I can't quite explain it, but I can tell you this: ever since daylight savings time last week, my cats have been out of control. This isn’t all necessarily new behavior, but they are chasing invisible shadows like never before; scaling curtains to bold and valiant heights; and clawing furniture like it’s going out of style. When we gained that one hour, my cats gained a whole new bag of tricks. At the end of the day, however, I still love them and know that one day I will be able to look back and share the slightly odd, sometimes gross, and often hilarious stories of the times I was absolutely certain that my cats were doing all of this on purpose.
Whether you can personally relate to the exhilarating antics of cohabitation with a mischievous animal, or you just get a good chuckle from seeing or hearing about the sticky situations animals may get themselves into, you are not alone. If the hilarious video compilations on YouTube capturing animals in the act of being naughty aren't enough to convince you of this, here are a few of my favorite books highlighting the calamity that can ensue when animals start behaving badly (I may even try to read one to my cats…if I can get them to sit still long enough):
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach
A sandwich goes missing, and all paws seem to point to a bear being the culprit. However, there may be another side to this silly and adventurous tale.
How to be a Good Cat by Gail Page
The good intentioned dog Bobo volunteers to babysit Mr. Hiccup's new kitten, Bonkers. He never expected the cat would live up to his name.
Also, try these:
My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O’Hara
After a science experiment goes terribly wrong, Tom’s pet goldfish, Frankie, ends up with hypnotic powers and a thirst for revenge.
Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet by Nick Bruel
‘Bad Kitty’ has seen his fair share of challenges in this bestselling series about a temperamental cat living with a slew of annoyances, but when it’s time to visit the vet, could it be that he has finally met his match?
The Naughtiest Animals
Sorry I Barfed On Your Bed by Jeremy Greenberg
In this heartwarming, hilarious collection of letters from cats, it’s almost hard to be mad at the shenanigans these four-legged, feline friends seem to get into. Almost.
Dog Shaming by Pascale Lemire
Based on the hit internet website it shares it's title with, this book is an amusing glimpse into the real life struggles of dog owners, and their attempts to one-up their pups.