One of THE cutest--and flat-out coolest--informational/help books, ever, I bring you... The Cat Owner's Manual (Operating Instructions, Troubleshooting Tips, and Advice on Lifetime Maintenance). Touting itself as a "beginner's guide to feline technology", this is definitely not your run-of-the-mill cat book.
Hey, you, raising your eyebrows and wearing the skeptical expression... just stop that, right now. Take it from me, if you're a "cat person", there's a whole lot to like in this insanely-clever little book. (And, if you're more a "dog person" or a "little human [i.e. baby] person", there's a manual for you, as well--each of which I'm guessing is nearly as nifty.)
Authors Dr. David Brunner (veterinarian) and Sam Stall (cat-owner) take the titular "manual" part to heart, giving their book a genuine "how-to" look and feel, with a neat little twist--this one is actually easy to understand and, frequently, humorous--as it refers to felines like they're just another form of technology--much like a computer or a cell phone-- to learn about and integrate into your life.
Among the variety of subjects covered:
Ch. 1: Overview of Makes and Models
Ch. 2: Home Installation
(Obviously, how to introduce a cat into your home and to any other family members.)
(This chapter covers "routine maintenance" and "the nuances of cat behavior, body language, and play preferences".)
Ch. 4: Basic Programming
(Good stuff here, including an "overview of factory-installed software [instinctive behaviors] and owner-installed software add-ons [training]".)
Ch. 5: Fuel Requirements
(Self-explanatory, but the specifics of which are absolutely vital to know.)
Ch. 6: Exterior Maintenance
(Helpfully answering such questions as, "How can I maintain a quality exterior finish?".)
Ch. 8: Interior Maintenance
(Plenty of helpful stuff here, including "how to monitor a cat's mechanical systems for signs of trouble and how to select an authorized service provider for technical support".)
Ch. 10: Advanced Functions
(This final chapter covers reproduction, "Feline Transport", "Old Age", and even, *weep*, "Obsolescence and Deactivation".)
Throughout, a veritable wealth of valuable information is delivered in a hip, whimsical style, with useful step-by-step instructions and good advice. And, just like any guide worth its salt, there are plenty of helpful schematic diagrams (such as those shown here, from my very own much-loved copy) to ensure that you understand what everything looks like, where it is, and what to do with it or how to deal with it.
Even if you're like me--and you already have a whole library of cat books, cat encyclopedias, cat picture books, and cat cartoon books--you almost certainly don't have one like this. I think that makes this one an absolute necessity. :)
GlamKitty catnip mousie rating: 5 out of 5 mousies, for its genre