Engineering for Cats by Mac Delaney was a real surprise. When I head the title, I thought it was a cute gift book featuring cats illustrating various engineering principles, rather like a math book for cats that might show a cat adding three sardines plus two sardines. Boy, was I wrong. Engineering for Cats is an easy-to-understand book showing people how to build things for cats to use. What kind of things? Well, something as simple as a shelf for your cat, or a scratching post, or, if you’re really ambitious, an exercise wheel. In between these extremes, the author gives you instructions for a water fountain, bunk beds, and a litter box cabinet. (There are ten building projects in all).
At the beginning of each chapter, Delaney rates the difficulty of the project, lists materials and approximate cost, and how long it should take to build. For instance, the water fountain rates as low difficulty, low to medium cost and should take one to two hours. The exercise wheel, on the other hand, has high difficulty, high cost, and will take 10 to 20 hours to make.
The instructions are clear and there are step-by-step pictures to help you construct your project. At the beginning of the book, Delaney goes over some basic construction information to help you understand what you might be doing with each object.
It was fascinating to see how things were put together, and I learned things about construction that I didn’t know. This is the perfect book for the cat person who also likes do-it-yourself projects. Engineering for Cats makes me want to go buy a hammer and saw.
review done exclusively for Pet Radio by:
Susan M. Ewing
Past president, Cat Writers’ Association
Past secretary, Dog Writers Association of America
Award-winning author, 14 animal books
“Cats! Train Your Owner” (Flash Cards)
Numerous magazine articles