The Book of Cats

Charles Henry Ross (1835 - 1897)

One day, ever so long ago, it struck me that I should like to try and write a book about Cats. I mentioned the idea to some of my friends: the first burst out laughing at the end of my opening sentence, so I refrained from entering into further details. The second said there were a hundred books about Cats already. The third said, “Nobody would read it,” and added, “Besides, what do you know of the subject?” and before I had time to begin to tell him, said he expected it was very little. “Why not Dogs?” asked one friend of mine, hitting upon the notion as though by inspiration. “Or Horses,” said some one else; “or Pigs; or, look here, this is the finest notion of all:—


Somewhat disheartened by the reception my little project had met with, I gave up the idea for awhile, and went to work upon other things. I cannot exactly remember what I did, or how much, but my book about Cats was postponed sine die, and in the meantime I made some inquiries.

I hope I have not been very prosy, and I hope, in the somewhat large collection of Cat anecdotes here brought together, “the only one worth the trouble of relating” has not been omitted. If this has been the case, allow me to assure you it has not been because I have spared any trouble in gathering together my materials. (C.H.Ross)

Genre(s): Animals & Nature

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Chapter I. Of the reason why this Book was written, and of several sorts of Cats which are not strictly Zoological krzys
Play 02 Chapter II. Of some Wicked Stories that have been told about Cats krzys
Play 03 Chapter III. Of other Wicked Stories, with a few Words in Defence of the Accused P. J. Morgan
Play 04 Chapter IV. Of the Manners and Customs of Cats P. J. Morgan
Play 05 Chapter V. Of Whittington’s Cat, and another Cat that visited Strange Countries Ellen Preckel
Play 06 Chapter VI. Of various kinds of Cats, Ancient and Modern Ellen Preckel
Play 07 Chapter VII. Of some Clever Cats Ellen Preckel
Play 08 Chapter VIII. Of some amiable Cats, and Cats that have been good Mothers MariaS
Play 09 Chapter IX. Of Puss in Proverbs, in the Dark Ages, and in the Company of Wicked Old Women Emily Maynard
Play 10 Chapter X. Of a certain Voracious Cat, some Goblin Cats, Magical Cats, and Cats of Kilkenny Ellen Preckel
Play 11 Chapter XI. Of Pussy poorly, and of some Curiosities of the Cat’s-meat Trade Ellen Preckel
Play 12 Chapter XII. Of Wild Cats, Cat Charming, etc.: Part 1 Ellen Preckel
Play 13 Chapter XII. Of Wild Cats, Cat Charming, etc.: Part 2 Ellen Preckel
Play 14 Chapter XIII. Conclusion Ellen Preckel