Oh yes, it's real. All too real.
My very funny sister-in-law Sarah works at Barnes & Noble and said the moment she spotted this on the shelf, "It screamed 'Mary'!" Then she paused, laughed and said, "I mean your sense of humor, not that I think you're a crazy cat lady." Whew. I won't lie, that was a relief.
(You realize this means I'm going to have to make her some horrifying cat hair-esque ornament for her Christmas tree next year in retaliation, right? I mean, it'd just be so much more thoughtful than a regular, boring old thank-you note...)