Cat Lover's Trivia
Weird and Wacky Facts About Our Furry Friends
by Mike Darton
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 28 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 26 Oct 2021
Quarto Publishing Group – Chartwell Books, Chartwell Books
Cat Lover’s Trivia is an irresistible potpourri of feline facts, embracing the essential, the trivial, the intriguing, and the extraordinary.
Schott’s Original Miscellany was a publishing phenomenon. It sired a host of sequels and parodies. But no matter how patiently and for how many years they waited, the potential feline readership was overlooked. Until now. Cat Lover’s Trivia is how the original would have appeared had its creator been an obsessive cat owner. Or, indeed, a very curious cat. It parodies the randomness of entry and stylishness of design of the original, but is created entirely for cats and their obedient owners and admirers. The result is a fascinating outpouring of feline facts, including such gems as:Sir Isaac Newton’s invention of the cat flap or kitty door
The origins and popularity of cat names The power of catmint How long cats spend asleep each day T. S. Eliot’s Practical Cats And the famous Chopin waltz that was in fact composed by the composer’s cat
Cat Lover’s Trivia is the perfect coffee table book to give as a gift for cat lovers or addition to your library’s satire section.
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 15 members
I'm a cat lover and a trivia lover so I knew I would love this book (not to mention the adorable cover!) I expected it to be all about pet cats but no - it includes fascinating facts about ALL cats both domestic and wild. I liked the way there seemed to be no rhyme or reason as to how the facts were placed on the page so it was a constant surprised what you would learn next. This is a perfect gift for any cat lover!
Did you know that Sir Isaac Newton is said to have been the inventor of the kitty door? Or that 10 subspecies of leopard have been identified based on DNA analysis? How about the fact that ragdoll cats got their name because they like being pet by humans so much they go totally limp, like a rag doll? Cat Lover's Trivia is a cute coffee table book filled with cat-related fun facts from the world of history, music and culture, interesting statistics about cat names or cat ownership, and even fables, book quotes and jokes about our furry little friends. There are also a bunch of tips and tricks regarding your cat's behaviour and health, but I personally wouldn't use this particular book as your only source of feline medical information. It would make a good gift for a cat-lover or look good on your coffee table - I mean, look at that fluffy cat on the cover! Adorable! Cat Lover's Trivia is out on September 28th. Huge thank you to NetGalley, Mike Darton and Quarto Publishing Group – Chartwell Books for the advanced reader copy.
I really like the front cover the cat is cute. I think anyone that’s interested in cats will like this book. Thank you NetGalley for letting me read this book.
A cute book that will be loved by cat lovers. Interesting facts about cats. Cute, eye catching cover. This would make a nice gift.
A great read for Cat Lover’s! This book is something I could read a few facts, quotes or stories from at a time (and still have plenty left over!).. I loved reading a few and then sharing what I learned with my husband, another cat lover. This is a perfect book to leave out and get conversation going with company. This book would also make an excellent gift!
Back in the day charity shop shelves in the UK were stuffed with copies of Schott's Miscellany and all the thousands of offshoot volumes. I loved them, but they were hardly the kind of thing to leave on your shelves until the non-existent day you re-read them, and found them out of date. But the series lacked specific volumes concerning the other members of the household, and hence there were a "Sock's Feline Miscellany" and a "Spott's Canine" variant – both made by someone else, and both of which now retitled and brought to us afresh. That's as "afresh" as something containing 2006 cat ownership data could be... The pair of volumes at hand certainly keep the aesthetic and ethics of the originals, in that they are quite densely typeset, serious forms of trivia book. Nothing is over a full side, if that, and the gallimaufry of content comes at you with no structure – the subjects changing twice a page on average in very random fashion. One spread here covers the different major languages' words for cat, the biology of their whiskers, and a paragraph on Puma footwear. So yes, a few spurious connections to the subject here do dilute the format somewhat, but this was ever readable and enjoyable, and is still worth a look. Beyond that is debatable, as I say – it may well be the case that the entity most edified by this is the cat-lover's bathroom windowsill.
This was a very fun book to read! I recently got a cat and i’m still trying to understand his behavior. It’s filled with facts, stories and quotes. There are also some songs and things about astronomy. I absolutely recommend this to anyone who likes cats! (yes, even if you don’t have one)
I love cats and trivia and I had to read this book (after falling in love with the cover). It's an entertaining and fun read, random trivia that made me learn something new. Recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine