Musetta here, and I’m logging on to tell you: I hate summer.
Does that surprise you? As a cat, I am essentially a desert animal. My body temperature runs higher than yours, and I could lay in the sun for hours, soaking up the rays. (When I do this, my mom says I’m the solar-powered kitty, recharging.) But as a writer’s cat, I’ve learned a few things. And number one is that summer means travel. For my humans, of course. Not for me, and I hate that.Continue Reading
I am super excited to announce that Mango Media will be publishing two new books by me in 2016!
Tortitude: The Little Book of Cats With a Big Attitude, will come out in February of 2016. The book will include entertaining and educational facts about torties, as well as funny, inspirational and thought-provoking quotes. And of course, there will be lots and lots of photos of torties!
Mango Media will also publish Purrs of Wisdom Volume 2: Enlightenment, Feline Style. This compilation of lessons in conscious living, inspired by cats, will offer encouragement, guidance and inspiration for living a joyful, conscious life. This title will come out in the spring of 2016.Continue Reading
Lil BUB is on a mission to make the world a better place. This magical little cat has raised already raised well over $125,000 for animals in need, and she’s not anywhere near done yet. For her latest project, BUB has teamed up with Norbert, an adorable therapy dog, to write a book titled Norbert and Lil BUB: What Can Little We Do?
Individually, BUB and Norbert have already touched the lives of millions; just think of what they could do together as a team! By combining their superpowers, they can show us that despite our differences, together we can achieve something otherwise unattainable – a collaborative effort full of love, magic and inspiration.Continue Reading
Ernesto, the white kitten at the center of Kittens Can Kill, Clea Simon’s latest mystery in the Pet Noir series featuring animal psychic Pru Marlowe, may not know exactly what happened when a noted Beauville lawyer died, but he is pretty sure that Pru will figure it out. In the meantime, we sat down with him to ask him what was going on – and how he feels about his new role as the only witness to murder.
I’m not fond of the term Crazy Cat Lady. It diminishes those of us who love cats for the unique and wonderful creatures that they are by assigning a label that usually has a derogatory connotation, even if it’s used with humorous self-deprecation. I’m not even all that comfortable with the term “cat lady,” because most people immediately add the “crazy” in front of it in their minds. However, the “cat lady” image is changing, with trailblazers such as the stylish Kate Benjamin of Hauspanther leading the way. A new book, Cat Lady Chic, also blows the image of the unfashionable, unkempt, frumpy cat lady out of the water.Continue Reading
It seems only fitting that the first book review of the new year is also one of my all time favorite cat books. Originally published in 1957, The Fur Person is one of the most endearing cat stories I’ve ever read. Featuring the true adventures of Tom Jones, May Sarton’s own cat, this little book captures the essence of what a cat is all about in the beautiful prose of this gifted and sensitive writer and poet. Continue Reading
I don’t keep track of the number of books I read each year, but my best guess is somewhere between 150 and 200, and at least half of them have something to do with cats. I reviewed more than 30 books here on The Conscious Cat this year.
I made a commitment to myself long ago that I would never post a bad book review. I feel that every author pours his or her heart and soul into a book, and just because I don’t like a book doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not a good book. As a result, if you see a book reviewed here on the site, it means that I really liked it. This makes it challenging each year to pick only ten favorites, especially since the books cover such a wide variety of genres.Continue Reading
I’m not a big fan of the “cats are better than dogs” meme, because I’m not a fan of anything that polarizes people rather than brings them together. For that reason, I was a little hesitant to take a look at 67 Reasons Why Cats are Better than Dogs by Jack Shepherd, the editorial director of the massive social media and entertainment company Buzzfeed. I’m glad I decided to check this book out.