I first learned about Tripp and Tyler from watching a few of their YouTube videos. Pretty funny stuff. So when I found the Kindle version of this bookI first learned about Tripp and Tyler from watching a few of their YouTube videos. Pretty funny stuff. So when I found the Kindle version of this book on sale for $1.99, I figured, what the heck? I've got an Amazon gift card to burn.
Basically this book is a series of lists and situations in which the proper thing to do might not always be completely obvious. Everything from urinal etiquette to how to behave in a movie theater to acceptable excuses for why you haven't called someone back is covered in this book. This is obviously a humor book, and very sarcastic at that. So I found it to be quite funny and was constantly thinking of like-minded friends and family who would also find it funny. It's a quick, fun read....more
I found this book to be a much more satisfying assessment of my cat's IQ than the previous cat IQ test book I read. (And yes, I realize how sad it isI found this book to be a much more satisfying assessment of my cat's IQ than the previous cat IQ test book I read. (And yes, I realize how sad it is that I read not one, but two books on testing my cat's IQ.)
This book seems to be more hands-on and has questions that relate to the actual behavior of your cat. The book is divided into four sections: Cat Observation Test, where you read statements about your cat's behavior and then answer Never, Seldom, Often, Usually, or Always; Cat Performance Test, where you perform several activities with your cat and then note which of 3 or 4 behaviors he does in response to the activity; Extra Credit, where your cat earns bonus points if he can do specific things; and Credit Deductions, where your cat loses points if he does any of the things listed. Then you add up all of their points, and voila! There's your cat's IQ.
Now, maybe I just liked this book because my cats performed pretty well on the test, and who doesn't like to find out that their cats (or dogs, or children) are smarter than average? But I do feel like it was a pretty objective test and more similar to an actual human IQ test than the other book that I read on the topic....more
I've always felt that my cats were smarter than the average bear, er, cat. So I bought this book used from Amazon to administer a Cat IQ test to findI've always felt that my cats were smarter than the average bear, er, cat. So I bought this book used from Amazon to administer a Cat IQ test to find out.
The book starts out nicely with an introduction that sets up the question of how intelligent cats are and briefly discusses the way the IQ tests are set up. Then there is a section on the concept of cat intelligence as it relates to their presence in the home, their physique, their appearance, and myths and legends surrounding cats. Then finally we come to the meat of the book -- the tests.
I administered the test to each of my two cats. Most questions have 4 choices for an answer; some have only three. Following the test there is obviously an answer key, a chart which converts your cat's score to his IQ, and a table which compares your cat's IQ with the rest of the feline population. I found that one of my cats scored in the "Occasionally Quite Clever" range (80-94) while the other scored in the "Average" range (95-105).
I took issue with some of the questions as they didn't seem very objective, and others were just plain silly. For example: "How do you think your cat would spend its free time if it were a human?" and "If your cat could read, which of the following newspapers would it probably buy?" But, as the author states several times throughout the book, the test is for entertainment purposes only.
There is also a test so that the cat owner can find out his or her "Cat Owner IQ". So naturally I gave this test to myself, and found that I scored in the Congenial range (101-139). This means that I'm "happy to do almost anything [my] cat wants or needs". According to this book, my cats and I are a good match for each other.
There are two other text sections of the book, one that talks about the historical relationship between cats and people and one that discusses the many factors that contribute to the success of a feline-human relationship. There's also an appendix that contains several stories about cats displaying various levels of intelligence. So that was pretty humorous.
While the tests were entertaining and the expository portions of the book interesting and informative, I did feel like the book was maybe a little outdated (written in 1996) and like I said earlier, the cat test was too subjective in some parts. I am interested in further exploring the idea of cat intelligence so I will be seeking out other books to find out if my cats are really not as smart as I thought. ;) Haha....more
I just love Little Golden Books, so when I saw this one at a used book store, featuring two of my favorite things (cats and Christmas), I had to buy iI just love Little Golden Books, so when I saw this one at a used book store, featuring two of my favorite things (cats and Christmas), I had to buy it.
This is a cute story about a mischievous kitten who climbs to the top of the Christmas tree to see the angel. On his way, he meets several Christmas tree ornaments who, to his surprise, can talk!...more
A kitten wanders the streets on Christmas Eve, looking for a safe, warm place to sleep, but no one will take him in. Finally, he falls asleep on SantaA kitten wanders the streets on Christmas Eve, looking for a safe, warm place to sleep, but no one will take him in. Finally, he falls asleep on Santa's sack, and ends up as a Christmas gift for a little girl. Super cute Christmas story...more