1146454_10152110822458701_570937465_nHistory, art, literature and CATS are my greatest loves, and I can’t think of any better way to combine them than to research and write about the cat’s relationship with man throughout history.  Following the cat’s journey, sometimes glorious and pampered, sometimes dangerous and deadly, can only lead to a better understanding of our own past and beliefs.  

I dedicate this history and website to all my past and present feline companions:  Beasty Godzilla (RIP), PC Ma (RIP), Sphinxus Aurelius Rexus (RIP), Imperious Maximus Nero (RIP), Beseechy Runtus (RIP), Ruby the Cutey (RIP), Neechia (RIP), Tibby and Socrates as well as to all those who truly love cats. 

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L.A. Vocelle has a Master’s of Education and teaching English from George Washington University, Washington, D.C., as well as  undergraduate degrees in history and political science.  She is the creator and founder of the website The Great Cat, www.thegreatcat.org, and a member of the Cat Writers’ Association.  She has published several books: 7 Women Artists and their Cat Subjects (2013), Ancient Egyptian Cats: A Coloring Book for Adults and Children (2015),  Medieval Cats Coloring Book for Cat Lovers (2016), and Revered and Reviled: A Complete History of the Domestic Cat. Her free time is devoted to serving the wishes of her two rescue cats.

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  1. Patricia Egan says

    Homer’s Odyssey is another tribute to all that our dear cat companions bring to our lives, homes, relationships.

  2. Read your fascinating book Revered and Reviled while working on Pallas’ cat (manul) conservation issues in Mongolia. There is more to a cat’s purr than meets the ear. Several people you mentioned in your book (page 267 Louis Wain is a good example) remarked on apparent beneficial health impacts from having a cat nearby. Perhaps science will confirm these suspicions. I offer two corrections for the next edition. The Latin family name (Felidae) and the genus name (Felis, Panthera, Leopardus, etc.) are always capitalized. The species and subspecies name (silvestris, tigris, pardalis) are never capitalized. For instance, Felis lybica is a wildcat, Otocolobus manul is a Pallas’ cat (manul). Both are species of cats within the great family of cats, Felidae. Page 261 is missing words in the first complete sentence that reads: The once wild, untamable feline became a loyal and ??? earlier centuries.
    Many thanks for your wonderful book I’m sending to friends and colleagues.

    • LA Vocelle says

      Thank you so much for your comments. I did catch the problem on p.261, but had no idea that the capitalization was incorrect. I did send the manuscript to an editor. I will, however, make the amendments in the next edition. So glad you have enjoyed the book!

    • Christian Mendez says

      This seems like an excellent gift. Has it been translated in other languages like french?

  3. Very neat blog .. I hope you will include somewhere my two favorites:

    – Norton the Cat who went to Paris – book by Peter Gethers – really an influential cat, unusual as he was both a smart cat *and* had a master with whom he could actually communicate; Norton actually helped change Peter G’s career from editor at Hutton to freelance editor.. and helped convince a secretive Italian cook to share her secrets in a now famous cookbook.. her restaurant gained fame and she opened an inn …

    – A friend once gave me this book, featuring Ernie the Cat by Tony Mendoza – he’s done some of the most interesting cat photos I’ve ver seen. He did them when he first arrived in NYC, Ernie was his roomate’s pet and as he didn’t have a lot of money at the time, he ended up shooting Ernie a lot. Lucky for him Ernie was quite a character.
    One of Mendoza’s shots of Ernie from accad.osu.edu/~tmendoza

  4. I am pleased to have found this FABULOUS site. I look forward to reading more about the history of the cat and his/her relationship with humankind. I am positive you will make your feline (and human) friends quite proud!

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