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What would cats say if they were of a mind to talk? Valerie Shaff and Roy Blount Jr. have a good idea …

On the heels of their hugely successful I Am Puppy, Hear Me Yap and If Only You Knew How Much I Smell You, Shaff and Blount have paired again, this time for a witty and insightful look at America’s other favorite pet — the cat. Shaff captures the essence of the ever-elusive cat in her gorgeous photographs, and Roy Blount Jr., who the New York Times says is “in serious contention for the title of America’s Most Cherished Humorist,” provides accompanying verse that seems to speak a cat’s thoughts. The combined result is a touching and often hilarious take on the minds and hearts of felines.

When I purr
Don’t infer
It’s because you pat.

No, you pat
Because I purr.

I am the cat,
Don’t forget that.

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