The Feline Mystique a warm, witty, in-depth look at a relationship as old as domesticity. In this nonfiction book, the first serious examination of the female-feline bond, Simon reaches through history and science, art and literature to find out why we have connected - and what this means for those around us. Throughout the 224 page book, real stories of women and their cats - from a glamorous tiger trainer to a determined feral-cat rescuer, a shelter worker to a show breeder, and Simon's own 17 year relationship with the gray longhair Cyrus - bring the reader back to the strong feelings we have for our felines.
With humor, warmth, and a contemporary feminist sensibility, The Feline Mystique dissects the myths and stereotypes about women and cats (from goddesses and witches to Catwoman), provides real information (did you know that cat 'hoarding' or collecting is now thought to be a form of obsessive compulsive disorder?), and incorporates stories of women and their kitties in their own voices, as when 84-year-old Helen relates how her adored tabby Moses helped her come to terms with aging. A catperson's answer to Pack of Two and The Secret Life of Dogs, The Feline Mystique is a book for cat lovers and those who love them.