Posted in Cat Writers' Association, Cats, Reviews

Review of Cat Life: Celebrating the History, Culture & Love of the Cat by Amy Shojai

Review: Cat Life: Celebrating the History, Culture & Love of the Cat

*****5 stars

This book is not only beautiful, filled with gorgeous color photographs of cats, but also extremely informative. I would expect nothing less from the author. Amy Shojai is a certified animal behavior consultant who has published 30 bestselling pet books.

Cat Life is divided into four sections: Evolutionary of cat; cultured cat; physical cat, and gallery of breeds. Anything and everything a cat lover might want to know about this unique animal is included in this book. A Table of Contents and an alphabetical index are also provided to help locate topics.

If you are looking for a complete guide that is wonderfully illustrated, you need look no further than Cat Life: Celebrating the History, Culture & Love of the Cat. A companion dog volume by Ms. Shojai is also available.
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Amy Shojai is a nationally known authority on pet care and behavior, a certified animal behavior consultant, a spokesperson for the pet products industry, and the author of 30 nonfiction pet books. She also writes THRILLERS WITH BITE! which includes the dog-viewpoint thrillers LOST AND FOUND, HIDE AND SEEK, SHOW AND TELL and FIGHT OR FLIGHT. In her other life, she’s a published and produced playwright of musical theater productions (some including pet characters!).

Amy addresses a wide range of fun-to-serious issues in her work, covering dog and cat training, behavior, natural and allopathic health care, nutrition, first aid, aging pets, “the bond” and cutting-edge medical topics. In her nonfiction books, she empowers pet lovers by providing the information they need to make informed decisions for their cats and dogs. She specializes in translating “medicalese” into easily understood jargon-free language, making it accessible to all pet lovers. Oh, and she loves bling-icity!

Her work has been honored with over three dozen writing awards and she is a two-time recipient of the “Friskies Writer of the Year” award. Her articles currently appear in the Herald Democrat newspaper, on Chewy.com and PetSafe.net among others. She’s published several thousand articles and columns during her career. Amy presents a twice-monthly “Pet Talk” segment at KXII-CBS, hosted the weekly “Pet Peeves” at PetLifeRadio.com and is an expert on Animal Planet DOGS 101 and CATS 101. Sometimes she has time to sleep.

Amy has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and in The Wall Street Journal, USA Weekend, The New York Times, Washington Post, Reader’s Digest, Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Woman’s World, and many other leading newspapers and magazines. She has also been a featured pet care expert on Animal Planet Dogs 101, Cats 101, Petsburgh USA/Disney Channel program, Good Day New York, Fox News: Pet News, NBC Today Show, WGN-Chicago “Pet Central” and “Animal Planet Radio” and many others.

She is an active member of the International Thriller Writers, Sisters In Crime, and Alliance of Independent Authors. Amy is a certified member of International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, founder and Past President of the Cat Writers’ Association, member of the Dog Writers Association of America, and Past President and Honorary Lifetime Member of Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. She frequently speaks to groups on a variety of pet-related and writing issues, lectures at veterinary and writer conferences, and conducts training and behavior demonstrations around the country.

She and her husband live with Karma-Kat the feline delinquent and Bravo-Boy, the Bullmastiff. They, along with the enduring inspiration of Siamese wannabe Seren-Kitty and Magical-Dawg the German Shepherd, continue to inspire her work. Find more information about her work at www.shojai.com and follow her Bling, Bitches & Blood Blog at https://amyshojai.com.

Posted in Cats, holidays

Wow Meow! It’s National Cat Day!

Today is the day we celebrate those mysterious, funny, lovable creatures called cats who come into our lives and bring so much joy but also sadness when they go. National Cat Day was created to help the public recognize the need to rescue cats. It also encourages cat lovers to recognize the companionship and unconditional love that pet cats give us. This isn’t the only cat-related “holiday” celebrated in October which is known as Black Cat Appreciation Month. I wrote about other special October cat days on another blog. You can read my post On Pens, Paws, and Claws here and my cat Harry’s post about Black Cat Day here.

