Running through all the maelstrom of ‘owning’ 7 cats, is the heartbreaking story of Tom Cox’s long and chequered relationship with The Bear, his oldest cat: a “painfully sensitive” survivor moggy who may or may not be an evil genius.
Just what is it about furry beasts that draw us in? We give up the best part of the bed (the middle), are guilted into feeding them before we even open the fridge to begin our dinner and have us giggling at every miaow we think they are speaking? Biscuit, our cat, after spurning the hand that feeds (the husband) likes to wrestles her way into my affections if I’m distracted from giving her the attention she feels only she is worthy of – if climbing up my back doesn’t work, she climbs onto the keyboard or tries to eat the book I’m reading. All this in exchange for fur everywhere, the loo roll battered (aka the ‘cat gym’) and the most beautiful feline eyes looking up at you in (momentary) adoration when you get it right.
For years, Tom Cox might have seemed like a regular, hard-living sort of bloke
— a lover of late nights, rock music and beer — but he had a dark furry
secret. Tom was a cat lover. Always had been, in fact. For a while, he kept his
passion in check, but there was only o long he could postpone his true dream,
especially after he met Dee, his moggy-loving soulmate.
If you want to try and understand just what furry hold owning a cat can have on your heart, this is a must read.
Like Tom, I’m also not allowed any where near the Battersea Dogs & Cats home, or any nearby Cats Protection League. My husband did panic when we bought the microchip cat door (it’s programmed to only let our cat in) which can have up to 32 cats registered on it’s system. Crazy, no?
Under the Paw: Confessions of a Cat Man
is a lovely read, one that keeps you hooked in, if only for the cats most recent antics and their slaves (that you and me) reactions. If you loved either of the Bob Stories – either A Street Cat Named Bob or the World according to Bob you’ll love this.
Although he does know each cat’s Catch Phrase and Theme Song, he is adamant that
he knows they’re not children and swears he would never refer to himself as
At least it’s not just Mr Kiwi, eh?