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Taming Me: Memoir of a Clever Island Cat Paperback – October 16, 2012
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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
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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.Read more ›
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?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Touching , have a tissue handy. Well written. Please give to tnr groups and rescue groups. They do a world of good.Published 21 days ago by Cat lover
Great read about a kitty that basically was feral and how he was rescued.Published 17 months ago by Lil Peg
This is a wonderful true story about a feral cat - from her point of view. Feral cats need our help and it's a great representation of what it means to get involved!! Read morePublished 23 months ago by Sharon A. Lee
The author tells the tale from a cat's view and it was so entertaining that I stayed up all night reading. Some parts were tear evoking. Read morePublished on April 10, 2014 by terracatta
An interesting story about a cat who is born on a small island and how she goes from a feral to a loved part of a family. Read morePublished on January 6, 2014 by Felix0ne
Again, I love most all animals books along w/many others. I loved that she found her mother. makes it all worthwhilePublished on January 3, 2014 by Monipayden
I'm the founder and President of a TNR group in Texas and recently visited the Bahamas. We saw a number of stray potcake dogs and cats and it was very upsetting. Read morePublished on November 15, 2013 by Lady Di
This is one special story, beautifully written, from the cat`s viewpoint. The story is truly touching, with Lucy telling it with grace and decorum. Read morePublished on November 12, 2013 by Biggle puss