Do Cats Rule Online?


Now the whole world-wide web knows that cats rule, what do the book stores know about dogs?  Thankfully the question was answered recently by those indefatigable writers at SLATE magazine in,  The Curious Incidence of Dogs in Publishing by Daniel Engber.

Mr. Engber has compiled statistics and made a chart that shows the number of times cats show up in web searches vs the number of times dogs are written about in books.


Cats have been WALKING on books longer than dogs have been WRITTEN about in books.

A cat walked on this ancient manuscript.

A cat walked on this ancient manuscript.

Cats Rule!

Shakespeare and Rembrandt

Re-posted from

Book Store Cats: Shakespeare & Rembrandt

Book Store Cats: Shakespeare & Rembrandt

Ever wondered what is the collective term for a group of bookstore cats? We think it should be catalog. Incidentally, a clowder is the term for a group of ordinary cats and a kindle (yes, really) is a group of kittens. AbeBooks asked some of our booksellers to describe the cats that inhabit their bookshops and we now have a gallery of fine felines. Cats and literature have mixed well for a long, long time from T.S. Elliot’s Practical Cats to Edward Lear’s Pussy Cat and Dr Seuss’ Cat in the Hat. Take a tour around these wonderful bookish cats, their owners and their bookstores. If you have a bookstore cat that should be featured in our ‘catalog’, send details and a picture to

Books About Cats

One cat just leads to another.

– Earnest Hemingway

James Herriot’s Cat Stories

This was written by the Scotsman whose life work included studying veterinary medicine, flying in the Royal Air Force during World War II and practicing as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in England.
He wrote a number of books that became bestsellers such as  All Things Bright and Beautiful and The Lord God Made Them All.  His titles seem to have been lifted from a church hymnal and his writing reflects a sweet, forgiving and understanding nature as he recount the life of a country veterinarian dealing with the truly fierce matters of illness and helplessness.  James Herriot website

Dewey; The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter.

This little book about a little rescued kitty actually sold so many copies that it appeared on the New York Times bestseller list in 2008.  Living air-conditioned lives as most of us do, has caused us to lose touch with the heroic heart of survival on a basic level.  Yes we do focus on cancer survival and similar topical issues, but the fundamental, animal facts of  survival don’t confront us so much in our world.  Dewey’s story is about pure kitten heart to overcome and be saved on a freezing day after being dropped into a library book return.  Dewey website

Cats for Dummies

by Gina Spadafori, Paul D Pinon, DVM, DACVIM.

I love this reference book for  its light-hearted approach to a serious subject: care, feeding and love of kitty.

Who knew, that in the 21st Century, we would calling ourselves Dummies?

Emily S Carter

My two beautiful little girl kitties came from ARF -- a rescue service in Wimberley. Maddie Bell, in the header photo, likes to help me make the bed.

Shelter cats are the best!


Making a difference to pet owners looking for their lost cat [or dog] – this is a place to post information about your animal and to provide contact information -- see the Lost Cat page.

Its also home to cat and dog stories -- see The Literary Cat page.


All text and images © copyright 2011 Emily S. Carter. All rights reserved.
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