Book Review


Total Cat Mojo by Jackson GalaxyBook Review

I am an unabashed fan of Jackson Galaxy, as I am certain most of you know. So when I was asked if I wanted to review his new book, Total Cat Mojo, I immediately said, “Yes, please.”n

If your cat had come with a instruction manual, this book would be it. As the book’s subtitle (The Ultimate Guide to Life with Your Cat) suggests, Total Cat Mojo is a must read reference book for all cat guardians and anyone thinking of adopting for the first time.

Let’s start with defining Cat Mojo. According to Galaxy mojo is: “the confidence that cats exhibit when they are at ease in their environment an in touch with their natural instincts—to hunt, catch, kill, eat, groom, and sleep.”

Galaxy says in the book’s introduction, “My primary occupation through these years actually has not been about solving cat issues but about teaching you how to find, cultivate, and hold onto mojo.”

Galaxy’s packed everything he has learned since his first days working at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley (Colorado) in the early nineties to being the star of the Animal Planet television program, My Cat from Hell, into this 365-page book.

He starts by describing what he calls “The Raw Cat.” The Raw Cat is another cat (little changed from ancient times) living inside your cat. This “ancestral twin” of your cat “sends constant transmissions to your companion about the urgency of securing territory, hunting, killing, eating, and staying ever alert, because just as cats hunt, they are also being hunted.” It is in understanding your cat’s instinctual behaviors that you will be able to eliminate the actions that are keeping your cat from attaining total cat mojo.

Territorial issues, litter box problems, aggression, anxiety, new pet/family member introductions…absolutely any question you might have with regard to these and other issues, are addressed in Total Cat Mojo. If you need help with your cat, you cannot find a better authority than Jackson Galaxy. He gives you all the tools you’ll need to have a happy and confident cat…filled with mojo!

Both an extensive table of contents and index will let you easily find the issues with which you might need help. Regardless, I suggest you read the entire book before putting it on the shelf as your go-to cat reference handbook.

Total Cat Mojo was written with Mikel Delgado, co-owner of Feline Minds, a San Francisco Bay area based cat behavior consulting business. It also is sprinkled throughout with delightful illustrations by Bobby Rock.

Book Tour

In conjunction with tomorrow’s release of Total Cat Mojo, Galaxy will be visiting book stores across America from November 1 through 18. Here’s the schedule:

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – Nov. 1, 2017 • 7:00pm •  get tickets
hosted by Rainy Day Books at the Turner Hall Ballroom

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – Nov. 2, 2017 • 7:00pm •  get tickets
hosted by Left Bank Books at The Ethical Society of St. Louis

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – Nov. 3, 2017 • 7:00pm •  get tickets
hosted by Rainy Day Books at Unity Temple on The Plaza Sanctuary

TEMPE, ARIZONA – Nov. 5, 2017 •  get tickets
• NEW TIME: 3:30pm
• NEW VENUE: Dobson High School auditorium, hosted by Changing Hands Bookstore

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Nov. 7, 2017 • 7:00pm •  get tickets
hosted by The Strand at The Strand (3rd floor)

HUNTINGTON (LONG ISLAND), NEW YORK – Nov. 8, 2017 • 7:00pm •  more info
hosted by Book Revue

WASHINGTON, DC – Nov. 10, 2017 • 7:00pm •  get tickets
hosted by Politics and Prose at the Wharf

MARIETTA, GEORGIA – Nov. 12, 2017 • 7:00pm •  get tickets
hosted by A Cappella Books of Atlanta at The Mansour Center

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Nov. 15, 2017 • 7:00pm •  get tickets
hosted by Book People

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – Nov. 17, 2017 • 7:00pm •  get tickets
hosted by University Bookstore at University Temple Methodist

BEAVERTON, OREGON – Nov. 18, 2017 • 2:00pm • more info at
hosted by Powell’s Cedar Hills Crossing

Please Note: Some of these venues may

  • require that you purchase a book from the venue to attend the event
  • not allow previously purchased books, or books purchased elsewhere, at their event
  • have limited capacity
  • require tickets
  • not allow cats or pets in the venue


I have one copy of Total Cat Mojo to give away to a reader. For the opportunity to win, leave a comment here prior to 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 4. will be used to select the winner. We’ll announce the name of that person on next Sunday’s Selfie post. The giveaway is open to all readers worldwide.

