KNITS FOR KITTIES
Some of the coolest cat toys I’ve seen are knit-
$16.99. Barron’s Educational Series, Inc.; barronseduc.com
ted. If you’re handy with knitting needles, you can
easily make your own! This fun book by knit toy
designer Sarah Elizabeth Kellner features 25 knit
toy patterns for your favorite feline friend — from
dragonflies, ladybugs, and other critters to cute
little mittens, kitty heads, and even donuts! These
patterns are perfect for knitters of all abilities and
are specially designed by the author. You’ll also find a step-by-step guide
to the patterns’ stitches and techniques as well as suggestions for extra
embellishments like bells, feathers, and catnip. Let the knitting begin!
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7Books for Cat Lovers
SHOP CATS OF NEW YORK
Written by cat blogger Tamar Arslanian and with photos by
pet photographer Andrew Marttila (whose work often graces the pages of Catster), this wonderful book portrays the
Big Apple and its shops through their feline counterparts.
You’ll meet Patti Gucci, a camping store cat whose official title is Customer Therapist, Assistant Buyer, and HR;
Clive, who is the official mascot at a dog boutique; Jeffie,
who “works” at the oldest whiskey distillery in New York
City since Prohibition; and Ric and Rac, who assist cus-
tomers at a trim shop in the Garment District. And we
certainly can’t leave out one of New York’s most famous
felines — Matilda, the cat-in-residence at the Algonquin
Hotel, who gets fan mail from around the world and has
her own personal manager.
But these stories go beyond amusing anecdotes. These
cats are deeply loved and well-cared for. Some are practically legends, and many have “fans” who drop by just to
say hello, sometimes bringing a toy or treat.
When you think about it, it makes a lot of sense to
$24.99. HarperDesign, an imprint of HarperCollins
have a feline co-worker. When asked why an upscale dog
boutique had a cat as a mascot, an employee responded,
“Well, someone has to keep things in order around here.”
Publishers; harperdesignbooks.com — Annie
What does your cat’s meow mean?
Why do they sleep so much? Why
$18. Penguin Books; penguin.com
do they scratch your furniture? And
what’s the deal with catnip? These are
just a few of the questions behavior
expert Pam Johnson-Bennett answers
in this definitive guide. Organized by
topic and question, the book offers
proven methods to solve your cat’s
behavior problems, prevent them
before they even start, or simply
improve the relationship you and
your cat already have. Using her
trademark approach, “think like a cat,”
Pam will help you understand those
seemingly inexplicable feline habits.