Under the Paw: Confessions of a Cat Man

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Simon & Schuster UK, Nov 10, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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Everyone knows about Mad Cat Woman. She is the childless lady who lets her cat obsession take over her life. The phenomenon of Mad Cat Man is less widely reported, but I admit it: my name is Tom and I am crazy about cats.' For years, Tom Cox might have seemed like a regular, hard-living sort of bloke - a lover of late nights, rock music and beer - but he had a dark furry secret. Tom was a cat lover. Always had been, in fact. For a while, he kept his passion in check, but there was only so long he could postpone his true dream, especially after he met Dee, his moggy-loving soulmate. In 2001, Tom left London and his job as a rock critic behind, and he and Dee, replete with Dee's cat Janet and three new kittens, moved to a remote part of Norfolk, a county where they knew not one living human soul. They thought it would be easy. They thought their cat madness had reached its limit. They were very wrong on both counts. In Under The Paw, Tom records the chaos of owning seven of the most charismatic, idiotic and duplicitous cats in the country. How exactly does a person go from living a fancy-free young metropolitan life to suddenly thinking it is normal to be on 24-hour call for multiple sets of whiskers? What are the essential rules of disposing of a dead pheasant? How do you learn to love your wife's ex's favourite pet? Tom addresses all these issues and much more, encountering death, depression, flying fur and the first human sentence spoken by a feline along the way. Running through all the maelstrom is the heartbreaking story of his long and chequered relationship with The Bear, his oldest cat: a "painfully sensitive" survivor moggy who may or may not be an evil genius.

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Review: Under the Paw: Confessions of a Cat Man

User Review  - Kirsti - Goodreads

A fun, well written book about Tom and the way cats have shaped his life. I love the funny, upbeat tone to most of the stories. The imagery in the writing is incredibly good, and I laughed a lot. Most ... Read full review

Review: Under the Paw: Confessions of a Cat Man

User Review  - Evangeline - Goodreads

Wow I wish I could indulge myself with publishing my cat memoirs and actually have people read and enjoy it! Mine would have to include rabbits too though, as I'm just as obsessed with my bunnies! I ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Tom Cox's writing has appeared in the Sunday Times, Observer, Mail on Sunday, Guardian and Independent. He lives in Norfolk. www.tom-cox.com

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