Cat Confessions, a Book Review by Me and Mewsette

page spread from Cat Confessions

Mewsette and Jelly Bean are stars!

(Mewsette attempts to write a book review.)

“You see my photo here all the time, but you don’t know I’m famous.”

“I’m famous too, Mewsette, I’m in the photo with you!”

“Shut up, Jelly Bean, you’re sitting behind me in the photo so you’re obviously not the subject.”

“But I’m cuter than you, everyone says so!”

“Jelly Bean, the only thing you’re good for is being cute. Go away and be cute!”

“Our photos are in the book too, Mewsette, stop acting like you’re such a star!”

“Who asked the two of you?! Everyone go away! Just let me finish what I’m saying!”

(Mewsette shoves her brothers, they shove back, a four-part wrestling match ensues.)


Well, so much for Mewsette and her book review, but she’s young, I think she can learn. I’ll finish this one for her since she’s otherwise occupied.

cover of cat confessions book

Cat Confessions: A "Kitty Come Clean" Tell-all Book

The book Mewsette refers to is Cat Confessions: A “Kitty Come Clean” Tell-all Book by Allia Zobel Nolan, a book that does just that—allows kitties the chance to come clean about all the naughty things they do behind their humans’ backs!

“All we did was tell Mommy’s date how old she really is. We don’t know why he left,” say Sugar and Spice from Duluth, Minnesota each bearing totally innocent round-eyed expressions.

And many more in this beautifully-designed 64-page book, thoughtfully written by Allia after her years of observations of her cats and others’.

A sweet little hardback gift book, Cat Confessions is a great way for both new feline aficionados to find out what to expect from their new housemates and long-term human slaves to felines get a good laugh at what they know to be true. At just under 5″ x 5″ it’s a great stocking-stuffer or anytime gift. That way, whenever your cat or any other  is wearing an expression that can’t be determined, you and your friends and family can check this book to find a clue.

And in among all the true confessions from kitties all over the world are indeed my Fantastic Four in two separate spreads in the book. Mewsette and Jelly Bean are seen above looking innocent in the tub, and below are Mr. Sunshine and Giuseppe checking their Facebook pages on my computer when I’m not around, though Allia had to disguise their names so not to get them in trouble!

two-page spread from Cat Confessions

It's Mr. Sunshine and Giuseppe!

About Allia Zobel Nolan

And I’m a proud cat mom to have had my Fantastic Four chosen to be published by such a distinguished author as Allia Zobel Nolan.

Allia Zobel Nolan is an internationally-published, award-winning author of over 170 children’s and adult trade titles with close to three million books in print. Her books reflect her two main passions, God and cats, and include such varied titles as The Dreamy, Fishy, Happy Bible Storybook, The Ten Commandments for Little Ones, and The Worrywart’s Prayer Book as well as Smelly Feet Sandwich and Other Silly Poems; Purr More, Hiss Less: Heavenly Lessons I Learned from My Cat; The Joy of Being Single and Women Who Love Cats Too Much. New releases in 2011 include The Lord’s Prayer for Little Ones; Thank You, God; Hugs & Kisses, God; The Bible According to Kids, and an as yet un-named kitty book.

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.

Allia lives and writes in Connecticut with her husband, Desmond Finbarr Nolan, and their three feline children, Sinead, McDuff, and Angela.

We won’t tell her kitties…but she’s currently working on Dog Confessions.

Visit her website for more information about her books and information on where to purchase them, especially Cat Confessions!

About my photos

five black cats at basement door

We do many things together.

Allia and I met through the Cat Writer’s Association and began to correspond as Allia began to mentor me in the ideal of publishing my own books. Seeing the photos I’ve used on this site and in my greeting cards and other merchandise she asked if she could use a few photos for a book she was currently composing, briefly describing Cat Confessions. I pointed her to my gallery of photography, specifically my kitty images.

“Bernadette’s photos were so wonderful, I had a hard time choosing. I wanted to use them all. The ‘gotcha’ poses she managed to snap of her puddies…whether they are playing ‘get-the-moth’ in the bathtub, or lined up one through five to look out the door, are completely natural, yet so entertaining. They’re the kind of photos we all wish we could take of our babies…if we only had the skill, and if only they’d stand still. And she has a gazillion to chose from.”

Well, my kitties have to earn their living somehow! If you’d be interested in using one of my feline photos for your book or magazine article, please feel free to contact me.

My Cats are Truly Stars Now

photo of kittens in the tub

Two in the Tub!

I know they’re the perfect models because I’m photographing and sketching and painting their images all the time.

But what a great thrill when someone else thinks they’re great subjects too, and their images are published in a book!

These photos are baby photos from the Fantastic Four as they explored the house at a few months old; at left are Jelly Bean and Mewsette, below are Mr. Sunshine and Giuseppe. It’s pretty funny now to see them this little; they’ve all grown to be quite big cats.

Author Allia Zobel Nolan is a friend through the Cat Writer’s Association. She’s written, um, 150, 175…books? I’m not sure at this point, but in her career as an author and editor, including children’s editor at Reader’s Digest Books, she’s written more books than we all have fingers and toes to count on for children and adults with humorous, educational and religious themes and several specifically about cats.

photo of cats watching computer

My Assistants

This book is Cat Confessions: A “Kitty Come-Clean” Tell All Book, which gives out cats the opportunity to admit that they really did lick the salt off potato chips, and that they do know how to use the computer and do so when we leave the room.

The book is due for release this summer, published by Harvest House Publishers. Read about the book on Allia’s website and click to for information on pre-ordering.

And to see more photos of my famous cats, visit my website photo galleries and find “my cats” under “animals” in the menu.