Cat lovers are encouraged today to share photos and stories of their cats on social media with #NationalCatDay.

Here are a few photos of my special cats, Harry, Hermione, and Stripey:

Stripey, my 11-year old, male Mackerel Tabby
Harry (black American shorthair) and his sister, Hermione (dilute calico)
Harry and Hermione
Harry and Hermione on their cat tree
me and Harry
Harry in his favorite spot atop our printer
Hermione in her favorite spot, the basket on top of my bedroom closet
Me, Harry, and Hermione
Harry, Hermione, and Stripey
Posted in Cats, Kittens

Remembering Harry and Hermione’s Adoption on Remember Me Thursday

Since today, September 26, is Remember Me Thursday, I thought I’d share the story of my one-year-old cats, Harry and Hermione, who we adopted last October when they were three-month-old kittens. My 14-year-old daughter had never had a kitten. We had an older cat who passed away when she was four. Then we adopted our present cat, Stripey. He was almost a year old and full-grown. He didn’t hit it off well with Holly because she was a typical noisy toddler. When Oliver came along, the senior cat I took in after my mother could no longer care for him, Holly began to bond with him, but he attached himself to me. My husband promised Holly that she could have her own cat when Oliver passed away. Five years later, that happened. It was a heartbreak for all of us. We didn’t rush to get another cat, and Stripey seemed content to be an only cat again.

As the one-year mark approached that Oliver took his trip to Rainbow Bridge, a cat cafe opened up on Long Island called The Shabby Tabby Cat Cafe. I thought it would be fun to visit and see the cats. We took a trip there, and Holly fell in love with a kitten named Ringo. Unfortunately, someone else had already laid claim to him. Holly was upset, but her dad assured her that we would get a cat for her eventually, and I explained that Ringo was just not the one meant for her.

We took another trip to the cat cafe on October 21, three days before my daughter’s 14th birthday. There was a fall fair going on in town that day, and I thought we’d just drop into Shabby Tabby and see if they had any new cats. It turned out that they had several new kittens. My daughter spotted a black one right away and began playing with him. Although Ringo had been white and orange, she’d always said she wanted a black cat, but the main thing was one that connected with her.

All the cats at the cafe are named. I found out they come from the Golden Paws Society rescue in Huntington. After playing with Harry for a while, Holly told me she was in love with him. I could see why. He was a playful fellow who seemed affectionate and bright. When I asked if he was available, I was told he was but that he couldn’t be separated from his sister, Hermione, a calico kitten. I knew my husband wouldn’t like the idea of our taking two kittens when we already had another cat, but when I laid eye on Hermione, I was sold. It was like fate because I’d always wanted a calico cat after having so many other types of cats all my life. I also thought it would be great for the two kittens to be together as playmates. Eventually, I could introduce our older cat to them.

I completed the adoption forms that had to be approved by Golden Paws and set a pickup date for that Wednesday night, October 24, which was the best day for us because I had the next two days off to watch the kittens while Holly was in school. It also happened to be her birthday. My husband wasn’t thrilled when we broke the news, but he finally agreed. To prepare for the new arrivals, I picked up some supplies including a similar pet playpen in which the kittens could stay when we weren’t around. We set it up in my daughter’s room because we wanted her to learn the responsibility of caring for her cats. She was able to fit a food and water bowl inside, a few safe toys, and a litter box. She also cleaned her room and made it cat friendly.

On October 24, we picked the kittens up from Golden Paws. When we got them home, they seemed to do fine in Holly’s room. They were accustomed to the playpen from the cat cafe, although my daughter kept them out after school while she was doing her homework. At night, Harry curled up and slept on her chest. We learned Hermione, despite being tinier and lighter than Harry, was a big jumper, so we had to be careful to keep the room closed when we entered and left. Stripey peeked in the “nursery,” and eyed the kittens. When they were old enough to be introduced to him, there was some hissing all around, but eventually they became accustomed to one another.

