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Meow Mix of Books

This week’s #FridayReads offers a mix of feline-themed books perfect for cat lovers and non-cat lovers alike. 

Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet by John Bradshaw

Did you know that for every dog in the world, there are three cats?  For thousands of years, cats have lived side by side with humans as household pets, and are still popular companions today.  In Cat Sense, anthrozoologist John Bradshaw uses scientific research to dispel common myths while explaining the true nature of cats’ emotional lives.  Often described as independent, predatory, and wary, cats are also flexible, easily adapting to their environments.  From lone predator to domesticated beings, Cat Sense offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of cats that will improve your pet’s life, offering advice for you and your cat to live together more harmoniously.

A Street Cat Named Bob and How He Saved My Life by James Brown

English street musician James Bowen had no money and was living hand to mouth when he found a sick and injured tomcat in the hallway of his apartment building.  Barely able to sustain himself, Bowen took in the cat, named him “Bob,” and nursed Bob back to good health.  What Bowen didn’t realize was how much his life would change with Bob.  As a recovering addict, Bowen found purpose and structure in his relationship with Bob, and the feline even helped Bowen garner more money on the streets because how can anyone say “No” to a cute little critter?  Sometimes caring for someone or something can give a renewed direction to life, and A Street Cat Named Bob… is a heartwarming memoir about second chances and friendship.  (A Street Cat Named Bob is also available in DVD format.)

The True Tails of Baker and Taylor: The Library Cats Who Left Their Pawprints on a Small Town… and the World by Jan Louch with Lisa Rogak

When there are mice in the library, what are librarians supposed to do?  For assistant librarian Jan Louch and her co-worker the decision was practical: obtain mousers.  In this case, Louch brought in Baker and Taylor, two Scottish Folds, a domesticated feline breed known for their cartilage-filled floppy ears.  Patrons immediately fell in love with Baker and Taylor, and their fame grew quickly.  Children wrote letters, fans traveled to Douglas County, Nevada to see them in person, and some patrons even tried to check out the cats through interlibrary loan.  Baker and Taylor also accrued national fame through posters, advertisements, human-sized mascots, and a fan club.  Complete with several pages of cute pictures, The True Tails of Baker and Taylor is perfect for general interest readers, librarians, and cat lovers.           



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