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Taming Me imaginatively describes the adventures and feelings of one tiny island cat and in the process, helps build support for feral cats and their caregivers everywhere. ~Becky Robinson, co-founder and president, Alley Cat Allies --Becky Robinson, Alley Cat Allies

A fascinating story about how this special little island kitten overcame her life as a feral and learned to trust and blend into a new family. The book shows how animals share the same fears, emotions, love and acceptance that we humans do and how much our lives are enriched when we add an animal to our family. I look forward to reading more of Lucy s travels around the world. ~Sherry Silk, executive director, Humane Society of Tampa Bay --Sherry Silk, executive director, Humane Society of Tampa Bay

I was totally engrossed in the life of this little kitten. I found myself hoping and praying she would see the wisdom in giving up the feral life so fraught with danger for a life of love and nurturing indoors. ~Loretta Swit, actor, artist and activist --Loretta Swit, actor, artist and activist

About the Author

Cathy Unruh is an Emmy Award-winning television journalist with a gift for words and an affinity for animals. She currently hosts a talk show titled Up Close with Cathy Unruh for WEDU-TV in Tampa-St. Petersburg. Unruh is a frequent speaker and emcee in west central Florida, her primary home. She appears monthly in WEDU s Premiere magazine, and regularly in other publications such as Tampa Bay Magazine, Tampa Bay Illustrated, and Cultural Affairs. She is an award-winning member of the Cat Writers Association. Unruh is affiliated at the highest levels with the following national animal welfare organizations: The Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA, PETA, and Farm Sanctuary. In Florida, she co-founded an organization devoted to feral cats called Mission MEOW (Managing and Ending Overpopulation Wisely), which works alongside groups across the United States, including Neighborhood Cats of New York City and Alley Cat Allies, a national non-profit. Unruh is a part-time resident of Cat Cay in the Bahamas, where she met and adopted Lucy Miracle, the narrator and protagonist of Taming Me.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Collage Books Inc.; first edition (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0938728156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0938728153
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #807,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a wonderful story, written from the cat's point of view, about a giving and caring couple that decided to give life and hope to some feral cats on a beautiful tropical island. "Taming Me" is about one of them, Lucy Miracle, and how she saw her life, and humans, before Cathy came along. The story begins with sadness, malnourishment and hopelessness and develops into happiness, love and trust as Lucy learns to become part of her ultra-civilized new home and family. This is a story about how one or two caring and devoted people can change the lives not only of some beautiful and loving stray cats, but of the many, many people they have inspired along the way. This is a book to buy in bulk...one for each grandchild, please. And one for the nice lady down the street, and one for the guy at the office that needs to gain a different perspective on things. This is a truly enriching book. Buy it. You won't be sorry.
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Being a strong advocate for community cats and finding ways to dispel the misconceptions about them is important to me, so when I read Taming Me - Memoir of a Clever Island Cat by Cathy Unruh that was written in in the feline voice of Lucy Miracle, a formerly feral cat, I was instantly drawn to the story.

A very quick, easy, and compelling read, the story not only entertains and enlightens the reader through Lucy's feline eyes, ears, nose, and mouth about what a feral/community cat is, but it also dispels the myths and stereotypes about them as the subtle undertone of the story by raising awareness about the effectiveness of TNRM (Trap, Neuter, Return, Manage) programs.

From the moment we meet little Lucy as a kitten looking for food and shelter with her mother, we root for this petite feline heroine to survive the myriad of daily dangers that an outdoor cat must contend with, such as uncaring and angry humans (sometimes with the ultimate intent to kill), inclement weather, predators, automobiles, and lack of proper food and nutrition. Unruh has an uncanny knack of breathing life into the nuances of a cat through Lucy - sometimes with brutal honesty as an unsuspecting lizard becomes her dinner, to the whimsical charm of her spotting a ray of sunshine to relish a nap in, to her methodical litter habits on the couch, to the insightful perception of the internal confusion Lucy felt when she began to purr when she let herself be petted for the first time.

While the book itself is fictional, it is based on factual intent about how Lucy Miracle became tame and is now living a life of safety, love, and pampered comfort with Ms. Unruh and her husband.
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From the moment I started reading, I could NOT put the book down. It is 224 pages and I finished it in less than 4 hours. It is eloquent, insightful, sensitive, suspenseful, full of love and will lure you into it's pages as the scent of delicious oily salmon will lead a cat to eat. It's simply superb.

I found myself immediately transported into the mind of a feral kitten whose survival was nothing short of being a "miracle" and led to her appropriate moniker "Lucy Miracle". Lucy was born on the island of Cat Cay, (think it received it's name because of 100s of cats that live on the island? Think again.)

Lucy introduces us to her world by sharing her thoughts about being a feral kitten who is terrified and leery of humans, dependent upon her mother for her sustenance, she describes her mother's struggle to find food, shelter, to merely survive

Many cat lovers are familiar with TNR (trap-neuter-return) and the various humane ways that this is accomplished. Volunteers work tirelessly seeking to help neglected cats by ensuring that they are spayed/neutered, and by educating the public about the importance of spaying/neutering cats to keep the numbers of cats without homes under control.

Wouldn't you love to know:

What goes on in the mind of a kitten (cat) when it is trapped?

What about those who loathe cats and find them trespassing on their property?

The thoughts of a feral kitten surveying the world around it?

What does a feral kitten (cat) think and feel about humans?

Does a feral kitten (cat) really WANT to be adopted?

Does it long to return to the wild?

Is a feral cat who becomes a "housecat" truly happy?
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This wonderful book is impossible to put down. Ms. Unruh is a gifted writer with great empathy for animals. I enjoyed it so much that I have ordered some as gifts for friends and family for Christmas presents.
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Taming Me is an engaging, energetic and poignant story about the trials and tribulations of Lucy Miracle, a tiny feral cat born on a beautiful Bahamian island. The story follows Lucy from the earliest days of her "kitten hood" in the wild to her eventual homecoming as a contented house cat at the heart of a loving family and home. Lucy faces many challenges along her journey and ultimately makes an extraordinary leap of faith. Her story highlights the importance of perseverance, courage, trust, loyalty and love and reminds us of the miracles that can occur when we embrace these characteristics in our own lives. The story is cleverly and creatively written. It educates about and underscores the importance of Trap Neuter Return programs and the humane treatment of animals. It's a good story and it is a pleasure to read.
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