Cats and women share many traits: beauty, elegance, sensitivity, affectionate natures, a knack for nurturing and, of course, a love of the luxurious. Then there are the qualities that cats possess which women long to emulate: fighting fiercely to protect themselves, never saying yes when they mean no, and being unafraid to claim the best seat in the house. Cats are loyal to those who love them but couldn’t give a toss about what others think. They don’t suffer self-esteem issues or worry if they’re overweight. And then there is that enviable air of mystery, that slinky walk… oh, to be a cat!
I should start by saying that I’m an ardent cat lover. I have my own fabulously feisty feline named Mab, who is playful, inquisitive and lords over us mere humans whom she begrudgingly shares a home with. I adore her… even if I don’t always understand her, but The Divine Feline has changed all of this.
In this charming and beautifully written gift book, international bestselling author Belinda Alexandra makes no apology for celebrating the special bond between women and their cats. Belinda shares her own experiences with cats, describes the relationship between women and cats throughout history and solves behavioural and philosophical issues in a whimsical and practical way.
From the first chapter, ‘Cat History’, Belinda takes us on a journey throughout history, starting with the origins of the feline in Northern Africa, where they were worshipped by the Egyptians, to their status today as cultural icons, thanks to the popularity of cat videos on social media. Belinda then gives readers a crash course on all things feline – from communicating effectively with your cat to creating a stimulating environment for indoor cats. As a cat owner, I found all of this information incredibly useful.
I also loved the connection Belinda drew between cats and booklovers! Throughout the book, Belinda offers charming and endearing anecdotes about famous writers – such as Charles Dickens, Emily Bronte and Mark Twain – who each had a special feline or two around them as they penned the literary masterpieces we know and love today.
As a cat lover, The Divine Feline was a charming and fascinating read. As a cat owner, it was extremely valuable, and has helped me better understand and communicate with my own cat. The gorgeous hardcover edition, complete with embossed copper lettering, delightful illustrations and a luxurious felt spine, would make the perfect gift for the cat lover in your life – or even for yourself! So, why not pour yourself a cup of tea, curl up with your favourite four-legged friend and lose yourself in The Divine Feline. It’s absolutely purr-fect.