A note about The Cuddlywumps Chronicles

This blog is written and maintained by Miss Cuddlywumps, a fluffy-tailed calico cat who is both classically educated and familiar with mysteries. She receives creative input from the Real Cats and clerical assistance from She of Little Talent (old SoLT, a.k.a. Roby Sweet). Comments or complaints should be addressed to Miss C rather than to old SoLt (Ms. Sweet). Ms. Sweet accepts no responsibility for Miss C's opinions.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Words with Webster: Primordial Pouch, Plus Friendly Fill-Ins


We have two fun Friday features for you today. First up is Real Cat Webster, who has a poochy word to share. After that, it’s on to Friendly Fill-Ins!

Words with Webster


Words with Webster
Hi, everybody! It’s me, Real Cat Webster. Welcome to Words with Me. Today’s word is “primordial pouch.” You know that sort of loose-skin-looking flappy things you might see hanging from your cat’s belly? Those are primordial pouches. Sometimes they’re just called belly pouches, and some people call them “spay sway” because they might be more noticeable after a cat has been spayed or neutered. Spaying or neutering doesn’t cause the pouches, though.

Why do cats have primordial pouches? Well, it could be a defensive thing. Think about all the bunny-kicking cats do when they fight play (or fight). The extra skin gives some protection to all the important stuff inside the cat’s belly. It’s also handy for wild cats who might get to eat a super-size meal once in a while: the pouch lets the stomach expand to hold all that food. This would explain one other term we found used for the pouch: “famine pouch.”

Surprisingly, I couldn’t find “primordial pouch” in the dictionary. I tried looking up “famine pouch” in Merriam-Webster’s online, and the spelling suggestion it gave me was “flaming poppy,” which is really not the same thing.

Anyway, “primordial” is in the dictionary. The Oxford English Dictionary says it means “primitive” (this is the condensed version of the definition). This word is recorded in English from the late 14th century (about 1398). The Online Etymology Dictionary says the word comes from the Late Latin primordialis (“first of all, original”), which came from primus (“first”). We don’t know why people started calling the belly pouch on cats a primordial pouch. Maybe because it seems to be something primitive.

Funny story: Years and years ago (seriously, like almost 30 years ago—deep time), when Mommy first noticed that her cat Darya had spay sway, she thought something must be wrong. So she came up with all kinds of crazy possibilities: Cancer! Poison! Mutation! She can’t remember now how she found out that it was normal, since this was before everyone just googled stuff. Someone must have told her. Back then she really didn’t know much about cats at all!

Bengal cat
Look very closely and you'll see the primordial pouch
on this Bengal cat's belly.
Photo via Adobe Stock.

(Sources: “Cat Anatomy,” Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_anatomy;  Nicholas DeMarino, “What Is the Primordial Pouch in Cats?” The Nest, https://pets.thenest.com/primordial-pouch-cats-11178.html.)


Friendly Fill-Ins

Friendly Fill-Ins
And now it’s time for Friendly Fill-Ins, from 15andmeowing and McGuffy’s Reader. They are a fun way to learn a little bit about the authors of the blogs you read. The first two questions, answered by Real Cat Paisley this week, are from Ellen of 15andmeowing, and the next two, answered by old SoLT, are from Annie of McGuffy’s Reader.

Real Cat Paisley’s answers:
1. New catnip toys are the best!

2. I love to sleep on the bed in the spare bedroom, ’cause no one really goes in there.

Old SoLT’s answers:
3. When I was a child, I loved to play with all sorts of blocks, especially Legos.

4. One day, I will get to BlogPaws again. I’ve been having serious BlogPaws envy this week!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

A Call for Veterinarians to Help “Fix” Annual Kitten Invasion

The May Spay Challenge aims to reduce numbers of homeless kittens and help solve cat overpopulation.
Kitten season is coming, and so is Alley Cat Rescue's May Spay Challenge!
Photo via Adobe Stock.



You’ve all heard of kitten season, right? It’s that time of year when temperatures warm, flowers bloom, and animal shelters are inundated with kittens in need of homes.

Many people just call it “spring.”

Kitten season sounds cute and cuddly, but it’s actually a big problem for shelters, not to mention cats. That’s because there are often so many homeless kittens that shelters become overcrowded and overwhelmed. Many cats never make it out of the shelter alive. Annually, some 30% of the over 3.2 million cats that enter US shelters are euthanized.

