The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Cats, Breeds and Care
Part One of this comprehensive visual guide to domestic cats opens with a brief history of the feline. It goes on to offer the latest veterinary-approved advice on subjects including choosing a kitten, feeding and nutrition, and essential health care. Part Two is a photographic encyclopaedia of the different breeds, comprising information on the coat, eyes, grooming needs and temperament of each, plus tips on breeding and showing.
An Anthology of Stories and Poems
‘Cat: a pygmy lion who loves mice, hates dogs and patronizes human beings’, wrote Oliver Herford (1863–1935); but far from taking offence, we have sung the praises of cats in poetry and prose since the Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead asked, ‘Who is this Cat?’ This anthology is arranged by theme, from the ‘Fireside Phoenix’ to ‘Requiescat’, and includes writers and poets from Aesop to Jerome K Jerome – and many famous literary cats.
An Illustrated Miscellany
An Abyssinian cat, ‘the goddess Bastet in person’; Sylvester; a cat bounding away from Gabriel in Lorenzo Lotto’s Annunciation (1527); Raymond Chandler with his black cat; paintings by Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen... Frédéric Vitoux’s book is a beguiling cabinet of curiosities for the literary and artistically inclined cat-lover: he reflects on different breeds; books and films in which cats play essential roles; writers’ cats; works of art; and a true miscellany of topics including Zen, the Chat Noir and the cats of Venice.
The Inner Life of Cats
The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions
This guide to feline nature and neuroses aims to decode the often-puzzling behaviour exhibited by cats, and explain how we can better understand their thoughts and actions, and what they are trying to communicate. Blending the latest scientific research with observations of how his kitten, Augusta, has developed, the author explores how owners can improve their cat’s quality of life and the relationship they share. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on upper trimmed edge.
Endearing, Eccentric and Extraordinary True Stories
An unlikely alliance was formed between a cat and a pigeon, according to the Newcastle Journal of 1864 – the cat guarding the bird's eggs and the pigeon, in return, harassing anyone approaching her kittens. Drawn from out-of-print books and newspaper stories, this collection of anecdotes bears testament to the haughty nature and winning appeal of cats down the centuries.
The Cat Selector
How to Choose the Right Cat for You
Designed to help you choose the breed of cat that will make your perfect feline companion, David Alderton’s book begins with practical advice on choosing a kitten (or an adult cat), before setting out the history and characteristics of each breed. There is an astonishing variety of breeds, each beautifully photographed and arranged by type, from colourful cats (white, cream, red, lilac, etc.) to talented cats such as the Abyssinian, which you can train to retrieve balls.
In this extraordinary vision of the feline world we encounter a 'circus cat secretly rehearsing Hamlet', an 'unusually repulsive cat startled by a gesture of affection' and 'the exhausted Persian cat contemplating the advantages of monogamy'... three of the weird and wonderful creatures captured by Searle's inimitable illustrative style and vivid imagination.
The Philosophy of Cats
Federica Sgarbi combines her passions for philosophy and felines in this account of her successful project to rehome all 78 residents of her local cattery. She tells how she wrote 'lonely-cat ads' for them, and describes their character and appearance before reflecting on what their stories teach us about our relationship with animals, as theorized by philosophers from Plutarch and Schopenhauer to contemporary thinkers on animal rights.