by Janet Blue on October 16, 2015

Simon’s Cat Off to the Vet and other Cat-astrophes Review and Giveaway


simon's cat 1I was sitting in the waiting room at the orthopedist when I started reading this book. Before I knew it I was laughing out loud. I’m glad I didn’t start snorting. I guess, technically, I wasn’t reading but looking at British cartoonist, Simon Tofield’s, intricate line drawings featuring his cat and kitten and their crazy adventures.

Going to the vet occupies 49 pages (many in full, vibrant color) in the center of the 240 pages of hilarity. You will laugh until you cry or maybe wet yourself. It is an inspired exaggeration of what most of us face when trying to stuff kitty into a PTU for a visit to the vet. After kitty’s arrival at the vet all hell breaks out!

To visit everybody’s favorite naughty cat avoiding the PTU, you can catch him on his own YouTube channel in a new video, Box Clever, by clicking here. Box Clever was created as a teaser to the upcoming 11-minute, full-color video of Off to the Vet. The video, financed by an IndieGoGo campaign, will be available to funders first. It will appear on Simon’s Cat YouTube channel sometime in 2016.

The vet visit is only part of the hi-jinx in this new book. You’ll laugh at kitty as he deals with the cone of shame and food thievery by the kitten. Several of the vignettes include antics involving the grumpy neighbor and many include various dogs and birds. Those and all the other line-drawn comics are totally relatable if your home is graced by the presence of a cat.


simon' s cat 2


Anyone who has ever lived with a cat (naughty or otherwise) as well as fans of Tofield’s other books or his nearly 40, animated, YouTube videos will fall in love with this book and want to look at it again and again.

And one lucky reader (worldwide) will win a copy of Simon’s Cat Off to the Vet. For an opportunity to win, leave a comment on this post prior to Friday, October 23, at 5 p.m. EDT. The winner will be selected using

In addition to Simon’s Cat YouTube Channel, you can find kitty on his own blog and Facebook page.

Disclaimer: We received an advance uncorrected proof of the book for our review and one published copy to give away at no charge to us. The opinions expressed are those of The Cat on My Head

My Pet Human Giveaway

simon's catIf you have not entered our giveaway for the adorable book, My Pet Human, written and illustrated by Yasmine Surovec, it’s not too late. To read the review and leave a comment for the opportunity to receive a copy, click here. Comments must be received by 5 p.m. EDT today. Winners will be selected using and announced on our Sunday Selfies post.

Sherri-Ellen T-D. October 22, 2015 at 2:48 pm

Oh pleeze enter LadyMum inn thee contest!! Shee adores Simon thee kat an says mee iss probable ree-lated to him, mew mew mew….
~~head rubsss~~ Siddhartha Henry~~
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Maggie@shelter-cats October 21, 2015 at 5:42 pm

Simon really knows and loves cats! Love his videos.
Thanks for having this give away!
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Pipo/Minko/MrJackFreckles October 21, 2015 at 12:31 am

Simon is so funny!!
Meowmy was introduced to him via our (not-have-kitty) auntie,who has a dog,MOL! She sent us a link, and its been fun evfur since!

Having a whole book with Simon would be wonderfur!

Susan and the gang from Life with Dogs and Cats October 20, 2015 at 9:33 pm

I am such a fan of Simon’s cat. Cartoons. Videos. Blog. I bet the book is hilarious.
–Purrs (and wags) from Life with Dogs and Cats
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Peaches & Paprika October 20, 2015 at 5:53 am

Even if we don’t win your book, Simon, we will watch your channel!!! Purrrrs. Happy vetting!
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funny cats October 20, 2015 at 3:42 am

I couldn’t refrain from commenting. Well written!
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Lola and Lexy October 18, 2015 at 8:54 am

This looks like a great book!
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Linda Arthur Tejera October 17, 2015 at 12:19 pm

I absolutely love the Simon’s Cat cartoons. I remember the first video I saw (the cat trying to wake him because he was hungry). It really struck a chord with me because I was fairly new to cats and I had one that behaved pretty much the same way! 🙂
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Carrie A October 17, 2015 at 4:52 am

Love Simon the cat!

Cleopawtra (Becca Cook) October 17, 2015 at 1:56 am

We love Simon and his cats. Have at least one of his books and would like to get a few more of them. Thanks for the giveaway.