Disclaimer: I received from Penguin Random House one uncorrected proof of Total Cat Mojo for the purpose of review and one copy of the published book to give away. This was in exchange for my fair and honest review. I received no additional compensation.



The Book of the Cat Review

The Book of the Cat is a small art book (7 1/2 X 6 inches) with a huge presence. It belongs on the coffee table of every cat lover, to be picked up and admired again and again. Petting a cat and hearing it purr have been shown to lower stress in humans. This book did exactly that for me. As I paged through and viewed the most gorgeous art depicting cats, I found myself transported to a quiet, peaceful place.

Artists from around the world are featured in The Book of The Cat, including the likes of Steinlen, Warhol, Manet and many other well-known and lesser-known artists, past and present. All breeds, shapes, sizes, colors and patterns of cats are included. One cat even looks like our pals, Truffle and Brûlée. The art covers a variety of styles, including folk, caricatures and portraits.

The 160-page book is composed of 115 illustrations, accompanied by short biographies of some of the artists and their subjects. You also will find proverbs and famous cat quotes. Many you will recognize and others you may not.

This book itself is a work of art. It is printed on high-quality, heavy, matte paper as if it were one of those over-sized art books that would cost more than your weekly supply of food and litter. This gem will be only $15.99 in the U.S. when it is available on August 22 from It will be available on Amazon on August 29, but you can pre-order it now for $10.99

I am so impressed by the quality of this book, my first thought was that I want to purchase an additional copy. Why? So I can cut out some of the pages and frame them. And I might do just that!

The Book of the Cat is the third book in a series by Angus Hyland. The other two books are The Book of the Dog and The Book of the Bird. Text for the book is by Caroline Roberts, a journalist and author who writes mostly about the graphic arts.


I know every one of my readers will fall in love with this book, and one lucky reader can win one. For an opportunity to win a copy of The Book of the Cat, please leave a comment on this post prior to 5 p.m. ET on Monday, August 21. The giveaway is open to all readers worldwide. The winner will be selected using and announced the following day.

Disclaimer: I received one copy of The Book of the Cat from Laurence King Publishing for the purpose of review and one copy to give away. I received no other compensation. The opinions expressed are totally mine alone.


Shop Cats of New York


shopcatsThis book, written by popular and well-known, cat blogger (, Tamar Arslanian, already has been reviewed by many of our friends. If you’ve missed those reviews, here’s your opportunity to find out a bit about this beautiful book. I guarantee you’ll want to read it and add it to your collection of cat-inspired books.

Many of us are accustomed to running across the occasional cat “managing” a local boutique or shop. But few cities have such a large number of felines gracing the  variety of retail establishments as New York.

In Shop Cats of New York, you’ll meet 36 cats “working” in such establishments as a hotel (the famous Algonquin), hobby and flower shops, a wine store and a distillery, a pharmacy and a bookstore, to name just a few.


shop cats Andrew Marttila

Kettah is the “mascot” at Bleeker Street Records.


Shop Cats of New York features some of the most exquisite photography I have ever seen. Of course, the subject matter makes it almost impossible to take a “bad” photo. Andrew Marttila, the pet photographer from Philadelphia, is masterful in his ability to highlight his furry subjects. The photographer in our family (the kitties’ dad, Tom) was totally impressed by Marttila’s expertise and stunning photos, as was I.

Jack can be found at Wine Heaven in Gramercy Park, Manhattan, resting on his “Jack Lives here” doormat.

If this book only featured Marttila’s exquisite photography, it would be a must “read,” but Arslanian’s polished prose takes it to the next level of excellence, making it a must own.

My only complaint is that a few of the cats were featured only in photographs with no narrative. I wanted to know every detail available about every cat. Fortunately, only a few are missing their biographical information.

If you didn’t receive this must-have book in your Christmas stocking, you can find it at the usual retail booksellers, in stores and on-line.


Shop Cats of New York

Charlie, Smoke Scene, Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan


Disclosure: I received one copy of the book, Shop Cats of New York, from the publisher, Harper Collins, for the purpose of review. All opinions and recommendations are my own.



Book Review: Catlantis


catlantis3Catlantis coverCatlantis by Anna Starobinets is a fairy tale. It has all the expected components: the knight in shining armor, the damsel in distress, an evil character, magic and a quest. The knight, however, is a rather ordinary house cat named Baguette, who is dressed in ginger furs instead of armor. The damsel is Purriana, who becomes his fiancé and the bad guy is stray, dumpster, black cat, Noir. The quest is to retrieve the catlantic flower (to guarantee all cats nine lives), which involves the magic of time travel.

