‘The Lion in the Living Room’ by Abigail Tucker

tlitl atSTORY: House cats rule back alleys, deserted Antarctic islands, and our bedrooms. Clearly, they own the Internet, where a viral cat video can easily be viewed upwards of ten million times. But how did cats accomplish global domination? Unlike dogs, they offer humans no practical benefit. The truth is they are sadly incompetent rat-catchers and pose a threat to many ecosystems. Yet, we love them still.

To better understand these furry strangers in our midst, Abby Tucker travels to meet the breeders, activists, and scientists who’ve dedicated their lives to cats. She visits the labs where people sort through feline bones unearthed from the first human settlements, treks through the Floridian wilderness in search of house cats on the loose, and hangs out with Lil Bub, one of the world’s biggest feline celebrities.

Tucker shows how these tiny creatures have used their relationship with humans to become one of the most powerful animals on the planet. The appropriate reaction to a cuddly kitten, it seems, might not be aww but awe.

REVIEW: I am a cat lady, and proud of it. Cat videos make me laugh. Books about cats make me smile. This book wasn’t what I was expecting, but it did make me think about origin of cats and their arrival to our shores. I was hoping for more humor and what I got is a dry, fact filled recitation.

In my opinion this book is not written for cat lovers and don’t recommend it for them. However if you’re interested in information of the history of the domestication of cats, by all means read it.

Melanie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

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