What can be done to improve those numbers? Well, since many of those kittens who land in shelters are born to free-roaming mothers, Alley Cat Rescue, a national nonprofit dedicated to the welfare of cats, says that one solution is to sterilize outdoor cats.

Fewer fertile cats = fewer kittens born = fewer homeless kittens in shelters

The May Spay Challenge

Obviously, not just anyone can spay or neuter a cat. It takes a veterinarian to do that, and so Alley Cat Rescue has an annual May Spay Challenge to encourage vets to participate in trap-neuter-return (TNR) projects with local rescues. 

Alley Cat Rescue president and founder Louise Holton says, “Most kittens in shelters lose their lives, as shelters cannot cope with the influx. If this was a feline disease, veterinarians would want to end it. But cat overpopulation has an easy simple answer: spay and neuter cats.”

In the May Spay Challenge, vets are called on to sterilize one feral cat per week during the month of May. That can add up to a lot of sterilizations, which means a lot of feline pregnancies prevented and, ultimately, fewer homeless kittens born.

The May Spay Challenge got its start back in 2010. So far, over 1,200 veterinary hospitals in the US, Canada, Israel, Croatia, and South Africa have participated, and over 30,000 feral cats have been spayed or neutered. Alley Cat Rescue expects even greater participation this year.

Veterinary practices are encouraged to take the May Spay Challenge, and individuals can invite their local clinics to participate. Find out more here: http://www.saveacat.org/may-spay-challenge.html

Source



Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Cat of the Week: Rogue One

Cat of the Week


Each week in this space, we feature an older adult or senior cat (7 years +) in need of adoption or sponsorship. Mature cats make great companions, and unlike kittens, they (probably) won’t climb the curtains! Adopt an older cat, and help them enjoy the best years of their life.

Cat of the Week: Adopt Rogue One! 
Today, we are excited to introduce Rogue One. She is a 7-year-old lady who is nervous in the shelter but nevertheless has a lot of spunk to share with her lucky new person. Plus, take a look at that adorable face... Just think, if you adopt Rogue One, you’ll get to see that face every day!

Rogue One is currently at the Baltimore Humane Society. Learn more about her here.

Can’t adopt? You can still help! Check out Sammy’s Cat Necessities Fund, which provides money for everyday and medical needs of cats at the Baltimore Humane Society. You can also make a general donation or sponsor a particular animal on this page. Every little bit helps!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Book Review: The Bengal Identity



Mysterious Monday


On this Mysterious Monday, we are pleased to bring you our short review of The Bengal Identity, book 2 in Eileen Watkins’s Cat Groomer mystery series. This book features plenty of mystery, most of it centered around one spectacular cat whose identity is unknown.

The plot

The Bengal Identity, by Eileen Watkins
Cassie McGlone is the owner of Cassie’s Comfy Cats, a grooming and boarding facility in Chadwick, New Jersey. One day a young man comes in asking if he can board his big brown cat there. His house has just burned down, and he is desperate to find a place for the vocal, high-energy cat, whose name is Ayesha. Cassie agrees, but things take a strange turn when she gives Ayesha a bath and discovers that the brown fur color washes out to reveal distinctive spots. It seems that this cat may in fact be a very valuable kitty—a Bengal—in disguise. Things get even more strange when the man who’d brought Ayesha in turns up dead, possibly a murder victim. Could he have been killed by someone who was after Ayesha? And was the mysterious young man protecting the cat or stealing her? And could Cassie, her shop, and her one employee be in danger from whoever might be after this rare cat?

Our verdict

We loved this book from start to finish. This is the first book we have read in the Cat Groomer series, but it was very easy to get into even without knowing all the detail from the first book. The main story is engrossing, and the side plots (the main ones involve a mysterious wild cat; a missing auto mechanic; and Cassie’s veterinarian boyfriend, who’s having problems with his staff) add depth without distracting from Ayesha’s story. The final attempt to take Ayesha was not terribly surprising, but we didn’t mind because the reason behind this whole situation was so … let’s call it infuriating. It was something we could not have imagined. It was disturbing to us and may be extremely disturbing to people who are extra sensitive to mistreatment of animals. Things turn out okay, though, so if you can get through the disturbing part, we think you’ll enjoy how the story ends.

Recommended!

Two Paws Up--A Great Read!

A note on the "Paws Up" system: Miss C gives either one or two paws up. One paw is for a good read; two paws is for a great read. She never gives three or four paws because that would require her to lie on her back...and Miss C does not do that!

