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Cat Pies - feline historical trivia. [Kindle Edition]

Grace Elliot
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Cat Pies - feline historical trivia (non-fiction) by Grace Elliot.

Did the Victorian's really eat cat pies?
Who invented the cat flap?
Do black cats bring good or bad luck?
Why did Victorian veterinarians have such a bad reputation?
Is cat-gut really made from cats?
How did cats win a battle?

"Cat Pies" is a series of short essays which answers the above questions, as well as other matters of feline historical trivia!
Please note: There is a bonus cat-themed short story at the end but BE WARNED - this story may upset those of a sensitive disposition with its portrayal of the gritty world of Victorian London.

Also by Grace Elliot (fiction)
A Dead Man's Debt
Eulogy's Secret
Hope's Betrayal
Verity's Lie

Product Details

  • File Size: 136 KB
  • Print Length: 55 pages
  • Publisher: Grace Elliot (December 21, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,164,823 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Gift for Cat Lovers December 13, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This book provides a fun romp through the history of cats and a reminder of ways that cats have played an important part in the rise of civilizations and even helped win battles.

The author, Grace Elliot, is a veterinarian, and she entertainingly describes the factual basis underlying myths and legends about cats. She also explains how some misinformation about cats became popular. Cats are such peculiar critters that a book like this is as helpful as it is entertaining! I also love the cover picture!

Some of the information in Cat Pies can be useful for cat owners in the here and now. I've often worried when my cats deposit undigested hairballs on the carpet, or chow down and vomit very soon afterward. A lot of that worry went away after reading the author's explanation about how and why vomiting serves an important natural function for cats. Hint, it's not so much the hair.

Cat Pies would make a wonderful gift for a feline-addicted friend or any fan of little known history about how animals and humans live and thrive together. One note, this is genuine history, not a sanitized version and not for every young reader. The short story at the end about a young Cats' Meat Man is undoubtedly true to the gritty world of that time period but it provides a twist ending that is not a "Disney" moment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun facts about Cats December 8, 2011
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Though this book can almost be considered a school textbook about cats and their place in society and the writer is after all a veterinarian, it contains funny and interesting parts, which make it a nice fast read. Some of the funny parts are the stories about cats mentioned in the book, like the fables with cats told centuries ago. Well researched and complete.

The book describes in depth the life of pet food sellers during the early part of the 1900's. It gives information about the meat they sell, the income they make and the character of these cat food sellers.

The book is very detailed and though cat and dog lovers would enjoy reading it. History buffs and people, who like trivia will love it too. Did you know there is a connection between cat meat sellers and Jack the Ripper?

The book discusses the nutritional value of the cat food and a funny part about famous cat owners. There is also information about why cats were important in Victorian England and Old Egypt. Some societies saw cats as evil and others saw them as divine.

The second part of the book is a sad, but funny story about a cat meat man and a few eventful days in his life.

All in all a very enjoyable book full of facts and fiction about cats.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical feline stories January 24, 2012
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In 1861 Henry Mayhew wrote, "I don't know about [two] millions [population of London]" said my informant, "but I think there's a cat to every ten people, aye, and more than that." "I told him this gave a total of 200,000 cats in London...the total number of cats in London...might number 300,000 in all." There were enough cats in London for a lot of Cats' Meat Men to make their rounds every day to sell food for cats and some of them did very well financially.

People who love their cats are devoted pet caretakers and have been for millenia before Henry Mayhew wrote his statistics about the number of cats in London in 1861. "Cat Pies" goes through time and gives a lot of information about the cat's place in history and even who among the famous figures in history had a phobia to the furry friends. Times past haven't always been kind to our feline friends, and those sad tales are included.

If you love cats and like reading about them, there is a lot of information in this short collection of trivia about them. There are lots of quotes from writings of bygone days and it goes all the way back to ancient Egypt where the cat's importance was taken a lot more seriously than it sometimes is today. It's an enjoyable read and it doesn't take long to finish it.

There is a short story at the end of the historical part. I didn't particularly care for the story's subject matter, considering the short book was written for people who like cats. I thought it a bit offensive for those who truly love the feline species, but there is nothing to refute the fact that such things didn't happen then or now.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Depressing Cat Trivia February 12, 2012
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I would have knocked off a point for typos, grammatical errors and some formatting errors in the Kindle version, but I've already given this book a 'one star' rating.

I'm glad that I took the free Kindle download offer and did not actually pay for this book. This is one of the most depressing collections of cat-related information and anecdotes that I have ever read. It is filled with sad and disturbing tidbits about how cats were mistreated, misunderstood and led miserable lives throughout history, excepting the enlightened Egyptians. And the short story at the end is completely depressing. This is not a book for cat-lovers looking for a charming and cheerful read. The purpose of it was unclear, but it was not entertaining or enlightening.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cats, cats, cats, and more Cats! December 16, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I was sent this book as a free read by the author. This in no way reflected the review I am giving.

This was a wonderful short story about cats. The author had done so much research to tell this story. This book is so interesting. This was truly an amazing book to read and should me read by all people that love cats. I learned so much about my cats from this book. The author wrote a very good book. I will admit the title of the book does not describe or portray the book but it does not take away from anything in the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A+, fast and well packed shipping; as described.
Published 23 months ago by DANA W. VAN VALIN
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you ever wanted - and really didn't need - to know about...
Cat Pies - Feline Historical Trivia

By Grace Elliot

I loved the history behind this book, if not what I always found out as I read it. Read more
Published on May 3, 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky but interesting
I can't imagine anyone other than a die hard cat lover reading this, but for those of us who are, there was a lot of info you won't find anywhere else.
Published on March 4, 2012 by Sue Mahar
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing
I've never written a review on a book that I've rated so low. I love cats (have 3)and I was looking forward to learning more about the history of these awesome creatures. Read more
Published on February 20, 2012 by Cat Lover Lennie
1.0 out of 5 stars The Short Story Ruined It For Me
I was enjoying the book until the short story at the end. I did not find it amusing or entertaining in any way, and I am confused why it was added to the book at all. Read more
Published on January 17, 2012 by Shann S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Useful Cat info, plus a short story
Cat Pies is full of interesting information about cats. There is information about how cats are different from dogs in what they should eat and the medicines they can safely be... Read more
Published on December 21, 2011 by Stephen C. Lovely
5.0 out of 5 stars Cat Pies - a feline-full surprise!
I contacted Grace directly via Kindle Boards because I'd seen her post about a new cat-related title and my interest was immediately piqued. Read more
Published on December 21, 2011 by D. Brown
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More About the Author

Grace Elliot leads a double life as a veterinarian by day and author of historical romance by night. Grace lives near London and is housekeeping staff to five cats, two teenage sons, one bearded dragon and a husband (not listed in order of importance.)
Grace started writing as an escape from an emotionally demanding job and believes all intelligent people need romance in their lives - as an antidote to the modern world.
You can find out more about Grace at her blog.

Grace Elliot's books:
The Ringmaster's Daughter The Foxhall Series #1
A Dead Man's Debt
Eulogy's Secret The Huntley Trilogy #1
Hope's Betrayal The Huntley Trilogy #2
Verity's Lie The Huntley Trilogy #3

Cat Pies- Feline Historical Trivia

Coming summer 2014 -
The Cook's Apprentice The Foxhall Series #2


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