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.
A Literary Anthology
Although they have been our domestic companions for millennia, cats still retain their air of inscrutability, intriguing and inspiring writers through the ages. This anthology brings together many of the best-loved literary depictions of our feline friends, including Edward Lear’s ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’, Kipling’s ‘Cat that Walked by Himself’ and – of course – Lewis Carroll’s enigmatic Cheshire Cat. The book is illustrated throughout with scenes of cats at rest and at play.
Cats in Movies
A frantic tabby flees down the runway in North by Northwest; the marmalade Lawrence of Arabia with startling blue eyes leads the way across the desert... These notecards feature ‘stills’ from 20 great movies, all with feline stars. The paintings by the very distinctive cat artist Susan Herbert (1945–2014) are drawn from her bestselling Cats Galore: A Compendium of Cultured Cats (2015). There are 20 blank notecards with envelopes. Boxed.
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.
The Life and Love of Cats
Structuring his book around the mythical nine lives of cats, author and photographer Lewis Blackwell explores the feline mystery and magic that brings so much joy to cat-lovers, but he also asks: what do cats think of us? The text ranges from the history of cats - big and domestic - to their sense of smell, their healing powers and superstitions surrounding black cats, and accompanies 115 full-page and double-page cat portraits by leading animal photographers from around the world. Felt-tip mark on upper trimmed edge.