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Product Details

  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599210045
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599210049
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

People who have spent a lifetime observing and interacting with cats will say that these amazing animals seem to possess powers - supernatural, psychic, or otherwise - that we can only begin to comprehend. But are they able to return from the grave as well?
In Ghost Cats, the strangely heartwarming tales of cats who have refused to let death part them from their human companions are recounted in vivid and captivating detail. From the chilling "Demon Cat of the Nation's Capitol" to the delightful "Phantom Litter Box" to the touching "Poor Puss" of Stonehenge, there's a plethora of phantasms here for everyone. And what if you receive bedtime visitations from your very own dearly departed kitty? Author Dusty friend explains all the signs of a haunting and offers reasons why your freind has come back.
A thrilling read for the cat and ghost lovers among us, and a consolation for those who have lost a beloved pet, this collection of stories confirms that these wonderful, whiskered creatures capture our imagination as much as they do our hearts, long after they have purred their last.

About the Author

Dusty Rainbolt is product reviewer for Catnip, former product editor for Whole Cat Journal, and the author of Kittens for Dummies.

More About the Author

Dusty Rainbolt, ACCBC, is an award-winning cat writer according to her answering machine. She recently stopped writing on her cats because they move around too much and they smeared ink all over the furniture. She's worked as a professional free-lance journalist since the late 1980s, and began specializing in pet journalism in 1995. Today, she's the editor-in-chief of AdoptAShelter.com, a shop-to-donate website that benefits animal charities.

In 1986, a chance event changed her forever and set her life on a new course. A family moved from their apartment, abandoning their pregnant tabby cat in the snow. Accidental midwife, Dusty received a real life lesson in the plight of unwanted pets. After she found homes for Mom and her kittens, Dusty jumped head-first into cat and kitten rescue. Over the years, she has successfully bottle fed over 800 orphan kittens, and rescued and rehomed more than 700 adults and weaned kittens. She's an associate certified cat behavior consultant and member of International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.

Some people describe Dusty as a Renaissance woman, or maybe they really mean she's ahead of her time. Six years before the premiere of Syfy Channel's Ghost Hunter show (and the TV ghost-hunting craze that followed) Dusty got her kicks hanging out in creepy locations wielding EMF meters and video cameras. Her experiences later provided her with fodder for her latest paranormal mystery, DEATH UNDER THE CRESCENT MOON (Yard Dog Press.) (You can watch Dusty's Crescent Hotel ghost voice video that inspired her novel at http://youtu.be/N4evQfzfczE.)

Readers who love both ghosts and cats might also enjoy her award-winning nonfiction book, GHOST CATS: HUMAN ENCOUNTERS WITH FELINE SPIRITS (The Lyons Press), and her latest science fiction/fantasy anthology, THE MYSTICAL CAT (SkyWarrior Books.)

Her scifi fans know Dusty for her comedy, including the humorous science adventure, ALL THE MARBLES (Yard Dog Press.) Along with three other redheaded writers, Dusty co-authored the outrageous fantasy series THE FOUR REDHEADS, including: THE FOUR REDHEADS OF THE APOCALYPSE, APOCALYPSE NOW! and REDHEADS IN LOVE.

Cat lovers know Dusty best for her cat care/behavior books KITTENS FOR DUMMIES (John Wiley & Sons) and CAT WRANGING MADE EASY: MAINTAINING PEACE & SANITY IN YOUR MULTICAT HOME (The Lyons Press.) She is responsible for all story content for AdoptAShelter.com. Her award-winning column "Ask Einstein" appears every month on AdoptAShelter's website.

You can read Dusty's articles in Cat Fancy and on Catster.com, Petfinder.com, and AdoptAShelter.com. She frequently guest blogs. Dusty serves as vice president of the international journalism organization, Cat Writers' Association (www.catwriters.org). Since joining CWA in 1995, Dusty's books, columns, reviews and articles have been honored with more than 50 writing awards. She is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Friskies Writer of the Year Award.

Find out about her fiction and paranormal work at www.dustyrainbolt.com. Read Dusty's blog, "Confessions of a Cat Writer" at her cat care/behavior website, www.dustycatwriter.com. Follow her at http://www.facebook.com/dusty.rainbolt or checkout her feline heartworm awareness Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/NixiesHEARTwormBEAT.

