Women Who Still Love Cats Too Much written by Allia Zobel Nolan and illustrated by Nicole Hollander examines the relationship between women and the cats they love too much with laugh-out-loud examples of the lengths you might go to if you're addicted to pleasing your feline friend.
I could definitely relate to some of the examples in the book. I don't know whether to be amused or worried by that, haha! For instance, you might love your cat too much if:
- You throw away fifteen or more catnip toys until you find the one your cat prefers. I don't throw away the toys Carmine and Milita don't go for, but I definitely go through a lot of toys to find the ones they love best (and donate the ones they aren't interested in).
- Your dinner consists of discount peanut butter and peas while the babies eat from specialty menus prepared by Rachel Ray and Bobby Fay. The babies definitely eat better than I do sometimes!
- You won't turn over during the night no matter how uncomfortable you are because you might disturb the cat. I've done this so many times, especially with Jewel because she rarely slept near or on me.
- Spend your bonus on a compound that makes her thyroid pill taste like caviar. I have spent an incredible amount of money over the years to have the kitties' medication compounded to taste better. In fact, Carmine and Milita both take Prednisolone tablets made to taste like chicken liver.
Other examples in the book are ridiculously over-the-top and hilarious! A few that really made me laugh are:
- You carry your work around the office in your mouth, meowing plaintively, until someone pays attention to you.
- You get passed over for a promotion because you test positive for catnip.
- Your kitties hypnotize friends so that they forget what they came for when they gather for your cat-addiction intervention.
Zobel Nolan is a professed cat addict. When asked if she considers herself a "crazy cat lady," she answered:
"You know the stereotypical image of the crazy cat lady is of a spinster, in slovenly clothes, who lives with hordes of cats in a stinky house that looks like a bomb hit it. Other than the messy house, I don't fit that category. Some may consider my over-the-top treatment of my cats “crazy.” But I believe if you are blessed with the care of an animal, you should do all you can to make it happy and comfortable...everything."
You might wonder if Zobel Nolan has done any of the over-the-top behaviors she writes about in Women Who Still Love Cats Too Much. When asked what the most bizarre thing she's ever done for her cats was, she responded:
"Well, I don't consider anything I've ever done for my cats “bizarre.” The book notwithstanding others whose involvement with their puddies may not run as deeply as my own, may think I spoil them – what with insisting on fresh, wild caught (never farmed) salmon for their meals, or hiring a vet technician to come in to the house six times a day to make sure they are okay when I'm away for more than two hours. Also, when I'm cuddling my newly-rescued baby, Nolan Nolan, I also run my face up and down his fur, imitating the licking gestures a mommy cat makes when she cleans her puddy. I do that because he is under a year old and may be missing being groomed by his birth mom. But I don't consider any of that “bizarre.” However, I read on the web of some woman who actually “married” her cat. Now, to me, that's bizarre. That's like marrying your child."
I can relate to Zobel Nolan's answers to these questions. I'm sure that some people think what I do for my cats is "over-the-top," but I strongly believe that when we are so blessed to have a cat choose us for their companion, it is our duty to spoil them and make them as happy and comfortable as possible for as long as they are with us.
If you're a cat lover, you will love Women Who Still Love Cats Too Much.
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About the Author: Allia Zobel Nolan is an internationally-published award-winning author of over 200 children's and adult trade titles. Her books reflect her two main passions, God and cats, and include such varied titles as Purr More, Hiss Less: Heavenly Lessons I Learned from my Cat, Cat Confessions: A Kitty-Come-Clean Tell-All Book, The Ten Commandments for Little Ones, The Worshiper's Prayer Book and Whatever: Livin' the True, Noble, Totally Excellent Life.
Zobel Nolan lives and loves her puddies way too much in Connecticut with her with husband, Desmond Finbarr Nolan, and their feline children, Sineady Cat, the Fraidy Cat, and Nolan Nolan.
About the Illustrator: Nicole Hollander created and produced the syndicated the cartoon strip, Sylvia, for a gazillion years. She blogs six days a week at www.Badgirlchat.com and offers a Sylvia archival strip every day – as well as links to politics, cultural commentary, and of course, more cat videos than you can shake a stick at!
FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of "Women Who Still Love Cats Too Much" free of charge for an honest review. Receiving the free book did not influence my opinions in any way. All opinions shared on Fur Everywhere are my own.