09 May 2013

Cats and Books – A Universal Connection

Greetings walking can openers with legs! This is your feline overlords speaking. We have highjacked this blog in order to discuss a very important subject with you. Our topic: Cats and Books. More importantly, how you cannot have one without the other.

Yes, we felines have been a part of shaping literature since the beginning of time, it’s one of the reasons we were worshiped as gods after all. When the first human created the very first story, it was with the gentle guiding paw of a feline muse. Okay, maybe it wasn't exactly “gentle.” It was more like a swat with claws extended, but you get the idea.

Don’t believe us? Check out this article that one of you wrote not so long ago about a medieval manuscript found with cat paw prints inked on the pages: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/03/130326-animals-medieval-manuscript-books-cats-history/ Now we must admit that we find the heading to be rather misleading as this particular feline wasn't “curious” about the manuscript at all. He was actually checking to make sure that the scribe was writing down the correct text as dictated by the cat himself. But this goes to show that you humans often miss the greatness that is Felis catus. =^.^= Anyways, we cats have always been there helping your favorite authors write those books that you love so dearly. We've perched on the arm chairs of some of the greatest authors the world has ever know. We've criticized the early drafts of Jean Paul Sartre, Edward Gorey (who by the way wrote an entire book dedicated to the greatness that is Cat), Neil Gaiman, and many more! Behind every great author, there’s an equally greater cat. For a list of some of our favorite authors to work with, check out this site: http://www.buzzfeed.com/summeranne/30-renowned-authors-inspired-by-cats

We've shared our story ideas with writers everywhere, and sometimes we've dictated entire manuscripts to help their cause. But do we get any of the credit? No. The glory goes to the human authors, and we don’t begrudge this lack of acknowledgement. Well, not much anyways. Sure, we've occasionally left a reminder to a few authors who have allowed their fame to go to their heads that it was one of us who made that fame possible. It’s amazing how a simple hairball inside of a shoe or the head of a mouse on the pillow next to you can remind you that we are also deserving of praise. But for the most part we are happy to provide readers with wonderful works of literature.

Yes, when we aren't planning world domination, we are helping authors write. When they agonize over a scene, we are there to help plot it out. When they stare at a blank page, we help them overcome their writer’s block and provide them with the inspiration they need to keep going. It really is the least that we can do. Another one of our little missions has been to help guide readers towards those books we feel will provide you with the most enjoyment or help aid in furthering your growth of knowledge. When we knock a book off a shelf it’s because we want you to read it. And when we lay down in the middle of whatever it is you are reading, it isn't because we are demanding attention, it’s because we want to talk with you and make sure you understand the message within that book’s pages.

So remember, the next time you get upset at one of us for chewing on your favorite copy of Pride and Prejudice or get creeped out by those long intent stares that we like to throw your way, it’s not because we are seeking to destroy things or kill you. It’s because we want you to read what we have helped bring forth into this world, because really, how else are we going to subliminally guide your entire race?

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  1. oh - this is so wonderful!!

  2. I LOVE this! Thanks for a great post and now I'm following you on FB.:)

  3. I LOVE this! Thanks for a great post and now I'm following you on FB.:)

  4. I love this so much... and I have a blog for my cats!

    Hoping it helps those with sick kitties! http://catsdiabetes.blogspot.com/



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