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.