Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,
I HAVE CAT, reached out to me to see if I would review her new book, Shop Cats of New York, I agreed. And boy, am I glad I did. I really didn’t think I would like it so much. It is so well done. When it arrived in my mailbox, I took it out of the packaging and put it on the sink next to my toilet. Yup. That’s about the only place I read. And I found myself sitting on the toilet way longer than I normally do to read about the next shop cat. You can buy Shop Cats of New York on Amazon. Tamar, a long resident of New York City, decided to put together a book about cats that occupy commercial spaces in New York City, like Matilda of the Algonquin Hotel – a rescue Ragdoll cat. Each kitty is featured for 2-3 pages with 3-4 photos of each kitty in their environment. And co-author Andrew Marttila took the beautiful photos that capture each kitty and their shop so well. I was sort of envious reading this book when I thought about Tamar getting to be a journalist for all these special kitties – interviewing their owners and also meeting all the kitties in the process. And then the fun of putting it together – and finding the next shop cat. It’s such a fun and cute idea – honoring the majestic-ness of kitties. It is a great book overall – I loved reading each kitty’s story and found myself wanting to learn about more shop cats. I’ve certainly seen and met shop cats – and thought about them alone at night when the store is closed, for example. This book offers insight into their lives. I can see this book being one that occupies a coffee table after you have finished reading it, or one that you pass onto friends or one that you keep in the guest bathroom for people to look at. It is definitely a book I would pick up and read in a doctor’s waiting room, for example. Heck, every vet should have one in their waiting room. Here’s a teaser video that explains the book as well as gives you a taste of how fun it is. [youtube]https://youtu.be/hjc4KrO6kAs[/youtube] I asked Tamar to answer some questions for me that I wondered while I was reading this delightful cat book and thought you might have them too, so I have included them below. 1. What was your favorite part of putting this book together? Finding and meeting all the cats! Finding them was like a treasure hunt! Lots of online searching and social media posts for suggestions. Meeting them was a double edged sword though given I don’t naturally have an indoor voice and tend to practice forced love. I’m not the most patient of people. This wasn’t going to work if Andrew needed to take photographs as my approach tended to result in the cats fleeing for cover after my displays of affection! 2. Do you have a favorite shop cat? Why? That’s a really hard question! I like so many of them for different reasons but if I have to chose I would have to say Jack and Kitty since they are close to where I live so I know them the best. Jack because I like trying to love/annoy him without getting swatted at – it’s like a game of Russian roulette. I can’t help myself. And Kitty because she’s so sweet and tiny and has incredibly soft fur. 3. Have you learned about more shop cats since publishing this one? If so, will there be a second edition? Yes! Of course as soon as we finished the book they started coming out of the woodwork! Originally I wanted to have all 5 boroughs represented but ended up with 3. I think there are definitely enough shop cats out there to have a sequel. 4. Will you explore other city’s Shop Cats? I’d love to! Perhaps if this book does well I’ll have the opportunity! So everyone should buy a copy for themselves and one as a holiday gift! It’s really quite a bargain! You can also find more pics on Instagram at @shopcatsofnewyork and by searching #shopcatsofnewyork some are outtakes You can buy Shop Cats of New York on Amazon. We received the Shop Cats of New York for review from the publisher. Receiving the free product did not influence this post.