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Bad Cat: 244 Not-So-Pretty Kitties and Cats Gone Bad

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,597 Ratings  ·  135 Reviews
Not since Kliban has there been a cat book this edgy. Edgy as in Bosco, the demonic Siamese with the out-of-focus eyes, razor-sharp fangs, and his own idea of Feng Shui. Or the half-shaved freak named Mr. Fliegel, who looks like a cross between a poodle and a lion. Mr. Fliegel shrugs and says, "Chicks dig me." Or Kato, resplendent in his Three Musketeers outfit: "One for a ...more
Paperback, 246 pages
Published October 15th 2004 by Workman Publishing Company (first published 2004)
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May 04, 2016 Athena rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: cat lovers, snark lovers, odd folk
Location: Work
It's difficult to describe the things we had floating around the desks, desperate attempts to slow an inevitable descent into job-induced madness; the odd things that ultimately saved a tiny bit of pseudo-sanity. Bad Cat was among the best of those things, making an unholy triad with a couple of wind-up toys: a hopping plastic penis & a spark-spitting nun. When your shift started at 7am and it's now 3am, you're still in cubical-land & the problem might actually be getting
Steven Peterson
Mar 31, 2010 Steven Peterson rated it really liked it
What a cute volume! A simple premise: photos of cats, a caption, and information on the cat--name, age, hobby.

One illustrative caption: "I told you--nobody wants to hear Billy Joel." The photo is of a cat on a piano's keyboard. Stacey, the cat, is 10 years old and has the hobby of compulsive cleaning around the litter box.

From that one example, it's clear that this will enchant cat people and, perhaps, leave those who are not enthralled by cats somewhat less bewitched!

Another cat, Jerry G, (one
Overall, I enjoyed it. Full of cat pictures, captions and a short Bio about the cat (name, age, hobby) it was a quick, pleasant read. I will admit I wish there were a bit more truly funny pictures (a great deal of them were just mildly amusing - there were quite a few of just the 'dirty looks', 'fangs' and 'cats in costume'). However there were some really great pictures with captions that often made them even better, enough to make me laugh and smile. Some captions were dirty, so not for the ov ...more
Dec 29, 2011 Read2review rated it really liked it
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As I mentioned in a previous review anything cat related is a must for me. I found Bad Cat in Hawkins Bazaar (a joke shop in the UK). I flicked through the book in the shop and knew I had to get it.

Each page is a picture of a different cat in a different pose with a little biography for that cat, Name, Age and Hobby. There is also a caption for each picture. Some of the pictures are hilarious and made me laugh out loud; some of them
Sarah Sammis
Jul 20, 2009 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pc, read-in-2007
The book has 244 full color photographs, each one with a caption, the cat's name, age and hobby (if any). The photographs were done by amateurs and are often times low quality. Many are staged but it's the captions that make the book so funny. There are enough funny photographs to have me laughing out loud every few pages.

Any regular reader of this site will know that I am a cat person. Caligula, my cat for the last eleven years has her rebellious moments and can nap on anything in any position.
Alissa Bach
May 19, 2010 Alissa Bach rated it it was amazing
At my house, I've always got a few stacks of "conversation starter" books sitting around, and this one is on the top of the list. I bought it several years earlier, right after it came out, and had read the whole thing before I even got to the bookstore checkout counter...with tears streaming down my cheeks from laughing so hard. To this day, I never tire of this book. The humor of it has not lessened.

Yes, I'm a sucker for animal humor. Especially when cats are involved. And this book captures
Liz Zimmer
Oct 09, 2015 Liz Zimmer rated it it was amazing
As much as I love "great" authors like Pat Conroy, Kurt Vonnegut, Ray Bradbury, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, this is hands down my favorite book of all time. I need another copy because all the pages are falling out.
Aug 07, 2015 Jack rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book; the best I've read so far this millennium. Top grade reading, photography, humor. I can't wait until tomorrow to read this book again. I hope there is, or soon will be, a sequel.
Dec 12, 2007 Kewpie rated it it was ok
I honestly don't know if people started uploading pics from this book or this author just published the most popular cat pictures circulating on the web at the time. But I have seen ALL of these pictures online.. several times.

Of course, being a regular voter on and also look at daily -- maybe I look at too many cat pictures.

This book would have gotten one star if I didn't already love these pics the first time I saw them. I don't know if I'm upset that the
Oct 21, 2012 Gerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The warning on the cover states 'may contain offensive feline material'; readers take note because it does!

It is amazing how the cats within these covers have got into the positions in which they have been photographed. Some of them look demonic, some are getting into all sorts of scrapes, some are dressed up and others just have that disenchanted look on their faces.

All are portrayed with a suitable naughty comment, have their name, age and one of their supposed hobbies! All in all in makes for
Feb 02, 2014 Tanya rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
Bad Cat is a book of pictures that were submitted for publication in the cat-a-day calendars and didn't make the cut. This book is hilarious! I laughed or smiled most at most of the pictures.
Each photo is accompanied by a "profile" with the name, age and hobby of the cat, such as "Gary, Age: 9, Hobbies: Racing back and forth in the upstairs hall." Not all of them were funny but, in my opinion, at least 3/4s of them were. A few of the photos have swear words or suggestive language, so it's not
Eva Leger
There were a few really great pictures in here but the majority were kind of blah. I don't know who chose the cover pic and why but there were a few much better ones included inside. I thought so anyway.
It's a quick little book that will have you laughing a few times.
J.D. Stroube
Aug 07, 2009 J.D. Stroube rated it really liked it
I'm not really sure how to write a review for this type of book. However, I will say that this is an hilarious book. If you like cats, and realize just how funny they can be should pick this up. Also, it is great "bathroom" reading material. LOL
Mar 06, 2014 Ashley rated it really liked it
The quick-and-dirty review, for your browsing pleasure:


- Great pictures. Man, are they great. And the one-liners just make it better.

