How to Spoil a Cat – Books Review
How to spoil a cat is the question that has preoccupied many people. Staying ahead of the game as it were, is said to be a matter of good sense, while the opponents believe that such “gameiness” or “surprising” attitude is not only unprofessional but also unbecoming for a pet cat. Both sides have reasons for their view. To the one side are people like Dr. ethyl via his novel “How to spoil a Cat”, Mr. R. C. Macalus, my personal veterinarian in Toledo, Ohio and Mr. W. C. Tamsen, an English visitor to Egypt who is the author of “The Egyptians”. To the other side are feline fans like me, Mr. James Grant, Mr. Henry Barington, Mr. David Thomas, Mrs. Virginia Collie and Mr. Richard Taylor, all from Somerset, England.
Staying on the dark side is said to be the action of those who like to play with light. Myself being one of those who likes to play with light, so when I heard of “How to spoil a cat”, it tickled my fancy because, let’s face it, cats are just my kind of animal friends. Mr. R. C. Macalus who is the author of the same book as Dr. ethyl’s book, said in a later interview with Life’s Easy that he had first thought of “straw hat tricks” when he wrote the novel. That got him thinking of how animals would respond to a surprise party for example, especially cats. When he wrote the scene with Ravan, the dog, he thought of Ravan shaking a leg at the astonished guest and hoped that the dog would start giving him that look again one day, but instead the dog simply sat bolt upright.
When I read the two books, “How to spoil a cat” and “The Secrets of St. tracker Rabbit” by Robin Cook and Mrs. Hawkin, I was really struck by their beautiful writing style and the way they made me feel as if I was part of their loving family. Both books made me feel like my cat was actually part of the family, not just a pet. The description of Ravan’s behavior toward his master’s daughter, Isabella, was priceless. He seems to be jealous of her wealth, Isabella’s beauty, and her socialite ways (much like her mother, Mrs. Hawkin). The same can be said for the treatment Robin Cook gave to Mrs. Davis, the poor, neglected housekeeper who was willing to clean the kitchen for her husband, Arthur, while keeping herself relatively clean herself.
Both books make me think about the many cat owners out there and how difficult it can be to take care of them. So much time is taken up caring for them, providing food, litter boxes, and other necessary supplies, as well as many treats and rewards for good behavior. As I mentioned earlier, both books make me think of how spoils a cat can be. If you read the descriptions of Ravan and Cook’s characters, both seem like they would be quite happy to spoil a cat, and in both cases, they are not afraid to do so. However, at times, they are a little bit too eager to spoil the cat and give it everything it wants.
In “How to Spoil a Cat”, Cook seems like he does not love his cat at all, whereas in “The Princess and the Pea”, Ravan seems to truly love his cat. The difference is obvious between these books, as neither cat feels as loved as the other. But which is true?
In the end, I suppose it depends on your perspective. While some people think that Ravan and Cook’s books are cruel and mean, others find the cat’s treatment in both books to be completely justified. Personally, I do not think they are mean to spoil a cat, but rather, I think they are being kind and considerate. As they say, “A good book is a good book”. And in the case of How to Spoil a Cat, I think the authors did a great job in telling their story and making it entertaining.