This post contains affiliate links*

My favorite city in the world and cats – what could be better? I’d been looking forward to Shop Cats of New York ever since I first heard about the book’s concept. This first book by Tamar Arslanian, known for her blog – “Single in the City with Cat(s)”, combines Tamar’s love for cats and for her city in one beautiful package.

Tamar introduces us to shop cats ranging from the famous Matilda, who resides at the Algonquin Hotel, to ordinary cats who live at copy shops, distilleries, bookstores, and bodegas. The stunning photographs by Andrew Martilla, combined with the backstory Tamar provides for each of the cats, take the reader on a feline-centric tour of the city’s five boroughs.


Tamar also addresses an issue about shop cats that I’ve often wondered about myself. Like me, she felt bad about cats who lived out their days in businesses, wondering whether they wouldn’t be better off in more traditional living situations. Meeting the cats in the book not only dispelled those misgivings for Tamar, it made her realize that these cats probably have more human interaction than many apartment cats in the city who only see their humans before and after work and on weekends.


This gorgeous book is much more than just a beautiful cat book. It’s a celebration of the bond between cats and humans, and one woman’s love affair with her city.

Shop Cats of New York is available from Amazon and everywhere books are sold.

You can find more stories about the shop cats of New York on Facebook and Instagram.

*FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. Receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The Conscious Cat is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to products on Amazon.

10 Comments on Review: Shop Cats of New York

  1. I’m in Perth, Western Australia. I really hope I can find it in one of our bookshops, otherwise I’ll order it online. Thank you, can’t wait to read it. 🙂

    • Hi Helen! I’d be thrilled if you are able to find it in a bookshop! I do know that some book shops in Australia have in fact ordered it but not sure which – i’ll bet they would order it for you! And I do know you can for sure purchase it locally online! I hope you get a copy – or two 🙂 I know you will enjoy it! The publisher did a lovely job producing it! Thanks for loving the kitties!

  2. I am looking for my next true cat story book. There were 3 business where I live, which have shop cats. I love this. I love any place where cats enjoy good lives as they should.

    • I hope you check out my book – there are stories on each of the cats ranging the gamut from funny cute and sweet to touching. And Andrew’s photography makes it coffee table worthy

  3. I’m so proud of my friend Tamar. This is an idea whose time has certainly come and will do everything to raise the consciousness pf those who do not know about these cats and their wonderful environments and guardians. This promises to be a one of a kind piece.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.