Catopedia - A Fascinating Collection of Feline Curiosities, from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

06 OCTOBER 2016

Feline experts from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home share their knowledge and fascinating cat tales and quirks in Catopedia – A Fascinating Collection of Feline Curiosities, available in all good book shops from Thursday 6 October.

Battersea has been looking after and rehoming cats since 1883, although it wasn’t until 2002 that the Home changed its name to include cats too. Now the charity rehomes more cats than dogs, finding loving new homes for nine homeless cats every day.

Catopedia celebrates the nation’s love of cats, exploring everything from how significant cats have been in society throughout the ages, through to understanding why cats meow and purr.

Drawing on the vast body of knowledge belonging to the world’s most famous dogs and cats home, Catopedia investigates how cats experience the world and what they think of their human companions. The book educates and entertains with everything from wild cat ancestry and cat physiology to cat worship and cat movie stars. Did you know, for example, that Leonardo da Vinci, fascinated by form and movement, produced a page full of wonderful cat sketches in 1513? Or that a cat’s tail can express mood and intent, acting as an invitation or warning? Filled with facts and figures that both educate and entertain, and with charming photographs throughout, the book is the ideal gift for every cat lover.

Lindsey Quinlan, Battersea’s Head of Catteries said “At Battersea we care for over 3000 cats every year, each one with a unique personality and story behind them. Catopedia is the perfect read for anyone who wants to learn a bit more about cat traits and behaviour, brush up on their cat general knowledge, or just enjoy some great stories about our feline friends.”

Royalties from the sale of Catopedia go towards supporting the work of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, which receives no government funding.


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Notes to editors

  • Catopedia is published by Headline in hardback on 6 October 2016, priced £14.99.
  • Dogopedia – A Fascinating Collection of Canine Curiosities, from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home (published in hardback in October 2015) is also available in paperback from 6 October 2016 priced £8.99.
  • Established in 1860, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home aims never to turn away a dog or cat in need of our help, caring for them until their owners or loving new homes can be found, no matter how long it takes. We are champions for, and supporters of, vulnerable dogs and cats, determined to create lasting changes for animals in our society.
  • Since it was founded, Battersea has rescued, reunited and rehomed over 3.1 million dogs and cats.
  • In 2015 the Home cared for over 8000 dogs and cats.
  • Battersea cares for an average of 260 dogs and 220 cats across its three centres at any one time.
  • There is no time limit on how long an animal can stay at the charity but the average stay for a dog is 30 days and 22 days for a cat.
  • In 2015 27% of dogs and 30% of cats arrived as strays.
  • A team of over 1200 volunteers help at Battersea’s three centres, in roles including dog and cat socialising, gardening, admin support and giving talks in the community.
  • In addition to the site in South West London, the Home also has two other centres based at Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent.
  • Battersea Dogs & Cats Home rehomes dogs and cats all over the UK.
  • Battersea Dogs & Cats Home receives no central government funding towards the care of its dogs and cats and relies on the generosity and support of the public to help care for lost and abandoned dogs & cats. To make a donation visit our website or call 0207 627 7883.
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