The Original Cat Fancy Cat Bible. The Definitive Source for All Things Cat

Intro by Michael

Our very own Sarah Hartwell, the creator the well-known website Messybeast.com is a co-author of a book already available in the USA and available in the UK in August. This is what Sarah says…..


A few years ago, I was tasked with researching the breeds and writing impartial histories and descriptions, providing some oddments of information and finding sources for photos of the rarer breeds. Even during that research period, new breeds were appearing, and a few were disappearing. It will be available in August.

The Original Cat Fancy Cat Bible The Definitive Source for All Things Cat by Sandy Robins, Dr Arnold Plotnick, Lorraine Shelton & Sarah Hartwell.

Please click on the image to go to Amazon.com.

Here are a few bits about my input from the pre-publication review:

The Original Cat Bible promises to be the most complete and authoritative book of its kind, authored by award-winning writer Sandy Robins with special veterinary chapters by Dr. Arnold Plotnick and an extensive breed section by Sarah Hartwell and Lorraine Shelton.

The Original Cat Bible discusses the development of cat breeds and the genetics of purebred cats. While the establishment of purebred cats is a fairly modern development, some breeds have existed in a “pure form” for many centuries. In order to explain the significance of specific breeds, the author describes the essential physical characteristics of the cat, including body types, coat types, colors, and patterns. Guest authors Hartwell and Shelton, both highly regarded experts in the purebred cat world, present seventy-five breeds of cat from the familiar Siamese and Persian to the lesser known Australian Mist and Pixie Bob, describing their origins, breed standards, personalities, all accompanied by dazzling color photography. The book features expansive coverage of every recognized cat breed in the world, plus many experimental and new breeds that have come and gone.

It will be published in August, but I hope to be getting an early copy soon 🙂

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The Original Cat Fancy Cat Bible. The Definitive Source for All Things Cat — 13 Comments

    • Ah..that is a good comment. Sarah is very scientific but…I bet it is somewhat compromised. I’d be interested in knowing what Sarah has to say. It may be rather conventional and far too orthodox for you Harvey.

  1. Considering my part was written well before Harvey got in contact with me it errs towards the fancy version. That’s the problem when there are lead times. With other breeds, such as the Singapura, I had a chance to address the folklore. However, paper media can’t keep pace with electronic publishing.

  2. Congratulations Sarah.
    I just read Amazon’s full description of the book, and it sounds like it is jam-packed with all things cat.
    What I liked most about what I read is that it’s a pretty easy read for those of us who aren’t experts and the content would appeal to any cat lover.

  3. It has to be a bit compromised, doesn’t it?

    I am so looking forward to obtaining a copy, either way. I respect Sarah Hartwell highly for not only her scientific mind, but also for all of the work that she has done fostering. As a layperson, I very much look forward to the book’s publication.

    • We all know that it will be a little bit askew from what the three authors would have as a single, solid entity. And that is okay; we are all capable of reading btwn the lines. Thank you, Michael, for giving us the heads up. Look forward to the other authors input as well!

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