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This book is an easy read.
Linda Gavitt
And the stories submitted by people will bring tears to your eyes by the depth of love between them and their deceased feline family members.
Animal Rescuer
I have been disappointed by many other books of ghost stories in the past, but "Ghost Cats" is by far the best one I have read yet.
Bonnie Lacombe

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Karen Duban on April 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
I loved this book and the stories in them. These stories are true, or at least one is true and I know this because my story is one of them. I could not put this book down once I started it--the people and the cats are wonderful, the names are wonderful, the almost-always sweet encounters between people and cat spirits are wonderful. And I needed to read this book because last October my two dear cats, Huckleberry and Scamper, disappeared within 8 days of each other (displaced suburban coyotes being the most likely culprits). I was still grieving when I read this book and I often found myself teary-eyed and sniffling as I read the different heartwarming stories. But by the end, I was on my way to accepting their deaths and believing that they are still out there, somewhere in the great beyond, loving and being loved. Whether you love ghost stories or cat stories (or now, a combination of both), you'll find GHOST CATS a treasure to read. It's a keeper.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By T. J. Banks on April 9, 2007
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If you're looking for ghost stories of the creepy things-that-go-bump-in-the-night variety, then Dusty Rainbolt's GHOST CATS is not for you. Things feline do go bump in the night in the true accounts in this book, but they do so in the most loving, heart-felt way imaginable -- proof positive that the heart that is loved does indeed remember. There's Tigger, the orange tomcat who spends his afterlife patrolling his owners' house, jumping up on their beds and rubbing his whiskers against their faces. There are the cats who flit in and out of sight at the 100-year-old house of the vet who treated them in this life. And there are Kochka, Omar, Sooz, and a slew of other feline ghosts who stopped back one last time to let their grieving owners know they were OK. Yes, this is a book you can't put down, but it's also one that you'll find yourself picking up time and again to remind yourself that "[t]his world is not conclusion." Far from it, as the cats in this book go to show.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Betsy Stowe on August 13, 2007
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"Ghost Cats" chronicles numerous paranormal encounters of the feline kind, but the author reveals as much about the power of the heart as she does about the power of the spirit. The book is well-written, well-researched, and a complete joy to read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kim C. Thornton on May 21, 2007
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Rainbolt has gathered true tales of cat visitations from historical and contemporary sources. Whether or not you believe in ghosts, if you're a cat lover you'll enjoy and perhaps even be comforted by the stories of cats whose presence remained even after death.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sandra L. Toney on October 11, 2007
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Dusty Rainbolt's book, Ghost Cats, was not at all spooky or scary (at least to me) as a few other readers have thought. I felt very comforted by the fact that our beloved kitties do not forget us when they are gone. And the fact that they do come back to check on us and to even say "goodbye" is a warm feeling for those of us whose hearts are so broken. I truly believed the stories in this book and all the "ghostly" appearances our feline friends make before going over the Rainbow Bridge forever -- to wait for us to join them someday. This book is on my Must-Read book list!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Animal Rescuer on September 28, 2007
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Ghost Cats: Human Encounters with Feline Spirits is not a book to be missed! Dusty did a wonderful job with this somewhat controversial subject. And the stories submitted by people will bring tears to your eyes by the depth of love between them and their deceased feline family members. I have a story in there about one of my favorite cats and it still brings tears to my eyes as well as a sense of well being when I recall what happened that night Harrison passed to the Rainbow Bridge.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Akeybear on September 23, 2007
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I liked reading this book because there were many instances of seeing a ghost cat under different circumstances. From being a warning, to just saying goodbye, this was a good read from beginning to end. It was comforting also to know I was not the only one to have such an experience, that our animals friends do communicate with us while on this earth and also when departed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susan L. Stranathan on September 18, 2007
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Ms. Rainbolt has done a great job with this one. The stories are interesting, entertaining, and leave you wanting more. They also take some of the creapy out of those weird night noises. After all, it just might be an old friend going for an accustomed prowl. A must read for any cat lover and for anyone interested in the odd and unexplained.

Lynn
Alma, AR
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