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Meow Wow
Curiously Compelling Facts, True Tales, & Trivia Even Your Cat Won’t Know

Marty Becker, D.V.M. and
Gina Spadafori
Illustrations by Molly Pearce

This wonderful book was a gift from our good friend Ellen over at 15 and Meowing and we loved it!! It’s a book that is full of fun facts about us felines – some things we knew and some things we didn’t. The illustrations are quite adorable as well. Here is a sampling of the interesting stuff we read:

*Cats aren’t native to the continental United States. Because cats have always been prized on ships for their hunting abilities, it’s assumed cats came here about the same time all the other Europeans did, hopping off the boats and making themselves thoroughly and successfully at home.  Pg 26 (Boy, ain’t that the truth!!)SCAN0001

*Your cats just consider you a giant cat . . . or heating pad, if you prefer.  Pg 92 (’specially on cold nights!!)

*The British Government for many years kept cats “on the payroll” to help keep buildings free of rodents. The most famous of these cats have lived at 10 Downing Street, the traditional residence of the prime minister. Pg 120 

*Cats have more than thirty muscles around each ear to allow them to point the pinna (the visible part of the ear) in the direction of whatever sound they’re trying to pick up. The ears can move independently of each other. And, of course, cats have exceptional hearing. All of this means you cat can hear you just fine—she’s just ignoring you. Pg 153 (What? Am I listening to you? Not if I have to!)


*The term “Cat’s Pajamas” comes from an English tailor of the late 1700s and early 1800s who made the finest silk pajamas for royalty and other rich patrons. His name was E. B. Katz. (Well, isn’t that just the bee’s knees!)SCAN0003

Rating 4 out of 5 paws

Reviewer: jack-locJack