An anthology of 35 entertaining and intriguing cat stories, collected by the renowned nature and animal writer. Cat literature aficionados will recognize at once such classic tales as John Cole. man Adams' ""Midshipman, the Cat,"" about the daring, seafaring Middy; Charles Dudley Warner's ""Calvin, the Cat,"" which tearily recounts the life and death of a most distinguished feline; and Paul Galileo's tender ode to friendship, ""When in Doubt--Wash!,"" a story about a boy transformed into a cat who learns the secrets of catdom from a worldly fellow feline who takes him under her wing. Other outstanding selections are ""Novice,"" a futuristic saga about enormous, fierce spectral cats on another planet who are saved from extinction by a psychic young woman, and ""The Cat Who Lived in a Drainpipe,"" an endearing story of a mangy, music-loving stray who ultimately becomes the lifelong companion of the musician whose life he saves. The rich compendium also includes such welcome familiars as Saki's ""Tobermory,"" Henry Slesar's ""My Father, the Cat,"" Lilian Jackson Braun's ""The Sin of Madame Phloi,"" P.G. Wodehouse's ""The Story of Webster,"" and Edgar Allan Poe's chilling ""The Black Cat."" A cat-egorically pleasing and well-rounded potpourri.