How to Live with a Calculating Cat

by Eric Gurney | Humor |
ISBN: 0450049949 Global Overview for this book
Registered by nice-cup-of-tea of Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on 5/7/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by nice-cup-of-tea from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Saturday, May 07, 2005
Very old, very small, funny book about cats. The style of writing and drawings are a combination of Georges Simenon & Gerard Hoffnung.

Bought this book at the Buecher-Brocky in Basel, which KatColorado, Dolphus, Pfiffigunde2 & nice-cup-of-tea visited whilst we are at the Basel Meetup!


Journal Entry 2 by nice-cup-of-tea from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Monday, May 09, 2005
<-- Sushi (Katethebass's cat)


Extract from book
If you should recklessly decide to give your cat a bath, change your mind and don't. If you still insist on being hard-headed about the whole affair, get some soap designed to do the job, draw a tub of water brought carefully up to cat body temperature, a towel or tow, iodine, sutures, gauze (a bottle of brandy wouldn't be amiss) and a pair of chain mail gauntlets. You might also notify your next of kin if you are the type that really plans ahead.

First, you catch your cat and put it in the tub. Then you lather up the cat, if you are still able to, followed by a rinse, if the cat is still able to. Now you dry the cat ever so carefully to prevent any blood from dripping onto the clean fur. After this you can let the cat go and you could have a tot of that brandy. The cat will immediately find a good place to roll where he can get himself dirty from stem to stern, after which he will lick himself clean. This really gets a cat's tongue very tired, and many won't purr for many months.

Journal Entry 3 by nice-cup-of-tea from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Monday, May 09, 2005
Welcome to the Bookray for How to live with a calculating cat: Eric Gurney

Member / Location Bookray started May 10th 2005
=^.^= Wistfuldragon / UK
=^.^= Tiggerlily / UK
=^.^= We3Dragonets / UK
=^.^= vespa / UK
=^.^= Winterson / UK
=^.^= Parsleyraisin / UK
=^.^= caro1 / UK
=^.^= laura0141 / UK
=^.^= scottishhoosier / UK
=^.^= GlitterLover / UK
=^.^= coolboxuk / UK
=^.^= dutch-flybaby / Netherlands
=^.^= mysteryfan03 / US
=^.^= babykittysmama / US
=^.^= DP31 / US
=^.^= nicole4 / US
=^.^= Lpree / US
=^.^= Erishkigal / US
=^.^= elprice / US
=^.^= hunnyb / Australia
<-- book is here!
=^.^= katethebass / UK

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:-) If you wish to be added to the list, please PM me with your details.
:-) You must be prepared to mail internationally.
:-) PM the next person on the list for their address, then send the book.
:-) It's not a race, but please read and send the book on as soon as you can.
:-) Please journal the book once you have received it (so we all know where it is) and again when you have read it (so we know what you thought of it!)

Journal Entry 4 by nice-cup-of-tea from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Monday, May 09, 2005
Whilst waiting for the bookring....
Here's some cat fun! Thanks to Wistfuldragon & Jalna for these gems...
How to give a cat a pill!
And here's how you're supposed to do it!Cat Laws of Physics
Hamlet's Cat Soliloquy
PC (Personal Cat) Specifications

Why Cats Are Better Than Men...
A cat matures as it grows older.
Back hair on cats is cute.
It is legal in all states to neuter a cat.
Cats comfort you when you are sick.
When a cat sleeps all day it's natural, not annoying.
Unlike a man, a cat can fend for itself.
A cat is loyal.
Cats actually think with their heads.
"Meow" is never a lie.
They'll both stand outside your door and whine, but the cat will stop
when it gets in.
It's more amusing to watch a cat try and deal with a piece of tape
stuck on its paw than to watch a man do anything.
To buy a fancy dinner for a cat only costs 50 pence.
A cat's friend is less likely to be annoying.
Cats can't show love without meaning it.
Cats are always cute.
The only thing a cat expects you to "put out" is food, water, and a
clean litter box.

Journal Entry 5 by nice-cup-of-tea from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Tuesday, May 10, 2005
The calculating cat has left the building...

Sent to Wistfuldragon and family on 10th May, BPost. I'm delighted so many people have signed up for this, and that it's so international. Happy Reading everyone!

Journal Entry 6 by WistfulDragon from Streatham, Greater London United Kingdom on Sunday, May 15, 2005
Thank you for the book - and the yummy chocolate! As there are four humans in the house, and the cat member of the family turns her nose up at chocolate, the puzzle of how to divide six pieces by four people was solved rather niftily by only two being present when the parcel was opened *g*.
(Of course the others will now read this journal entry - but too late, the chocolate is gone! Mwahahahaha!)
I love this book, and I'm sure Tiggerlily and Dragonet #2 will as well. Getting them to journal it will be more of a struggle, so despite their living in the same abode, it may be best to regard the book as being passed on by post, at least with regards to timescale.
Our feline companion is Jetta, a five year old tabby with white chest, tummy and paws. Just over a year ago she turned up in our road and persuaded the youngest Dragonet that she needed a home - and none of us have looked back since. It is true that there is the perfect cat for every family, and she is certainly ours.

