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Barnes was accustomed to her cats doing odd things (she has seven of them), but says, "this was odd, even for her standards," so she decided to pursue the concept of a book.
CORAL SPRINGS, FL, November 17, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ -- According to author Deborah Barnes, Makin' Biscuits - Weird Cat Habits and the Even Weirder Habits of the Humans Who Love Them, came to be when she got out of the shower one morning and wrapped her wet hair with a towel. She felt something land on top of her head - it was her otherwise shy cat, Mia, who decided that was the perfect spot to nap. Barnes was accustomed to her cats doing odd things (she has seven of them), but says, "this was odd, even for her standards," so she decided to pursue the concept of a book.
She issued an open call on her award-winning blog, Zee & Zoey's Cat Chronicles, asking readers to share some of the weird things their cats had done and the comments poured in. She heard from cat lovers of every lifestyle, sex, age, and occupation - bloggers, authors, celebrities, musicians, behaviorists, and more - all opened up to share some of the eccentricities of their feline friends. Like Vanna White, hostess of Wheel of Fortune, whose cat Stella is fascinated with opening closed doors, or blogger Sandra MacGregor of hairballsandhissyfits.com who was convinced she had a burglar in her house when she heard a loud thumping noise in the middle of the night - it was her cat, Amarula, carrying one of her winter boots up the steps!
Finding behavioral patterns in the submissions, Barnes put them together in like-minded chapters, such as "You Can Pet Me, Just Don't Touch Me," in which she discusses the tendency some cats have of not wanting to be held or touched, even though they otherwise enjoy attention. Each chapter begins by Barnes narrating a story about her own cats, segues to "Mews From Others" where she shares anecdotes from other cat lovers, and ends with a "Purr Points to Ponder" section of information, advice, and tips to help cat guardians provide their cats with an optimally enriched environment befitting their instinctual nature.
While Makin' Biscuits is lighthearted in nature, there is a larger issue at hand for Barnes, a devoted cat advocate (she's V.P. of the Cat Writer's Association and Secretary to the nonprofit, Pawsitively Humane, Inc. of Miami, FL). She hopes Makin' Biscuits will make a difference in cat welfare by helping to enhance the feline-human bond and to enlighten readers on certain subjects, such as the need for spay/neuter to help reduce the staggering numbers of cats in shelters (in the United States alone, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals indicates each year approximately 3.4 million cats enter shelters nationwide); as well as to provide readers with resources, tips, and advice to correct common behavioral problems that can land a cat into a shelter, such as litter box issues.
Makin' Biscuits features a foreword by New York Times bestselling author, Gwen Cooper of Homer's Odyssey and is endorsed by many top cat experts in field, including Dr. Marty Becker, "America's Veterinarian," contributor to Good Morning America and The Dr. Oz Show, and three-time bestselling author of 25 pet-related books. Available in both paperback and electronic versions, Makin' Biscuits also reveals the answers to some of the greatest cat mysteries of all time, such as why do cats suddenly zoom from one room to the next for no apparent reason?
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Deborah Barnes is the owner of ZZP Publishing, LLC and the author of Makin' Biscuits - Weird Cat Habits and the Even Weirder Habits of the Humans Who Love Them; Purr Prints of the Heart - A Cat's Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond; and The Chronicles of Zee & Zoey - A Journey of the Extraordinarily Ordinary; as well as the award winning cat-related blog, Zee & Zoey's Cat Chronicles. She is the Vice President of the Cat Writers' Association and was awarded 2013 "Writer of the Year" by Friskies Purina. She is the Secretary of the nonprofit, Pawsitively Humane, Inc. of Miami, Florida and her freelance work has been featured in Cat Fancy magazine, Kittens 101, Catster.com, BlogPaws.com, TheCatSite.com, and the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians newsletter.
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