Review: The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World

On September 13, 2016 by Dawn

The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World
The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World by Abigail Tucker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have cats. Lots of people do. Lots more watch cat videos, post cat macros on social media sites, chortle at the occasional .GIF. This book for them. Lion is an imminently readable walk through the history and origins of the so-called “domestic” cat- who simply isn’t all that domestic. It’s informative and charming and the kind of thing i’d prefer to see on the coffee table at the Vet’s office.

To give fair warning, there are things that it’s not. This is not for the hardcore cat lover who shows her pedigreed Persian. Nor for the slightly unnerving older woman who has everything she owns printed with cats. The serious students of our feline masters will have seen much of this information before.

It doesn’t bog down in scientific protocols, Latin names, or dates either, which is great.

Overall keep this in mind for the casual cat servant this upcoming holiday season, or as a little treat for yourself, for a relaxing yet informative read.

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