Caitlin Doughty

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs

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New York Times Bestseller
Winner of a Goodreads Choice Award
“Funny, dark, and at times stunningly existential.” —Marianne Eloise, Guardian

Everyone has questions about death. In Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?, best-selling author and mortician Caitlin Doughty answers the most intriguing questions she’s ever received about what happens to our bodies when we die. In a brisk, informative, and morbidly funny style, Doughty explores everything from ancient Egyptian death rituals and the science of skeletons to flesh-eating insects and the proper depth at which to bury your pet if you want Fluffy to become a mummy. Now featuring an interview with a clinical expert on discussing these issues with young people—the source of some of our most revealing questions about death—Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? confronts our common fear of dying with candid, honest, and hilarious facts about what awaits the body we leave behind.
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    Мариshared an impression2 years ago
    👍Worth reading
    💡Learnt A Lot
    💞Loved Up

    So many great questions answered! Quick and amazing read! Highly recommend!

    Ellya Khristishared an impression2 years ago
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    🌴Beach Bag Book

    Lushared an impression4 months ago
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    Luhas quoted5 months ago
    A heart kept on ice can be transplanted up to four hours after death. A liver, ten. A particularly good kidney will last twenty-four hours, and sometimes as long as seventy-two if doctors use the right equipment after surgery.
    Olga Ghas quoted2 years ago
    When the skin on your hands dehydrates after death, the nail beds pull back, revealing more nail. The nails might seem longer, but it’s not the nail growing, it’s the skin revealing additional nail that was there all along. Same principle with hair. It might look like a dead man is growing out his stubble, but that’s not real hair growth. It’s his face drying out and shrinking to reveal the stubble. In short: it’s not that there’s more hair or nails, it’s that there’s less plump, living skin around the hair and nails. Two-thousand-year-old mystery solved.
    Olga Ghas quoted2 years ago
    Flying at high speeds can cause something called a hypotensive syncope, which happens when there isn’t enough blood and oxygen getting to the brain. When this occurs, the pilot’s vision starts to go, with the edges going first—creating the experience of looking down a bright tunnel. Sound familiar?

    Scientists believe that seeing this light at the end of the tunnel is the result of retinal ischemia, which happens when there isn’t enough blood reaching the eye. As less blood flows to the eyes, vision is reduced. Being in a state of extreme fear can also cause retinal ischemia. Both fear and decrease in oxygen are associated with dying. In this context, the extreme white tunnel vision characteristic of NDEs starts to make much more sense.
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