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Monday, September 17, 2012
Kitty Cornered by Bob Tarte
Anyone who feels manipulated and trained by their cats will feel a little smug after reading Bob Tarte's Kitty Cornered: How Frannie and Five Other Incorrigible Cats Seized Control of Our House and Made It Their Home. Most of us aren't quite as beaten into submission as journalist Tarte is. Of course, he and his wife have an entire menagerie, not only these six cats.
Tarte and his wife, Linda, live in Michigan, where, if you believe his account, he spends most of his time cowering in the house away from society while trying to figure out how to outsmart the cats. And, it's not working. Bob and Linda already arranged their house and sleeping arrangements around the schedules for three cats, when a fourth, Frannie, showed up in their yard. And, as anyone who has had three cats knows, what's one more? Tarte tells how a young boy who didn't like cats ended up as a man who begs for the attention of all of them.
Some of the stories of the cats are funny, including Moobie's attend at coping with an Elizabethan collar after a cancer scare. Or maybe I should say, Bob's attempt at coping with the collar is funny. In most cases, it's Tarte's behavior that adds the humor to the stories. The cats just know how to outsmart him.
Even for a cat lover, the book became a little repetitive. However, their are wonderful cats in this book, along with some amusing stories. And, it just reinforces my belief that cats are smarter than we are, and train us well. And, Bob Tarte certainly let his six cats run the house in Kitty Cornered.
Bob Tarte's website is www.BobTarte.com (Oh, and the six cats have their own advice column on the site.)
Kitty Cornered by Bob Tarte. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. 2012. ISBN 9781565129993 (paperback), 288p.
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