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Eleanor Day completes new painting of me at the piano…

Nora with new painting by Eleanor Day The artist Eleanor Day recently completed a wonderful portrait of me at the piano. She also painted a portrait of Burnell and Betsy that inlcudes yours truly and most of the other Cats of Raven’s Wing – Rennie wasn’t born yet, so he didn’t make it into that painting. Anyway, you can see a larger view of me posing with the new painting by clicking on the thumbnail.

And you can check out more of Eleanor’s wonderful work on her website at

Brand New "Nora" Design in the Shop…

T-ShirtNew Design based on one of the most popular photographs of yours truly, taken by my human Burnell Yow! The image (#n0005) has been rendered as a black and white line drawing, and the background has been dropped out, allowing the background color of the T-shirt to show behind my head. I love it! And you might, too. You can order it in a variety of colors in both men’s, women’s, and children’s styles. Or even get a great canvas tote or messenger bag with the image. Click thumbnail to view larger image.

It’s available now. Order yours today. Click HERE to learn more.

Purrs in Cat Fancy Magazine, September 2008…

Don’t miss this wonderful article titled Purrs in the Key of Life in the September 2008 issue of Cat Fancy Magazine. Author Anne Leighton writes “Nora the cat is a modern day equivalent of 1950s TV star Lassie the dog….” Now, I may never have saved Betsy from the bottom of a well the way Lassie saved Timmy, but I am honored by the comparison. Woof! 🙂

You can download a pdf (616K) of the article.

Nora in Norway…

Anybody within the sound of my purr read Norwegian? If you do, perhaps you could let me know what writer Nina Rambol wrote about me in the June 2008 issue of Hjemmet Magazine. We got our copy today. I think the pages are very nicely laid out, and Burnell’s photos look great. That’s Nina’s photo on the right. And the first page of the article is on the left. Click the left thumbnail to see a larger image.

You can also download the 212K pdf of the article by clicking HERE. And please do let me know what the article has to say about such a photogenic feline. 🙂

Morning photoshoot…

Nora01_6.26.08If you’re like me, you love the camera. And I think it was Lauren Bacall who said that if you love the camera, the camera will love you. Well, if it’s one thing I have heard from the various photographers, professionals and amateurs alike, who’ve had the pleasure of photographing me, it’s that they’ve never met a cat who was so comfortable in front of the lense. Why not? I say. I mean, look at me! What beauty! What grace! Hmm…perhaps it was Grace Kelly who said that thing about loving the camera. Anyway, I’ve said it now. And you can quote me.

So, to get to the point of this post, my personal assistant, Burnell, took a couple of hundred shots of me at the piano this morning – some playing, some simply looking gorgeous (like this one). Click thumbnail to see larger image.

Feline reveals how to become a good musician…

Image of Nora's Guide.It’s here! My new book Nora the Piano Cat’s Guide to Becoming a Good Musician is available now from

Following in the wake of The Tao of Nora 2008 Calendar (and inspired by my mentor Betsy Alexander’s teaching philosophy), the new book features sage (and serious) advice on things like picking an instrument, developing your ear, practicing, patience, and more. And it has some pretty cool photos of me taken by mixed media artist Burnell Yow! – who just happens to be my other human (and personal assistant).

This guide is only the first in a series of music-related books to come. So keep that ear cocked for all the latest mews…er…news.

ISBN 978-1438230566
To order from Amazon, click here.

Trade paperback, 5.25″ x 8″, 40 pages. (Click thumbnail to view larger image.)

"Extraordinary Animals" episode all about me airs on the BBC…

I’ve just been told by Burnell & Betsy that the "Extraordinary Animals" episode I filmed with the BBC film crew back in March is all set to be aired in the UK tomorrow night. I’m so excited! My many fans in the UK will, of course, get the first glimpse of the 30 minute episode focusing on moi, including their interview with cat behaviorist Beth Adelman. As you may recall from my previous post on the subject, Beth caught the train down from New York City to spend the day with me and those three adorable British fellows – Mike, Simon, and Neil.

But my loyal US fans shouldn’t despair. All 17 episodes of "Extraordinary Animals" will be shown in the US on Animal Planet starting on June 13th. As of right now, I don’t know exactly what date my episode will air, but you can check your TV guide. And I’ll let everyone know as soon as I find out. (Click image to view larger version.)