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5Books for Cat Lovers LIFE WORKS ITSELF OUT (AND THEN YOU NAP)
We can certainly learn a thing or two from
our feline friends, and this book — a runaway
bestseller in Japan — by Keiya Mizuno and Naoki
Naganuma gives us all the lessons we need.
Inspirational quotes coupled with photos
of cats ranging from heartwarming to hilarious cover the important aspects of life: work,
communication, relaxation and adventure
Some pearls of wisdom include: laugh at
least once a day; don’t fear conflict; go out
of your way to see the world; dance your own dance; it’s good
to splurge from time to time; and surprises are everywhere.
If you need a lift or just some lighthearted life advice, who
better to turn to than cats?
$14.99. Touchstone Original Paperback;
CATS IN HATS
We all know that cats have nine lives. But
have we ever stopped to consider how
many HATS they should have? This fun
book by Kat Scratching (haha) presents 45
fabulous behatted kitties — pith helmets,
top hats, witch hats, Viking helmets and
fezes. But wait — there’s more! Each photo
is accompanied by both a hat fact (“The tall,
pleated style of the modern chef’s toque hat
originated in France in the 19th century) and
a cat fact (“The British
Shorthair was the inspi-
ration for John Tenniel’s
original illustration of
the Cheshire Cat in Alice’s
Adventures in Wonderland).
So, if you like cats, hats and
fun facts, this is the book
$9.99. Thomas Dunne
Books/St. Martin’s Griffin; stmartins.com
THE INNER LIFE OF CATS: THE
SCIENCE AND SECRETS OF
OUR MYSTERIOUS FELINE
Ever wondered what
your cat is thinking,
feeling and understanding? This book might
have some answers.
Thomas McNamee, an
acclaimed nature writer
and Guggenheim fellow,
blends the latest animal
behavior research with
the tale of his evolving
relationship with his
own cat, Augusta, to
illuminate what drives
cats to do the things they do and how they have
taken over such a significant space in our world
— and our hearts. This deeply researched book
helps us understand how our cats experience the
world and what they are trying to communicate
$27. Hachette Books;
Meet The African Wildcat
By Kim Campbell Thornton
Have you ever wondered how your tabby got his stripes? He can thank his ancestor, the African wildcat (Felis silvestris lybica). The small, wild tabby cat is usually gray or tan with a striped
forehead and cheeks, dark garters on his upper limbs and a ringed tail with
a black tip, but his color may be lighter in dry regions and darker in wet
areas. You can distinguish him from a domestic tabby by his unmarked ears
and his unusually long hind legs, which give him pouncing power.
Those are just a few of the interesting facts about the African wildcat,
the most common of the felines found in Africa. He may be common,
but he’s awfully difficult to see. On three trips to five different countries
in Africa, I have seen only one — for a couple of seconds.
African wildcats have made homes throughout the continent, living
anyplace with abundant rats and mice, small birds, lizards, snakes and large
insects. Mainly solitary, they have been spotted hunting in pairs
or family groups. Kittens are independent at 5 months.
African wildcats face an unusual threat, said wild-
life biologist Bill Given. Although they are numer-
ous, they adapt readily to living near humans and
will interbreed with domestic cats.
“While technically the number in the
population is doing well,” he said, “there is
some doubt that the pure African wildcat
will remain over time.”
In the Wild