My Book!!!

I’m excited to announce that my first book Shop Cats of New York , published by HarperCollins, is now available online and in stores (if your local bookshop doesn’t carry it – ask them to order it for you!).  This has been my passion project with the extremely talented Andrew Marttila (@iamthegreatwent) for the last two+ years and has received such overwhelming response in the media and in-market that we’re in our second printing as of December, just one month after launch!  [Scroll to the end of the page to see just a portion of where we’ve been reviewed and featured including the NY Times, USA Today, People and more!]

“A beautiful book of beautiful photos of beautiful cats by beautiful people. ‘Shop Cats’ has a special place in my tiny heart.” 

— Lil BUB

working cats, store cats, bodega cats

“Shop Cats Of NY is a stunning collection of stories and photos, but it is even more than that – it’s a book that vividly illustrates the very nature of the human/cat dynamic since the beginning….it’s testament to our ongoing love affair, a visual triumph and a book that all cat lovers should have in their collection.” 

Jackson Galaxy, the host and Executive Director of Animal Planet’s hit show, My Cat From Hell.

The book features 40 fascinating New York City residents who care dearly loved and well cared for and call a range of businesses from bike shops and wine stores to pilates studios and real estate offices their home and include:

  • a wine store cat with his own chiropractor—he has a bad back
  • a cat in an occult shop who casts spells carrying a magic wand in her mouth 
  • a bookstore cat who almost killed a live chicken during toddler story time 
cats who read

Kippie approves, but wonders why he’s not on the cover

I recently write a post about what inspired me to write it and how it came to fruition. These cats call a range of businesses from .  Shop Cats of New York makes the perfect gift for any lover of cats or New York City!

I’m not alone in this opinion, here are some of the media outlets and social media influencers who have featured Shop Cats of New York:

  • New York Times – 1 of only six featured coffee table books online and in print, “For Manhattanites and those in the no-longer-outer boroughs  [Shop Cats of New York] is proof that friendly felines are the best distraction when the world seems primed to topple off its axis.”

The coffee table never purred so loudly

  • USA Today – #2 in in a list of 10 Holiday Books (we beat out Harry Potter!)
  • – “Arslanian and Marttila truly capture the unique personalities of each shop cat …”
  • New York Post People Pets 
  • Home page of MSN over Thanksgiving Weekend
  • FastCoCreate  – “While Arslanian writes thoughtful, interesting profiles, Marttila shot some gorgeous photos, capturing the beauty and character of the book’s feline subjects.”
  • PetsWeekly – “This enchanting book is truly a celebration of some of the city’s most revered citizens and offers a unique look at New York life.”
  • Catster –  Interview online and “Obsession – What We’re Talking About” in print

Shop Cats of New York

  • Petcha – “Shop Cats of New York” showcases feline staff in beautiful photographs and fascinating profiles.”

Shop Cats of New York

  • Popular Blogs such as:
    • CatLadyLand – “It’s the perfect coffee table book and gift for your cat-loving friends.”
    • The Conscious Cat – “This gorgeous book is much more than just a beautiful cat book. It’s a celebration of the bond between cats and humans, and one woman’s love affair with her city.”
    • MeowBox  – “Shop Cats of New York belongs on every cat lover’s bookshelf or coffee table. Funny, touching and inspiring, it’s an instant clawssic.”
    • ZeeZoey“A Visually Stunning Read to Add to Your Cat Book Library”
    • CatTipper – “Nowhere in the world  have we seen more shop cats than in New York City. It’s fitting these iconic cats have been honored in their own book, a beautiful hardcover volume.”
dog who reads, dog loves cats

Even dogs love it!