Catwoods: Stories and Studies of Our Feline Companions

Catwoods: Stories and Studies of Our Feline Companions

by Leah T. Alford


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Catwoods Volume 1 is about a couple who rescue, adopt, and love cats in their deep woods home in the southern US. These cats are all such original characters that they make every day blissful, giddy, poetic, or even somber, the way the moods and phases of real life unfold. Leah Alford observes domestic felines indoors and later studies wildlings like foxes and raccoons who live outdoors amidst the glowing, dense leaves of the Appalachian jungle. A screaming non-entity in the night might well have been a cougar. This heavily researched volume covers cat coat color and cat genetics, color in nature, cat behavior and affection, multi-cat home dynamics, feral cats, spay and neuter, radial hypoplasia cats, black cat rhapsodies, and more. Communication between animals and humans is the core of Catwoods, as despite the language barrier Alford and her husband have rapport with each cat; with looks, gestures, purrs, and meaningful visual cues, the cats voice their declarations and diatribes. This first volume extends into the year 2004 and revels in the natural world, the luxuriance of birds, insects, and yelling frogs. Covering many decades, Alford also writes of art, music, and writing in a changing South.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781733916523
Publisher: Borgo Design
Publication date: 06/12/2019
Pages: 364
Sales rank: 553,309
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Leah Alford began drawing and painting in early childhood and writing at age 12. She has a 1971 BA in English from the University of Alabama. She has been studying and writing about animals and the natural world for many years, with a focus on the (so-called) domestic cat. While working in a hectic t-shirt printing business and later, weathering a serious chronic disease, her art and writing has been published in a few small art, nature, music, and literary journals. She lives with her husband and animals in the deep woods near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, near a creek.

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