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Cat Calls
Wonderful Stories and Practical Advice from a Veteran Cat Sitter

Jeanne Adlon and Susan Logan

Foreword by Jim Davis, creator of Garfield

Cat Calls

ISBN: 978-0-7570-0344-8
Length: 144 Pages
Size: 7.5 X 7.5-inch
Format: Quality Paperback/Illustrated
Category: Pets/Cats
Price: $14.95 US

Availability: In Print

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Thirty-five years ago, Jeanne Adlon became New York City’s first full-time cat sitter, and since then, she has seen and done it all. Jeanne has dodged tarantulas, served up kosher cat meals, and fed pampered felines in Waterford crystal goblets—all while trekking from five-floor walkups to Park Avenue penthouses. She even cared for television critic Cleveland Amory’s beloved cat, Polar Bear. Cat Calls delightfully recounts Jeanne’s many experiences, from comic adventures with quirky cats to the challenges faced by a woman who’s determined to reach her clients despite midsummer blackouts and blinding snowstorms.

But since Jean Adlon is no ordinary cat sitter, Cat Calls offers far more than tales of the cat. Over years of devoting herself to the needs of felines, Jeanne has become a recognized expert on cat care, and her book is designed not just to entertain but also to share valuable information and advice. Along with coauthor and Cat Fancy magazine editor Susan Logan, Jeanne has designed each of Cat Calls’ seven chapters to focus on important issues for cat owners, including adopting new pets, feeding your cat, coping with litter box problems, providing proper medical care, and much more. Within these pages, you’ll find priceless tips for keeping your kitty happy and healthy, and, just as important, for maintaining your sanity even when your feline friend decides to use the new Louis XVI dining room set as a glorified scratching post. Anecdotes about Jeanne’s furry clients add charm, humor, and specific examples of cat-care strategies that work.

Whether you’re looking for commonsense cat-care advice or you simply want a to relax with stories about little cats in a big city, Cat Calls is sure to please.

Jeanne Adlon has been deeply involved with animals for over thirty-five years. She worked for Cleveland Amory’s Fund for Animals; owned and operated Cat Cottage, the first store in Manhattan specifically designed for cats and cat lovers; and went on to become the city’s first full-time cat sitter. In between calls, she writes a popular weekly column as a cat expert on, a website for cat lovers. She shares her home with several rescued cats and a perky little pooch named Ziggy.

Susan Logan is the editor of Cat Fancy magazine, the premier publication in its field. She is a regular speaker at the Cat Writers’ Association and was awarded the Muse Medallion, the association’s highest honor, in 2006 and 2007 for her insightful series of editorials. Susan is the proud parent of Maine Coon mixes Madison and Sophie.


A Word About Gender

1. Adopting 101
2. Feeding Kitty
3. Indoor/Outdoor Adventures
4. Love Your Litter Box
5. Health Care
6. When Kitty Misbehaves
7. Playtime and Special Occasions

About the Authors




I like to think I know a little something about cats. I grew up on a farm in Indiana with twenty-five barn cats and in 1978 created an overweight orange tabby with a penchant for lasagna. (Hint: his namesake is America’s twentieth president.)

But when it comes to felines, Jeanne Adlon is a real expert. As a cat sitter in New York City for more than thirty-five years, Jeanne has cared for hundreds of kitties in everything from one-room walk-ups to deluxe penthouses. And it’s obvious that her work is a true labor of love.

And the stories! How about the cat who tried to gobble up a twenty-pound turkey on Thanksgiving? Or the cats whose owner insisted they dine on kosher cold cuts for Passover? Or the kitty who shared his apartment with a huge tarantula?

Jeanne’s engaging and entertaining anecdotes are perfectly blended with solid, practical advice for cat owners. There are stories about eating, chubby cats, and diva cats who demand the star treatment—hey, wait a minute! I think this book is about Garfield!

Before I forget, I want to mention Susan Logan, the inimitable editor of Cat Fancy magazine. We’ve had the pleasure of working with Sue and Cat Fancy for a few years, and they’ve graciously allowed Garfield to weigh in on everything from catnip to cloning in his monthly column.

One thing I’ve learned from my many years drawing Garfield: people are passionate about their pets. It’s wonderful to find people like Jeanne and Susan who share this passion.




“When it comes to felines, Jeanne Adlon is a real expert . . . In Cat Calls her engaging and entertaining anecdotes are perfectly blended with solid, practical advice for cat owners. There’s a chapter on eating, a chapter on chubby cats and plenty of diva cats who get the star treatment—hey, wait a minute! I think this book is about Garfield!”

--Jim Davis, creator of Garfield


“Jeanne Adlon and Susan Logan have been giving top billing to cats for years now--cats are clearly fascinating and mysterious, but what makes Cat Calls so entertaining are some of the more than fascinating people who happen to share their homes with felines. Woven through the LOL anecdotes is good information about cat care and welfare, even experienced cat lovers might learn--I did.”

--Steve Dale, Certified Behavior Consultant, Author of “My Pet World” (Tribune Media Services); host Steve Dale’s Pet World; contributing editor USA Weekend


“Jeanne Adlon’s extraordinary life as a cat sitter in New York City is a must read for any cat lover. Her wonderful stories of the many cats she has cared for will touch your heart while her common sense advice is priceless.”

--Dr. Marty Becker, DVM, resident veterinarian for Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show and Parade Magazine and the co-author of Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul and Why Do Cats Always Land on Their Feet?


“Jeanne Adlon, New York’s most famous cat sitter, dishes on some of her hilarious feline charges and their quirky owners with liberal helpings of good advice flavored by Cat Fancy editor Susan Logan. I savored every word of Cat Calls and would love a second helping!”

--Sandy Robins, Pet Lifestyle Expert and Author of Fabulous Felines: Health and Beauty Secrets for the Pampered Cat


“Calling All Cat-Lovers! New York cat expert and cat sitter Jeanne Adlon, with purr-fessional writer Susan Logan, bring readers a tasty smorgasbord of fun kitty anecdotes seasoned with sound advice, and lots of furry inspiration. Cat Calls is Paws-itively delightful!”

--Amy D. Shojai, CABC, author of 23 pet care books and founder, Cat Writers’ Association, Inc.


“Cats on Broadway and every street in New York City are fortunate felines thanks to the pet-sitting savvy of Jeanne Adlon. With the aid of Cat Fancy editor Susan Logan, Jeanne has crafted a delightful page-turner about cats living in the Big Apple. This collection of feline tales puts the WOW in Me-WOW!”

--Arden Moore, host of Oh Behave on Pet Life Radio and founder of Four Legged


“Every cat book should be entertaining and educational. Cat Calls is certainly both. Great job.”

--Dusty Rainbolt, author of Cat Wrangling Made Easy