Sunday, 22 July 2018

Is Malta really the island of cats? We have proof! by GuideMeMalta

What a nice surprise when a friend in Malta sent us the link to a post about stray and feral cats in Malta, which actually quotes our book 'Islands of Cats' on Some time in July 2018,  by Melanie Drury wrote:

"Every visitor will notice the presence of several felines around the Maltese Islands. What about the cats of Malta and why is it becoming known as the island of cats?"

A hungry stray cat colony waiting to be fed on Gozo © 2016 Gabriele Ruttloff-Bauer

"There are many cats in Malta. In the homes, in the streets, in the parks, by the water’s edge, fat cats live happily. In fact, Malta could well be the best place in the world to be a stray.

Locals are so accustomed to their presence that cats have come to play an integral role in the cultural landscape. It’s ordinary to shoo a snoozing cat off the roof off your car and to see cats gathering at the time the cat lady is due to appear with food. Most people tolerate them happily; others leave food and water on their doorstep; and some take it upon themselves to..." read more.

Just a tiny note, the author states that 3,000 feral cats live in the Maltese Islands. A conservative estimation actually comes to 350,000 animals, and that's why neutering and spaying is so important, a topic covered in our book. We financially support the free neutering program of Happy Paws Malta with every book we sell.

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Islands of Cats - recommended by The Cat Mag, UK

We are proud of having it made one of six book recommendations in Cats Protection's summer 2018 edition of «The Cat Magazine».

"Since 1931, The Cat magazine has been informing and entertaining cat lovers all over the UK. The Cat is a widely-read publication with the distinction of being part of the UK’s largest feline welfare charity, Cats Protection."

We hope that the recommendation contributes to awareness of the beautiful work of all those stray cat caring volunteers around the world, and the welfare of our feline fellow citizens. Thank you The Cat Magazine.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Owners must neuter free-roaming cats, say animal welfare groups - by

Having whitnessed first hand in Malta how rapidly uncontrolled feral cat colonies can grow, we, the authors Islands of Cats are ardent defenders of TNR - Trap-Neuter-Release. The call for a neuter/spay obligation has become louder recently, with an an estimate of 300'000 feral cats roaming the country. On June 12, wrote online:

Swiss animal protection groups have collected more than 115,000 signatures calling for the obligatory castration of cats that go outside.
Symbolic image - stray cats in Floriana, Malta - © 2016 Gabriele Ruttloff-Bauer
The aim of the non-binding petition is to curb the number of stray cats and reduce unnecessary suffering. The Network for Animal Protection (NetAP) and Tier im Recht (TIR) handed in the petition, backed by more than 150 organisations, to parliament on Tuesday. They estimate that 100,000-300,000 stray cats live in Switzerland. One of the main causes of the stray-cat problem is that owners of free-roaming house cats don’t always neuter them, with the result that these cats mate with strays, producing offspring. ... read more.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Simon's Cats: Off to the Vet

Simon Tofield nailed it again. Cat owners - as well as stray cat carers taking animals from their colonies to have them neutered and spayed - can very much relate to the struggle. Enjoy!

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Islands of Cats: 20% Year-End Discount

Available only through the authors: we are offering a 20% year-end discount on the hardcover edition, on Amazon Kindle worldwide, on the e-book (PDF) and gift voucher - just in time for Christmas!

Sold at €14.99 plus €12 shipping costs within Europe until yesterday, you can now buy this colourful, informative photo-story book for €11.98 plus €10 shipping within Europe. And for orders to Switzerland and Liechtenstein we'll ship for free. » more in our Shop

Merry Christmas and prosperous 2018!

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Simon's Cat Logic: Are Black Cats Unlucky?

Definitely a topic around recent Halloween, but there are a lot of opinions around about black cats. Here's some insight from the Simon's Cat team ...


We think, black cats are magical ;)
That's why the book 'Islands of Cats' has a nice factsheet about black cats on page 54: