Oban’s most popular pet Parsley shines at book launch

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Oban’s most famous feline was the star of the show at Scotland’s Animal Superstars book launch in the town on Saturday.

Parsley the cat, who now has more than 8,000 followers online, features in the book alongside the country’s most famous pets, including a sheep, penguin, tortoise and a dolphin that speaks two languages.

Author Kimberlie Hamilton held a talk and book signing at Waterstones, Oban, and was joined by the popular pet.

Parsley’s owner, Fiona Ferris, said the recognition had been a ‘long time coming’.

‘He is delighted to be in the same company as such esteemed animals,’ Fiona said. ‘And to be representing his country is a dream come true.’

‘He knows he is important,’ she added.

Fiona’s husband, Tam, made a bespoke bed for the four-year-old Maine Coon in the shape of McCaig’s Tower, and Beth Campbell from Hope Kitchen made cat-shaped shortbread.

Kimberlie said: ‘It is just great to see so many people know Parsley and love cats. I could talk about animals all day long.’

Kimberlie moved to Scotland from Los Angeles two years ago and said there could not have been a better introduction than travelling the country learning about the different animals.

‘Non-fiction, I just love it,’ she added. ‘You cannot make this stuff up. It is better than fiction sometimes.’

The book is being published by Cranachan and a portion of the proceeds will go towards the Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Kelly MacDonald from Cranachan said: ‘This is really, really good. Everyone is loving the book and that is what matters. Oban is wonderful and Waterstones has been fantastic.’