About the New Cat Book:
In Defence of Cats!
A special new tribute to cats, In Defence of Cats! describes, praises and defends cats in a way that’s enjoyable to read and hear over and over again.
Written for cat lovers of all ages (and cat-doubters!), the book features Sir William, a winsome salon cat and admirable protagonist who has the cheek to stand up for himself and his compatriots against those who would defame his kind. With each vignette that he recounts, Sir William further whisks readers and listeners on an insider’s journey into the minds and lives of cats, and then completes his crusade with a sublime appeal to the heart.
It is hoped that schools and community organisations will stage the book as a fun play for children in the years to come. The book is also an enjoyable English book for anyone learning English as a second language.
Our Cat Book Is Now Available at Amazon's Kindle Store!
The first edition of In Defence 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, computer tablet, smartphone or Kindle device. The Kindle reading application is free.
Offered in both British English (also known as the Queen's English or Oxford English) and American 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 (those books could vary). Try it out, it's really fun and easy technology!
Inspiration for Writing In Defence 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 behaviour with humour by sharing the habits and experiences of domestic cats while also showing concern for wild cats and regard for all people, too.
The poem is also meant to be a witty allegory for human prejudgements. To reveal the importance of dignity, love and understanding, 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 her striking and appealing illustrations.
The Popularity and Importance of Cats and Pets
Cats – and the books, movies, and plays about them – are extremely popular. Janette and Rose love dogs, too. According to the Pet Food Manufacturers Association, there are 8 million cats and 8 million dogs in the United Kingdom as of 2012. Their research also shows that almost one in two U.K. households (48%) own a pet for a total of 13 million households.
In Europe, there are current 70 million households owning pet(s) with cats numbering 85 million and dogs numbering 74 million. In America, as of 2013, the American Pet Products Association found through their annual survey that the most numerous family pet is also the cat with nearly 45 million households owning over 96 million cats and 57 million households owning 83 million dogs.
Most importantly, new research continues to prove that owning and bonding with pets elevates feelings of well-being and happiness, teaches love and nurturing, and lowers stress. In addition, a new study indicates that children even briefly exposed to cats within one year of age are far less likely to suffer from cat allergies.