Catwoods the Book is Out!

The cover of the cat book!

UPDATE October 14, 2020. Catwoods has now won two awards from the Cat Writers’ Association, the Certificate of Excellence and the very prestigious MUSE Medallion Award!

Years ago I started writing a cat book, and now, Volume 1 is out! It’s been a long slog getting this done. For me, it’s exciting but a little scary too.

That’s The Minx you see in the cover picture, taken by the hubs. I took the pic of the background greenery. If you purchase the book you’ll see a little surprise looking out at you on the spine.

The book tells of the years of fun and joy as we find our cats on the streets and in the woods, but it also has serious research about cats and other critters. There’s a chapter about current kerfluffles between bird advocates and cat advocates. It’s 364 pages, thoroughly researched, and has endnotes. There is no electronic version as books with endnotes aren’t usually published electronically, according to the publisher.

Publishing is by Borgo Publishing, a local indie publisher.

It’s available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. These are the links:


On Amazon, look for the “1 new from 23.95” to get a new copy from the Borgo Publishing.

Or, you can also order it direct the publisher! Borgo Publishing Catwoods page.

Below is one a brief description of the book, one of those that sounds like someone else wrote it, but I actually wrote it myself.

Catwoods, Stories and Studies of Our Feline Companions, Volume 1 is about a couple who rescue, adopt, and love cats in their deep woods home in the southern US. These cats are all such original characters that they make every day blissful, giddy, poetic, or even somber, the way the moods and phases of real life unfold. Leah Alford observes domestic felines indoors and later studies wildlings like foxes and raccoons who live outdoors amidst the glowing, dense leaves of the Appalachian jungle. A screaming non-entity in the night might well have been a cougar. This heavily researched volume covers cat coat color and genetics, color in nature, cat behavior and affection, multi-cat home dynamics, feral cats, spay and neuter, radial hypoplasia cats, black cat rhapsodies, and more. Communication between animals and humans is the core of Catwoods, as despite the language barrier Alford and her husband have rapport with each cat; with looks, gestures, purrs, and meaningful visual cues, the cats voice their declarations and diatribes. This first volume, which extends into the year 2004, revels in the natural world, the luxuriance of birds, insects, and yelling frogs. Covering many decades, Alford also writes of art, music, and writing in a changing South.

Below is a picture of Franklin, who is a tad peeved. He wants to know why we didn’t start with Volume 2 since that’s where he enters the picture. He doesn’t accept my explanations about time sequence, or the fact that he can’t be listed among the other cat editors since by his own choice, he’s just not an editing cat.

Franklin looking regal

About Leah

I'm Leah T. Alford, a writer fascinated by the natural world and animals, especially cats.
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83 Responses to Catwoods the Book is Out!

  1. Erin the Cat says:

    Congratulations for getting you first volume out there. I will be ordering my own copy shorty, and look forwards to reading about your cats and your observations. Publishing is a really hard thing to do, so I applaud your determination and you and your cats editing skills 😉

    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks Erin, I appreciate your kind words, and the kitties are pleased, too! And thanks so much for getting a copy!
      Many Purrs, Leah and Franklin

  2. Oh yes, your comment now remind me John Grisham’s novels that I like reading. Grisham often pivots his stories based on southern states notably Mississippi and I am currently reading ‘Sycamore Row’ where I think mentioned ‘Judge sitting at his porch drinking Whiskey Sour…..’. Grisham’s novels often delineates souther lifestyle and I think I can connect it better now from your comment above.

  3. Belated but Big Congratulation for your mammoth endeavor to publish books on cats. I am proud to be part of your blog Catwoods and I really like the name Porch Party. It brings the vivid image of cats walking around, sharing cakes and drink and having fun. Really imaginative. I once had a dream, I was surrounded by many cats in a forest and some of the cats were pushing a ice cream buggy and offering me ice cream, almost like your porch party …. Keep up the excellent work Leah! Paws Up!

    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks very much Ashraf, we are happy to have you along! That was quite a dream you had! And quite a description of cats having a party! The Porch Party idea came from life in the southeastern region of the US where I live. It stays warm much of the year and people talked and told stories on the porch, and sometimes gatherings would be announced as a “porch party”. We don’t actually have a porch now, (although we wish we did); it refers back to that somewhat outdoors conversational tradition.

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  6. Pazlo says:

    So glad to see you’ve published your unique and uncanny insights of your beautiful and charming world.
    A Worldwide Porch Party!!
    This Earth needs more like you.
    Thank you for all you do to enliven the conversations from the innocent and innocuous, to important topics that may bring comfort and well-being to many others.



  7. charlotteash says:

    Congrats! How exciting to launch a book into the world! It looks/sounds delicious. I’ll be purchasing. (((Hugs))) and Meow! 😻😻😻

  8. Lavinia Ross says:

    Congratulations on the book, Leah!

  9. Congratulations! I just ordered your book and can’t wait to receive and read it! 🙂 Bedtime stories for Lexington and Bobcat…

  10. Chandra Lynn says:

    Oh my! I’m way more behind on blog reader than I thought. Congratulations on the publication of Catwoods, Vol. 1! This is so exciting. I think I’ll purchase it as a gift for a cat-loving friend whose birthday is next week!

  11. Looking forward to the book’s arrival from Barnes & Noble! Congratulations, Larry

  12. chattykerry says:

    Many congratulations on the publication of your book, Leah! A wonderful accomplishment and well deserved. Bravo!!

