[Book Review] The Lion in the Living Room

29430840Did you know that housecats are classified as one of the world’s 100 Worst Invasive Species?

Or that one of the earliest cat shows was won by a ring-tailed lemur?

Or perhaps that house cats have made virtually no evolutionary changes to adapt to a human environment?

Written by Smithsonian magazine writer Abigail Tucker, The Lion in the Living Room, serves to enthrall, and digs deep into the growing culture of housecat-keeping. (Or do they keep us?)

I read this while seriously considering acquiring a kitten, and kind of hoped the book would cement that idea – when in fact, it was a pretty unbiased account, given that the writer is an avid cat-lover.

16730161_10154440700411242_4698524264146678459_nThe Lion in the Living Room adds to my small but growing list of non-fiction books that read easily and engagingly. As much as I like science, I have neither the time nor the patience to plough through something that drags along. Tucker strikes a magical balance between fact and humorous musings, and I loved the book – even if it did make me doubt my love of cats and make me feel like a traitor!

Anyway, here I am, a month after finishing the book, and I have a kitten after all! His name is Fawkes (a la Harry Potter), and I adore him – even though he may have befuddled my brain and tricked me into loving him.



  1. Congratulations on the new cat! I have two of them, and they are a joyful pain in the butt.

    1. barefootmegz says:

      Thanks! That’s a lovely way of describing it. Especially when he chews on my toes in the middle of the night!

  2. Drew Martin says:

    Thanks for introducing me to a new book to add to my reading list. Congrats on giving a kitten a home, and a little orange one.

  3. Marc-André says:

    That is such an adorable kitten

  4. etudesque says:

    What an adorable cat (with a fantastic name)! I love cats, but as a cat-auntie and not a cat-owner, I don’t really know much about their behavior. sounds like an interesting book to add to the TBR list!

    1. barefootmegz says:

      It’s a FANTASTIC book, try it 😉

  5. Excellent. On the book review and especially the kitty. I’m sitting at my immunologist’s office having a reaction to the increased dose of immunotherapy to rod me of my cat allergy. Cats are their own beings.

    1. *rid. Apparently histamines impair typing accuracy. 😉

    2. barefootmegz says:

      I’m sorry you’re allergic! I get a little bit itchy around them sometimes but nothing debilitating.

  6. Marc-André says:

    added to our tummy rub tuesday blog roll for week 139! 🙂

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