Journal Entry 7 by nice-cup-of-tea from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Monday, July 18, 2005
Apologies everyone, the calculating cat is so calculating that it's currently hiding, but we're searching furiously for it :-) Helen /ncot

Journal Entry 8 by WistfulDragon from Streatham, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, July 25, 2005
'New' book now acquired, will be on its way after payday. Sorry for the delay!

Journal Entry 9 by Vespa from Weymouth, Dorset United Kingdom on Monday, August 08, 2005
Arrived safely this morning. I wasn't intending to read it immediately as I'm in the middle of another large tome, however I kept picking it up during the day and reading another page or two, so it might get read before I finish the big book

Journal Entry 10 by Vespa from Weymouth, Dorset United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Very amusing ....most definitely much of it applies to my cat!
Just waiting for Winterson's address and it will be on it's way.

Journal Entry 11 by Winterson from Peacehaven, East Sussex United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Read this one straight away... well, after my better half had read it. Sweet funny little book that seemed to have my cats summed up nicely. Will wait til we've both read the other one before sending off.

Journal Entry 12 by parsleyraisin from Brighton & Hove, East Sussex United Kingdom on Friday, October 07, 2005
Received from Winterson - can't wait to read it...

Journal Entry 13 by parsleyraisin from Brighton & Hove, East Sussex United Kingdom on Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Lovely little book.

On it's way now to Caro1.

Journal Entry 14 by Caro1 from Newark On Trent, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Friday, October 28, 2005
Jester

Arrived this morning. Looks like a fun read, so I have a feeling it will be leapfrogging the TBR pile.

Journal Entry 15 by Caro1 from Newark On Trent, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Sunday, October 30, 2005
...told you so!
An entertaining read!


More cat humour -
Why You Should Suspect Your Cat Has Your Email Password

Journal Entry 16 by laura0141 from Glasgow, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, November 07, 2005
Received this morning. Mt TBR 5.

Journal Entry 17 by laura0141 from Glasgow, Scotland United Kingdom on Wednesday, November 23, 2005
This is a lovely, amusing book - it's just a pity the type's so small that it's hard to read.


PMing scottishhoosier for addy.

Journal Entry 18 by laura0141 from Glasgow, Scotland United Kingdom on Wednesday, November 23, 2005
On way to ScottishHoosier

Journal Entry 19 by ScottishHoosier on Friday, December 02, 2005
Came with the post - looking forward to it. Surprise, surprise - there are two books! I'm finishing Flowers for Algernon for another ray, so will start these as soon as.

Thank you to nice-cup-of-tea for sharing, and laura0141 for mailing them. Have a great weekend everyone!

Journal Entry 20 by ScottishHoosier on Friday, December 09, 2005
Witty, clever, funny...will be starting the sequel now!

Journal Entry 21 by ScottishHoosier on Monday, December 19, 2005
Going to the post office this morning....

Merry Christmas!

Journal Entry 22 by GlitterLover from Leyland, Lancashire United Kingdom on Saturday, January 21, 2006
received (a few weeks ago actually - oops!) complete with great laminated cat bookmarks - well Ok the cat hasn't actually been laminated - oh you knwo what I mean. Thanks - looking forward to a fun read.

Journal Entry 23 by GlitterLover from Leyland, Lancashire United Kingdom on Monday, April 24, 2006
Great fun! Even though it is dated it is so acutely accurate and funny. I loved the cartoons.
A really enjoyable read.
Love the bookmark too nice-cup-of-tea. Very fetching cat there.
Very sorry for the delay. I have been remiss with my bookcrossing lately. [grovel grovel]

Journal Entry 24 by coolboxuk from Chertsey, Surrey United Kingdom on Monday, May 01, 2006
Received today and looking forward to reading it!!!

Journal Entry 25 by coolboxuk from Chertsey, Surrey United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 09, 2006
I had this book and the sequel as part of the ring, and they are really quick reads, since there are more pictures than text...
I must say that I was essentially disappointed, probably due to too high expectations based on another book of the same genre, i.e. the relationship between cat and man as seen by the cat...
Although quite readable, I didn't find the wit in this book as brilliant as expected, and thought that the drawings seemed sometimes rather unrelated to the text, although some of them were rather cute.
Sorry I haven't got anything more positive to offer on these...

Journal Entry 26 by dutch-flybabe from Ede, Gelderland Netherlands on Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Oow goodies! Just when I needed a light small book to read in the bathtub here it is :-D I'm going to start reading it today or tomorrow. Thanks for mailing the book coolboxuk!
This picture is of our cat Sully, ain't he cute ?!

Journal Entry 27 by dutch-flybabe from Ede, Gelderland Netherlands on Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Neat little book. I read it in the bathtub today.

Journal Entry 28 by SiteBuilder from Ede, Gelderland Netherlands on Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Hilarious!

Released 12 yrs ago (6/7/2006 UTC) at A mailbox near my home in Ede, Gelderland, Netherlands -- Controlled Releases

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Mailed this book to mysteryfan03 yesterday. Happy reading!

