Mews and Nips: Bookstore Cats


It’s no secret that cats and books are my two great loves, so I was delighted to find not just one, but two stories about bookstore cats this week.

In our first story, readers raised $1,000 to save the life of a bookstore cat in Brooklyn, NY. Galleycat reports that Holly, who has had kidney disease for over two years, which the owners of Babbo’s Books managed with a regimen of daily subcutaneous fluids, stopped eating and needed to be hospitalized and kept on IV fluids for two to three days. Holly’s guardians couldn’t afford the treatment, and asked for customers’ help. In less than 36 hours, enough money was raised for Holly’s treatment. Read the full story on Galleycat.

bookstore cat

Have you ever wanted to run an independent bookstore that comes with a cat? Well, now’s your chance! The owners of the Tales of the Lonesome Pine used bookstore in Big Stone Gap, VA (population 5,400) have put out a call for a bookstore-sitter. They will provide lodging and provisions in exchange for the bookstore-sitter keeping the store’s doors open for two months. The owner of the store is getting ready to go on a two-month booktour to promote her upcoming book The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book. Potential bookstore-sitters also must love pets: the store comes with two cats and two dogs. Read the full story in the LA Times.


We’ve previously featured stories on how to catify your house. Catification expert Miss Moderncat Kate Benjamin took the concept one step further. In a recent post on Moderncat, she featured her newly catified office. With a few simple modifications, she added vertical space for her nine cats, and of course, she did it all in her signature Moderncat style. I love the look, and I also think it’s a brilliant way to keep cats off the desk (at least some of the time)! For all the details, and photos of Kate’s catified office, please visit Moderncat.

Today’s video features the laziest cat fight ever – I’m not even sure you can really call this a fight!


Have a great weekend.

Photo sources: photo of Holly from Galleycat, photo of Big Stone Gap bookstore from LA Times, photo of Moderncat office from Moderncat

3 Comments on Mews and Nips: Bookstore Cats

  1. Claire
    September 4, 2012 at 4:24 pm (8 years ago)

    Its nice to know people wanted to help Holly out, glad she had enough money for her treatment 🙂

  2. Texas, a cat in New York
    September 2, 2012 at 9:24 am (8 years ago)

    My human is so disappointed the bookstore is too far away for her to apply MOL!
    She loves books too. And cats. Okay and chocolate but that’s not the subject.
    Have a purringly good weekend!

  3. Deb Barnes - Zee and Zoey
    September 1, 2012 at 9:29 am (8 years ago)

    How wonderful that everyone rallied so quickly to help Holly! And that sure was the lazies cat fight ever!


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