The premise of the book is that, in spite of some scientists claiming that cats simply befriend us because it helps them get food and shelter, cats really do love us. This is followed by 49 illustrated pages depicting humorous ways cats show their affection for humans.
The book is written by Jeff Parks, a freelance writer and editor, and Nina Brissey, who acts, directs, writes, and more. Not surprisingly, the book is dedicated to their cats, whom they credit with inspiring the project.
Interestingly, Parks didn’t become a cat person until he was in his 30s, according to Community Cats Podcast. According to the same source, at the same time, he became intrigued by the ways cats show their affection:
“Finding mostly scientific answers, he began using his comedy background to come up with funny ways cats show their love that wouldn’t be found in any official studies. Soon, he decided to pursue the idea as an illustrated book and began working with a co-writer and illustrator,” states the site, which also notes that Parks wanted to look beyond the typical stereotypes of cats being aloof when writing the book.”
I was hooked after the very first reason, which is shown below, and made me laugh out loud since I have had cats all my life and pretty much none of them have ever been able to handle the idea of a closed door, no matter what the reason:
As you can see, the illustrations, which are by Mark Sean Wilson, an award winning contributor to The New Yorker, are full of clever details.
There are also many more cat behaviors and situations described in the book that cat lovers can identify with, including the difficulty of giving oral medication, their love of boxes, and showing up for work in clothes covered in cat fur. In fact, while I read through the first ten pages or so, I thought of about six people I could give a copy of the book to as a gift because I knew they could also totally relate to what I was reading. And the cost is under $10, so it’s definitely going on my list of gifts for birthdays and holidays.
Finally, true to Parks’ goal of looking beyond the aloofness stereotype, there are plenty of touching reminders of how special the relationship between the feline and human can truly be.
For an interview with Parks at Community Cats Podcast, click here: https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/episode-337-jeff-parks/
For more about the book, you can visit: https://www.facebook.com/You-Know-Your-Cat-Loves-You-Because-448559955735845/