Catch Up With Author Sandy Robins

Find out the inspiration behind her book "For the Love of Cats."

By Tiffany Lin

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Sandy Robins and Cat Ziggy
Sandy Robins and her cat Ziggy
What was your inspiration behind the book?
Triumph Publishing has a wonderful series of books headlined "For the Love of …." The series covers everything from baseball to Nascar and dogs. I was thrilled when they approached me and asked me to write the cat book.

In the book, you write that cats “are the best companions in the world.” What are some of your favorite things about them?
Cats are empathetic creatures and know when you need them around the most. They are also very funny and entertaining, and we all know that laughter is the best medicine.

You mention that there are approximately 80 recognized cat breeds in the world. Which top three breeds do you fancy?
This is tough — I love all cat breeds! But if I have to pick, I love Ragdolls for their wonderful laidback temperament, Bengals because it’s like have a mini tiger in the house and Norwegian Forest Cats — I love their snowshoes!

What was the most rewarding part about writing the book?
It is without a doubt the most creative project I have ever done! The rhymes were quite a challenge and illustrator Mark Anderson captured everything I was trying to portray in words with his wonderful artwork.

What was the most difficult part about writing the book?
It wasn’t difficult! My feline Muses were very inspirational!

Tell us about your current pets.
Fudge is my green-eyed beauty. She is now 13 but you would never guess she’s a senior! She is the last of three kitties that came to  live in America with me from South Africa. Sadly both Muffin and Cali have passed away but continue to inspire me. Ziggy is my wild child. He was adopted when he was just 8 weeks old. He took one look at Fudge and decided she was going to be his Mommy. She wasn’t sure about this maternal role at first. But he persisted and they are the best of friends and play beautifully together running around the house like a herd of elephants and then curling up into each other and sleeping like angels.

What is one lesson you’ve learned from a cat?
To be curious about everything around you — it’s a great way to learn new things.

What activities do you enjoy doing with your cats?
I love to lie and read, and they lie on top of me. Both enjoy games with a laser too. I can also do that from my position on the couch …

Your book brims with many interesting factoids about cats. Which fact do you find the most fascinating?
I like the factoid listed under “L is for Lucky,” which explains the feline resistance to injury in terms of the laws of physics.

If you could tell your readers one thing, what would it be?
Make the most of every moment you get to spend with your cats. Whether you are brushing them or treating medical issues on a daily basis such as giving an insulin injection, consider each moment as quality time spent together. Although cats are living longer than ever before, our time together as furriends and companions is still too short.
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