“Are you covered in cat hair? Do you reek of Feliway? Is your kitty’s happiness your one desire?”
The answers to these critically soul-searching questions are posed in the book’s introduction. While this charming little paperback is primarily aimed at female cat lovers, men who truly love cats will no doubt also identify with its contents. “Women Who STILL Love Cats Too Much”, by author Allia Zobel Nolan and illustrator Nicole Hollander is definitely a must read for anyone who may be wondering if their relationship with their kitties is over the top extreme!
The introduction sets the book’s tone by Allia Zobel Nolan graciously and honestly admitting that she is thoroughly addicted to kitties. She describes herself as:
“a woman who still loves cats too much.”
However, since “addict” is often considered to have negative connotations, if someone is accused of having an addiction to cats, it may quite possibly ruffle the majority of ailurophiles’ fur. But not to worry! This wonderfully entertaining and “thought-provoking” book (with its skillfully written tongue-in-cheek strategy) strips the negative associations of the word “addiction”.
In fact, with its non-judgmental and humorous approach to the topic, while perusing through the book’s enchanting illustrative cartoons, passionate kitty lovers (if they choose to do so) will have an opportunity to embark upon a soul-searching journey of self-awareness. This will make it possible for readers to decide whether in fact they love their cats too much.
Some of the examples of probable “off the chart feline adoration “presented throughout the book not only had me in stitches. I learned a lot since they were also self-revealing.
“You know your cat is manipulating you more than usual when….She complains because she can’t find “Kitty Boo-Boo” on TV, so you switch to another, more expensive cable provider.”
Although our kitties are not “Kitty Boo-Boo” fans, I must admit that watching Jackson Galaxy’s TV show, “My Cat from Hell” isn’t quite as interesting or fun if our cats don’t seem to be quite as engaged in the show as I am. Since kitty enrichment is very important, I often wish they too would be fascinated by Jackson’s skillful interventions.
“You know your preoccupation with your cats is beginning to cost you friends when….Your BFF refuses to be seen with you unless you stop wearing “tacky cat jewellery.”
Over the years I have learned that the only way to avoid this dilemma is to get rid of friends who aren’t as keen about cats as I am and replace them only with felinophiles. Ardent kitty lovers are those who may wear “tacky cat jewelry” and have acquired an extensive collection of colorful, furry costume “cat ears” with which they adorn themselves with pride. Friends of this ilk help keep our cats feel more secure. After all keeping them emotionally well-balanced is definitely my priority.
“You know you might be a tad extravagant when it comes to your cat, (but hey, what is money for anyway?) when….Your cat has her own iPhone, iPad, Google Glass and high-speed internet connection….and you don’t.”
This last example definitely nailed the fact that I am totally addicted to my kitties. Since my iPhone and iPad are loaded with kitty games with which they play, these devices might as well be theirs. But after reading and thoroughly enjoying “Women who Still love cats too much”, my anxiety level has totally diminished and I no longer am conflicted. I have come to the conclusion, (backed up by the author) that there is no such thing as loving cats “too much.” In my opinion, cats were put on this planet to be thoroughly spoiled and doted upon.
Although judging from the book’s title, Allia Zobel Nolan and illustrator Nicole Hollander had women in mind when creating it. But don’t be surprised when your male friends can’t put the book down.
“Women who Still Love Cats too Much” will be released for sale in September 2015. A special pre-order price is available at here