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
Though they have lived alongside us for millennia, cats remain inscrutable. This guide to feline nature and neuroses draws on the latest scientific research to decode their often-puzzling behaviour, and explain how we can better understand their thoughts, their actions, and what they are trying to communicate. Cutting-edge science is interwoven with the author’s account of how a black kitten named Augusta found her way into his heart. Off-mint.
Portraits of Champion Breeds Preened to Perfection
Admired by humans since the earliest civilizations and prized for their mousing, the keeping of cats purely as pets developed from the 17th century and the first show demonstrating 'fancy' breeds took place in 1868. This portfolio presents 40 studio portraits of modern champion breeds from Siamese and Russian Blue to the hairless Sphynx and provides details about each pedigree and a brief history of cats and cat shows.
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.
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.