Why Paint Cats

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Why Paint Cats
Front cover of Why Paint Cats
Author Burton Silver
Illustrator Heather Busch
Country New Zealand
Language English
Genre Comedy
Publisher Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publication date
1994
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 96 pp
ISBN 0-297-83351-0
OCLC 31376281

Why Paint Cats is a comedy book written by New Zealand author Burton Silver and illustrator Heather Busch. It is one of three cat art books, including Why Cats Paint and Dancing with Cats.

Synopsis[edit]

Why Paint Cats describes the practice of "cat painting", the decorating of cats with paint.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception for the book has been mixed to positive, with the SF site calling it "luscious, funny, and really, truly amazing".[1] Publishers Weekly wrote that the book was "amusing as a novelty item" and that it was "so weird that it's sort of irresistible."[2] The Hamilton Spectator stated that the book's contents were "spectacular".[3] The Los Angeles Times wrote that Silver's writing was "tongue-in-cheek scholarly, complete with footnotes and a bibliography".[4]

Controversy[edit]

Why Paint Cats has been met with some controversy since its release from those who considered the concept of the book to be unethical and encourages animal cruelty.[5] Defenders of the book have opined that the text was a spoof and that the cats may not have been painted and the images were instead edited with a photo editing program.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Why Paint Cats: The Ethics of Feline Aesthetics SF site
  2. ^ Nonfiction Review: Why Paint Cats Publishers Weekly
  3. ^ Mahoney, Jeff. Book should give paws for thought. The Spectator: Magazine section. Mar 15, 2003, p M.02.
  4. ^ Fake Fur, Real Art? LA Times
  5. ^ Is Paint Toxic to Cats? Dogster

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