  13. greenpete58 says:

    Congratulations, Leah, and I’ll spread the word! I know a number of other “cat people” that would really enjoy your book.

    • Catwoods says:

      Pete, thank you so much, for your well-wishes and for putting the word out. Yay cat people! And I intend to read your book Evergreen Dreaming, when more time opens up!

  14. Candace says:

    Congratulations, Leah! I wish you much success. I certainly understand the kerfluffle between cat and bird advocates since I am both. I don’t mention my cats much to my birding friends.

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you so much for the good wishes, Candace! I love both cats and birds too. It’s sad (and in my opinion needless), that the conflict arose, and that it’s become so heated.

  15. davidstone1313 says:

    Shared on Facebook and reblogged. Good luck with this!

  16. davidstone1313 says:

    Reblogged this on Assorted Ideas, Large & Small and commented:
    Leah’s sensitivity to cats and nature plays out in her gentle writing style…

  17. Congratulations
    I love Franklin’s look.😃

  18. Charlee: “Congratulations, that’s a big achievement!”
    Chaplin: “Don’t worry, Franklin, I’m sure you’ll appear in the sequel!”

  19. Pam Lazos says:

    Wowee, great news!! I just ordered a copy on Amazon! I have a friend whose wife recently died and he only has the cats now. I think this will be the perfect book for him, Leah.

    • Catwoods says:

      Pam thank you so much! And thanks for ordering a copy. Your friend has my sympathy, I hope he can find comfort. I would be so glad if my book could be a help in any way.

      • Pam Lazos says:

        I will keep you posted, but I’m sure it will. I had bought them another cat 🐈 book before his wife had died and they both enjoyed it. Of course, I’ll have a sneak peek before I pass it on. 🥰

  20. Eliza Waters says:

    Congrats– that’s quite the accomplishment, Leah!
    Did Barry affect your area at all?

    • Catwoods says:

      Eliza, thank you! No effect from Barry on us yet but we may still have a few strong storms this afternoon from the outer bands as the storm moves inland.

  21. inese says:

    Wow, congratulations!!!

  22. terrepruitt says:

    Congratulations on being published!

  23. RMW says:

    Good for you! It’s a cat’s right to be peeved about everything and anything….. I’m sure when Vol 2 comes out he will be peeved about something else!

  24. Charles Huss says:

    Congratulations on your book. I didn’t see a Kindle addition. Will you have an ebook version of this book?

    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you so much, Charles! The book is heavily researched and has a great many endnotes, and the publisher told me that kind of book usually isn’t published electronically. So for right now there won’t be an electronic version, although I may ask about it, consider it, in the future. It’s 364 pages, I need to add that to the post.

      • Charles Huss says:

        I am not sure why the publisher would say that. I suppose if there are a lot of photos it would not be ideal for a standard Kindle and there is a cost to the author for books that are large in megabytes. I think a workaround would be to have a link to PDFs that can be downloaded to accompany the book. Since downsizing, I typically don’t buy physical books anymore. If you do come out with an e-book, please let me know.

        • Catwoods says:

          That’s interesting about the PDF link Charles. There are actually no photos inside, only on the cover. I probably will bring it up with the publisher although not right away. I will let you know if I come out with an ebook. In my own situation, I do have a house full of books, lol, and will be donating a few to the library soon. But so far I just haven’t gone kindle as I feel I spend enough time with screens already.

  25. Congratulations on finally finishing the book. Since you titled it Volume 1, you are committed to writing the companion book. Franklin will insist!

    • Catwoods says:

      Greg, thank you for your kind words! Actually Volume 2 is already written except for a few details I want to add. Franklin is indeed insisting that I add more ink about him! I just kept writing for many years and ended up with about 850 pages, so we had to split that into two books. The second book isn’t set up to print yet and the cover art isn’t assembled, although I’ve chosen the pics.

  26. KiM says:


  27. niasunset says:

    This is a wonderful news dear Leah, congratulations, I added to my book list. Great job, I am excited now… Good Luck, Thank you, Love, nia

  28. Yvon says:

    Congratulations Leah on your book!

  29. Cate says:

    How wonderful, Leah! Congratulations! It sounds like a compelling, beautiful, wide-ranging book. You can be proud.

  30. arlingwoman says:

    This is exciting. It’s always good when someone shares their animal wisdom (and other wisdom as well). I like the woodsy cover.

  31. Congratulations on your accomplishment. That must feel so good!

  32. Wow, congratulations on your book! Wonderful news!

  33. Lauren says:

    Cats communicate, and it must be frustrating when their people don’t get it! I think they are stymied at our attempts to comunicate as well!

    • Catwoods says:

      I totally agree Lauren, cats do communicate, and even though I’ve read many of the books on how they do it, I am still mystified and have so much to learn! And I’m sure they know that, lol.

  34. Herman says:

    Congrats on the publishing of your book, Leah! Respect!

  35. DS Levy says:

    Leah, how exciting — congratulations, my friend!!! I’ve already ordered my copy and it should be here by the 15th. Can’t wait to read it! Such wonderful news to see your post pop into my email — I went straightway to Amazon and ordered!

    • Catwoods says:

      Deb, thank you so much, your encouraging words have always meant a great deal to me! We all appreciate that you ordered one, too!

  36. Sounds wonderful!! Congratulations!

  37. Bernadette says:

    Wow, con-cat-ulations!

  38. Tanya Kohl says:

    That’s awesome, congratulations!

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