Let us have the pleasure of introducing you to our three bookstore cats, Nietzsche, Gatsby, and our newest arrival, Beatrix. Furry, sweet, and affectionate, all our cats take pride in providing love to visitors at both of our branches.
Scroll down to the bottom to learn about Gatsby & Beatrix, but Nietzsche would like to point out that he was our first bookstore cat, and should be appreciated first by all website visitors! You can like both Gatsby & Nietzsche on their own facebook pages as well because they’re tech savvy like that.
Nietzsche – Store Cat, Chilliwack
Mellow and up for pets at ANY time of the day, our beautiful furry boy was adopted from a local animal shelter, Safe Haven, in May of 2008. His name was decided on by a vote by the store staff.
He is, without a doubt, the perfect bookstore cat. He isn’t fazed by anything and loves children. He loves his routine, waiting patiently for us to brush him after his breakfast every morning, and is most annoyed if we ever stray from it.
You’ll likely see him waiting to see who is coming through the door, sleeping on the front counter in everyone’s way, or curled up in a chair in the front window.
Come give him a pet! Or, wait for him to come and sit on the book that you’re trying to look at until you pet him.
What can we say? He’s a man who knows what he wants. He loves strollers, so don’t be alarmed if he follows you around like a dog begging for a ride.
Gatsby – Store Cat, Abbotsford
Gatsby had a rough start to life and lived on the streets of Abbotsford for some time before making his way to Safe Haven Animal Shelter. He was set aside as being the perfect bookstore cat for us months before we opened our Abbotsford branch, and joined us in July of 2011.
After a couple of weeks of being quite nervous of every noise he heard, Gatsby began to realize that he had hit the jackpot in his new role.
Much chattier than his Chilliwack counterpart, Gatsby races around the store in the morning, walking along the tops of shelves “yelling” at us from on high.
He is fond of wet food, and is the most affectionate cat most of us have ever met; if you neglect to give him a pet as he throws himself at your feet (we do mean THROWS, by the way) he will happily jump up and sit on your books as you try to check out at the front counter.
He sleeps in the front window so much that we have taken to building displays around him.
He is a positive delight, a most affectionate little man, and certainly is The Great Gatsby in our books, or as many of our customers like to call him, Gatsby the Catsby.
Beatrix – Chilliwack
Beatrix is our newest arrival! She had a rough life on the streets of Downtown Chilliwack until we found her in our back alley and after searching for any owners, adopted her as our own in May of 2019! She is named after one of the greatest children’s authors of all time, Beatrix Potter, famous for The Tale of Peter Rabbit and others. Her name was chosen by our loyal Facebook fans. Beatrix was very nervous and skittish for the first few weeks of her life with us, but quickly warmed up to us. She loves her wet food, toys, and runs around the store every morning. We are glad that she ended up with us!