Sunday, September 03, 2006

Cats Love Books, Too

Well, it's just so irritating! I decided I wanted to read "Brideshead Revisited", as I had never read it before. I picked up a copy at the Library. Good grief, it was slow going!

But, this is not a review, it's a whine. I am deathly allergic to cats. When I am anywhere near a cat, or even where a cat has been, my throat starts to itch, and then it closes up. My nose runs and I sneeze and sneeze and sneeze. My eyes itch and turn beet red, and my tear ducts gush. Then, my lungs fill up, and I start to wheeze. In short, I'm a mess. I have to be very careful about which bookstores I go to, because so many of them have cat lovers as owners, and take their pets to work. The last one I went to, the owner had two cats, and I lasted about 15 minutes before I had to leave. And, she had a great selection of British mysteries, too. She was very friendly, and I know she must have thought I was raving mad when I rushed her through checkout and fled with a backward goodbye.

So, it was against my better judgment that I got a book from our local library a couple of days ago. What was I thinking!? I had to give up going to the library years ago, when I realized that people with cats read the same books I like. And, they read them with their cats in their laps. Or, they allow the cats to curl up on the books and take their naps.

Anyway, it is so bad that I will probably go broke having to buy books. That's all right, though. If I go to the poorhouse, at least I'll have something to read.

Since I have to buy all my books, I find it very difficult to throw one away, even paperbacks. I can GIVE them away with no problem, if I know the person I'm giving them to will enjoy them. But, what to do with the ones I keep? I still have a bit of room for a couple of book cases, and I'll have to get one pretty soon.

As it is, I have books boxed and under the beds, bagged and ready to give to friends, or put in a bookcase in the future. I always build a nest around my recliner, a basket of books and magazines on one side and newspaper holder on the other. I have to purge my little nest often, and find some place to put the new books I have read. thank goodness, I CAN bring myself to throw away the newspapers!

I just hope the cat lovers will understand and not be offended if I ever forget myself and express a dislike of cats.


saz said...

Totally understand. When I did the Ebay thingie I had questions about where the books came from for that very reason! Was always up front about my house (fur/feathers) as well as not knowing where the book I was selling originally came from.

Have you looked at the site to see how you can sell your books? Super easy to do and no charge if the book doesn't sell. I did that too for a time....

Maya's Granny said...

My son-in-law is like you and it can make life really hard.

As a cat lover, I have no idea why they do it, but cats love to lay on open pages while their owners are trying to read. Leave a book open for ten years, and they won't go near it, but try to read it and they curl up on the thing and purr at you.

I don't think that they do it to be obnoxious, because I don't think that they would demean themselves so, but who knows?

F&W said...

I don't think it is entirely accurate to say you don't like cats...only because you've never had an opportunity to bond with one, right? Of course, it seems like you don't like them because all you can possibly associate with a cat is wheezing, sneezing and pain. No fun.

It is accurate to say, however, that you don't like what cat dander does to you. Poor thing.

It never even occurred to me that having a dog and cat in my house would contaminate my library books. Not something I have any control over, of course, but you've opened my eyes. Thanks, Betty.

Betty said...

chelle p: No, I don't dislike cats. It's just easier to say I do than it is to explain why I can't be around them.

Saz: I don't think I'm organized enough to try to sell them on line.

Maya's Granny: It's nice to know I'm not alone in my allergy. I'm sorry for your son-in-law, though. I find that lots of people simply don't believe how sick I get until they see me having a reaction.

Ginnie said...

I am a voracious reader, but to tell the truth there are not too many that I care to keep on my shelves. I give them to a used book store that is run by our local library to raise funds.