Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Amsterdam’s Floating Sanctuary for Cats



The Cat Boat is one of Amsterdam’s most peculiar and odd attractions. It’s basically a sanctuary for cats, but what makes it special is that the rescued cats all live aboard a quaint little houseboat which bobs along the Herengracht canal.



 
The Cat Boat at its moorings in Amsterdam.




Although it wasn’t intended initially to be a tourist attraction, Cat Boat regularly receives about 4,500 visitors a year, most of whom are tourists who just so happen to be missing their own cats while on vacation! Please read on ...




Monday, 5 June 2017

Looking for a great summer read and travel guide ?

Attention expat cat-lovers and travellers:

We have just made Islands of Cats available in all three language versions on

Get your own copy of this socio-relevant publication of the amazing work of the stray cat carers of the Maltese Islands, and read about this popular travel destination in the heart of the Mediterranean, which is well worth a trip - not just for the stray cats.

More about Malta: http://www.visitmalta.com/en/

Thursday, 13 April 2017

We are moving ...

After four and a half years living and working in Malta, Islands of Cats' author Alexander Johnson and the book's photographer and designer Gabriele Ruttloff-Bauer will be moving their domicile back to Switzerland beginning of May 2017 to immerse into new projects.

But we'll not be cutting the ropes to the Maltese Islands and just sail away. Our books will still be in the shops in Malta and Gozo, and we will be visiting frequently family and friends. We will continue to blog about stray cats and donate part of the proceeds of each book sold in aid of neutering and spaying of stray cats in Malta and Gozo, contributing to Happy Paws Malta's free neutering program.

We would like to express our gratitude to all the wonderful men and women we met during our project research and to everybody who so generously contributed to the making of "Islands of Cats". We sincerely hope that the selfless work of the many stray cat carers in the Maltese Islands will gain more public awareness, respect and support. Saħħa !

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Islands of Cats - Easter Blitz

To all Animal Lovers and Supporters of Stray and Abandoned Cats

Purchase your copy of the 'Islands of Cats' Hardcopy Photostory-Book in English, German or Maltese before Easter directly from the Authors at these prices including shipping:



Shipping to Easter
discount
small flaws
on cover
regular
price
Malta, Gozo129
 € 20.35
Europe1916
€ 27.34

How to order: 

This Easter Blitz special is valid for any order received by email latest on April 13th, 2017.


Step 1: Simply send us an email to publishing[at]islandsofcats.com* stating:
* replace [at] with @
  • first and last name of the recipient
  • telephone number
  • full delivery address including country
  • which language and whether full or reduced*
    * limited availability
  • we will confirm receipt of your order by email
Step: 2: Payment by credit card (PayPal*) or bank transfer:
* no PayPal account required
Step 3: Shipment:
PS: From each book sold we will donate some of the proceeds in aid of neutering and spaying of stray and abandoned cats in the Maltese Islands.

One Year Later: Stray Cat Carer Susan in Gozo

The rough sea, strong winds and torrential rain on our trip to Gozo showed us the small island was taking a stormy break from its habitual dry weather and sunshine. The turbulent weather of end of 2016 was soon forgotten when we saw how pleased Susan was upon receiving her copy of Islands of Cats. Her smile and warm appreciation brightened the room as she looked at the pages. Two cats, Poppy and Pushy, entered the front door (which is always open for strays), and immediately jumped on the table as if to see if their picture was also in the book. You can read more about Susan and her years of caring for stray cats in 'Islands of Cats' on pages 97-99.

The book tells the story of a representative 22 of over 1,000 stray cat carers in Malta and Gozo on 128 pages, illustrated by over 250 colourful photographs - accompanied by cat facts, stories, interviews, and it introduces places of interest on the Islands. 'Islands of Cats' is available in English, Maltese and German, as well as E-Books including Kindle. And most of all, we donate part of the proceeds of each book sold in aid of neutering and spaying of stray and abandoned cats in the Maltese Islands. Click here to order your copy, and please tell your friends.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

One Year Later: Stray Cat Carer Jennifer

Jennifer had changed jobs since we last met her end of 2016, but that hasn’t stopped her from caring for the stray cats at the cargo terminal! “I will always attend to my cats, no matter how far I have to drive to them”, she said. Her delight upon receiving the book showed us, once again, the dedication and commitment of carers such as Jennifer has made creating ‘Islands of Cats’ worthwhile.

You can read more about Jennifer and her cat colony in 'Islands of Cats' on pages 65-67.

The book tells the story of a representative 22 of over 1,000 stray cat carers in Malta and Gozo on 128 pages, illustrated by over 250 colourful photographs - accompanied by cat facts, stories, interviews, and it introduces places of interest on the Islands. 'Islands of Cats' is available in English, Maltese and German, as well as E-Books including Kindle. And most of all, we donate part of the proceeds of each book sold in aid of neutering and spaying of stray and abandoned cats in the Maltese Islands. Click here to order your copy, and please tell your friends.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Humans are the problems, not the feral cats! (via HuffPost)

Feral cat by the sea © Gabriele Ruttloff-Bauer

Found on the Huffington Post, an article by Julia Orr 5 March 2017: "Humans hate to take responsibility for our actions especially when it comes to the fallout of those actions surrounding domesticated companion animals. In the case of feral cats, this is doubly so. Humans domesticated the cat, humans abandon their cats, and humans fail to spay and neuter their cats. And, when a cat is abandoned and not fixed they populate ..amazing I know but true. Then, humans blame the cats for their predicament. It’s the cat’s fault it became domesticated, it’s the cat’s fault it got abandoned, and it’s the cat’s fault she gets pregnant, cos little Johnny Cat just refused to use that kitty condom. Sound ridiculous? Well, it is about as ridiculous as hating cats because they suddenly find themselves abandoned and alone. Abandoned unfixed cats, breed and for some, soon become a “feral cat problem.” Although, personally I don’t see a “feral cat problem” only a “human problem.”

Every now and again someone reveals their ugly selves online, and this is true of Sam Wood. Wood is a hunter from Wisconsin who is an unapologetic cat killer. He is not a stupid man as he’s now rephrasing his initial abusive vitriol to one of him “helping” the environment because he’s another..." » read on.