We received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. We wouldn’t tell you it was good unless we really liked it!

The link below is an Amazon Associates link. If you purchase the book through this link, old SoLT and I could get some coin for our kibble account. Thank you!



Sunday, April 15, 2018

Sunday Selfie: Real Cat Webster Chills

Real Cat Webster took this Sunday Selfie while he was relaxing with old SoLT one evening:

Real Cat Webster Sunday Selfie April 2018


We're joining the Sunday Selfies blog hop, hosted by The Cat on My Head!

The Cat on My Head: Sunday Selfies blog hop

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Caturday Art: Paisley in the Sun

For this week's Caturday Art, Old SoLT wanted to use a picture of Real Cat Paisley in the sun. She decided to play with the sunlight and shadows by bumping the contrast way up in Photoshop and then adding a lens flare and a poster edges filter. Not bad for a measly five minutes' work.

Real Cat Paisley in the Sun, posterized

Then, for something completely different, not to mention brighter, she tried the Delaunay (21%) and Landscape (15%) art effects in LunaPic.

Paisley in the sun_LunaPic


And here is the original:

Real Cat Paisley in the Sun

We are joining the Caturday Art blog hop, hosted by Athena and Marie!

Caturday Art blog hop


Friday, April 13, 2018

Words with Webster: Cat Squirrel, Plus Friendly Fill-Ins


We have two fun Friday features for you today. First up is Real Cat Webster, who has a squirrely word to share. After that, it’s on to Friendly Fill-Ins!



Words with Webster

Words with WebsterHi, everybody! It’s me, Real Cat Webster. Welcome to Words with Me. Today’s word is “cat squirrel.” Mommy found this word in the dictionary while she was looking up something else. We never heard of it before that, so we thought it would be a fun word to share. A cat squirrel, according to both Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary and the Oxford English Dictionary, is a common squirrel or an American gray squirrel. Merriam-Webster’s also lists the eastern fox squirrel as a definition.

Cat squirrel, fox squirrel.... Sometimes I wish people would just get their animal names straight, you know?

Anyway, people have been calling one or more kinds of squirrels “cat squirrels” since at least the 19th century. The term first appeared in print in 1826. This quote is from 1855:
The species found in these woods was the large ‘cat-squirrel’ (Sciurus cinereus), one of the noblest of its kind. (M. Reid, Hunters’ Feast xix)
I have promised before to do the word “cat” one day in a post all its own, so I won’t cover it today. “Squirrel” has been around since the early 14th century, according to the Online Etymology Dictionary. It comes from Old French escurueil (“squirrel”), which is from the Latin sciurus and Greek skiouros, and that is a combination of skia (“shadow”) and oura (“tail”). Squirrels create shadows with their tails, I guess.

Aside from their frizzy tails, I don’t think squirrels look a whole lot like cats, so I’m not sure why people called them that. But people are often confused by animals, aren’t they?


Delmarva Fox Squirrel. Photo by US Fish & Wildlife Service. Public Domain.
Does this look like a cat to you? It is a Delmarva fox squirrel.
Apparently, some people call these and other squirrels "cat squirrels."
Photo by US Fish & Wildlife Service, Northeast Region. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.


Friendly Fill-Ins

Friendly Fill-Ins
And now it’s time for Friendly Fill-Ins, from 15andmeowing and McGuffy’s Reader. They are a fun way to learn a little bit about the authors of the blogs you read. The first two questions, answered by old SoLT this week, are from Ellen of 15andmeowing, and the next two, answered by Real Cat Paisley, are from Annie of McGuffy’s Reader.

Real Cat Paisley’s answers:
1. Mommy keeps me pretty happy most of the time, although sometimes she could pick out better wet food.

2. Having a full belly and a person’s lap to nap on is the secret to happiness if you’re a cat. If you’re a person, I don’t know what you do. Have a cat sit on your lap, maybe.

Old SoLT’s answers:
3. A friend takes you as you are instead of trying to change or improve you.

4. Right now, I am thankful that spring finally seems to be here. Yay!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Hieroglyphic Cats from Ancient Crete


Cats in History


We stumbled upon an interesting little tidbit earlier this week. At first we didn’t even believe it and thought it must be one of those alternative facts that are so easy to find on the internet. But a little digging brought us to some reputable sources, so we are ready to tell you that the so-called Cretan Hieroglyphic writing system (not related to the more famous Egyptian hieroglyphs) included pictures of cats. This system, from the Mediterranean island of Crete, arose around 2000 BC. It has not been deciphered, so no one is 100% sure what the cat pictures mean—but there is a guess at the end of this post!