- Solid design. If you're a very visual person, congrats! You've found a book you'll like.

- Re-readable. You'll browse it when you're bummed. And it's destined for your youthful, haven't-had-kids-yet coffee table. Your irreverent friends'll love it.

- The pictures again...they kill me. Just kill me dead, every time.

- Instead of spending too much time trying
Oct 12, 2014 Whitney rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor
I picked this up off a display table at Borders many years ago and nearly read the whole thing standing there in the middle of the store, giggling like a lunatic. So of course I bought it. I'll never forget when I took it to my parent's house to share and my brother sat in the corner the entire evening reading through it, giggling like a lunatic. Still makes me smile :)
Alyssa Thomas
Jul 17, 2014 Alyssa Thomas rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
This book was decent. This didn't have me laughing at all. It was cute pictures some of it but it mainly wasn't what I thought it'd be. I thought it'd be super cute pictures of cats doing silly things this came off...almost as a failed attempt at comedy or anything enjoyable.

That being said. I loved looking at anything 'cat related'.
Jul 14, 2014 Kaethe rated it really liked it
Shelves: cats, nonfiction
Probably I shouldn't be encouraging this sort of thing: blogs-made-into-books. No doubt publishers are sufficiently keen on the idea. But as someone who enjoys looking at photos of cats with amusing captions online, I also enjoy looking at photos of cats in printed form. And I like giving them to the cat-lovers in my life, on gift-giving occasions. Yeah, I love Cake Wrecks, too.
Jobiska (Cindy)
Jul 26, 2011 Jobiska (Cindy) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cats, humor
Received this as a gift. Although the authors did insert too many weird yawny faces (resulting in a Batman's Joker-like face) for a quick, cheap joke implying the "bad cat" is insane, rather than coming up with more variety, I did literally laugh out loud at several of the photos/captions. Mostly the "bio" sections with name/age/hobby were a little silly, unless the hobby directly related to the photo/caption. But it was still pretty cute. The binding was stiff and was already cracked down the m ...more
May 29, 2014 Claire rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves
We set this out at a book fair - one of the moms was reluctant to have it on the tables until she read it. I will never forget seeing her literally on the floor laughing uncontrollably. Hilarious book.
Nov 22, 2015 Mary rated it liked it
Shelves: zzzfull-library, mine
It is what it is: a silly picture book, best used as a coffee table or bathroom book. I don't understand what the people who rated it so low expected.
Jul 23, 2015 Betsy rated it liked it
He has been Very creative in titling the cats and their Hobbies, but some of the pictures are grotesque. Then again--that is the look he was going for.
Dec 30, 2014 Jo rated it liked it
A collection of kitty photographs with amusing comments. Really not much one can say about this except don't bother if you don't like cats.
Jan 15, 2008 Jennie rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jennie by: the Boy
Shelves: humor
My fiance got me this book because my former cat is Satan. (He's not dead, but I didn't take him with me when I moved 500 miles away, so he belongs to my parents now.) And yes, my cat would be right at home in this book. The pictures are funny and a little disturbing, but what puts it over the top are the snarky comments. I like cats, but I'm a sucker for snark. This book is perfect for those days when you want to punch babies in the face because you're sick of cute things. After a few pages the ...more
What dark secrets is your cat hiding? Bad habits, bad manners, and a penchant for false pretenses, that's what!
That furry covered demon child you think is your pet, is out to get you. This will "out" them all. They can't hide anymore. These little spawns of satan that you feed and cuddle every day are peeing, barfing, taking your prescription drugs, driving your cars, overdosing on catnip, and well, you know what else...where ever and whenever they want to, just to drive you crazy.
This book is
Jan 18, 2016 SouthWestZippy rated it really liked it
Has some very funny pictures and captions. Has a few stupid ones as well. WELL worth the read.
Jan 28, 2016 Fishface rated it it was amazing
Awesome mind-trip through the inner lives of cats. Hundreds of action photos.
Cherie Kephart
Apr 03, 2015 Cherie Kephart rated it really liked it
This books makes me laugh! It was a gift, and I sometimes wonder what that says about me.
Sep 14, 2014 ★Carri rated it it was amazing
Hilarious! My babies could probably identify with the majority of these cats!
Mar 05, 2012 Leonardo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cat lovers
Recommended to Leonardo by: Cecilia
Aunque I Can Haz Cheezburger y demás sitios de memes dedicados a gatos y otros motivos parecerían hacer irrelevantes y prehistóricos libros como éste, lo cierto es que "Gatos malos" es una excelente antología de retratos de felinos y frases hilarantes que no requiere prender un dispositivo electrónico y una conexión a internet para disfrutarlos (además, incluso ICHC ha publicado antologías de sus propios felinos). Así que a disfrutar de fotos de gatos (más o menos molestos con sus humanos) y las ...more
Oct 10, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing
love this book--always cheers me up when I'm in a bad mood
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