Book Review: The Cat’s Out of the Bag – Truth and Lies About Cats

Hi everyone,

Today we are looking at the book The Cat’s Out of the Bag: Truth and Lies About Cats by Max Cryer. (See Cover below! Don’t you just love the little cats?)

the cat's out of the bag

We cannot get enough of cats: from ancient times they have occupied a special place in many different cultures around the world. They have also generated a fascinating array of words, expressions and observations, as well as poems, books, movies, cartoons and artworks. In this witty and entertaining book, Max Cryer celebrates cats and all they have given to us. He describes the many words and expressions they have inspired, from ‘catnip’ and ‘catwalk’ to ‘the cat’s whiskers’ and ‘raining cats and dogs’, as well as famous cat characters like Garfield, Felix the Cat, The Cat in the Hat and Puss in Boots, songs as varied as ‘What’s New Pussycat?’ and ‘The Cats’ Duet’, and poems like ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ and ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’. The cats owned by famous celebrities are described, from Elizabeth Taylor’s ‘Jeepers Creepers’ to Dr Johnson’s ‘Hodge’. In other chapters he explores cats’ attributes, the strength of their night vision and sense of smell, their sleep requirements, life expectancy and much more. Surprising facts – and spurious fictions – can be found on almost every page.
Everything you ever wanted to know about cats can be enjoyed in this magnificent compendium of a book. It is a delight from beginning to end to be read with one on your lap.

Over-all verdict?

This book is just astonishing! The author spent a tremendous amount of time to collect facts about our cats. From fun facts about celebrity cats such as Garfield to educative information you will find it all! The last paragraph of the publisher’s website pretty much sums it up for us! This book truly includes everything you ever wanted to know about cats. 😀

Just some examples of the books content below:

  • Cat – ever wondered how to say this in other languages? You will find out in this book. 😀
  • Did you know that there is a floating cat shelter on this planet? Can you guess where? 😉
  • Indoor only cats in Switzerland MUST have a companion cat by LAW (I had no idea until reading this book!)

So all in all a book well worth a read! 🙂

If you would like to get the book yourself it is available from:

Paperback directly from the Publisher here for the UK and here for New Zealand.
Amazon UK by clicking here.
Amazon US by clicking here or through Barnes & Nobles here.
Amazon DE by clicking here.

More about the author:

Max Cryer is a well-known writer, broadcaster and entertainer. In a long career, he has been a schoolteacher, a compere and television host, as well as a performer on the opera stage in London and in cabaret in Las Vegas and Hollywood. Now a full-time writer living in Auckland, he has written many books, including ‘Every Dog Has Its Day’, ‘Who Said That First?’, ‘Love Me Tender’, ‘The Godzone Dictionary’, ‘Preposterous Proverbs’ and ‘Curious English Words and Phrases’.

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19 thoughts on “Book Review: The Cat’s Out of the Bag – Truth and Lies About Cats

  1. Melinda de los Santos says:

    Sounds good! (Presently I’m reading “How to Paint a Cat” by Rebecca M. Hale.) ‘Look forward to reading that one. Maybe he can give me some insight. A lot of times Joey comes up to me to meow something that’s on his mind, and I know it has nothing to do with food, pain or illness, etc. But he wants to tell me things that I just sometimes wish I’d new. Ah … the answer to that might be a pet video camera! 🙂

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