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The world’s first truly interactive ebook about cats

May 25th, 2012

The Interactive A-Z Guide To Famous Cats Cover.indd
How it came about
I wanted to use the strength of the technology to help people, in a way that just hasn’t been possible for authors before. There’s a double search function built into this ebook, so that you can search very easily through over 400 separate entries.

The world’s first truly interactive feline ebook is now available, entitled The Interactive A-Z Guide to Famous Cats. I wanted to use the strength of the technology to help people, in a way that just hasn’t been possible for authors before. There’s a double search function built into this ebook, so that you can search very easily through over 400 separate entries.

You can move forward between cross-references and also go back between individual entries at a single click. This allows you to follow up on a particular thread of interest, whether you want to know about the various cats that have lived in the White House down the years perhaps, or those that were in Top Cat’s gang!

In addition, the cats themselves are divided into different groups. This means that you can sort the entries throughout the book, separating out all the real live cats, fictional cats, cartoon cats, musical cats or simply amazing cats, with a single search command. It means that not only is the book more useful as a result, but it actually becomes more personal too.

Cat sayings and more
Alongside this interactive directory, I’ve also published a companion ebook, called Cats & Us: The World of Famous Cats. This title looks in more detail at the ways in which cats have shaped our world, from feline sayings that have entered our language to symbols and imagery relating to cats. There’s also plenty of coverage of individual cats that have made their mark in the world as well, with the text extending to over 26,000 words.

Availability
Both these titles are available in Kindle format from Amazon, as well as through the iBookstore, Barnes & Noble’s NOOK programme and through the Kobo network.

Dangerous substances for cats

September 25th, 2010

A surprising number of household products and remedies, including aspirin, are poisonous to cats, and so it’s never advisable to treat a sick cat without seeking veterinary advice first. Other dangers include anti-freeze, which cats like to drink, even though it will cause kidney failure. Be sure to keep all such chemicals out of reach of cats around the home. If you suspect that your cat might have ingested a poisonous substance, you may be able to give it salt water to make it vomit, based on your vet’s advice. But never try to make a cat sick if you suspect that it has drunk a corrosive substance.

A Strange-coloured Cat

June 12th, 2010

Unusual silvery colouration in a cat. © kgsz.

Unusual silvery colouration in a cat. © kgsz.

It’s not just dogs like the spotted individual here which can have really unusual markings. Strange patterning can also crop up in cats too! Whereas show breeders have sought to define the colours of bicoloured cats more distinctly, most moggies still have odd white hairs intruding into the adjacent coloured areas of their coat. Yet this particular cat from Poland is a extreme example. The white and black areas in its coat actually merge together to create this highly unusual silvery effect.

Cat voted leader of UK political party : policy change follows

April 18th, 2010

One cat has risen to lead one of the United Kingdom’s most colourful political parties. The Monster Raving Loony Party was set up in 1983 by a rock musician David Sutch, who was better-known to the public as Screaming Lord Sutch, and campaigned hard at various elections on policies including the abolition of income tax. Following the death of the party founder in 1999, the membership then met to vote for a successor.

The result was a tie between Alan “Howling Laud” Hope, who was acting leader, and his cherished pet, Cat Mandu. The cat was hailed as being responsible for producing the party’s manifesto for the general election of 2001, which consisted of a blank sheet of paper. Sadly, this new era of co-operation in British politics came to a premature end in July 2002, when Cat Mandu was killed by a car crossing the street.

But Cat Mandu lived long enough to see a lasting policy change affecting cats, arising from a proposal put forward by the Monster Raving Loony Party in 1984. Their proposal for pet passports was laughed at by all the mainstream parties at that stage. And yet these were introduced by the British government in 2001 and now cats can travel to the United Kingdom from Europe and a number of other countries without having to spend time in quarantine.

Cat Mandu is just one of cats featured in my book Famous Felines available here from the Pet Info Club shop.