Samantha has generously agreed to review two wonderful cat books for us today. Of course, we had to get her up first.
Fine, I’ll get up then! The first book I am reviewing is Daily Yoga For a Happy and Healthy Cat by Shri Swami Sattvapurrrrrananda (otherwise known as Swami Zoe). Swami Zoe has put together a lovely book illustrating her favorite simple yoga poses which can lead to a healthy and joyful life for us felines. Her mom, Julianne Victoria (also Mom to Ku of Haiku by Ku fame…Ku also wrote a book which Momz reviewed) provided all of the wonderful photos of the Swami. The book includes instructions for and illustrations of Asana (postures) and Pranayama (breathing exercises).
First of all we are told what we need to gather together to practice our yoga…a blanket or towel, perhaps a catnip toy if we desire. We are reminded that regular bathing, adequate nutrition, and hydration are essential The Swami tells us that “running water is especially refreshing and invigorating”. I could not agree more! I love fresh running water and here I am illustrating that along with Swami Zoe!
Here I am practicing one of the moves Swami Zoe demonstrated….how am I doing? Not too bad, huh?
You can purchase this book for yourself on amazon.com (currently the kindle version is on sale for 99 cents!) 50% of the proceeds will go to animal rescue! You can also visit Swami Zoe’s blog here. I love this book and would like to thank Swami Zoe for providing us with a copy in exchange for our fair and honest review. The Momz says we always have to be honest so of course we are.
With that in mind, I have to tell you that I am not so sure about this next book. Momz entered a giveaway on one of my favorite blogs, Cat Chat with Caren & Cody, and I just don’t really understand why. On top of entering, she told people I was overweight, and that she was trying to win the book for me! The nerve, right?
Well, I can tell you this….the book makes a good placemat for my bowl of food, and that’s about all it’s good for! As you can see here, I tried to read it, but it was just not for me. Because I am not overweight. I believe I’ve actually lost weight recently….not that I needed to, mind you, but because my parents thought bringing home a puppy was somehow a smart thing to do. I believe that running away from that puppy is the smart thing to do, and therefore I’ve been burning plenty of calories that way! BTW, I’m not afraid of Luke….I’m just trying to get HIM some exercise, because who likes a fat puppy, really?
Anyway, Mom says the book is tongue-in-cheek, whatever that means, and that I should not take it so seriously. It begins with an insulting quiz to determine what kind of feline dieter you should be (if you actually need to diet that is). For example, one of the questions is: “Brushing my teeth after a meal” and gives four silly answers, when the obvious correct one is “Is a good way for someone to end up at a hospital getting treated for a cat bite”. You are supposed to tally your answers to determine whether you are a “Comatose cat, OCD cat, ADD cat, Chronic dieter, or Psycho kitty.” Well, apparently I fall into none of those categories because there is also the option of “No answers/refusal to participate in the quiz: FAT CAT FOR LIFE. We won’t even bother trying to convince you of the health benefits of losing a few pounds. Go back to sleep. We’ll wake you when it’s time for dinner.” Really, Momz, is that funny?
After that I was done with the book, and left Momz to sit there and chuckle to herself reading it. She insists that I tell you that all of you cat loving humans (and even if you don’t love cats) will get some very good laughs from this witty book. You can read it all in one sitting, or just read some excerpts here and there as you have time. Go ahead, enjoy, see if I care! It’s on special at Amazon.com ($7.99 for kindle version) if that’s the kind of thing you care to waste your money on. You’d do better just to buy your cat some treats instead of insulting them with this book. But that’s just me. Oh, and Conrad was not subjected to any of it, because apparently HE’S not considered overweight. Hunh.