Journal Entry 30 by mysteryfan03 from Moberly, Missouri USA on Thursday, June 15, 2006
Hi everyone! Lots of familiar names here! I got this in the mail today with a wonderful postcard from dutch-flybaby! The bookmarks are nice and still with the books, nice-cup-of-tea! Dutch-flybaby warned me not to let my cats near this book, so I am going to hide it well. I will read these when I finish the book I am in right now. (which should not be long as Mrfan03 has leg surgery tomorrow and it will be a llllooonnnngggg day! But, lots of reading to do! Thanks

Journal Entry 31 by mysteryfan03 from Moberly, Missouri USA on Tuesday, June 20, 2006
This book had some very cute jokes, but it could get boring at times, also. It was a fast, funny read overall. Mrfan03 read it before surgery as we had a 3 hour wait! Thanks for sharing this!

Journal Entry 32 by babykittysmama from Redondo Beach, California USA on Saturday, July 29, 2006
Thank you for sharing this with me. Lucky Cat didn't find some parts humorous, but I found the quick read quite enjoyable.

Journal Entry 33 by babykittysmama from Redondo Beach, California USA on Sunday, August 27, 2006
I've not heard from DB, so I will send these to nicole when I get her address.

Journal Entry 34 by nicole4 from Chicago, Illinois USA on Thursday, September 14, 2006
Looks entertaining!

Journal Entry 35 by nicole4 from Chicago, Illinois USA on Friday, October 20, 2006
Cute! Quick fun read...kept it at my desk at work to read bits here and there. Thanks!!

Sending to Lpree today!

Journal Entry 36 by Lpree from Omaha, Nebraska USA on Monday, October 23, 2006
This arrived in today's mail, along with "The Calculating Cat Returns". These look like great books, so I'm looking forward to reading them. I have one book I'm starting on now, and then will read these two.


Journal Entry 37 by Lpree from Omaha, Nebraska USA on Monday, November 20, 2006
A cute little book with funny cartoons. It was certainly a quick read and lots of fun. Thanks for sharing it!

I have already PMd the next person in line and will get this mailed out soon.

Journal Entry 38 by wingerishkigalwing from Salt Lake City, Utah USA on Wednesday, February 07, 2007
What a loverly surprise--this has been such awhile I'd totally forgotten about it! Any who, both books arrived just now (i'm sitting home waiting for a repairman--ugh), and look like a fun quick read. My calculating cat is sitting right here staring at birdies he wishes I'd let him out to disfeather...my other cat's ascaredy-cat.

Journal Entry 39 by wingerishkigalwing from Salt Lake City, Utah USA on Monday, June 11, 2007
this was a very bad winter for me; I've had this forever, and nice-cup-of-tea was both understanding and sweet. Thank you, "cuppa"! I'm traveling home, for a few short weeks, to a few of my favorite people and places, and have brought this along to post. Finally got to a PO and this enjoyable little kitty is now flying to elprice. Which, unfortunately does mean they are now separated; my first priority on my return will be to search for the "Return" and hopefully catch it up before this moves on. To those behind me, I do apologize. Thank you for sending this delight on a ring, nice-cup-of-tea, and I do apologize again for making (being) such a muddle.

Journal Entry 40 by elprice from Ocala, Florida USA on Thursday, June 14, 2007
I kind of glanced through the book, but since my brain is full of wedding plans (I get married in two weeks!) I'm finding it hard to concentrate on anything else. I'll pass it on as soon as I receive the next person's address.

Journal Entry 41 by hunnyb from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, June 24, 2007
Received today - perfect timing (because I finish exams tomorrow!) Looking forward to curling up with my calculating cat and reading it. Thanks all :)

Journal Entry 42 by hunnyb from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Friday, June 29, 2007
So beautiful! My cat is very calculating indeed, just like the cats described in the book. Her reason for living seems to be "I want to be inside" when she's outside, and "I want to be outside" when she's inside. Thanks for sharing this, it was great.

Journal Entry 43 by WistfulDragon from Streatham, Greater London United Kingdom on Sunday, November 09, 2008
Guess what? The original book has turned up at last, in my daughters' bedroom! It is slightly the worse for wear, but still eminently readable, so shall be released at some point to find further readers....hope this doesn't cause too much confusion!!!

Journal Entry 44 by WistfulDragon at Camel & Artichoke in Waterloo, Greater London United Kingdom on Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Released 10 yrs ago (11/11/2008 UTC) at Camel & Artichoke in Waterloo, Greater London United Kingdom

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Dear Finder of this book,

I'm so glad it has found a home with you. I hope you enjoy reading it and that you might take a few moments to jot down here what you thought about the book, or about finding it, or about bookcrossing.

You don't have to join or sign up to bookcrossing to leave a comment here but if you do join, you will receive emails to alert you when others make a journal entry for this book and track its travels across the world. If you decide to join bookcrossing, now that you have discovered the site, I'd be delighted if you would mention me - WistfulDragon - as the person who introduced you to the site.

Happy reading

WistfulDragon

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