Jan 29, 2015 Janne Varvára rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, animals
My favorite Twitter account by far is @MYSADCAT (also delightful are @MYSWEARYCAT and @MYSMUGCAT, respectively), where the doleful eyes of The Bear gazes out at you, conveying all the world's sorrow.

This is the first of Tom Cox's cat books, his Confessions of a Cat Man, where we meet his furry friends, the sad cat included, in all their catty glory.
This is not one of those unbearably sentimental stories of cats healing/saving people, and it's all the realer and more moving for it. Cats, after al
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Gill
Apr 21, 2009 Gill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cat lovers
And I thought I was cat-mad!
Louise
Dec 21, 2014 Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After years of being a self confessed dog lover and shunning all cats (mainly after one bit me when I was rubbing its belly) I have discovered that I actually rather like cats, although I appear to be allergic to their fur. Anyway, I came across Tom Cox's My Sad Cat twitter and i've been following The Bear et al for a while now and was all too excited to find that he actually has three cat related books out.

I really enjoyed the author's account of how he acquired six cats and moved around the c
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Kirsti
Dec 01, 2014 Kirsti rated it it was amazing
A fun, well written book about Tom and the way cats have shaped his life. I love the funny, upbeat tone to most of the stories. The imagery in the writing is incredibly good, and I laughed a lot. Most cat owners will relate, especially to the dictionary parts about cat terms. I can say with all honesty that most of my kitchen is covered in 'gribbly bits', mainly from Whiskas meat varieties (no poultry, for some reason Ivan throws up all poultry based wet foods).

I like the 'My Cat is Sad' posts
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Andrew
Dec 22, 2013 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Review Taken From The Pewter Wolf

On the surface, Tom Cox looks like a normal guy. Expect for one thing. He's a cat person. In a big way. So when he meets his soon-to-be wife, he gives up his life as a journalist for NME, moves to Norfolk and, within a matter of years, finds himself owning several cats. Well, at one point, seven. Including The Bear, a cat that is "painfully sensitive" but could very easily be an evil genius...

If you know me, I am a bit of a cat person myself so seeing this, it wa
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Louise
Dec 11, 2013 Louise rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humour
You don't have to love cats to read this but it helps, also if you've ever been owned by a cat or cats then a lot of the situations in this book will be very familiar to you. By turns funny, sad, a little bit bonkers, but always entertaining, this is the first in a series of books about Tom and his cats and proves that there is such a thing as the "crazy cat man". Numerous cats appear in the book each with their own unique personalities all of which are brilliantly described by Tom who even goes ...more
Jule
Apr 18, 2015 Jule rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rezensiert
— ACHTUNG: Ein Buch, nur für Katzenliebhaber oder solche, die es werden wollen! —
In seinem Buch „Alles für die Katz“ beschreibt Tom Cox sein Leben unter der, mehr oder weniger, strengen Pfote seiner absoluten Lieblingstiere: Katzen.
Schon bevor er geboren wird, hat Tom eine Katze. Und auch nach der Geburt ist er fast immer in Gesellschaft der anmutigen Vierbeiner. Nach zwei katzenloser Jahren wird ihm klar: So kann er nicht glücklich werden – er braucht Katzen um sich herum. Für Tom und seine Fra
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Carol Mello
As a cat lover (though one who fears being bitten or scratched by these unpredictable pets) I enjoy reading memoirs by cat owners about their cat or cats. I also enjoy memoirs by dog owners. So knowing that I am a cat nut, you must factor that into my praise for any book on cats.

This particular cat owning memoir is very witty. It is not deep or world shattering. It is not rolling on the floor funny which usually requires an element of slapstick or a recounting of cosmic stupidity to produce a RO
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Evangeline
Wow I wish I could indulge myself with publishing my cat memoirs and actually have people read and enjoy it! Mine would have to include rabbits too though, as I'm just as obsessed with my bunnies! I guess I kind of did in primary school, adding my rabbits' family tree to a personal project and my poor but lovely teacher humoured me that it was interesting. There has been much to add since then though, so watch this space!

