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Every month, one cat book will be featured here. The authors featured belong to a special group called The Cat Writers’ Association. This is a group of professional men and women who make it their life’s work to write about cat health, cat welfare, and cat issues. You will be provided with a link to direct purchase the featured book and add it to your library.

Book Of The Month

taming me: Memoir of a clever island cat

by Cathy Unruh
From the beginning, told in compelling detail, you are transported to an island off the Bahamas to witness for yourself the tough reality of an island kitten who is trying to survive with the help of her mom. The island, sparsely populated offers little means of food and water for survival and your heart tugs in your throat as you read how the two cats band together, hunt discarded conch and are forced to slurp up the seawater in an attempt to stay hydrated. The kitten (as yet unnamed) can’t bring herself to leave her mom although her littermates have long ago departed each touching mom’s nose in farewell before leaving. The kitten (the runt of the litter) sticks close to mom, observing her mom’s actions as they struggle to remain unnoticed and survive. On the island (the reader learns) there is often an “open bounty” of $25.00 per cat for the strays and ferals who roam there.

Suddenly, the kitten’s life is turned upside down as she attempts to get to some tasty fish left behind in a metal crate. Dipping  her mouth eagerly to eat while mom meows worriedly outside the trap, the door slams shut and the kitten finds herself trapped and off to get spayed. Mom vanishes to reappear later on in the story. The kitten is now at the mercy of the rescuer who set the trap in order to stop the proliferation of litters being born on the island.

Small and slight and terrified, her spay doesn’t go as planned. The rescuer decides to adopt the kitten into her home. For a kitten used to the freedom of the open spaces of the island, acclimating to being in a cage isn’t easy. Fortunately for her, the rescuer is kind-hearted and wise in the ways of kittens. Named “Lucy Miracle” the kitten’s life is described in vivid detail. She has to adapt to an alien world, learn to get along with the two resident cats and find her way into belonging. You meet a scoundrel who hates cats and traps them in an attempt to end their lives, a woman who works in the home where Lucy is living who dislikes cats, but Lucy Miracle wins her over and other colorful characters are introduced who bring the story to life.

Although a work of fiction, this book is every way a true representation of the life of a stray kitten. A book that should not only be read but passed on to others for the messages and lessons it contains. It offers an introspective into a feline life that often goes unnoticed (much like the panhandlers on the streets you might pass on a daily basis). taming me encourages you to look inside of yourself and ask this question: “What if the kitten I see near the dumpsters at Taco Bell really needs my help?” taming me gives you instructions without lectures and hope for the future along with tools to use should you wish to reach out and help that stray cat or kitten in your life.

Slated to be released on October 16, 2012 (which is National Feral Cat Day) taming me speaks volumes about the life cycle of outdoor kitties. It also forges a bridge between human and cat that is over time an unbreakable bond. Lucy Miracle is truly a miracle kitten and my hat is off to the author for having the vision to write her story and for possessing  the compassion to help TNR (trap-neuter and release) the stray cats on this island she visits; her inner paradise.
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