Artful Cats by Mary Savig was an interesting and informative read, but by no means is it something I would ever pick up again. I requested more out of curiosity than anything else and while I can say that the information provided within the book and the pictures that fill many of its pages was informative and interesting, it also had some dull moments. Ultimately, I see Artful Cats as something that would be amusing (and kind of perfect) to browse through when bored within a waiting room or something of that nature, but for me doesn’t hold much purpose more than that. It was entertaining, sure, and it was engaging. But I can’t really see a lot of practical use and I wouldn’t enjoy it a second time around.
Of all the things that I saw throughout reading this book and browsing through the pictures of cats in art, the one thing that really stuck with me was the commentary that cats, better than dogs, are perfect animals to be watching when thinking about the vast range of human emotion and representing that in art. It’s definitely an intriguing idea and certainly holds water as far as some of the darker emotions come where you would rarely see a dog act annoyed, or at least I haven’t often seen that in my experience. But perhaps I’m lucky in having happy dogs. It’s definitely an interesting take and I think avid cat lovers will really appreciate this book. For just the average person or someone who really likes cats but isn’t in love with them, the might find it a little dull after a bit.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.