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Christmas Giveaway! Learn to Speak Cat 2 by Anthony Smith – the Purrfect Stocking Filler for Cat People

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It’s Christmas Giveaway time, and one lucky Cool for Cats UK reader will win a copy of The Latest Mews: Learn to Speak Cat 2 by Anthony Smith!

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The Latest Mews is a humorous take on the world from a feline perspective, and would make a great Christmas gift for any cat lover.  Actually, I’d better make that any cat lover over the age of 12, as a couple of the cartoons contain very minor swearage.

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Many of the cartoons are based around visual puns and witty one-liners, so if you’re a fan of comedians like Tim Vine and Milton Jones, you’ll definitely appreciate Anthony Smith’s cat cartoons.

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To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment at the end of this post and also pop over to the Learn to Speak Cat Facebook page and give that a like.  ENTRIES FOR THIS GIVEAWAY MUST BE IN BEFORE MIDNIGHT ON THURSDAY 18th DECEMBER so that I can post the book to the winner on the 19th, which should mean it to arrives in time for Christmas – providing the postal gods are with us, that is.

Giveaway rules: This giveaway is only open to entries from UK addresses.  Entries must be in before midnight on 18/12/2014.  To enter you must leave a comment at the end of this post and also ‘Like’ the Learn to Speak Cat Facebook page.  The winner will receive one copy of The Latest Mews – Learn to Speak Cat 2 by Anthony Smith, which will be posted by Royal Mail 1st Class on Friday 19th December 2014.

Winner of How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity by Patricia Carlin!

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Congratulations Lynn B, you’ve won a copy of How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity by Patricia Carlin!  I’m looking forward to watching your first viral cat video.

For those of you who weren’t lucky enough to win a copy of the book, but would still like your cats to enjoy their fifteen minutes in the limelight: How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity is available from Amazon for £7.78.

Giveaway & Book Review – How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity by Patricia Carlin!

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Millions of people the world over enjoy watching videos of ‘celebrity’ cats, which in turn generates a fair amount of cash for any lowly human lucky enough to have filmed a cat video that subsequently goes viral.  But is capturing a mega-successful cat clip dependent entirely upon the whims of fate, or could you somehow guide the wheel of fortune and transform your very own loveable moggy into an Internet Sensation?  Here’s the good news: according to Patricia Carlin – author of How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity – it’s well within the realms of possibility for any humble cat servant to end up with a viral cat video on their hands!

How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity is due for publication in the UK on 1st April 2014, and is available for pre-order from Amazon at the moment for £8.77.  However, I was sent a copy for review, a copy which is now up for grabs as a giveaway prize – read on to find out how to enter…

I must admit that when I was initially offered this book to review I was concerned it may be exploitative, but it’s not at all.  In fact it’s a very, very funny take on the internet cat phenomenon, which also pokes a stick in the eye of the ‘Get Rich Quick’ self-help book genre, and even manages to get the spay/neuter message across while doing so – which impressed me no end!  It’s also packed full of high-quality cat photos, courtesy of Dustin Fenstermacher – whose work has appeared in the New York Times and other estimable publications.

The book features tips on assessing your cat’s financial potential by identifying his/her ‘type’: if you share your home with a Sweet Baby Kitten or a Clown, your videos will pretty much sell themselves, and your bank balance will react accordingly; but don’t despair if you live with a Badass or a Moron – these problems are not insurmountable, and can even work to your advantage.

- Beryl, would you like to become an internet celebrity & help me on my way to financial freedom? - Go boil your head.

Go boil your head. (Beryl’s response to my suggestion that she perform her Repeatedly Saying the Word Hello While Holding a Toy Rat in My Mouth routine to camera so that I finally capture a viral cat video & become rich beyond my wildest dreams.

Of course, any potential feline star will also need a decent stage name – this thorny issue is easily solved by using the handy conversion table provided.  For example: a good name for a white cat seeking international stardom would be ‘Snowball’, but convert this to ‘Ghostface Killah’, and the world’s your oyster.

Unfortunately, once your cat hits the big time, you are likely to find yourself dealing with some of the many pitfalls of fame.  Luckily, How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity also contains plenty of advice about how best to handle the downsides of stardom, such as hassle from the paparazzi and the perils of catnip addiction.

In amongst all the amusing nonsense you’ll also find some genuinely useful information on how to shoot and edit successful videos, which could be applied to any subject matter – handy if your cat steadfastly refuses to play ball and help you on your way to financial freedom!

I already have plenty of feline divas sharing my living space, so I’m loath to add global stardom into an already volatile mix.  Hence I’m offering my review copy of How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity as a giveaway prize.  (I promise you it’s still in good nick – no muddy paw prints or biscuit crumbs besmirch its pristine pages.)  To enter, simply leave a comment below – entries from the UK only, please!

