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Cat tales: Meow’s it going?

Thursday, 28th November, 2019 8:44am

A new book detailing a private email conversation between two cats will give readers ‘paws’ for thought.

Called ‘Through Cats’ Eyes’, the unusual piece of literature was co-created by gardener Nicky Green, and shares a two year, back and forth email chat between two feline brothers, Sooty and Solo.

Green by name and nature, Nicky currently works as a horticulturalist for Down Syndrome Cork on their three acre site in Curaheen.

In 2002 Nicky was working as a gardener at a large Cork property for owners Allen and Jennefer Crosbie, when she came into possession of a kitten named Solo.

A year later Solo went missing for three weeks and was eventually found in poor condition with the help of Nicky’s employers and a neighbour who’d spotted the cat.

“I had just purchased a computer and I wanted to test the connection and my email address, so I sent my boss an email, and for a laugh, I sent it from the cat to thank him for helping to search for him while he was lost,” said Nicky.

She continued: “The connection worked fine, and the next day I got a reply from Sooty, Solo's older brother telling him all what had been happening in the big house and gardens since he left.”

Through Nicky and Allen Crosbie, the two cats kept up the correspondence for two years, describing the world around them from their own four-legged perspective.

“The most bizarre thing about it was we never spoke about them at all. I would see my boss every morning, but not a word was spoken, it really was as though the cats were talking and not us,” continued Nicky.

Now, 17 years later, following the death of co-author Allen Crosbie, Nicky hopes the book will resonate with cat lovers everywhere. “I think it's their mystique and independence and funny behavioural ways that we love. Unlike dogs, whole are loyal and do what they’re told, cats don't. They do what they want, and I feel we're here to serve them really,” said Nicky.

“I love the mystery of them. The book is just our take on what we thought they were thinking, and I'd say we weren't far off,” she added.

‘Through Cats’ Eyes’, which was launched recently, will also be available at Aghada Craft fair on 1 December and Maxi Zoo Midleton on 15 December.

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