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The Good, the Bad, and the Furry

Life with the World's Most Melancholy Cat

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Humorous and endearing, The Good, the Bad and the Furry is a heartwarming memoir about a man at the mercy of his unpredictable, demanding and endlessly lovable cats.

Meet The Bear—a cat who carries the weight of the world on his furry shoulders, and whose wise, owl-like eyes seem to ask, Can you tell me why I am a cat please? Like many intellectuals, The Bear would prefer a life of quiet solitude with plenty of time to gaze forlornly into space and contemplate society's ills. Unfortunately, he is destined to spend his days surrounded by felines of a significantly lower IQ.

There is Janet, a large man cat who often accidentally sets fire to his tail by walking too close to lighted candles; Ralph, a preening tabby who enjoys meowing his own name at 5AM; and Shipley, Ralph's brother, who steals soup but is generally relaxed once you pick him up and turn him upside down.

And then there's Tom Cox, writing with wit and charm about the unexpected adventures that go hand-in-hand with a life at the beck and call of four cats.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 16, 2015 – British writer Cox, a monthly columnist for the Guardian's Life and Style section, invites readers into his daily life in his feline-filled home. Cox is the bemused owner of four cats. Shipley and Ralph, brothers by birth, are the most loquacious of the group, and Cox relates conversations he's had with both, often as the cats bolt in and out through the cat door following a confrontation with the local wildlife. The death of Janet, a big male cat who's none too wise, is depicted early in the book, and it leaves Cox feeling like he's "forgotten" something. The Bear is the quiet, contemplative one of the bunch who seems to look down his whiskered nose at the others as they bumble through their days. Cox's narration weaves around his emotional connections with his cats, his friends (and their cats), and his family. He also shares information about feline behavior, health issues, and new kitten ownership. Readers who are devoted cat owners will relate to Cox's insights and stories and will invariably connect with him on a level that others may not. Photos.
The Good, the Bad, and the Furry
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Pets
  • Published: Apr 14, 2015
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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