I am so thrilled to announce the arrival of our Caticons mini-book Stray Cats, featuring 145 pages of “caternalia” that had to be deleted from Caticons, simply for space considerations.  Stray Cats is now available for viewing on our website www.caticons.info. There are more works by your favorite cat artists including the Queen of Cat Painters Henriette Ronner, cartoonist Ronald Searle, and legendary photographer Edward Weston.  I have cross referenced similar works in Caticons, so that you can easily turn to similar items in the Caticons book.

Not to be missed are THREE complete chapters totally omitted from the Caticons book.  Chapter VII – “Cats in Business” shows how cats are used to promote everything from silk thread advertised by the Corticelli Kittens, to children’s books such as Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat,  and the “Chessie” (Chesapeake and Ohio) railroad.

Chapter XVIII:  “Cat People” showcases fashion’s obsession with cats.  Designers such as Victoria Beckham, Karl Lagerfeld and Charlotte Olympia’s all have incorporated cats into their clothing lines.  Feline motifs show up on dresses, pants, scarves, skirts, hose, shoes, ties, hats, belts, and purses—to name a few of the places cats can be found on the “cat walk.”  Models sport designer versions of cattitude from a beaded evening gown and coordinating cat mask by Bob Mackie to a funky beach look featuring Miu Miu’s gingham cropped black cat pants and Markus Lupfer’s “KITschy” sweater.

In the final chapter “Just Plain Strange,” see the most creative, “think outside the litter box” cat objects from the collection, from cat tarot cards to a kitty wine stopper.   There is even a cat tooth necklace, my private tribute to my beloved “Thing.”

As we are reminded by businessperson Alexis Ohanian, “Being effective at social media whether for business or personal use, means capturing people who have short attention spans.  They’re only a click away from a picture of a funny cat, so you have to make your thing more compelling than that cat.  And that can be a high bar.”  For this reason, I have asked neo-natal Cat Mom extraordinaire Susan Spaulding to share with us some of her photos of the tiny kittens she has nurtured.  My own cat “Thing” (see page 132 and 138 in Stray Cats) was one of her babies.  Her charming photos start each chapter of Stray Cats—so get your fix of cute kittens and amazing cat objects in one place. (Please consider donating to Susan Spaulding’s important work with neo-natal cats at the National Kitten Coalition’s website https://kittencoalition.org/support/make-a-donation/ or NC Paw’s Rescue https://www.facebook.com/ncpawsrescue/. I hope you enjoy my homage to “Stray Cats” and would love to hear your comments.

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