My Life in the Cat House

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I am a self proclaimed crazy cat lady. I laughed so hard during this book and so often related to the experience that were described! Everything from Pandy being so overweight she couldn’t clean her bum properly (My first cat Macy had this same problem) to calling Fanny ‘the creature’ (We call our youngest Figgy the beast). Even the story of the tussle between Homer and Scarlett resonated. The author has a true gift for story telling and what better subject that sweet kitties?!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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I simply can’t imagine what life is like without cats. Everywhere I’ve gone, there they are, and even if I think they’re following me, I’m actually the one drawn to them. So reading Gwen Cooper’s stories about each of her cats definitely left a feeling of warm and fuzzy as I turned the pages. I felt as though they were my own and by the end of each chapter, I had fallen head over heels for every one. As someone who watches kitty videos all day, I could appreciate reading about Scarlett, Vashti, Homer, Clayton, and Fanny. Some of their feline adventures reminded me of my own kitty, who unfortunately passed recently.

Having already read Love Saves the Day, I knew I had to read this book. Cooper has a way with words, describing moments of hilarity and sadness with equal importance. At the end of the day, your cat is your family, and every moment with them is just as precious as they are.

As an aside, thank you Gwen Cooper for persevering and writing about cats in a world where publishers actually thought people wouldn’t want to read about them!

Would recommend this not just for cat lovers, but for anyone who has a pet or is considering adding one to their household. I’m sure you’ll find a lesson or two in the book as well.


I received a copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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This is pure "Catnip" for cat lovers ! I loved this adorable book of a group of individual stories about different cats and their owners.  I have read the owners previous books about Homer her blind cat who captured our hearts and her following books that are all enjoyable and the "purrfect" reading for cat loves. The owner tells the stories here through each cats voice so deftly and with love that you will cry, laugh and want to start the stories over again when you are done. Its a delightful read by one of our beloved writers of cats. 

This is so wonderful. Thank you to the publisher, to Net Galley and to the author for the opportunity.. I highly recommend this book for all of us that love cats, that are owned by our cats and that are delighted to know the work of such a wonderful author that loves cats as we do.  Meowtastic !
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The reason why I choose to receive a free digital copy of this book was because I love cats. I could relate to some of Gwen’s cat’s antics, they behaved almost exactly as my cats from my childhood. Cooper invites the reader into her life, including her ex-boyfriends, friends, and her husband. She shares a bit of her everyday life and struggles living with cats, something that every cat owner can relate to. This quickly got to be very repetitive and some chapters seemed to focus more upon Cooper and her relationships and family dynamics as opposed to the cats. My Life in a Cat House is something to be read one chapter at a time in multiple settings instead of a complete read-through all at once.
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"My Life in the Cat House" is the purr-fect book for cat lovers! The author shares personal anecdotes about living with a variety of special needs kitties, and the quirks that they each have. I smiled while reading this book, and had to hug my kitty a little tighter!

Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC. All opinions are my own.
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This was a lot of fun. A lot of humor and a lot of obvious love for the fur babies. I do need to warn you there is some sadness in this book. The author gives us several stories about her crazy cats. Clayton, the 3 1/2 leg cat was my favorite. Homer, the blind kitty, was a close second. If you have or have ever had felines then you will probably enjoy this book. You will definitely laugh and you will probably cry a time or two also.  This is a very well written and heartfelt book.
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Excellent, funny, and entertaining. You don't have to love cats to enjoy this. I can't compare this to Homer since it's been so long since I read that, but this is good. Cat lovers will enjoy this the most I'm sure. 

I really appreciate the review copy!!
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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.
I enjoyed "Homer" so I knew this book would not disappoint. These stories about Gwen Cooper's other cats, as well as a chapter on Homer, will be enjoyed by any animal lover. Each of her cats have such unique and different personalities so no 2 chapters are remotely alike.
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A wonderful book full of delightful cat stories.  Sometimes cats are adorable and sometimes they are jerks.  Anyone who has spent even 5 minutes with a cat knows this.  My Life in the Cat House takes us readers through the life and spells of a few cats, their different personalities and their owners.  As a cat owner, myself, I could see a lot of all-too-real scenarios.  

