The brief text here lists decisions that cats make competently for themselves; the enchanting illustrations show just what blissful, self-serving choices they make--from a cozy fireside for warmth to a leafy treetop to keep cool, a farmhouse tabletop for fresh milk, and an open drawer for a new family. The idea of their competence and independence is extended as they groom themselves and each other, enjoy a good fight, and ""pretend not to know, or to care. . .but they do."" Ivory's painting are so timely detailed that the cats sometimes almost seem to have been photographed--but photographers rarely have the luck to capture such quintessential poses. Backgrounds are imaginative and full of interest--rich patterns and textures in fabrics and interiors, precisely observed details outdoors. A cat-lover's delight.