Harry and Hermione have grown into beautiful and loving cats. I’m convinced that they were meant for us, and we were meant for them.To help other pets find their forever homes and maybe win a prize for yourself and a rescue or shelter, visit the Remember Me Thursday website (https://remembermethursday.org/contest/) and share your rescue pet’s photo and story.

Posted in Cats

Appreciating my Black Cat Harry on Black Cat Appreciation Day

Today, August 17, is Black Cat Appreciation Day, and I’m happy to say that I have my own mini panther. Harry turned a year old in August and is the sweetest fur boy you could imagine. Here are some photos of this handsome cat.

 

 

 

 

For those familiar with my books, you know that I like to write about cats. Although the library cat in my Cobble Cove mystery series is Siamese, I have included black cats in some of my writing. In my latest release, Sea Scope, there’s a black cat named Al who lives at the inn in the book.

I also feature a female black cat, Agatha, in my short story, Murder at Lavender Lake Library.

Here are so more photos of Harry. Do you have a handsome or beautiful black cat?

 

 

 

 

Posted in Books, Cats, Freebies and Special Offers

Celebrate Harry and Hermione’s First Birthdays with Two Free Books

To celebrate Harry and Hermione’s first birthdays, you can get two of my books free, Love on the Rocks, my latest Cobble Cove cozy mystery, and Reason to Die, my mystery thriller. Both will be free Kindle ebooks on Amazon from Friday, July 19 to Monday, July 22.

Love on the Rocks
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It’s February in the small town of Cobble Cove. Love is in the air . . . but so is murder!

When Alicia helps plan a Valentine’s Day Party at the Cobble Cove library that also includes a surprise for her newlywed friend, Gilly, things go wrong when a mysterious box of chocolates addressed to the director turns out laced with poison.

Clues Lead to A Dead Suspect

Although Alicia promised John she’ll no longer meddle in crime investigations, she and Gilly set out to find the person threatening Sheila who murdered the courier of the deadly candy. The three people they suspect include the professor from California who’s been romancing Sheila while she assists him with research for his book; the obnoxious patron Rhonda Kleisman who threw coffee at the director after refusing to pay for a damaged book; and a visiting widow staying at Gilly’s inn who’s unnaturally curious about Sheila and earns the nickname of Madame Defarge for her interest in knitting.

New Cat in Town

While Alicia and Gilly are trying to solve this new Cobble Cove mystery, Sneaky is introduced to Gilly’s new kitten, Kittykai, a calico she brought home from her honeymoon in Hawaii. It’s not like at first sight, but the two cats eventually become friends. They also both play a part in foiling the killer’s murder attempts, but will Alicia and Sheila survive unscathed?

Reason to Die
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Someone is strangling disabled people in the small town of Baxter, Connecticut. Detective Courtney Lang and her ex-partner and ex-lover, wheelchair-bound Bill Thompson, are paired up again and put in charge of the investigation. During the course of their search, Courtney uncovers information that points toward a connection between the murders and an unsolved series of muggings by a masked man, the same man who shot and disabled Bill a year ago on the night he proposed marriage to her.

Complicating matters for Courtney is her guilt about Thompson’s shooting, her affair with her new partner, Mark Farrell, and her unresolved feelings over the deaths of her mother and sister who perished in a fire while she was away from home.

As the deaths accrue and the “Handicapped Strangler” as the killer is coined by the press continues to rampage the town adding victims of different ages, sex, and disabilities to the murder count, Courtney discovers a clue that could crack open the case but may put her and Bill’s life in jeopardy.

I hope you enjoy the books.