Translated from Russian by Jane Bugaeva, Catlantis is being promoted as a children’s book for readers in the third through seventh grades, and it would make a great gift for the young people on your Christmas list. But I thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot imagine any cat lover who would not be delighted by this sweet and endearing story.

You’ll be cheering on Baguette as he shares notes with Purriana (delivered by doggie housemate, Bonehead) in an attempt to win her heart and when his quest gets sidetracked. And you won’t be able to keep from booing when it appears as if Noir is going to get his way.

Like all good fables and fairy tales, this one does have a happy ending. But you’ll need to read the book to find out just what that is.

In addition to the delightful story, you’ll enjoy whimsical black and white illustrations by Andrzej Klimowski.


Catlantis beach


Catlantis is available from the usual on-line retailers in hardcover and e-book formats. I regret that I do not have copies to give away.

Disclaimer: The Cat on My Head received one free copy of Catlantis for the purpose of review. All opinions are strictly my own.


To Catch a cat book jacket.Though I love cats and kittens, I never thought I could fall in love with a mother cat (Oona) and her three kittens sight unseen. But that is exactly what happened when I read Heather Green’s book, To Catch a Cat. The book interweaves the story of Heather’s and boyfriend Matt’s first foray into kitten rescue and socialization and Heather’s memoir. You learn the intimate details of Heather’s fears, foibles and perceived shortcomings all while meeting and falling head over paws for kittens, Zero, Two Spot and Number Three.

The story begins when Matt and Heather discover three tiny kittens living in Matt’s neighbor’s backyard in Union City, New Jersey. Manhattanite and workaholic Heather and laid-back architect Matt take on the task of rescuing these kittens. First Matt builds an outdoor shelter for mom and babies. Then the waiting for the right time to capture the kittens begins. Once the kittens become indoor residents, the socialization process starts and continues until just the right homes are found for the three. During this process, Matt and Heather learn about feral cats and trapping and Heather learns about herself.

This is a book you don’t want to miss. It is definitely for anyone who has ever loved or rescued a cat, but it is also for every animal (regardless of species) fan or caregiver. This uplifting story of  discovery, love, devotion and emotional growth will touch your heart.

My only complaint was the lack of photos in the book. But do not let that keep you from reading To Catch a Cat. Head over to @ToCatchaCat on Facebook to see photos and videos of these darlings as well as photos of other kitties saved by Heather and Matt.

To Catch a Cat

Heather Green and mom cat Oona

Heather Green is an award-winning journalist and free lance writer. For 12 years she covered the Internet and digital media for BusinessWeek and has appeared on CNN, CNBC and BBC. This is her first book.

The best part of this post comes in the way of a giveaway for this gem of a book. I have three copies to give to our readers. As I am doing the mailing, I will ship worldwide. That means, everyone can enter. To do so, please leave a comment on this post no later than 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 16. Winners will be selected using

10:30 AM Update

I just received these adorable photos of the kittens and wanted to share with everyone.

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Clockwise from upper left: Zero, Two Spot, Number Three, Number Three, Two Spot.



Baker and Taylor Book Jacket

Photo Courtesy of Baker and Taylor, LLC

Book Review and Giveaway

For anyone who loves cats The True Tails of Baker and Taylor is a must read and a book you’ll want in your permanent collection. Baker and Taylor are a pair of Scottish Fold cats who “worked” in the Douglas County Public Library in Minden, Nevada, from the mid-eighties through the mid-nighties. “Hired” by librarians Jan Louch (the author) and Yvonne Saddler, they were named for a book wholesaling company. When the company discovered this, they turned these two adorable kitties into their mascots and media stars, long before the days of Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Inseparable Baker and Taylor

Photo Courtesy of Baker and Taylor, LLC

Through posters, book bags and a variety of other advertising products, Baker and Taylor gained worldwide popularity among librarians and the public. They received letters, phone calls and visits from their fans.

Baker and Taylor even had their very own fan club, the second grade classes of Leslie Kramm at Jefferson Elementary School in Ohio. Through the years, classes sent cards, letters, photos and toys to the cats, and Louch responded as both herself and the cats. Teacher Kramm even wrote a song about Baker and Taylor, which the students sung and recoded for the cats. Click here to see the video.