Map of Greece and Crete
Just where is Crete? Follow the red arrow. The island
is roughly southeast of mainland Greece.
Image via Adobe Stock.


The cat pictures


Seal of green jasper with Cretan Hieroglyphic writing
including a stylized cat's head.
Photo by Ingo Pini [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons.
The cat pictures in Cretan Hieroglyphics took different forms. Sometimes a full cat’s body was depicted, sometimes just a stylized cat’s head. In Linear A, the next writing system to come along on Crete, there was still a cat’s head symbol, but it was much more stylized, with something that looks roughly like a head with eyes, pointy ears, and sometimes a mouth. Linear A was used from about 1850 to 1400 BC and overlapped with Cretan Hieroglyphic for many years. Then, in about 1600 BC, came Linear B. Linear B also used a cat’s head, but you sort of have to use your imagination to see the cat. This is because it is basically all ears.

By the way, all three writing systems were named by archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans.

What did the cat figures mean?

Broadly, hieroglyphic writing is any system where the characters are pictures of recognizable things. The individual pictures can represent the thing they depict (a crow symbol could mean “crow”), or they could represent a sound (a crow symbol could mean “caw”—and obviously we are sort of making this up as a general example).

While we don’t know for sure what the cat in Cretan Hieroglyphic writing meant, Pippa Steele of the CREWS Project says we can sort of guess by working backward from Linear B, which has been deciphered. All of these systems are syllabic, so the symbols represent sounds—and the sound that the Linear B cat’s head represents is “ma.” Steele says that the symbol and its sound likely came from Linear A. It’s possible that the Cretan Hieroglyphic cat also stood for “ma” or something very similar.


Detail from a table of Cretan Hieroglyphic signs.
The cat is number 75.
From The Palace of Minos, Sir Arthur Evans.
Digitized by Internet Archive Book Images
[No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons. 

Wouldn’t it just make sense that someone would draw a cat to represent something like the sound a cat makes? And let’s not forget that the ancient Egyptian word for “cat” was “miu,” so who knows—maybe the people of Crete called cats “mau” or “maur” or something.

Versions of the Linear A and B cat signs.
Adapted from illustrations in Steele 2017.

Sources


Steele, Pippa. 2017. “Cats in the Aegean Scripts.” CREWS Project website, August 7. https://crewsproject.wordpress.com/2017/08/08/cats-in-the-aegean-scripts/.

“Linear A and Linear B.” Encyclopedia Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/topic/Linear-A#ref106905

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Cat of the Week: Bird

Cat of the Week


Each week in this space, we feature an older adult or senior cat (7 years +) in need of adoption or sponsorship. Mature cats make great companions, and unlike kittens, they (probably) won’t climb the curtains! Adopt an older cat, and help them enjoy the best years of their life.




We are absolutely in love with this week’s cat. Her name is Bird, and as you can see, she is one of the cutest torties ever. Bird is 9 years old and is very sweet. She likes to be around people, so we bet she is having a great time at Charm Kitty CafĂ©, where she currently is. The only thing she might like better would be a forever family of her own! What lucky person will take this little lady home?

Learn more about Bird here.

Can’t adopt? You can still help! Check out Sammy’s Cat Necessities Fund, which provides money for everyday and medical needs of cats at the Baltimore Humane Society. You can also make a general donation or sponsor a particular animal on this page. Every little bit helps!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Book Review: Engaged in Danger



Mysterious Monday


On this Mysterious Monday, we are pleased to bring you our review of Engaged in Danger, book 4 in the Jamie Quinn mystery series by Barbara Venkataraman. We enjoyed the first three books in the series, so we were eager to find out what Jamie, who practices family law in Hollywood, Florida, is up to now.

The plot

Engaged in Danger, by Barbara VenkataramanIn this volume, Jamie’s boyfriend is headed to Australia to work with wombats for three months. But no worries, right? It looks like Jamie is going to be busy with a divorce case anyway—one involving Marvin Glasser, a high-profile, well-connected lawyer whose wife wants a divorce. The twenty-six lawyers Mrs. Glasser has already contacted have refused to take the case, and Jamie is inclined to refuse it as well, because who wants to get mixed up with Marvin Glasser? He’s into some shady stuff, and he’s seriously out of her league. But soon enough Jamie’s best friend, Grace, a corporate lawyer, has convinced her that they should pair up on the case. It will be fun to work together, not to mention lucrative. They never counted on a personal rift that would leave them not speaking to each other as they work to prepare their case.

