Having won the “Best Book Book Prize” from the Feline Rifle Association, From My Cold Dead Paws is the authoritative guide to guns and cats, or cats and guns. You can imagine my shock — total, absolute shock — when I discovered that among the many cat breeds included, there was no Bengal. Not so shocked that I would curl up and die, leaving my AK-47 to be pried out of my cold, dead hands, but nevertheless shocked. I began to question the credibility of the FRA.
Whether the Feline Rifle Association legitimately represents the interests of gun-toting kitties should in no way be taken as an attack on From My Cold Dead Paws. Perhaps you don’t see the humor in pictures of cats carrying weapons, but then I suspect you’ve never seen a photo of a Sphinx armed with a Beretta Model 92. It’s enough to warm the hearts of all the gun-totin’, commie-hatin’ cat lovers out there, and I’m sure there are quite a few. It also “felinizes” the Sphinx, since many are turned off by its hairless appearance. There’s nothing like putting firearms in the hands of a favored pet to bring out its personality (and near human-ness). As Ordell Moggie (in Jackie Brown) so aptly put it, “There it is, the AK-47. When you absolutely, positively, have to kill every single mouse in the room; accept no substitute.” (The pink AK-47 is the weapon chosen by ginger tabby, Fearless Leader, pictured below.)
From My Cold Dead Paws is a field guide to both felines and firearms. There are photos of a large variety of breeds, each wielding its gun of choice. Non-pedigreed cats are featured as well, possibly providing more readers some cat with which to identify. Introductory as well as breed specific material is provided for every cat (and weapon). It’s not clear whether all Turkish Angoras prefer M14s, for example, but it does seem that there is a weapon for every cat.