Incidentally, while we're on the subject of cats, I'm repeating myself, but there does exist one indisputably great body of work with a cat as the main subject. I'm speaking (of course) of Tony Mendoza's Ernie: A Photographer's Memoir.
If first "met" Ernie when I was an impoverished student. Kathleen Ewing, who is now the President of AIPAD (the Association of Photography Art Dealers), used to let me come into her gallery (then in Georgetown, D.C.) and look through the portfolios from previous shows she kept stored away, as long as I kept out of the way. One of them contained loose 16x20 prints of Tony Mendoza's cat pictures. The memory of that set has never left me. They remain the only really distinctive cat pictures I've ever seen.
Chronicle Books had the good sense to make a book out of the work in 2001. I could post a link to the Amazon page, but Tony has a link himself on his Ernie website, and why should I get the finder's fee when it could go directly to the artist? So if you feel like ordering the book, order it from Tony's site instead. Worth having, though, even if you don't love cats.
Featured Comment by Bob Dales: "Not being a cat person I don't seek them out. But I'm okay if they're in the scene. My one and only cat pix:
"Now about my dog photos...."