Book Review: Cat Haiku by James Weir

Face it. There are people who prefer dogs, and there are those that prefer cats. While you can like both, it takes a special type of person to fully understand the weirdness of ‘the lion in your house’. Think of all you have to deal with – litterboxes, hairballs, bad attitudes, finicky appetites, the missing budgie. It’s a wonder that we put up with their quirks. Join us as we use funny haikus to celebrate the relationship between humans and cats. Get the human’s perspective, then get the cat’s response back. Bet you never thought about what they think about you. You’ll be surprised.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I read Coronavirus Haiku by James Weir a month or so ago and enjoyed it, so when he offered this book, I was happy to read a copy. Cat Haiku has the perfect format: a haiku from the human’s point of view followed by a haiku from the cat about the same subject. They’re cute and so true! A couple examples:

The cat stares at me
Never moves, never blinking
Really creeps me out

My mom stares at me
Never moves, never blinking
Really creeps me out


The new laser toy
Loves to chase but never gets
Keeps wanting more

The little red dot
I’ve stalked you but never caught
Damn you little dot

Having had cats most of my life, I can appreciate these poems as would any cat owner. I definitely recommend Cat Haiku.

About the Author

When he’s not busy being a poet (and we use the term poet very loosely here), James Weir is a small animal veterinarian. In addition to clinical practice, he holds graduate degrees in pathology and in public health. He has also worked as a stand-up comedian. He has been published before, but mostly boring science crap. He has four works of funny haikus listed on Amazon, and is currently writing a book of funny stories from his 30 years in veterinary practice.