Strange Life of a Cat


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Zheng Tan somehow returns to the year 2003, turning into a black cat. Picked up from a rubbish heap by the Jiao family, he is given the name “Charcoal”, and so begins the life inside Professor Jiao’s family. Zheng Tan remembers that he was once a person, but currently his body is that of a cat. He has no way of speaking the human language, but can understand it, and even retains the thinking and IQ of a young 20 year old youth. Read along as he adapts to this new world, and somehow tumbles from a group brawl to catching a thief.

Strange Life of a Cat average rating 4.2/5 - 137 user ratings
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dustmite rated it
January 1, 2017
Status: c150
A must read for cat lovers!

Although the MC is a cat, he finds ways to go on adventures around the local neighborhood and make new friends that will later become familiar faces you'll look forward to in every single chapter. In addition to that, science facts are intertwined in the story, giving an interesting and rational twist. The story also follows the lives of the people around the MC, including the family who adopted him as well as those he has influenced, which makes this story have a well-fleshed... more>> out and believable setting.


The story flows smoothly as a plot of mystery develops in the background. It has elements of crime solving (people do get in bloody fights), entertainment industry in a way (from rags to riches via cat food ads), lessons from daily life, and adventures (with his cat bros, an ex soldier that has ambiguous morals and also an eccentric hipster CEO).


This is from the same author as star rank hunter and chronicles of primordial war. <<less
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January 14, 2017
Status: --
Despite the fact that you're reading about a story from a cat's point of view, it's not boring at all. Actually, I was surprised it was so interesting.

The cat doesn't try to prove to everyone that he's a genius cat. He's just getting through life like an everyday cat and the family treat him as a smart cat who understands human speech.

You get to see interaction between the cat and his other animal friends. It's such a good idea because probably many are curious if animals have intelligence and if... more>> they're friends with each other when the owner is out of the house. The author really makes this fun to read. There's no direct dialogue since they can only make animal sounds but the cat has thoughts and surprisingly, there's Morse code!

I would definitely recommend this, especially if you are sick of reading harem xianxia and other stereotypical novels. <<less
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Sicarius rated it
August 22, 2017
Status: c42
This was a pleasant surprise. I expected it to be a fun slice-of-life along the lines of 'Aristocats' or 'The secret life of pets' or one of the other innumerable animals-who-talk movies we all saw growing up. But Strange Life of a Cat is more interesting than my initial expectations.

This certainly is a slice-of-life, and is as heartwarming as much as any animated feature. But this is not the happy-fluffy disney world where the bad guys are bumbling animal control or comically evil fluffy white cats or whatever. No, SLC... more>> exists in the dangerous world of... urban China. Now, given the fact that our main character is a person who appears to have transmigrated back in time fifteen years into the body of a cat, there is some definite magic realism scattered around the world. But most of the danger our MC infrequently comes across is something any Chinese cat that ventures beyond the confines of the home might find. There is a certain culture shock for westerners reading this as we see a society where humane treatment for animals is by no means enshrined. Strays might be kicked or abused just because they're there. They even have to deal with the danger of being captured and sold to restaurants.

Also interesting is the spectrum of intelligence found in other animals than our MC. On the one hand we have a macaw who likes to sing old folk songs and can chat in fluent mandarin or a cat who is proficient in Morse code. Then there are others who are just as silly as any real animal. What is fun is that our MC doesn't really differentiate between them; some are his friends or acquaintances and they are who they are.

Another unique aspect of SLC is the way our MC interacts with humans, specifically 'his' family. They know and accept that he's about as smart as any human. He's treated as a big brother to the kids, albeit a furry one.

Chen Ci Lan Tiao is the author of several more mainstream adventure/xianxia series. But that's not to say this is xianxia with cats. Strange Life of a Cat is an excellent slice-of-life, and worth a read from even (or especially) those who don't enjoy martial arts adventures. This world is interesting and different, and the story is charming. Our main character is compelling, and the side characters are quirky and fun.

I heartily recommend this for anyone who needs a break from arrogant young masters and martial tournaments. <<less
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SayMrrp rated it
September 23, 2017
Status: c56
Remember, this is slice-of -life.

This story is great! It's unusual to see an human->animal MC especially in this type of premise. Although there isn't anything crazy like shapeshifting into a human (maybe later? Dunno, no hints dropped), the MC is a bit more special than the average cat. He's still got his average human intelligence though. Not a genius, but not dumb. The family he lives with treats him as a super smart/weird cat. He doesn't show off on purpose though. MC's personality is pretty badass and cool.

The side characters... more>> don't get much focus, but they're interesting enough. All the other cats/animals have some personality and its adorable. I don't have any pets, so I don't know how accurate the depictions of animals are, but it's cute.

There's some action, but it's a slice-of-life, so they're infrequent but good.

Lots of laughs from this. Mystery too. Some sad/serious stuff, but it's all okay.

Remember, no romance tag.


He saves some women though. He's rather popular too. He likes women, but no action so far. Also, some other dude's science poetry was hilarious.

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Tsushiki rated it
September 21, 2017
Status: c57
Very interesting. I honestly didn't expect a cat novel to be this interesting. I got hook just reading the first few chapters and my only regret would be that this novel isn't fully translated. Now I'll have to wait...

Edit: Remembered that this was a chinese novel. I might end up reading the raws (my CN is only basic) if I can't be patient...
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vasiliassy rated it
August 29, 2017
Status: c419
The most regert when read this novel is many of case didn't got a continuation and many of interesting character didn't have much appearance.

The politic scene is not very detail and not very good because the author didn't want to write more deep (I know he is capable to write it, but I don't understand why he didn't want to write it).

But overall is good (animal-human conflict).

... more>> The ending is very good. (Even make me really want to make fanfic to continue this story!)

The story is very interesting and good.

If the main dog character is not Sahara, I think the story will more interesting.

I mean I really want to see cat ninja and dog hunter level hard...

Sahara is just annoying dog that like to tease Zheng tan. Not very interesting.. just child play 🐶🔪 <<less
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