Meanwhile, Jamie has also agreed to help her neighbors look into the circumstances of the plane crash that killed the wife’s twin sister. The crash was blamed on mechanical failure, but could the failure have been intentional, and why do suspicious names connected to Glasser keep coming up in this case? Most importantly, will the rift between Jamie and Grace spell the end of their friendship—or of their lives?

The cat

The cat in this series is Mr. Paws, a 12-pound gentleman whom Jamie inherited from her mother. Their relationship has not always been easy (Jamie called him Mr. Pain in the Ass in book 1!), but they are settling in nicely together now. Mr. Paws has more of a presence in this book than in previous volumes, making him seem more like a part of Jamie’s life.  He demands Fancy Feast, he purrs, he walks on her stuff.… In short, he’s a pretty great cat. He’s not a major character in the book, but he is nice to have around.

Our verdict

We don’t usually go for lawyer stories, but we really like Jamie Quinn. She is easy to relate to—not all fancy schmancy—and her life is in just enough of a state of disarray to make her a lot of fun. We found Engaged in Danger to be pleasingly complex, with a totally believable situation that includes mysterious Russians, money laundering, video gaming … and of course Mr. Paws. I have to hold back one paw just because the cat is a minor character and this is a cat blog, but otherwise we recommend this series. We think you’ll enjoy getting to know Jamie just as much as we have!

One Paw Up--A Good Read!

A note on the "Paws Up" system: Miss C gives either one or two paws up. One paw is for a good read; two paws is for a great read. She never gives three or four paws because that would require her to lie on her back...and Miss C does not do that!

We received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. We wouldn’t tell you it was good unless we really liked it!

The link below is an Amazon Associates link. If you purchase the book through this link, old SoLT and I could get some coin for our kibble account. Thank you!



Sunday, April 8, 2018

Real Cat Paisley: A Sunday Selfie Story

Getting a "selfie" of Real Cat Paisley is best accomplished when she is asleep. This is how this week's selfie session went with Paisley awake:


Real Cat Paisley selfie 1

Hmm ... I think I see something over there ....

Real Cat Paisley selfie 2

It's on the move, whatever it is ...

Real Cat Paisley selfie 3

What's that? You want me to turn around? Okaaaay ...

Paisley selfie 4

No, no, no ... there is definitely something I need to look at over here.

Real Cat Paisley selfie 5

What? Look at you? Pay attention to your snapping fingers and clicking tongue?
Um ... No.

We are joining the Sunday Selfies blog hop, hosted by The Cat on My Head!

Sunday Selfies Blog Hop--The Cat on My Head

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Caturday Art: Webster the Real Cool Dude

We think this week's Caturday Art makes Real Cat Webster look like a real cool dude. It also gave him different-colored eyes!

Caturday Art: Webster the Cool Dude

Old SoLT did this in LunaPic, with the Landscape effect at 100%, followed by the Floating effect at 26%.

Here is the original:

Webster Cool Dude original

We are joining the Caturday Art blog hop, hosted by Athena and Marie!

Caturday Art blog hop

Friday, April 6, 2018

Words with Webster: Acromelanism, Plus Friendly Fill-Ins


We have two fun Friday features for you today. First up is Real Cat Webster, who has a hot, cold, and colorful word to share. After that, it’s on to Friendly Fill-Ins!

Words with Webster


Words with Webster
Hi, everybody! It’s me, Real Cat Webster. Welcome to Words with Me. Today’s word is “acromelanism.” This word is not in either my favorite dictionary (Merriam-Webster’s) or the Oxford English Dictionary. I found it on The Free Dictionary, though, which gives this definition:
Genetically determined, temperature-dependent pigmentation pattern, with full expression only occurring on legs, ears, tail and face. Seen in Siamese and Himalayan cats, and rabbits. (Saunders Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary, 3rd ed., 2007)
To understand what acromelanism looks like, just picture a typical Siamese cat (and by the way, today is National Siamese Cat Day, which is why I picked this word). In cats with this color pattern, the fur is darker on parts of the body that are cooler. This creates the classic pattern of light-colored bodies and darker-colored “points” on the ears, face, legs, and tail, as seen in Siamese cats and some other breeds. You can learn a lot more about temperature-sensitive coloring in this article from Catster: “Siamese Cats Are Temperature-Sensitive Ablinos, a.k.a. Walking Heat Maps.”

