What Allia has done in this sweet little book, is to take a basic concept and put the argument across in favour of cats. This works for me although I love ALL animals, and that does include dogs. 

I'd_rather_be_a_catAllia consulted a good number of cats to find out their views on the age-old question: are cats better than dogs – and even found among the canines she encountered, one whistle-blower who wished to remain anonymous for obvious reasons. This is what he haltingly said in an interview with Allia:

“A great many of us – and I’m not naming names – well, we actually believe … We believe ... cats are better. And if we had our druthers, we’d … We’d … rather be cats! There, I’ve said it!”

Each page in Allia’s book has a simple concept and on the adjacent page an adorable picture of a cat in a typical feline pose. I liked all the concepts; they are true of all species, including the human variety but I appreciate that this is a cat book and the point is made that cats are in all ways, over and above, far more superior to dogs.

“WE ARE CAT.  WE don’t have self-esteem issues. We don’t look to our humans for approval. We don’t jump all over them to seek acceptance.”

‘Dogs are known for their annoying trait – barking.  Cats are recognised for the sweetest sound on earth – purring.’

These are just two of the many different sayings in Allia’s book.

And one final word from Allia in her foreword: “… and one more thing – you’ll see that whereas dogs admittedly envy cats for their many positive qualities, cats most definitely don’t return the sentiment.”

Printed by Harvest House Publishers in hardback, the ISPN number is:

978-0-7369-3934-8 and it’s priced at $9.99

It’s small enough to put in your coat pocket or your purse to read on the train, or while you are in a check out at the supermarket waiting to be served. I can thoroughly recommend it. 

Here's the press release:

Contact: Publicity : 877-307-0662 : publicity@harvesthousepublishers.com 990 Owen Loop North : Eugene, OR 97402 : 541-343-0123 : fax 541-302-0732 www.HarvestHousePublishers.com

New Book Proves Paws Down: Cats Are Better


For Immediate Release

Eugene, Oregon—February 1, 2012—It’s a conundrum that has separated loyalists on both sides of the fence for ages. Which companion animal is better?

Bestselling author and ailurophile, Allia Zobel Nolan, thinks it’s obvious, and in her newest expose, I’d Rather Be a Cat: The Official "Better Than Dogs" Cat Book (ISBN: 978-0-7369-3934-8), she ends the controversy once and for all. After years of research among both animals, Zobel Nolan, with the help of her three adorable felines, gives an unbiased account—from cats all over the world—of countless reasons why they believe—no, scratch that—why they KNOW, they are better than the competition, including:

  1.  A cat’s breathe doesn’t smell like a mixture of a dumpster and an old locker.
  2.  Cats would never cling to a guest’s leg, nor slobber all over them.
  3.  Cats wouldn’t dream of rolling in the mud. Ewwww.
  4.  Cats don’t have self-esteem issues. They don’t live for humans’ approval.
  5.  Cats don’t beg. It’s not their style.

These and other side-splitting revelations will prove, cat-a-gorically, what savvy humans have known all along: Cats rule. Dogs drool. What’s more, this hilarious book reinforces why cats prefer being exactly who they are: the beautiful, intelligent, sophisticated, mysterious, sun-and-sleep loving creatures God made. "I hate to put the kibosh on dogs," says Zobel Nolan. "They do have some fine points. But, taken as a whole, cats just have more of them.

"So, sorry, Fido," Zobel Nolan says. "There’s just no contest-o. Cats have dogs licked, paws down."

About the Author:

Allia Zobel Nolan is an internationally-published, award-winning author of seven cat books and over 150 children’s and adult trade titles with 2 ½ million books in print. Her books reflect her two main passions, God and cats, and include such varied titles as Moses’ Memory Book, The Ten Commandments for Kids, and The Worrywart’s Prayer Book as well as Smelly Feet Sandwich and Other Silly Poems and Purr More, Hiss Less: Heavenly Lessons I Learned from My Cat. Among other places, her work has also been featured in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Irish Independent News, The Hartford Courant, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times. She lives in Norwalk, Connecticut, with her husband, Desmond Finbarr Nolan, and their three better-than-dogs cats.

About the Publisher:

Harvest House is among the top ten Christian publishing companies, publishing more than 160 books each year and carrying a strong backlist offering more than 700 titles. Over 100 million Harvest House books have been sold worldwide through diverse distribution channels, and additional millions have sold in over 75 different languages.

Print quality images to accompany this press release are available in digital format. Available images are: cover art, author photo, Harvest House logo.

I’d Rather Be a Cat :The Official "Better Than Dogs" Cat Book

Harvest House Publishers 978-0-7369-3934-8 64 pages, $9.99 February 2012

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