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Dancing with Cats

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  177 ratings  ·  57 reviews
While researching their groundbreaking book, Why Cats Paint, Burton Silver and Heather Busch uncovered another phenomenon that seemed to merit further investigation: people who dance with their cats, or, more accurately, cats who dance with their people. It turns out that thousands of people today are rediscovering the ancient practice of cat dancing, tapping into this rem ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published June 1st 1999 by Chronicle Books (first published January 1st 1999)
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Paquita Maria Sanchez
The low rating isn't because the book wasn't awesome, but because it was intimidatingly awesome and I hate being one-upped. Do you believe me?!? I'm also impressed that they managed to plug their other book in the TITLE of this book...I like that a lot, too. Ya know?
I don’t know how to review this book.

I can’t... I can’t tell if the people in this book are in on the joke or not.

Or if it is a joke.

Plus, it appears to be written in a foreign language.

You have to be careful; sometimes the energy is so powerful I worry about overstimulating my aura. At those levels, an unstable etheric oscillation could collapse into an astral vortex and suck my spiritual reserves into a state of negative sub-matter.


I don’t know what that means.

Enid claims Elgar possesse
I really hope this is a Stealth Parody of "new-agey" books, but I doubt it, considering the elaborate nature of such a hoax (a Google search has shown nothing that would indicate the authors aren't completely serious). People aren't kidding when they say it's so funny it made them cry. Behold:

... and this....

... AND this little trauma-inducing one...

... and that is just the start. Wait til you read the text...
May 11, 2009 jenna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: YOU!!!
Recommended to jenna by: Montambo
This is my new favorite book. Never before has a book brought me so much joy and laughter; a solid 45 minutes of tears streaming down my cheeks as a try to choke out passages to my husband. (Note: I'm not sure if the fact that I really hate cats enhanced the book or not.)

What's most useful is that it is also instructional and will teach you how to "answer your cat's invitation to dance" (this is because cat's have an open invitation to sychronize their cosmic energies and vibrations with you!) T
The import with which these cat owner-dancers mesh their moves with their feline dance partners should not go unnoticed by the book reading public. It is available for check-out at the North Hollywood branch library.
alyssa carver
this is the funniest book i have ever read in my life. ever. to read it is to laugh.
On the surface this book may seem a bit silly, perhaps outlandish, and even downright nutty! On a deeper level, it is inspiring, fun, and pure magic. Many have written about this book as parody, and it is certainly a humorous book, as a quick scan of the images will reveal. Yet, the authors are individually involved in the field of feline energy dynamics and cat dance therapy, which certainly infers that there is a more earnest dimension to this project as well. While there may be tongue-in-chee ...more
Literary Strawberry
I came across this today completely at random while book shifting at the library. It's probably the most bizarre thing I've managed to uncover yet, so of course I had to sign it out.

At first I was laughing really hard, because it was just so strange and ridiculous and they seemed to take it so seriously; but now with things so over the top I'm beginning to suspect more and more that it must be a satire. I mean, it /has/ to be; there's no way any of them could be taking this seriously-- right?

Zachary Littrell
I am 99.99% certain that this book is a parody of overly self-serious cat books and New Age books, combined into one; in the Acknowledgements, there is mention of "The Christchurch Polytechnic School of Feline Art & Dance." At times, the satire is a little too thick that the humor is lost as my eyes glaze over the pseudo-pseudo-science espoused by the pictured practitioners of dancing with cats -- but when it hits its mark, I actually laughed out loud. The pictures are funny on their own, to ...more
Omigod this is the best coffee table book ever. Well, ok, this and the Deviant Desires book.

Why Cats Paint is probably more apalling in its earnestness, but this is maybe the best unintentionally(?) hilarious thing you'll ever see.
Man oh man.
I adore my cats and have been known to hop around the house with ours quick at my heals, hopping and skittering around; however, Dancing with Cats by Burton Silver and Heather Busch is a weird little satirical book. The unnerving thing: three different people have given me this satire.

Its title says it all. It was amusing to glance through but you do not need a copy. The book has the same tongue-and-cheek feel of [Painting with Cats]--namely, it's funny but strange. It contains entries by purpo
Jessica Thurlow
Dancing with Cats – A Peek into the Insane

I’ve just finished Burton Silver and Heather Busch’s Dancing with Cats. I’m not sure what to say about this book. I can’t tell if it was produced in seriousness or if it’s meant to be a parody. It’s a book about people dancing with cats as a way to transfer feline energy from cat to owner. If it’s meant to be a serious endeavor, I am deeply sad for the both the participants and the authors because they are quite clearly mentally disturbed. If it’s meant
Charlee Vale
What? WHAT??

I read this book at work (It's in the humor section) and I HONESTLY can't tell if it's meant to be serious or not. If it is, I'm frightened for humanity.
This is a must read -- and really quite a page turner. Be sure you have someone nearby to share the choice passages with! The cover is just the beginning.
Una Rose
This book is a classic. Its very adorable. If you love cats and have a sense of humor you will probably love this book.
As a cat lover, friends subject me to ludicrous and apocryphal cat literature...this falls in that category.
I am so disappointed in humanity after this one.
Strange and hilarious.
Ben Hiatt
There is some question as to the reality of this book subject but I loved it. We are contemplating passing it on to a new owner so that the joy of the cat dance might be shared. It inspired my family to dress as the stars of the book for Halloween the memory of which still causes me to grin.
susie Marie
people and cats are both strange mysterious creatures and you get the right ones together and....this book taught me i am sane, that people can look like their cats and one really scary couple reignited their love life by rubbing each other like cats. basically, one of the best coffee books ever
Jennifer Baum
This is seriously the funniest picture book I've ever seen, although it's not meant to be. I happened to find it at work and I was howling with laughter and crying. Really, a must read. Everyone should own this book. Just thinking about it makes me start giggling again...
I love cats, cats are nice, but I hated this book!!!

I don't even own it any more. I rarely get rid of books, but I could not stand the humans in it, so off to the op shop with you!!
Cassie Allen
Jan 10, 2008 Cassie Allen rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: crazy cat ladies
I read this book during my time in the relaxation room at the Thousand Waves spa. It was retarded yet amusing. Sometimes my cat does karate with me. maybe it's trying to dance?
I have to like it because it's the strangest thing that's ever given me nightmares and because I've started quite the phenomenon, but, really?
I'm a little reluctant to let people know I own this book. I tried to dance with my cat, Niccolo--as in Machiavelli, but he wasn't too receptive.
So wonderfully funny and smart, sadly for a cat-lover like myself I wanted it to be real. I was so ready to start dancing with my cat :)
tjah... it's dancing cats... cute pictures of cute cats (and their somewhat-sometimes- less cute owners?). What more do I need to say?
Dec 08, 2012 Tim rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: humor
One of a kind. Such quality in this genre is hard to come by. Inspiring to say the least. Good ab workout from laughter.
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