Baker and Taylor Fan Club

Photo Courtesy of Leslie Kramm Twigg


Jan Louch with Baker and Taylor

Photo Courtesy of Jan Louch

This book by Louch (with Lisa Rogak, who originally wrote about the cats in her book, Cats on the Job) not only covers the lives of Baker and Taylor but also serves as a memoir for Louch, from growing up during the depression in the east bay of California, through her divorce and move with her two children to a Nevada farm to live with her parents, her days at the library, and finally the passing of the cats and her retirement. Additionally, the book includes bios/interviews with other library cats as well as with Baker’s and Taylor’s veterinarian. This combination along with several pages of photos made this book a standout for me.


Taylor in his favorite sitting position.

Photo Courtesy of Jan Louch

Baker in his favorite spot at the Circulation Desk.

Photo Courtesy of Jan Louch


Released this past Tuesday, you can purchase The True Tails of Baker and Taylor on

For our readers in the U.S., we will be giving away one copy of The True Tails of Baker and Taylor. For the opportunity to win, leave a comment on this post by 5 p.m. ET, Thursday, May 12. The winner will be selected using and announced on Friday, May 13. Now there’s a great reason to look forward to a Friday the 13th.

We’ll be back tomorrow with Caturday Art. And don’t forget that our Mother’s Day Sunday Selfies Blog Hop will include a don’t-miss, extra special announcement.




buffy cat tongue

Photo of Buffy: Gavin Anderson/Flickr

Book Review

Buffy is a talented and handsome ginger tabby with white highlights. He participates in a great number of things usually associated with humans in this 128-page, full-color book, Making the Most of All Nine Lives. Every page features Buffy. The subtitle of the book, The Extraordinary Life of Buffy the Cat, suggests that this tabby is a very busy and unique kitty. And indeed he is. Buffy poses as a golfer, grocery shopper, baseball fan, grill master, stamp collector, bowler and in dozens of other interesting situations.

Each photo is accompanied by what is supposed to be a clever comment made by Buffy. Unfortunately this is where the book fell short for me. Being accustomed to all the cute and hysterical cat memes on the internet, I felt that these captions were lackluster. Though written by award-winning, multi-media pet lifestyle expert, author and spokeswoman, Sandy Robins, I didn’t laugh, chuckle or giggle even once. This isn’t to say you won’t. Some of Buffy’s costumes and poses are adorable.

BUFFY BOOK COVERThe photographer, Buffy’s dad, Dr. Paul Smulson, states that none of the photos have been altered in any way. He claims that Buffy is very patient, leaving him plenty of time to get the perfect photo. If you read this blog, I know you are fond of adorable cats, so you will undoubtedly enjoy Smulson’s photos.

Making the Most of All Nine Lives is being released in conjunction with the First Annual National Tabby Day to be held on April 30. The festivities will kick off at Bideawee, one of New York City’s most reputable shelters. Adoptions will take place between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The official book launch will be from 12 to 2 p.m. with author Sandy Robins in attendance.

Buffy - national Tabby day

Making the Most of All Nine Lives is available from a variety of on-line retailers.

To see more of Buffy, you can visit him on Facebook and his web-site or find him on YouTube and Instagram at buffythecatlegend.

Disclaimer: I received one free copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. I was not instructed what to write and received no additional remuneration.


Meow Review and Giveaway

meowI cannot praise highly enough the book, Meow. Meow is a compilation of full-color photos as well as famous and not-so-famous quotes about cats, The book’s sub-title sums up what how I felt as I read it: A book of happiness for cat lovers. To say I LOVED this book would be a huge understatement.

You can flip through the 160-page Meow very quickly, but you won’t. If you are a fan of kitty ears, paws, whiskers, noses, tongues, fur and eyes, or just an admirer of beauty, you’ll find it here. I couldn’t take my eyes off these cats as I contemplated the quote accompanying each photo. You’ll find quotes in which you recognize your cat, yourself or your relationship with your cat.

The photographs included are courtesy of Shutterstock and all of exceptional quality. You can almost imagine these cats walking right off the glossy pages to cuddle with you. Each is stunning, but as always, I found myself drawn to the several grey cats included. My favorite is the one on page 30 opposite this quote by Sir Walter Scott, “Cats are a mysterious kind of folk. There is more passing in their minds than we are aware of.” No kidding.


