A fun new tribute to cats, the cat book In Defense of Cats! describes, praises and defends cats in an irresistible way. Written in rhyming couplets of narrative poetry, the book is enjoyable to read (and hear) over and over again.
Cat lovers of all ages will enjoy the amusing and gallant British cat character named Sir William who boldly and bravely stands up for himself and his compatriots against those who would defame his fellow felines. With each vignette that he recounts, Sir William further whisks readers and listeners on an interesting insider’s journey into the minds and lives of cats, and then completes his crusade with a sublime appeal to the heart.
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The New Cat Book Is Now Available at Amazon's Kindle Store!
The first edition of In Defense of Cats! was published online in August 2011 and is available for purchase at Amazon's Kindle Store as a downloadable eBook for your computer, laptop, computer tablet, smartphone or Kindle device. The Kindle reading application is free to download and very user-friendly.
Offered in both American English and British English (also known as the Queen's English or Oxford English), the poetic tribute also features a few illustrations of the cat Sir William and a special medal.
To Purchase the Book or Download a Free Sample*:
* Both also include the free Kindle software application for any computer and a few free complete Kindle books such as Aesop's Fables, Pride and Prejudice, and Treasure Island (but those books could vary). Try it out, it's really fun and easy technology!
Inspiration for Writing In Defense of Cats!
Author Janette Noelle Dean originally wrote the poem on a beautiful day in Los Angeles in response to negative comments about cats that she had heard through the years. Her aim with the book is to defend cats and cat behavior with humor by sharing the habits and experiences of domestic cats while showing concern for endangered wild cats as well.
The poem is also meant to be a witty allegory for human prejudgments. To reveal the importance of dignity, love and understanding - and the values of diversity, tolerance and empathy - she found a most appropriate figure in the very individualistic and controversial, yet highly companionable and beloved cat.
Janette named her Sir William cat character after "The Bard" William Shakespeare who is one of the greatest English poets and playwrights in history and known for many poignant monologues.
Rose Dean, Janette's mother, brought Janette's vision of Sir William to life in three striking and appealing illustrations offered in the book.
A second version of the book will be offered in mid-2013 which will include Rose's fifteen other illustrations of cats in the book.
Schools and community organizations can also stage the book as a fun play for children. The book is also a fun and engaging book for anyone who is learning English as a second language.
The Popularity and Importance of Cats and Pets
Cats – and the books, movies, and plays about them such as the recent Warriors series by Erin Hill – are extremely popular. In fact, according to the 2013-2014 American Pet Products Association's Pet Owners Survey which releases 2012-collected data, the most numerous family pet in America is the cat with 45.3 million households owning over 95.6 million cats. The New York Times says that more men are unabashedly embracing their love of cats, too.
Janette and Rose also love dogs and according to the same survey, there are over 83.3 million dogs in America in over 56.7 million households. America is therefore quite an animal-loving country (like many other countries) with the survey showing there are over 68% of U.S. households with a pet - a total of 82.5 million households (the White House included!). New research also indicates that being exposed to cats and dogs within one's first year of life can prevent lifelong allergies.
Most importantly, research studies recently reported in Woman's Day continue to prove that owning and bonding with pets elevates feelings of well-being and happiness, teaches love and nurturing, lowers stress, and provides other health benefits. In fact, as reported by the National Science Foundation, 100% of pet owners consider their pets as family members. (It's therefore wise to remember that the holidays can be a dangerous time for pets, but you can help protect them in advance with this useful federal safety guide.)
To learn some more facts and trivia about domestic cats, take The Ultimate Domestic Cats Quiz created by Animal Planet and Discovery Communications in April 2013.