God bless cat people.

4/5 Stars
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My Life in the Cat House by Gwen Cooper is a delightful collection of stories about her life with her cats. As a cat lover (I currently parent seven wonderful cats!) I found myself laughing out loud as I read the stories, often reading selections aloud to my husband for him to enjoy as well.  If you are a cat lover, or just enjoy a good animal story, you will absolutely love this book!
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I Choo Choo Choose You and Stop Trying to Make Fetch Happen  

I loved both these stories.  It's so cute when the kitten Scarlett in the first story thinks she's being left by her owner, and starts crying like she's getting killed. I have a kitten who cries like that on car rides.  In the second story, I love the three legged cat who likes to play fetch. I have a cat who also loves to play fetch - he's the same one who sounds like he's being murdered when we take a car ride.

Picasso of Pee and Cat Lovers Don't Read Books
I loved the story of Vishti who would pee on anything of someone else's that she didn't like or had a grudge against. I know cats do that kind of thing and it cracks me up. I also loved hearing more about Homer and his rise to fame as the cat in Homer's Odyssey. I love that blind little boy!

THEM! A Story in Five Parts and Cat Carrier Tango
I loved the story about the attack of the moths, and could just see Fanny running around with her tail stuck in a moth trap! That was hilarious reading.  For the second story in this little block, I myself have taken three kittens to the vet at once, and two cats to the vet at once, but luckily I had my own transportation so didn't have to deal with cabs in an accident, downpours, or gypsy cabs. What a day!

Fanny Trouble and The Worm Has Turned
I loved both these stories. The first story was mostly about her cat Franny and how she discovered the manna of dry cat food (which according to the author is a contributing factor to feline diabetes) and succeeded in then moving her feeding times earlier and earlier. The second story was mostly about Homer and how he lost both his favorite toy and the neutralizing cat (Vashti) between him and Scarlett. The author talks about breaking up a cat fight and getting bitten in the process.

If you like cats, then I really think you'll like this book.
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Princess Fuzzypants here:  Many of you, like me, are fans of Gwen Cooper’s books.  We have laughed and cried as we read the stories of the remarkable blind cat, Homer.  He was one of a kind and thanks to him many cats who might have been thought unadoptable found forever homes.  He also helped build the juggernaut that is kitties on social media.
You will not be disappointed in this cat-ography of Homer and his three sisters and one brother.  From the aloof Scarlet to the ravishing Vashti to the irrepressible Clayton and his super smart sister Fanny, you will enjoy the stories of the trials and their triumphs.  They will earn a justified place in your hearts.
Gwen acts as their scribe, not unlike what Momma does for me.  She reports their adventures not just from her limited human perspective but from their superior feline one.  Each one was unique, as we all are and each one has a lesson to teach.
As we are coming up to the gift giving season, I can think of no better gift than a copy of this book for the cat lover on your list.  It is well worth five purrs and two paws up.
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I loved her story about her cat Homer and just knew I'd enjoy this one, too!  I've only had cats for 19 years and can not imagine life without them. I've never felt like I "owned" them. They were all strays that came to me and I took them in- 4 in all.  I lost 3 due to age and illness over time and currently only have one.  But never tire of him or of reading about other cats! I enjoyed her book about Homer a bit more than this one, but I did like reading about her cats when my cat was napping and I was just settled in for short read. I think other cat lovers will enjoy this book. Might make a nice gift for one, too!
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TY #netgalley for a copy of this ebook to review. Being given this free copy, does not effect my review in any way.

Do you love cats? Do you love books? 

If you answered yes, this is a book for you.

Short stories about different cats and their lives, a lot of times books are mentioned. 

It’s hard not to fall in love with the cats and the owner in these stories, they may even remind you of yourself and your cats/cats.
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Cat lovers rejoice! Here's a book that highlights the complex and sometimes even complicated relationships between a feline family and the human who loves them. It's sure to be a smiles and maybe some tears as well to readers whether they are cat fans or not.