Also, in honor of Harry and Hermione turning 1, I’m hosting a fundraiser for the Golden Paws Society, the rescue from which they came. The fundraiser is running through July 24. It would be great if you could contribute any amount to help other kittens and cats find homes. https://www.facebook.com/donate/1954368081329994/

In addition, one of the winners of my recent Kitten Day Contest operates a rescue that is greatly in need of help. Any amount you can donate to her GoFundMe campaign will be much appreciated. https://www.gofundme.com/f/lynnes-kitty-rescue

Due to some personal issues, this blog will be on hiatus until further notice starting August 1. However, special promotions, offers, and important notices will be posted on an occasional basis. Thanks for subscribing and for your support. 

Posted in Cats, Contest, Kittens

Kitten Day Contest Winners, Important Info About Wet Cat Food, A Giveaway, and 2 Fundraisers

National Kitten Day was celebrated on July 10. On that day, on behalf of my cats, Harry and Hermione, I posted a contest for free coupons good for 12-count variety packs of Purina Fancy Feast® brand wet cat food, any variety (up to $11.99 value) as well as a photo op for the winners’ cats. The coupons were provided by Purina along with information on the advantages of including wet food in cats’ diets.

Although many cats prefer dry food, wet food is an important part of a cat’s diet. Here’s why according to nutritionists at Purina:

Water makes up 60 per cent of a cat’s body, so it’s important for them to stay hydrated. The moisture in wet food gives them additional hydration because each lap from their water bowl only gives them about 3/100 of a teaspoon.

Wet food is also high in protein which helps maintain the muscle mass that they lose as they age.

Wet food is available in many different varieties and flavors that may appeal to even finicky felines. It is also easily digestible and contains all the vital nutrients and elements for a cat’s diet.

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest. Below are the winning entries.

Karma and Kash
Skipper
Una
Jake
Copper

Also, mark your calendars for my two free book giveaways from July 19 to 22.  During that time, to celebrate Harry and Hermione’s first birthdays, you can get your free books here: mybook.to/RTD mybook.to/cc4

Also, in honor of Harry and Hermione turning 1, I’m hosting a fundraiser for the Golden Paws Society, the rescue from which they came. The fundraiser has already started, and it would be great if you could contribute any amount to help other kittens and cats find homes. https://www.facebook.com/donate/1954368081329994/

Also, one of the winners of the Kitten Day Contest operates a rescue that is greatly in need of help. Any amount you can donate to her GoFundMe campaign will be much appreciated. https://www.gofundme.com/f/lynnes-kitty-rescue

Posted in Cats, Contest, Kittens

Last Chance to Enter The Kitten Day Contest for Free Cat Food and A Photo Op for Your Fur Baby

National Kitten Day was celebrated on July 10. On that day, on behalf of my cats, Harry and Hermione, I posted a contest for free coupons good for 12-count variety packs of Purina Fancy Feast® brand wet cat food, any variety (up to $11.99 value). This Sunday night, July 14, Harry and Hermione will paw five random winners for these coupons from everyone who sends a photo of their kittens or cats to me at debbiewriter@yahoo.com  with the email subject: Kitten Day Contest Entry and follows me on any or all of the following social media sites. The winners will be contacted on Monday, July 15. Winners must be U.S. residents. In addition to winning the coupons, each winner will have their kitten or cats’ photo posted on this site in the future.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/debbie.delouise.author/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Deblibrarian

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2750133.Debbie_De_Louise

Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/2bIHdaQ

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/debbie-de-louise

Website/Blog/Newsletter Sign-Up: https://debbiedelouise.com

Also, mark your calendars for my two free book giveaways from July 19 to 21.  During that time, to celebrate Harry and Hermione’s first birthdays, you can get your free books here: mybook.to/RTD mybook.to/cc4

Also, in honor of Harry and Hermione turning 1, I’m hosting a fundraiser for the Golden Paws Society, the rescue from which they came. The fundraiser has already started, and it would be great if you could contribute any amount to help other kittens and cats find homes. https://www.facebook.com/donate/1954368081329994/