All about cats

What species is a cat

“A cat is a mixed breed of some sort.”

“I think you’re wrong,” I said. “I think he is a cat. I think he’s just a cat.”

Cat people, who are the subject of this book, are a special breed of cat person. The cat people I know are the minority. They are the ones who are devoted, obsessed, and for whatever reason, have chosen to live their lives as if cats were real. They see every cat as a potential friend and family, every cat as a living being worthy of respect. They know that cats are actually cats and not, say, a kind of rat, a kind of rat that got sent to the wrong address; they know that cats are pets and not, say, food.

I have talked to many cat people, and the things they have to say are the things I have been feeling and observing for a long time. I am not making this up. I have just had the good fortune to meet some of these cat people and hear their stories. The stories are strange, funny, sad, and, most of all, true. Why? Because all cat people are, in their own way, weird. They are the people who are so dedicated to the cause that, for their own reasons, they have decided to live their lives as if cats are real.

—Mark Schreiber, February 2011

Introduction

This book is about people who love cats and the strange things they do to prove it.

If you are not a cat person, you may be at a loss as to why someone would dedicate his or her life to this peculiar bunch of felines. I’m not making this up. I’m just telling it like it is. I have talked to many cat people and the things they have to say are the things I have been feeling and observing for a long time. I’m not making this up. I’ve just had the good fortune to meet some of these cat people and hear their stories. The stories are strange and funny, sad, and, most of all, true. Why? Because all cat people are, in their own way, weird.

Cat people are people who love cats so much that they have decided to live their lives as if cats were real. Well, maybe not “real.” But certainly “real” in their own minds. They see every cat as a potential friend, a living being worthy of respect, and they recognize that cats are, in fact, cats.

Maybe they are crazy. Maybe they are just weird. Maybe they are just nuts. Maybe they are just insane. But I’m telling you straight: they are not crazy. Cat people are crazy. Cat people are weird.

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