Boring but necessary giveaway rules: To enter the giveaway please leave a comment at the end of this post.  Entries must be in before midnight on 31st March 2014.  Only one entry per person, please!  The winner will be selected by a random electronic draw on 01/04/14 and notified by email.  The winner will receive one copy of How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celelbrity by Patricia Carlin.  Prize must be claimed within 14 days of notification by email, otherwise a new winner will be selected. Sorry, but this giveaway is only open to addresses within the UK!

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September Giveaway #2! Cat Sense by John Bradshaw

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This month three lucky Cool for Cats UK readers will get their hot little paws on a hardback copy of the fantastic Cat Sense by John Bradshaw (the man behind BBC2’s recent documentary ‘The Secret Life of the Cat’).  This prize has been supplied by the publishing company, Penguin Books, who also sent me a copy of the book to review – which you can read below the giveaway rules.

To enter the giveaway please leave a comment at the end of this post.  Entries must be in before midnight on 30th September 2013.  Only one entry per person, please!  The three winners will be selected by a random electronic draw on 01/10/13 and notified by email. Each winner will receive one hardback copy of Cat Sense by John Bradshaw. Prizes must be claimed within 14 days of notification by email, otherwise a new winner or winners will be selected. Sorry, but this giveaway is only open to addresses within the UK!

Review – Cat Sense by John Bradshaw

This book is rooted firmly in scientific fact, and references scientific studies and (humane) experiments throughout – but don’t let that put you off!  Speaking as someone who is intrigued by cats and feline behaviour but who can often struggle with scientific literature, I found Cat Sense by John Bradshaw to be an absolutely fascinating read.  The author, a scientist (and cat owner) who has studied cats and how they interact with their owners for 25 years, has managed to pull off the rare feat of transforming scientific fact into very readable prose.  The resulting book provides a historical account of the transition our cats have made from solitary wildcat to much-loved companion, and serves to give a greater understanding both of the way our cats think and of the relationships they form with us and each other.

If, like me, you’ve a vague notion that cats first began to tag along with us humans back in ancient Egypt you’re about 6,500 years out – members of the felis lybica (Arabian wildcat) family first began to show their faces around human settlements 10,000 years ago.  And, while we’re on the subject, those ancient Egyptians had a horribly paradoxical relationship with their cats.  We all know that the ancient Egyptians revered their felines, and often endowed them with spiritual significance; but were you aware that they also bred cats in their thousands, and then ritualistically slaughtered them to provide the raw materials for a lucrative cat mummy industry?

Fortunately, ritualistic slaughter has now largely lost its appeal, and the average domestic cat can go about their business safe in the knowledge that they won’t end up on a mummification production line.  But modern life is by no means easy for the majority of our moggies: the very fact that the cat is now the most popular choice of pet on the planet has put enormous pressure on the emotional well-being of our feline friends.

This book will give you a comprehensive insight into what it means to be a cat in today’s society – the chapter which deals with how cats interact with each other may prove to be a real eye-opener, and help you appreciate just how stressful life can be for the modern moggy.  John Bradshaw also explores the relationships cats form with their owners (it’s official, by the way: they do love us!), and reveals that a cat’s purr is a more complex method of communication than most of us assume.

Anyone who reads Cat Sense – from cat novice to seasoned cat person – will come away with a much deeper understanding of what goes on inside the feline mind, which will surely result in an improved quality of life for our cats.  And you can’t get a better recommendation than that!

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The Girl With Nine Lives Giveaway Winner

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Congratulations to Sarahann – you’ve won the copy of The Girl With Nine Lives by E Earle!  (Keep an eye out for an email from me.)

If you’re not the lucky winner, but would still like to read this detective novel starring a talking cat, it’s available from Amazon for £5.47 (paperback), £2.05 (Kindle).

Giveaway & Review – The Girl With Nine Lives by E Earle

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If you’re a fan of pulp fiction detective novels, The Girl With Nine Lives by E Earle could be your kind of book…. and I just happen to have a review copy to give away.

The Girl With Nine Lives chronicles the adventures of Ellena Blackwell, a fiesty young college lecturer, and her talking cat, Benedict.  Ellena stumbles upon some dastardly goings-on at her workplace and decides to investigate, and Benedict decides that he’d better lend a hand (or should that be paw?!).

This is a self-published novel, so be prepared to overlook the odd mistake and also to suspend disbelief occasionally.  Plus the plot takes a little while to pick up; but once the story gets going you’ll be racing through the pages to discover the fate of Ellena and Benedict.  Will they both survive to see another day?  Well, that would be telling – you’ll have to read the book to find out!

The Girl With Nine Lives is available through Amazon for £4.24 for a paperback and £1.98 for the Kindle edition.

However, the author has very kindly supplied me with a copy to giveaway to one lucky Cool for Cats UK reader.  To enter this giveaway simply leave a comment below.

This giveaway is open to UK addresses only.  Entries must be in before midnight on 13/o8/2013.  The winner will be announced on 14/08/2013 and contacted by email.  If the winner doesn’t claim their prize within two weeks of notification a new winner will be selected.

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