Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death by Caitlyn Doughty

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death by Caitlyn Doughty
Publisher: WW Norton & Co.
Genre: Non-Fiction, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (240 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

Best-selling author and mortician Caitlin Doughty answers real questions from kids about death, dead bodies, and decomposition.

Every day, funeral director Caitlin Doughty receives dozens of questions about death. The best questions come from kids. What would happen to an astronaut’s body if it were pushed out of a space shuttle? Do people poop when they die? Can Grandma have a Viking funeral?
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In Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?, Doughty blends her mortician’s knowledge of the body and the intriguing history behind common misconceptions about corpses to offer factual, hilarious, and candid answers to thirty-five distinctive questions posed by her youngest fans. In her inimitable voice, Doughty details lore and science of what happens to, and inside, our bodies after we die. Why do corpses groan? What causes bodies to turn colors during decomposition? And why do hair and nails appear longer after death? Readers will learn the best soil for mummifying your body, whether you can preserve your best friend’s skull as a keepsake, and what happens when you die on a plane.

Beautifully illustrated by Dianné Ruz, Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? shows us that death is science and art, and only by asking questions can we begin to embrace it.

I never thought a book about death would make me laugh out loud. This one did.

I picked up this book because it had the words cat, eat and eyeballs. It grabbed my attention, needless to say. I haven’t read anything else by this author, but this was funny and if this is her style for every book, then she’s worth checking out. The writing flowed well and reminded me of talking to a friend. The questions asked were worthy ones. What happens if you die on a plane? What about if you want to take Fido with you when you move and he’s been buried a while? Will you turn colors when you’re dead? Why was Grandma wearing a plastic sheet under her clothes in the casket? They’re valid questions.

I don’t know that I’d let a kid read this as it’s a little above their age range, but a teen would get a lot out of this book. Someone interested in learning about what happens when we die would get a lot out of it, too. It still can make death seem scary, but not as scary as it could’ve been.

I enjoyed this book and recommend it highly.


  1. Oh, nice – I was looking at this over the weekend, actually, and wasn’t sure if I should pick it up or not. As for not letting a kid read it, probably not a good idea, but it’d be a great reference for those bizarre questions kids LOOOOOVE to ask.

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