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Books 11-12 : Under the Paw and Talk to the Tail by Tom Cox

Book 11: Under the Paw: Confessions of a Cat Man (Moggy Trilogy #1).
Author: Tom Cox, 2008.
Genre: Memoir. Animals Behaviour. Cats.
Other Details: Unabridged Audiobook (6 hrs, 34 mins) Read by Mark Meadows.

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. - synopsis from UK publisher;s website.

Tom Cox really knows cats and this charming memoir gave me a great deal of pleasure. I could recognise many of my own feline tribe. Even though I now only have three there was a time when my late husband and I had nine cars so could well appreciate the joys and challenges of having a houseful of feline companions.

Book 12: Talk to the Tail: Adventures in Cat Ownership and Beyond (Moggy Trilogy #2) .
Author: Tom Cox, 2011.
Genre: Memoir. Animals Behaviour. Cats.
Other Details: ebook. 256 pages. Unabridged Audiobook (7 hrs, 21 mins) Read by Mark Meadows.

Following on from Tom's life with six cats in UNDER THE PAW, he now picks up the story in TALK TO THE TAIL, updating readers on what has happened with his feline friends as well as looking back for more confessions about his animal-loving past. Readers of Tom's previous book will be delighted to read what has happened to his six eccentric cats. Why does Janet keep bringing 1980s sweet wrappers into the house? Will 24-hour surveillance of The Bear, using a state-of-the-art cat GPS system, finally solve the mystery of his wanderlust? Tom also writes about his bumbling forays into the remainder of the animal kingdom. He attempts to overcome his crippling fear of horses with disastrous results, chase ostriches in Kenya, put his hand into a tiger's mouth for 0.9 seconds and he meets his 'alter-doggo' -- the spaniel Tom regularly walks who likes to roll around in dead animals. Where will it all end? Will he give in to temptation and get a dog, a goat or even more cats? With this soppy creature-obsessive, anything is possible. synopsis from UK publisher;s website.

This was another highly enjoyable memoir about his life 'under the paw' from Tom Cox. As the title and synopsis indicates in this second book he ventures out to experience other animals besides cats.

His insights are so spot on. Like me he has a cat with over-active thyroid so knows the struggle for getting the daily pills into cat and the chapter outlining the steps for this had me weeping with laughter. A delightful memoir even though there are a few sad bits as is inevitable in this kind of memoir.
Tags: animals, audio book, memoir, non-fiction

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