Book Mews: Claws, Confessions of a Professional Cat Groomer

Hello everyone,

There are so many  TV programmes throwing light on what it’s like to do various jobs and professions; doctors, lawyers train drivers, vets  and journalists included. These programmes have even been shown to influence teenagers’s career choices. Now there hasn’t been a programme about cat grooming yet (to my knowledge) but there is now a book by London based Professional Cat Groomer and Cat Behaviourist, Anita Kelsey;

Anita Kelsey is the only cat specific behaviourist in London, with a work based degree in feline behaviour and psychology, as well as ample experience with cat behaviour and grooming. Throughout her years of visiting people’s homes, she has amassed a wealth of adorable and ridiculous stories about her feline clients, and their owners

Now, cat grooming is a whole new world to me even though we have our own three kitties (thankfully we are able to take care of their low maintenance grooming needs) so I was especially interested to know what professional grooming involves.

Each of the book’s 20 short chapters is a self contained story based on Anita’s experience while grooming a particular cat such as Tilly Too Toos (below left), Little Wolf  (below right) and Little Miss Sleepy Head (this sounds like a certain black, three pawed cat we know). These humorous chapter names gave me the feeling I was going to like this book.

What hit me first about the book is Anita’s honesty in sharing her experiences – warts and all. From being hospitalised by a cat not happy to be bathed, dealing with rude clients to struggling to get the neat finish she’d like to give her feline clients. It’s this honesty that allows you to laugh at the situations she finds herself in. And laugh I did (much to the annoyance of my fellow passengers) as I squeezed in a chapter on my short journey to work. Each laugh was breathed with a twinge of guilt at the situations Anita had to face in her newly chosen career though. Although my other half is German I still find Schadenfreude an uneasy concept. What also permeates the stories is Anita’s enthusiasm to get the job done but not at all costs, sometimes admitting defeat rather than cause more stress for the cats she’s grooming by using less holistic methods.

Anita Kelsey is one of a small group of holistic low-stress cat groomers in the UK, taking cat grooming to the next level. The only cat groomer in the UK who also holds a degree in cat behaviour,

So, if you want to know what it’s really like to be a professional cat groomer, visiting client’s in their homes and at the same time enjoy the refreshing honesty of the author’s anecdotes then get yourself a copy of Claws, Confessions of a Professional Cat Groomer.

Oh, did I tell you about the Mog Tips? No? Well, not only does the author share her funny stories with us, the book contains numerous snippets of really useful advice and tips on how to groom a cat in different situations. Now, be really thankful that you won’t have to go through what Anita did to get this knowledge 🙂

If you would like to get the book yourself it is available from:

Amazon UK by clicking on Claws, Confessions of a Professional Cat Groomer.
Amazon US by clicking on  Claws, Confessions of a Professional Cat Groomer.
Amazon DE by clicking on  Claws, Confessions of a Professional Cat Groomer.

More about the author:

Anita Kelsey holds a first class honours degree in Feline Behaviour and Psychology (work based BA Hons) and runs a vet referral service dedicated strictly to the diagnosis and treatment of behaviour problems in cats. She is also a qualified cat groomer and specialises in grooming aggressive or phobic cats. Anita writes for Your Cat Magazine and is on their experts panel answering readers questions on cat grooming. She also advises on feline behaviour for the CFBA (Canine and Feline Behaviour) magazine as well as being a full member. Anita, a strong advocate of a vegan lifestyle, is based in Notting Hill, London but consults all over the UK as well as international requests. She lives with her husband, a music producer, and two Norwegian Forest cats, Kiki and Zaza.

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Thanks,

Iain

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Book Mews: Shop Cats of New York

Hi everyone,

Today we are looking at the book Shop Cats of New York by Tamar Arslanian.

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SHOP CATS OF NEW YORK  blends the introspective eye of Humans of New York with the visual intelligence of The French Cat to depict the Big Apple from the perspective of their diverse and enchanting rulers: felines. Combined with lively photography, this book gives voices to the creatures beloved for their mystique, independence, and vitality.

Depicting the character of New York and its shops through their cat counterparts, the author and photographer capture distinctive cats such as:

  • a camping store cat whose official title is “customer therapist, assistant buyer and HR”
  • a wine store cat with his own chiropractor—he has a bad back
  • a cat in an occult shop who casts spells at night carrying a magic wand in her mouth
  • a cat who is a the mascot at a dog boutique
  • a bookstore cat who almost killed a live chicken during toddler story time

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Beyond the clever stories these cats offer, they are legends inside New York institutions like the Algonquin Hotel, Bleecker Street Records, Kings County Distillery, and many more. From the amusing to the benevolent, this book uncovers these 40 cats’ different personalities and the shops they deem home. Celebrated cat blogger Tamar Arslanian and popular Instagram pet photographer Andrew Marttila illustrate the love and warmth these felines elicit in their urban kingdom.

