Cover Image: My Life in the Cat House

My Life in the Cat House

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date:

Member Reviews

I can relate to living with cats. My mother in law had 11 cats so yes. It can get overwhelming.  This was adorable little read. Definitely recommend to all the cat lovers out there.
Was this review helpful?
Oh, the joy I felt while reading this book. Was I not prohibited by my boyfriend to have more than one cat in the house (truth be told, it is his), I would definitely be living with a lot more feline friends than would be considered normal. So I lived the dream through Gwen Cooper's memories of her five adorable cats, some of which have hopefully gone to Heaven. The happy moments, the mischief, the pranks her cats did on her ex-boyfriend, and even some of the sad moments were all very amusing to read about. The most memorable was the last peeing accident one of her cats had. It made me laugh while ugly crying about the short, never-enough time these wonderful creatures share with us. And while I could identify a lot of mistakes Gwen did as a cat owner, which got her into situations like cats waking her up at ungodly-hours for food, I put judgement aside and appreciated her actions as what they were - a tremendously big love.
Was this review helpful?
Congratulations!  Your review for My Life In A Cat House,
captioned below, has been published.  Visit
<> to view your
published review.

Please share your review via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest,
Instagram and other social media venues. Include the #FFreview
hashtag or @FreshFiction in your posts.

Thank you for your review! It's great to have you as part of the
Fresh Fiction team!
Was this review helpful?
It was both funny and poignant. I'm a dog person, but loved the way the author portrayed her bond with her cats in all stories. Pet lovers will definitely enjoy the book.
Was this review helpful?
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.
Was this review helpful?
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.
Was this review helpful?
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 !
Was this review helpful?
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.
Was this review helpful?
"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.
Was this review helpful?
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.
Was this review helpful?
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!!
Was this review helpful?
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.
Was this review helpful?
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
Was this review helpful?
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!
Was this review helpful?
<I>I Choo Choo Choose You</I> and <I>Stop Trying to Make Fetch Happen </I> 

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.</spoiler>

<i>Picasso of Pee</i> and <I>Cat Lovers Don't Read Books</I>
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 <I>Homer's Odyssey</I>. I love that blind little boy!

<I>THEM! A Story in Five Parts</I> and <I>Cat Carrier Tango</I>
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!

<I>Fanny Trouble</I> and <I>The Worm Has Turned</I>
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.
Was this review helpful?
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.
Was this review helpful?
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!
Was this review helpful?
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.
Was this review helpful?
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.
Was this review helpful?
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...
Was this review helpful?