How To Train Your Human: A Cat’s Guide

HarperVia. Apr. 2024. 144p. ISBN 9780063336483. $22.99. PETS
For readers who wonder what their cats might be thinking of them, author “Babas,” a cat (but really the alias of artist Barbara Capponi), has some answers. There is a common expression that dogs have owners, while cats have staff, and people who live with cats often find themselves catering to their every whim. This book describes what happens when a cat joins a family, from the perspective of the feline. It is written in fairly sophisticated language and takes on many aspects of the typical cat’s personality. There are sections on what a cat should do when their humans, or “primates” as they are described here, decide they want to take a vacation, and a section on what to expect if a new pet or a human baby joins the family. Many of the pages have little footnotes that describe words and concepts from a cat’s perspective. There are also sweet, charming illustrations of cats.
VERDICT This is a funny, witty title that would be a good addition to the humor section of a library as well as the pet care section.
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