Since “acromelanism” isn’t in our regular dictionaries, we don’t have any great, or even not-so-great, quotes for you. We don’t have any history for you either. We can tell you that the word is made up of the combining forms “acro-,” which is used in terms “relating to peripheral parts, esp. the extremities of the body” (OED) and “melano,” meaning “dark colored.” Both parts come from Greek forms meaning “highest, topmost, at the extremities” and “black,” respectively. 


Siamese cat, standing. Photo via Adobe Stock.
Happy National Siamese Cat Day!
This cat is an excellent example of acromelanism because his extremities are dark.
Photo via Adobe Stock.

Friendly Fill-Ins

Friendly Fill-InsAnd now it’s time for Friendly Fill-Ins, from 15andmeowing and McGuffy’s Reader. They are a fun way to learn a little bit about the authors of the blogs you read. The first two questions, answered by old SoLT this week, are from Ellen of 15andmeowing, and the next two, answered by Real Cat Paisley, are from Annie of McGuffy’s Reader.

Old SoLT’s answers:
1. Sunshine is one of my favorite things.  I usually have low energy on cloudy days. Sometimes I actually feel ill when it's cloudy out.

2. I love to see the spring bulbs coming up, even if the weather forecast this weekend is for the dreaded “frozen mix.”

Real Cat Paisley’s answers:

3. I have a hard time waking someone up to feed me in the mornings. It is a real challenge, and I am lucky I get fed at all.

4. Being cute is easy for me.

Real Cat Paisley and her Nip Nanner, 2017


Thursday, April 5, 2018

What Does It Mean When You Dream About Cats?

Woman dreaming of a cat


Due to a minor illness combined with sleepiness, we don't have a brand-new post for you today, but we think you'll enjoy this oldie-but-goodie on interpreting dreams about cats:


We'll be back tomorrow with something new!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Cat of the Week: Athena

Cat of the Week


Each week in this space, we feature an older adult or senior cat (7 years +) in need of adoption or sponsorship. Mature cats make great companions, and unlike kittens, they (probably) won’t climb the curtains! Adopt an older cat, and help them enjoy the best years of their life.


Cat of the Week: Athena

Today, please say hello to Athena. This lovely lady is 12 years old and enjoys a quiet life. You know, sleeping, having a snack, cuddling on a nice person’s lap—that sort of thing. We’re sure she will be a wonderful feline companion for someone out there!

Athena is currently at the Baltimore Humane Society. Learn more about her here.

Can’t adopt? You can still help! Check out Sammy’s Cat Necessities Fund, which provides money for everyday and medical needs of cats at the Baltimore Humane Society. You can also make a general donation or sponsor a particular animal on this page. Every little bit helps!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Book Review: Star Trek: The Next Generation: Cats


Star Trek: The Next Generation: Cats
Today we bring you a brief review of the latest volume in one of our very favorite cat series: Star Trek: The Next Generation: Cats, by Jenny Parks. This is a slim volume filled with color illustrations of the Enterprise crew reimagined as cats. It is wonderful.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard is depicted as a Sphynx (“Engage!”), Data is a white cat who paints, Worf is a big, fluffy cat who proclaims, “It is a good day to die!” and Geordi La Forge is a brown, VISOR-wearing cat. The Borg make an appearance and Captain Picard is assimilated. Captain Picard orders tea from the replicator (“Tea, Earl Grey, hot”). Captain Picard still insists that there are four lights. Some of our other favorites are the various capers on the holodeck and the final illustration, which has the crew on the bridge, with Ensign Crusher as a tabby kitten, paws draped over the console.

If you never watched the show, the previous paragraph probably means nothing to you, and there is no plot to this book, so it might not mean much to you either. But if you are a fan of TNG, and of cats, we think you’ll get a kick out of this collection, as every page brings up a memory. We have been having a great time flipping through the illustrations and remembering some of the best moments from the show.

We can only hope that Parks is working on cat illustrations for Voyager!

Two Paws Up! A Great Read

A note on the "Paws Up" system: Miss C gives either one or two paws up. One paw is for a good read; two paws is for a great read. She never gives three or four paws because that would require her to lie on her back...and Miss C does not do that!

The links below are Amazon Associates links. If you purchase anything through them, old SoLT and I could get some coin for our kibble account. Thank you!


 


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