This book gave me that warm, fuzzy feeling I associate with snuggling up to one or more of my kitties. It is heart-warming, up-lifting and simply beautiful. I know I will pick it up again and again if I am having a bad day or my eight are ignoring me, and I need a cat “fix.”

This is definitely a book you will want to add to your collection, especially if you have a love of cats and are not lucky enough to have one or more in your life. Two of  The Cat on My Head readers will be able to win a copy. Simply leave a comment on this post prior to 5 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 10.

meowIf you don’t win a copy or absolutely cannot wait until Thursday to find out if you have, Meow is available in a limited quantity from

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Meow for purposes of review with the promise of two additional copies to give away to readers of The Cat on My Head. I received no monetary compensation and all opinions expressed are solely my own.



Well…it’s supposed to be my Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed! However, as soon as Mom opened the box and put it together, this is what happened.


Fiona's Sleepypod


Do you see me in any of these photos? Nope! Lisbeth was the first to jump in and claim my Sleepypod. Before I could even get near it, Calista Jo and Astrid also had to check it out. In fact, Astrid immediately curled up and went to sleep. She’s so tiny, she disappeared into the plushy interior.


Fiona's Sleepypod


I finally got the opportunity to investigate my Sleepypod. Of course, I waited until some treats were placed inside. I never did get in. I picked out each individual treat with my paw. Dad thinks I should have some time to get accustomed to it before they start placing me inside to get my subQ fluids. I am scheduled for fluids today so I’ll have to wait and see if I get them there or not.

For that to happen, Astrid may have to be removed forcibly. Mol!

For those of you who asked what color Sleepypod I was getting, now you know. It is the Robin’s Egg Blue. It really isn’t blue…more aqua (one of Mom’s favorite colors). I think it goes nicely with my grey furs.

cats on the jobMom asked me to remind everyone about our current giveaway. Thanks to Lisa Rogak, author of the book, Cats on the Job, we will be giving away a copy to one lucky reader. If you haven’t entered for a chance to win, you can do so here by leaving a comment. You have until Sunday, February 28, at 5 p.m. ET. We’ll use to select the winner. Good Luck!  It really is a great book.

Purrs and paw-pats, Fiona


Most cats can probably be labeled as bird-TV-watching couch potatoes. I know the ones who live with me can best be described in this way.

cats on the job

Photo by Toru Yamanaka

Lisa Rogak, in her book, Cats on the Job, introduces us to 50 real cats from around the world who have jobs on a larger scale than just keeping their humans warm at night. Many of the cats are employed as mousers to keep rodent populations under control. These cats work in a variety of locales and industries. Most of us have either met or heard about cats who “work” in churches, libraries or shops. Though Rogak includes these cats in her book, she also introduces us to others with both unusual and unique jobs.

cats on the job

Photo by Monti Franckowiak

First up is Sable, the crossing guard cat from West Richland, Washington. This was one of my favorite stories.

You’ll meet musical cats, the well-known Amazing Acro-Cats, a mayor, a train stationmaster, a dog trainer, a teaching assistant, a foster mother to Rottweiler puppies, actors, models and so many more. Even mega-star Grumpy Cat is included.

cats on the job

Photo by REX/USA/Richard Austin/Rex

The book has at least one full-color photo of each cat, many wearing the garb associated with their position, as you can see from the book cover and the photo of Sable.

Another of my favorites was Chesney, the baby-sitting kitten, who takes the younger, orphan kitten, Joey, under his paw.

You’ll also meet Towser, a Scottish distillery cat, who has the distinction of being included in The Guinness Book of World Records for dispatching 28,899 mice during his time on the job.

One of the subjects, Doorkins Magnificent, of Southwark Cathedral in London, slept through head scritches from Queen Elizabeth.

This is a feel good book that will keep you smiling from beginning to end and just might elicit several “squeees” from you along the way. The writing is excellent with well-reaserched bios of each cat.

Photo by Ben Gately Williams

Lisa Rogak has been writing professionally since 1981. She’s written more than 40 books on a wide range of topics including biographies of Barack Obama, Jon Stewart and Dan Brown, to name a few. Just as this book is a must read for all those who love or are fascinated by cats, so is Rogak’s bio, which you can find on her website,

To enter the giveaway for a copy of Cats on the Job, leave a comment on this post prior to Sunday, February 28, at 5 p.m. ET. The winner will be selected using

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Cats on the Job from the author in exchange for my fair and honest review. I also was promised a copy to give away to one of my readers. The opinions expressed in this review are mine alone.