Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Cat Signs: How to Know Your Cat's Personality

I wish I could show the cover of this delightful book, Cat Signs: How to Know Your Cat's Personality by Russell Grant with illustrations by Susan Robertson and John Francis. But, it's twenty years old, and I found it in a book sale at one of our library branches. It was too cute to pass up.

It was fun to check the Zodiac signs of my cats to see if they fit the descriptions. Then, it matches the animal signs with the best signs for their owners. My Dickens, and his sister, Lammie, don't fit the Aries description at all. And, I do know precisely when they were born since they were born behind the bookcase in my bedroom.

But, Shadow and Josh certainly fit their descriptions as Cancer. Shadow, the cat on the couch, died earlier this year. But, according to the book, "The Cancerian cat is going to acquire itself a family, like it or not, so once you have installed a Cancerian in your home, prepare to play host to a cat refuge." Shadow was one of four brothers. Once we adopted him, he took charge of every new cat in the house, washing it, and taking care of it. We called him Uncle Shadow, and put him in the carrier with Dickens on the long drive from Florida to Arizona. That was the only way Dickens made it across country without going nuts.

Our newest kitten, Josh, is also a Cancer, and he shows the same tendencies. He pesters all of the cats, wants to be around them, and lays right on top of Dickens in order to wash him.

Our Nikki is a true Scorpio since that's "the sign that signals great intensity of feeling, though its outer image may be perfectly cool and calm. They say that sign is "a power-broker, the great manipulators behind the scenes." It also says, "These are not the kind of cats which make concessions; they expect the compromises to be on your side." There's a reason there's a plaque on our living room wall that says, "Nikki's World."

We don't really know when Stormy was born. She showed up on our doorstep during a rainstorm in Florida eleven years ago. But, she's a loner, so once I delve further into the book, I can probably find her sign.


Along with the extensive description of each sign, the book has charming illustrations and stories about a cat with that sign. Whether you're a believer or not, Cat Signs is a fun book for cat lovers.

Cat Signs: How to Know Your Cat's Personality by Russell Grant with Susan Robertson and John Francis. Crescent Books, ©1988. ISBN 978-0517669129 (hardcover), 82p.

8 comments:

Jen said...

Lesa, your Shadow sounds exactly my Forrest. He's always taking care of all the other animals..even my dogs: licking them and snuggling with them. He's also the one who tells me - no yells at me - when the food bowls are empty! He makes me laugh. Of course, sometimes I catch him doing a little bullying as well...

Lesa said...

Jen,

Isn't it fun to have one of them? If they were dogs, they'd probably be herders, trying to take care of everyone.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Lesa-If you are on a list with other librarians could you extend an invitation to them to review banned books next Friday, Oct. 3rd for the ALA's banned books week. Just send me the link or review. Thanks.

Lesa said...

Thanks, Patti. I will.

caite said...

Cats give me the creeps!

They are always watching...lurking...sneaking around...
not like a dog that lays there, just waiting to be tripped over.

{{ no stoning..not nice... ;-) }}

Lesa said...

No problem, Caite. You're right. And, Josh is a sneaker all right.

Maria said...

We're trying to adopt a stray mom cat. We'll never know when she was born. The little one she is bringing around isn't very old. We can probably figure it out if he ever settles down enough for us to figure out his personality.

I was going to post pictures over at the ARMies site, but I still haven't figured out how to do that. I did post a couple on my website--finally got a good one of the little kitten. He's only been allowed out in the daytime twice so far!

Lesa said...

I want to see the pictures, Maria!

I'm going to your website to check.