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SHOP CATS OF NEW YORK is the perfect holiday gift book for those who venerate the species, city life, and the creatures who keep their celebrated shops lively. It can be nearly impossible to deduce what is stirring inside these majestic animals’ brains, but Arslanian and Marttila get as close as humanly possible.

Our over-all verdict: This book is simply purrfect! Having been to the big apple earlier this year we recognised many of the cats in the book as we met them on our adventures in New York! But it also gave us insights on how many we missed and whom we will have to meet on a future trip!

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If you enjoy great cat photos but also learn more about their history and the history of the area / place they live in when this is your PERFECT book!

If you would like to get the book yourself it is available from:

Paperback directly from the Publisher here for the USA
Amazon UK by clicking here.
Amazon US by clicking here or through Barnes & Nobles here.
Amazon DE by clicking here.

More about the author:

Tamar Arslanian
is the author of the blog IHaveCat.com, and has served as Vice President of Account Management at numerous high profile New York City advertising agencies. She currently consults pet brands on marketing and social media, writes for numerous pet outlets and shares her home with three rescue cats Kip, Petie and Haddie.

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Thanks,

Marc

We regularly write about all things relating to cats on our Blog Katzenworld!

My partner and I are owned by three cheeky cats that get up to all kind of mischief that of course you’ll also be able to find out more about on our Blog

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Book Mews: The Cats Who Crossed Over From Paris

Hi everyone,

Today we are looking at the book The Cats Who Crossed Over From Paris by R.F. Kristi.

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The Cats Who Crossed Over from Paris: Enchanting New Book for Kids & Animal Lovers; Hailed “Fantastic!” by Critics.

Out of all pets, cats have a distinct personality and aura of seriousness that makes them some of the most fascinating creatures on the planet. According to many cat owners, their pets always appear to be plotting something, including the leading felines in R.F. Kristi’s enthralling new book.

‘The Cats Who Crossed Over from Paris’ is part one of Kristi’s new ‘Inca Cat Series’. Forget simple meowing – these cats have a crime to solve!

Synopsis:

Inca, a Siberian puss, tells the story about her furry family – her brother Fromage, who is addicted to cheese and considers himself a cheese monger, and her sister, Cara, a gorgeous but timid Siamese. Inca, an avid fan of Dr. House, considers herself the leader of the troupe and responsible for the well-being of the family. They own, according to Inca, Missy, a young humanoid who has a well-established cheese shop in Paris. The story revolves around how Missy decides to move to London with her co-partners, Jacques and Genevieve, to run their new cheese shop and café. Can Fromage leave his pal, Charlotte, behind? Soon after arriving in London, the three cats accompany Missy to their neighbor’s house where they meet Monk, a blue Russian cat and Terrance, a golden retriever owned by their famous neighbor, a detective named Solo, living in the same compound in Kensington.

Things start to get interesting when Monk tries to help their neighbor, Polo, a sad little Pekinese whose mistress, a formerly well-known opera singer who is pining for her lost husband, has her valuable diamond necklace stolen. Can Inca and her family assist Monk and Terrance to recover the diamond necklace and resolve Polo’s problems

Our over-all verdict: Animal lovers young or old will love this book and the adventures of the furry main characters! The fun stories that will keep you in their grip until the end are accompanied by brilliant illustrations such as the one shown below:

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We highly recommend this book for animal lovers of all ages. 🙂

If you would like to get the book yourself it is available from:

Paperback directly from the Publisher here for the UK (eBook) and here for Australia (paperback).
Amazon UK by clicking here.
Amazon US by clicking here.
Amazon DE by clicking here.

More about the author:
David St John Thomas was a well-known writer and publisher. He established and ran David & Charles, the UK publishing house, for 30 years. David wrote over 25 books on a variety of subjects and well over a million copies of his books are in print. He also ran a charitable trust with the aim of assisting writers in their careers. And, naturally, a passionate cat lover!

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Thanks,

Marc

We regularly write about all things relating to cats on our Blog Katzenworld!

My partner and I are owned by three cheeky cats that get up to all kind of mischief that of course you’ll also be able to find out more about on our Blog

If you are interested in joining us by becoming a regular contributor / guest author do drop me a message.