The Cat Who Came for Christmas

The Cat Who Came for Christmas

by Cleveland Amory

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ISBN-13: 9780316242684
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 10/22/2013
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 138,035
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Cleveland Amory (1917-1998) wrote many highly successful books about animals, including The Cat Who Came for Christmas, The Cat and the Curmudgeon, and The Best Cat Ever, as well as such widely praised works of social history as The Proper Bostonians, The Last Resorts, and Who Killed Society? He founded the Fund for Animals in 1967.

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Cat Who Came for Christmas 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
SqueakyChu on LibraryThing 3 days ago
I absolutely loved this hilarious book! It¿s probably the best book about cat psychology that I¿ve ever read. Make that heard ¿ as I listened to Allen Sklar do a terrific job on the audio (CD) of this book. Along with the story of Mr. Amory¿s beloved white cat, he presented us with cat facts aplenty on which to ponder. He also brought into the story many of the episodes of animal activism in which he engaged during his life. He was quite an interesting fellow.The only two things I didn¿t particularly like about this book were its title (I thought the book was going to be about a cat as a Christmas present) and the cat¿s eventual name (I would have picked something different - although I¿d already thought of such possibilities as Chairman Meow and Santa Claws). Other than that, I found the rest of the book just perfect. The author describes the cat¿s personality exactly right. Truly, the cat is an animal of independent means and uses man to his best interest - as the author so aptly points out. I¿d recommend this book mostly for cat lovers as I don¿t think that others could tolerate so many details about a cat¿s personality.
Bjace on LibraryThing 3 days ago
A little precious for my taste, but enjoyable. Has too many digressions into the history of cats in society and animal rights. The best parts are when he talks about his relationship with the cat. The part where he tries to use ESP on his cat and then consults a cat psychologist is really funny.
susan139 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Wonderful start, but wavers into animal rights, which, while worth while, not really in the right place. It would have been better just to have the story of the relationship between the cat and the author.
t1bnotown on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This is the classic true story of a man who rescued a stray that became part of his life. It's not my favorite real-life cat story, but it's a good story and worth a read. It's certainly humorous at parts, and enjoyable throughout (and yes, touching).
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Crazy-Cat-LadyDG More than 1 year ago
I love the late Cleveland Amory and this is a wonderful story of how a grumpy old man can be made into a less grumpy old man by taking in a stray white kitten at Christmas. I highly recommend the entire series!
KTO12 More than 1 year ago
This book is a treasure... only found out about it recently, though it was written in 1987. Picture yourself in an easy chair, feet up, with your cat snoozing not too far away... and laughing out loud because Cleveland Amory gets it right on the nose! This is a comfort book... easy to read and relate to, with lots of historical references to felines and their notable places in history, even if that be in the folds of royal or papal robes... and the influence they had over their humans. Even if you don't have a cat, you just might enjoy the vignettes, Cleveland Amory's eloquent style of writing, and exquisite use of language. His, and the cat's as well. If you can't sleep at night, the world seems troublesome, this is your warm cup of milk, and after a few chapters you will go on to have very pleasant dreams, I believe.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful book. I can not wait to read the other books in this trilogy.
-Katerina- More than 1 year ago
Story of a stray cat (Polar Bear) and the learning experiences of him & his owner. Polar Bear has policies toward people and pets that made me laugh. This book made me rethink some of the things I took for granted with my cats and rethink why - such as how cats respond to their name being called.
serviceKP More than 1 year ago
I was in Mexico, when I discovered this book and made sure to get the second and then, the third book of the trilogy. It's nice reading that touches on the philanthrapist life of Cleveland Amory, the author while giving a sort of historical fiction portrayal of his beloved rescued stray. It's the sort of book to snuggle up to for pleasant reading like All Things Bright and Beautiful, but you can put it down one night and pick up the next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was a very good book. But only some readers will like it. So if you like cats you should like this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent read for anyone, whether they've been owned by a cat or not. Insightful as to their behaviours and educational as to how they discipline you. Not just a Christmas read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book, even better litterature. Light, fun, creative. I could go on forever, but nothing beats reading it. It's a wonderful, wonderful way to relax.
harstan More than 1 year ago
THE CAT WHO CAME FOR CHRISTMAS is a reprint of one year in the life of Polar Bear the cat who adopted his biographer as his human pet. It was the night before Christmas when ¿Sergeant¿ reluctantly drafted Cleveland Amory (everyone else went home for the holidays so she was stuck with Cleveland as her assistant) to rescue a New York alley cat. They succeed, but Cleveland is forced to take the mangy creature into his Manhattan residence for the Yuletide season. Though an animal lover and activist, Cleveland hopes to quickly find a home for his temporary lodger, but soon Snow Bear¿s lure hooks Cleveland into keeping the feline as his roommate. This book tells their first year adventures in living together.

Though over fifteen year old and reprinted after the death of Mr. Amory, this nonfiction novel remains one of the best Christmas stories around. The book is clearly for feline lovers, but other pet owners and even the bah humbug I hate cat lovers will relish this delightful ageless story of the love and bond between a cat and his Homo sapiens significant other.

Harriet Klausner

Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is probably be one of the most emtertaining books for any person who loves cat's. It's so entertaining to se a man to take so much time to write a book about his cat. I'm on my 3rd time reading it, I loved it so much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Amory manages to find a way to depict those extraodinary creatures we call cats and the amazing impact they have on those lucky humans who give them a chance. Through warmth and humor, Mr. Amory also entertains,educates,and enlightens the reader on the joys and sorrows of being an animal lover and activist.