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Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology Hardcover – 11 Apr 2013
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A compelling behind-the-scenes story ... immediate and real (San Francisco Chronicle on Fighting Fire)
A beautiful little book ... Caroline Paul knows the joke is on her and that it's a very good joke. She writes with real wit and a keen eye for life's absurdity. Wendy McNaughton's droll illustrations are delightful (Daily Mail)
A beautifully quirky new book (Independent)
What do our pets do when they're not with us? Caroline Paul and Wendy MacNaughton used GPS, cat cameras, psychics, and the web to track the adventures of their beloved cat TibiaSee all Product description
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Rather than thank her lucky stars and the gods of kitty relationships for his safe return, Caroline was eaten up by all the unanswered questions of Tibby’s time away. She couldn’t stop thinking about where he’d been and who he might have been with. Most of all she wanted to be sure that he hadn’t loved someone else more than her. She was a pretty ‘needy’ kitty mum. After enlisting the very dubious support of a psychic and even a pet detective she resorted to Techno surveillance and bought a GPS tracker from a nerdy looking guy who built them especially for cats. She also bought him a cat cam that made lots of rubbish photos and got her partner, Wendy, to spend hours overlaying the images from the GPS outputs to try to narrow down where Tibby might have gone. And together they eventually found out what had been happening.
Lost Cat is as much about the writer - probably a lot more - as it is about the activity of her cat. The story of Caroline Paul’s obsessive search to understand her cat could be considered a tad over-the-top if it were not accompanied by absolutely beautiful illustrations. This is a book about how animals can teach us much more about ourselves and our communities than we can ever expect and how they can act as catalysts to change the way we behave.
The illustrations in this short book are absolutely stunning, always beautiful and often funny. They are backed up by pictures of the GPS tracker outputs and the rubbishy photos from the Cat Cam - photos of mysterious and pointless views that did nothing to help them find Tibby’s past.
My copy is the hardback ISBN 978-1-60819-977-8 and it’s a beautiful thing. The paper quality is some of the heaviest I’ve ever come across in a commercially published book and the illustrations sing off the page with the quality of the colour reproduction. It took me about 2 hours to eat up this 160 page book and I’m sure that I will read it again.
I recommend this highly to anyone who has ever wondered what their cats get up to when nobody is looking and to anyone who’s been tempted to put a GPS tracker in the pockets of their kids, their partner or their elderly parents.
Its funny in places, sad in others and to be honest the main thing that I've learned from it is that our feline masters can help us meet not only other cat "friends" but points out how little we know about our own neighbours in a time when its become common to look after your own interest only. All round a book that I was gripped to from start to finish with some wonderful illustrations to help get the point across on a journey of discovery.
The book is around 160 pages and can easily be read in an evening due to the wide line spacing and the large number of illustrations which are guaranteed to raise a smile. The chapter where the author goes to an "animal communications class" to learn how to speak to her cats had me laughing out loud. If you have had a long day and want something to calm your frazzled mind, or you have a couple of hours to kill on an upcoming flight, this book could do the trick.
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A perfect gift for any cat lover.
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