After 17 years spent working in London for for organisations such as the BBC, Bloomberg and Reuters, Clare Hemington took voluntary redundancy to follow her dream of working with animals. She went on to complete a short course in cat behaviour before taking on various roles within a number of small animal welfare charities. The turning point came when she was taken on by an established cat behaviourist with whom she spent nearly seven years, at the end of which she qualified as a fully accredited cat behaviourist in her own right. She believes that this experience, along with many years spent running her own cat sitting business gives her a unique perspective on, and insight into the 'funny ways' of not only the cats she looks after, but their human owners too! The Hairy Tails of a Cat Sitter is Clare's debut book.
The exploits of Kat and her delightful furry charges make extremely enjoyable reading - Clare Hemington has a lovely easy style of writing and her vivid descriptions of the pickles she & the cats she cares for get into makes you feel as though you're right there in the thick of it. Clare is writing about what she knows having run her own cat sitting business, and the attention she, as Kat, gives to our feline friends left in her care while their owners enjoy a well deserved holiday, is remarkable. No need is left unmet! If I lived in the south east and needed the services of a cat sitter, she would be the one I would choose to look after my furry tyrant - she could write another book on him alone! I do hope she will write a sequel - and soon! The Hairy Tails of a Cat Sitter is a warm-hearted, funny, touching and poignant read for all animal lovers - most cats would love to get their paws on a copy! Amazon Verified Purchase. December 2015. A great little book for all cat lovers! It is quirky, amusing and imaginative! I raced through it in three evenings because it was surprisingly addictive! Amazon Verified Purchase. January 2016. I was very pleased to review 'The Hairy Tails of a Cat Sitter'. In the book, the principal subject, Katherine, is a cat sitter providing support to the loved moggies of a whole range of different people whose lifestyle periodically requires their cats to be cared for by someone coming into the home. But it's not just cats, it's birds, it snakes, dogs, you name it and sometimes Katherine's antics and trying to keep different species apart whilst caring for them has all of the slapstick mirth of Brian Rix's infamous farces. Author Clare Hemington may be a Cat Behaviourist, but she does a good degree of insight into the human condition as well, as again and again, our pets' lifestyles are materially affected by our own and their moods and other behaviours are often dictated by the environments we set up within our homes which are emotional in nature, as much as they are physical. This book is totally entertaining, thoughtful, funny and deeply insightful about humankind's relationship with the feline species, and a few others to boot. The key thing for me was the different approach that a third party can bring to the care of an animal that can shine a light onto how to better improve its experience of life and its relationship with its owners. This was demonstrated in many of the anecdotal examples given within the book that formed many case studies on what to do and in many cases what not to do with animal care. Katherine, the heroine of the book, and one suspects an alter ego for the author, comes a cropper on a number of occasions and get a few surprises not only by the animals, but the covert lifestyles of many of their owners. It is a hugely enjoyable book with a clear heart for the personalities, behaviours and idiosyncratic ways that go to make every cat completely unique and yet with a quintessential sameness that generates a fascination that captivates our attention. But then I'm speaking as a 'cat person', but I would defy even 'unbelievers' not to get some real fun out of reading this publication on a wet Sunday afternoon when one simply wants a bit of entertainment. In a world of fiction where we see the recent popularity of the characters of 'Marvel' comics saving the day, arguably, Katherine is probably a superhero of the feline domain. As a character, her adaptability, heart and dare I say, plain 'doggedness' for ensuring her charges are well looked after is in many ways deserving of accolades. It's only one book I wondered what the film or TV series drawn from the stories would look like. It's a fairly substantial read at about 280 pages and one that one could read over a period perhaps when one feels the need for a relaxing but funny feline "fix"! Pets Magazine. February 2016.