Cat People by Michael Korda

By Michael Korda

With attribute wit, self–effacing appeal and sheer, exuberant love of a superb cat tale, long island instances bestselling writer Michael Korda and his spouse Margaret Korda recount their lives as "cat people," starting with Margaret's ardour for cats (and Michael's reluctant mid–life transformation right into a cat person), and introducing readers to a hilarious collection of individuals whose existence revolves––often to a unprecedented degree––around their cat, or cats, from Cleopatra a transatlantic vacationer who came across happiness in Paris to Wally, the epitome of pussycat dignity.

listed here are those that simply cannot say no to a different cat, who "world–travel" with their cat, who construct their social existence round their cats––and after all the cats themselves, for the Kordas have fun the beguiling energy of cats, together with a lot of their very own, who've complemented, advanced and altered their lives jointly through the years. listed below are fascinating, usually hilarious and occasionally unhappy graphics of such cats as Margaret's liked Irving, whose favourite homestead was once the Beverly Wilshire lodge, and Mumsie, who arrived by surprise on the door together with her kittens, and distinctive cats like Jake and the light Chutney, in addition to "difficult" cats like Chui and bad Mrs. Bumble, and Mr. McT., the bully who came across love past due in lifestyles. listed here are swish cats and cats like Kit–Kat that by no means glance ahead of they bounce, in brief, numerous cats the reader won't ever overlook, even people with many cats in their own.

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Cats, after all, deeply prize their dignity, so being dressed up as a chick, or a frog, or a high-school cheerleader, seems unlikely to bring much in the way of pleasure to a cat, nor do cats have much of a sense of humor, at least about themselves. Of course clothes for cats are not a more improbable idea than some of the things listed for cat lovers in the upmarket, but relatively sane, Hammacher-Schlemmer catalog. How about a “cat stroller,” so you can push your 36 CAT PE OPLE cat out for a healthy fresh-air stroll, like a baby in a pram, with half the stroller made of mesh and the other half of striped fabric, in case the cat wants privacy?

There were just a few little problems, but nothing we couldn’t learn to live with. These were, it turned out, that the cat was not a kitten, not a male, that it was full grown, that it had a suspicious large lump in the belly that might be a hernia or a tumor, and that it was missing one foot. Missing one foot? This was not the result of an accident, it turned out; the cat had been born with a deformed left front leg, shaped rather like a miniature seal’s flipper, with a useless paw at one end.

Or perhaps it was just that he was used to traveling first class on airplanes, and being fussed over by flight attendants, rather than being chucked onto the backseat of a car, together with his box and a litter tray, and regarded it as a distinct comedown in the world, having traveled to the Okeefenokee Swamp by train in a private sleeping compartment and stayed in a suite at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. In those easygoing days, airlines accommodated easily to cats, at any rate in first class, and Irving flew the skies with his own litter tray, dinner dish, and water bowl, back when airplanes had piano bars, and Braniff stews wore miniskirts and patent leather boots designed by Courrèges.

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