Deborah Barnes was the recipient of the Goodnewsforpets.com Human-Animal Bond Award Winner at the 2017 Cat Writers’ Association Annual Awards Banquet. Makin’ Biscuits – Weird Cat Habits and the Even Weirder Habits of the Humans Who Love Them won multiple awards at the 2017 banquet including coveted CWA President’s Award.
Makin’ Biscuits – Weird Cat Habits and the Even Weirder Habits of the Humans Who Love Them is an entertaining compilation of candid and personal anecdotes from cat lovers worldwide that delves in the feline psyche, answering those age-old elusive questions, such as, why does my cat zoom from one room to another for no reason?With story submissions from well-known celebrities to everyday people, some stories will have you laughing out loud, some will tug at your heart, and some will leave you scratching your head in wonderment.
Along with the fun peek into the feline mind, Makin’ Biscuits is also a serious book with an important message on proper pet responsibility and is filled with well-researched advice, tips, and solutions to ensure your cat lives an optimally happy and healthy life befitting his feline nature.
Including a special Foreword from bestselling author, Gwen Cooper of Homer’s Odyssey the ultimate goal of Makin’ Biscuits is to help make the world a better place for cats by busting outdated misconceptions, such as that they’re too aloof to make good pets, and to enlighten the reader with easy to understand information to help enhance the feline-human relationship and correct certain common behavioral problems that often land a cat into a shelter–such as litter box issues or scratching furniture.
From the Author
Makin’ Biscuits wasn’t even a thought in my mind until I got out of the shower one morning and wrapped my wet hair with a towel. I felt something land on top of my head -it was my otherwise shy cat, Mia, who decided that was the perfect spot to nap. I was accustomed to my cats doing odd things (I have seven of them),but this was odd, even for my standards, so I decided to pursue the concept of a book.
I issued an open call on my award-winning blog, Zee& Zoey’s Cat Chronicles, asking readers to share some of the weird things their cats had done and the comments poured in. I heard from cat-lovers of every lifestyle, sex, age, and occupation – bloggers, authors, celebrities, musicians, behaviorists, and more – all opened up to share some of the eccentricities of their feline friends. Like Vanna White, hostess of Wheel of Fortune, whose cat, Stella, is fascinated with opening closed doors, or blogger Sandra MacGregor of hairballsandhissyfits.com who was convinced she had a burglar in her house when she heard a loud thumping noise in the middle of the night – it was her cat, Amarula, carrying one of her winter boots up the steps!
Finding behavioral patterns in the submissions,I put them together in like-minded chapters, such as “You Can Pet Me,Just Don’t Touch Me,” in which I discuss the tendency some cats have of not wanting to be held or touched, even though they otherwise enjoy attention.Each chapter begins by me narrating a story about my cats, segues to”Mews From Others” where I shares anecdotes from other cat lovers, and ends with a “Purr Points to Ponder” section of information, advice, and tips to help cat guardians provide their cats with an optimally enriched environment befitting their instinctual nature.
While Makin’ Biscuits is an entertaining read, thebook actually has a serious message – to dispel certain negative myths and stereotypes about cats; to make a difference in cat welfare by helping to enhance the feline-human bond; and to enlighten readers on certain subjects, such as the need for spay/neuter to help reduce the staggering numbers of cats in shelters, as well as to provide resources, tips, and advice to correct common behavioral problems that can land a cat into a shelter, such as litter box issues. It is my hope to see it one day in all veterinarians’ offices, rescues, and cat-parent’s hands across the country.
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: ZZP Publishing (October 27, 2016)