Ellen Pilch October 17, 2015 at 12:04 am

I love Simon’s Cat 🙂
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Raven October 16, 2015 at 11:09 pm

Simon is a very silly kitty.
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The Island Cats October 16, 2015 at 9:01 pm

We love Simon’s Cat! This book looks like a winner!
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Canadian Cats October 16, 2015 at 7:24 pm

It seems to me that I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this cartoonist some time ago. I was tickled when I saw it then and would be again.

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Flynn October 16, 2015 at 5:32 pm

I love Simon’s Cat! He makes me LOL too.
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Deziz World October 16, 2015 at 5:10 pm

Gweat review. Weez never heard of this Simon cat till we stawrted bloggin’. It’s purretty cute. 🙂

Luv ya’

Dezi and Lexi
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Beverly October 16, 2015 at 3:18 pm

I had never heard of Simon before now. It sounds hilarious. Hope we win!

Annabelle October 16, 2015 at 2:21 pm

OH I adore Simon’s cat!!!!
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meowmeowmans October 16, 2015 at 1:57 pm

We love Simon’s Cat here, too. Simon Tofield is so good at catching all of those funny things that make cats, well, funny! 🙂

Dad got some new pics of Swizzle last weekend. He’ll send them to you soon!


Moosey, Gracie and Zoe
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Andrea and the Celestial Kitties October 16, 2015 at 1:51 pm

I LOVE Simon’s cat! I am waiting with baited breath for that color video!
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Sammy October 16, 2015 at 1:45 pm

Simon’s Cat ‘toons tell it like it IS……..our clever bits, our silly bits, our clueless selves and our smart as heck selves – all rolled into one big pile of FUN. We’ve always been fans…..and always will.

Hugs, Sammy
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Pam October 16, 2015 at 1:10 pm

Hemingway does great when going to the doctor’s house. Shakespeare is the real terror and I’m sure he fits the descriptions and drawings in this book! I would love to win one!
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BeadedTail October 16, 2015 at 12:41 pm

Our mommy always gets the giggles from Simon’s Cat! She had a tough end to the tax season this week so we’re crossing our paws that we win since we know this will cheer her up!
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Brian Frum October 16, 2015 at 10:20 am

Simon’s cat always gives us the giggles!
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mariodacat October 16, 2015 at 10:05 am

We absolutely love Simon and his antics in this house. It would be an honor to read this book and/or be given a copy from your generous giveaway. The artist certainly knows his cats and really knows how to capture Simon in cartoon form. He is an outstanding cartoonist! Thanks for giving us this opportunity.
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lorraine williamson October 16, 2015 at 10:02 am

I’ve never seen simons cat stuff will definitely have to check it out. Vet experiences with frankie are not fun. I need to laugh about a vet visit thanks for sharing zen hugs and purrs
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Hannah and Lucy October 16, 2015 at 4:20 am

We love Simon’s Cat too – we always end up laughing out loud and then through the day if you think of some of them again you find yourself grinning from ear to ear.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Summer October 16, 2015 at 3:28 am

Oh, we’d love this! My human saw Simon Tofield do a talk a couple of years ago, and he seemed like a really nice guy!
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Sue October 16, 2015 at 3:06 am

Simon’s Cat is hilarious! I haven’t seen the book yet but I love the YouTube stories! And anyone who has had a kitten will attest, it’s not far off of our own!

The Swiss Cats October 16, 2015 at 3:04 am

We love Simon’s Cat ! Can’t wait to read the new book ! Purrs
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kiwiskan October 16, 2015 at 2:32 am

Love it. Reminds me of Garfield. The first cat we ever had was a rescued stray – a lovely gentle boy. We didn’t have a cat crate so the first time we had to take him to the vet we put him in a beer crate with an oven tray over the top… Did you know that a full grown cat can squeeze between the slats of a wooden beer crate!
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Susan Kline October 16, 2015 at 1:51 am

Love Simon’s Cat! He really nails cat behavior. Can’t wait to read the book since I really enjoy the YouTube shorts.

McGuffy's Reader October 16, 2015 at 12:10 am

I love Simon and his cats. They are always entertaining and fun. Thanks for this wonderful review.
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