Consisting of a series of short narratives about the feline family of author Gwen Cooper, this book delves into the relationships between humans and cats in a totally unique way. Five furry friends teach Gwen all about love, loyalty, expectations vs reality, overcoming challenges and much more. She tells of her adventures with the cats in a mostly lighthearted way (with even a bit of sarcasm and snark thrown in where appropriate) that readers will find charming. By the last page, if you're a cat owner, you'll want to go give your pet a snuggle, and if your not, you may consider becoming one so you too can experience the joys of cat-parenting.

I'm not a cat owner; I don't think my dog would appreciate sharing her territory. Yet, I still enjoyed this book. The stories were entertaining, and I really felt like I got a good grasp of the personalities of both the humans and cats interspersed throughout. I found myself smiling at silly cat antics and tearing up while reading about both human and cat grief. Overall, these stories were well-written and a joy to read. 

My only criticism, and it's more an observation I think, is that a couple of the stories in this book seemed to be making mountains out of molehills. What I mean is that simple instances or series of instances were stretched into an entire story when a few simple paragraphs would have sufficed for the telling. 

Bottom line: If you've read Homer's Odyssey, you'll be happy to know that Homer features in this collection as well. Even if you haven't, this is a quick solid set of cat tales and is a delight to read.
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Frankly, I have not read Gwen Cooper`s bestseller "Homer`s Odyssey" before - I was simply intrigued by the subject. As a cat lover (not owner); I loved the stories about the five cats she has owned in her life. At times things got just a little bit confusing as the stories were not told chronologically so that cats that have already passed on came back to life.
But you got a great grasp about the personalities of her furry pets and how they enriched her life. And - most important - Cooper has a great way with words, some great similes made me smile.
Very much recommended for cat lovers...
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Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for allowing me to read an Advance Copy of this work.

I should admit, up front, my bias. Like author Gwen Cooper, I, too, live in a cat house – surrounded by, sustained by, enriched by, and in perpetual serfdom to a feline host. In my shopping and reading life I’ve always lamented that there seem to be more “dog people” than “cat people,” so Cooper’s book happily helps tilt the balance a bit. With excellent humor and tone she relates scenes that any cat lover can relate to: how cats know us as individuals, how we experience the joy of spoiling them in their short lives, how they coopt our possessions for their own use and see our sick in bed days as the “first step toward a permanent embrace of their lifestyle.” Twice the work made me cry for days I’ve not yet had to face with my own fur babies – but many times it made me laugh or reach out to a fellow cat lover and say, “Listen to this!” Especially pleasing is Cooper’s pushback against the “crazy cat lady” stereotype. She writes, “In my world—being in daily contact with any number of people who work in animal rescue—it almost isn’t even worth noting how many cats a person has until the number gets into double digits. And even then, so long as that number doesn’t climb much above a baker’s dozen, and you live in a home sufficiently large to give everyone their space, you’re probably okay.” I related to the cunning way her cats had pushed their feeding times back and back and back and her mixed feelings about simultaneously wanting to indulge her cats’ natural hunting instincts – but not wanting to endanger songbirds. Most of all, I wished I had her life as a stay at home cat mom and writer. I suppose I’ll have to settle for sharing this book with all of the cat lovers I know… and giving my cats a few extra treats tonight!
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This book is a must read for cat lovers!. You can tell the author loves her cats and they have her well trained to their ways. Anyone who has ever been owned by a cat will love this book! This book would make a wonderful gift for the cat lover on your list. Thank you BenBella Books for the ARC copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
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As a big cat lover myself I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I liked this writing and thought that the stories within made for a very enjoyable read. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that is considering reading it!

Thank you Netgalley for allowing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
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This book is one that any cat lover will enjoy!  I loved the stories, but wish there were more!  I have read the author's previous books about her cats and have enjoyed each one!  I cannot wait for her next book!
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