"The heartfelt, beautiful tales in this collection speak eloquently to the great good fortune of those of us lucky enough to be owned by a house panther. Read and rejoice!" ~Gwen Cooper, NY Times best-selling author of Homer’s Odyssey.
At last, a celebration of black cats to reverse negative stereotypes and superstitions. This collection, the first of its kind, narrated by the cats will move and amuse you with their tell-all stories, fun purrsonality profiles, and stunning photography. The gorgeous full-color anthology features over 100 black cats from all over the world including YouTube stars like Cole and Marmalade and Instagram influencers. See them lounging, working, enjoying outdoor adventures, playing and celebrating holidays– through all four seasons. The nonprofit book is a welcome gift and treasured keepsake for cat lovers everywhere. For black cat lovers, it’s a must-have. It’s the gift which gives twice: pleasure for the reader and a portion of every book sale is donated to help shelter cats.
|Publisher:||Layla Morgan Sucher|
|Product dimensions:||7.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
A tireless advocate for less adoptable cats since founding the Canadian non-profit Annex Cat Rescue in 1997, she has a soft spot for special needs, senior and black cats. Layla lives in Westchester County, NY with her husband and four special needs feline familiars including a black cat named Clyde.
On the rare occasions, she's not focused on cats, Layla enjoys yoga, hugging trees and dreams of being a chef in her next life.
Table of Contents
Instead of chapters, the 196 pages are divided into four sections: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter to correlate with the ages of the cats from young kittens, adults, seniors and geriatric kitties. Each section and story is heavily illustrated with photos.
Introduction from the editor and publisher:
Over the years, I've worked with many cats at shelters and time and again seen amazing black cats overlooked simply because of the color of their fur. The shelter adoption stats tell a shocking truth: black cats are half as likely to be adopted as cats of other colors. I took it as a call to action.
I'm a cat expert, cat advocate and founder of Cat Wisdom 101, where we've enlightened and entertained cat lovers since 2011. Our motto is to change the lives of cats, one purr at a time. To change the lives of black cats, a new and innovative approach was needed. In a lightbulb moment, I came up with the idea for Black Cats Tell All, the first collection of positive black cat stories and amazing photos to essentially rebrand black cats as being just as adorable and adoptable as all other cats.
It’s not only the first book of positive black cat stories. It’s the first book to combine stories with a rich array of images of black cats from all over the world – the U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia, Russia, Europe to celebrate the joys of black cats. The stories and light-hearted profiles are narrated by the fearless felines (and sometimes their owners) who feel it’s time to tell the world the truth. These amazing black cats share nothing in common except the color of their fur and a yen to pen their stories. They reveal how wildly entertaining and fabulous black cats can be. Some stories will make you laugh out loud, while others will make you cry. All will make you think about black cats with joy and reverence.
Our goal is to change perceptions about black cats, one story, one photo at a time. One day, when someone Googles "black cat stories," Black Cats Tell All will pop up and not just the Edgar Allan Poe horror story. And one day, someone deciding to adopt the cute tabby at the shelter may think twice and consider the sleek house panther waiting in the corner.
Change doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It takes a village to raise awareness, and this personal initiative, Black Cats Tell All, created a tribe of like-minded black cat lovers, the people who submitted material for this book. Many responded to my online call for submissions. Others, I reached out to one-by-one, scouting cats on Instagram and Facebook. There are no stock images. The selection process involved hundreds of messages, curating thousands of images and many sleepless nights. As you can imagine, it was no easy task to winnow a massive body of submissions into something you can hold in your hands. The process involved trusting skill with intuition and allowing it to unfold organically. And yes, a hefty sprinkle of magic.