What impressed me about this particular cat memoir, was how patient the wr
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Melissa
Apr 20, 2014 Melissa rated it it was amazing
I love this book, and the stories that Tom Cox tells in it about his 6 felines. The way he weaves his life events with the cats is great, and very, very funny at times. My favorite part was his describing how to feed six sodding cats. He is a great author, and I recommend this to anyone who loves cats, or any animals. Cox takes almost a philosophical slant with his relationship his cats, especially his furry scholar, The Bear, who I would love to meet in the flesh.
Tim
Mar 16, 2015 Tim rated it really liked it
I'm not a cat owner myself, but bought 'Under the Paw' after coming across Why My Cat Is Sad on Twitter. Tom Cox is the man behind this account, and his rather surreal humour really appeals to me. I couldn't help but want to know more about The Bear, his fellow felines and their part in Cox's life. I've got to say that, even thought I've known some passionate cat lovers in my time, none of them come close Cox's level of obsession. Stereotypically Crazy Cat Ladies, aside, I find it hard to believ ...more
Nisha Vyas-Myall
Sep 29, 2014 Nisha Vyas-Myall rated it it was amazing
As a fan of the My Sad Cat Twitter feed, I jumped on the opportunity to read this book and I was not disappointed.

In "Under the Paw", Cox talks about his lifetime of loving cats, his childhood feline friends and what caused him to try and live a cat-free lifestyle... and how that inevitably created a six-cat household. His love for his cats (and his wife, Dee) comes through in his writing, and he talks about the different characteristics of The Bear, Janet and company which such love and detail
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Dave
Feb 07, 2016 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A thoroughly entertaining meander through the life of a cat man, bringing all the various animals to life. The characters of all the animals come out nicely, and the book is frequently funny and very moving, in a way that comfortably avoids the saccharine treatment that a large number of books about cats are loaded with (Dewey - I'm looking at you).
Debra
Dec 05, 2011 Debra rated it really liked it
Bravo for coming-out! Makes me all warm and fuzzy knowing it wouldn't hurt to blow the cover on more cat-men. Liked The Beginning and The End, muzzweld and pauwghed through The Middle, probably as confused as The Four about all that movingks... country, not to country... Still, it's a good attempt at explaining the obsession of moggy lovers.
Anne
Mar 30, 2011 Anne rated it it was amazing
I laughed out loud so many times whilst reading Under The Paw - it all sounds so familiar, not just the joys of owning cats but the little snippets about life in a small North Nottinghamshire village!
A man who loves cats, a man who isn't scared of admitting he loves cats and is also an entertaining and engaging writer - perfect!
Fabulous!
Angela Maher
Apr 24, 2012 Angela Maher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, cats
I could identify with a lot of what's in this book. It's nice to know there are other people out there that relate to their cats (and cats in general) the same way I do. It's also always nice to see a man declaring himself to be a true cat person. A great book that sums up how special life is with a cat, or more than one cat.
cyborgwings
mivel nagyon szeretem a @mysadcat tweeteket, ezért nagy reményekkel vágtam bele az under the pawba, de már a bevezetőnél éreztem, hogy bajok lesznek. tom cox frappáns száznegyveneket ír, de ez a terjengős, torgyáni körmondatokat megszégyenítő és kizárásos alapon szinonima szótárral a kézben megírt könyv szinte az olvashatatlan kategória. sokszor úgy értem egy-egy mondat végére, hogy az elejét már rég elfelejtettem, pedig egyelőre nem érzem, hogy cavintonra szorulnék. nyögvenyelős, darabos, minde ...more
Luke Spry
Oct 02, 2014 Luke Spry rated it liked it
I bought this book in an Amazon promotion, and am rather glad I did. I am not a Cat Man as the author is, but I did own a cat until recently. Reading this book reminded me of that dearly missed moggy.

The book itself is written in a welcoming, conversational tone; some points it did embrace the cat-lovers dogma a little but it was worth it for the wry anecdotes and digressions in to 'cat voice.' The alternation between chapters of memoir and buzzfeed style list was a bit hit-or-miss for me and es
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Emma Topp
Apr 18, 2013 Emma Topp rated it it was amazing
I totally loved this book. Anyone with cats will relate to the mishaps and occurances that ensue during the book. Really made me laugh and made me realise how much I love my own cats and to apprieciate the quirks of their personalities. A must for all cat lovers.
A. Adlilah
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Zoë
Feb 19, 2016 Zoë rated it it was ok
We get it, he's soft about cats and that's fine. However, despite not being antipathetic towards cats, I just couldn't care about his feline friends enough to make this worthwhile. There are a few nice smilies such as a cat 'curling up like a happy prawn' but may of the sentences are very long and over-tricksy so that I just got lost in a bad way. There's a bit of narrative but it's not terribly interesting, they move house a lot and friends/neighbours become irrelevant bit parts because the cha ...more
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