A Feral Cat Story

Hi Peeps!  I’m turning my blog over to my Mom today because she wanted to tell you about a book she read that has a special place in her heart.  Why?  Well, because it’s a true tale about a little feral kitten and how she captured the hearts of the writer and her family on the island of Cat Cay.

Take it away Mom……… :D

“Thanks Sam – mighty generous of you to let me borrow your audience to tell them about this book.  The book is called “Taming Me:Memoir of a Clever Island Cat” and the author is Cathy Unruh.  I was sent an Advance Reader Copy of this book by the publisher several months ago and was saving my comments to post closer to the time the book would be published.  When is that exactly??  Well, it’s being published on October 16th which just happens to be National Feral Cat Day!  

Many of you know that Sammy was/is a feral cat; perhaps at this point, 13 years after we adopted him from the shelter, we can truly call him “formerly feral”.  Because I always felt bad for the little ginger cat we saw in the shelter all alone and scared I wondered what his life had been like up to that point even though there had only been about six weeks of life for him then.  “Taming Me” gave me a true vision of what it probably WAS like and that’s why this book will always be a favorite of mine.

The book follows the life of a little kitten who ultimately was named Lucy Miracle by the family who one day took her home.  Lucy was all alone on an island where cats were treated like vermin – trapped and destroyed.  There is much of this book that’s been fictionalized, but there’s also much that sticks to the reality of Lucy’s life on Cat Cay as she struggles to survive.   This little cat had such spunk!  I was rooting for her from the first page as she struggled to find food and shelter with her Mother and siblings.

Cathy Unruh’s writing style was perfect for this story – she truly does have an incredible talent for “becoming” a cat in the way she related everything Lucy saw, felt, did…..the awkwardness of a kitten – the shyness of a feral – the fear of the unknown.  It was all so well done through the eyes of Lucy.   The endearing story captured me from the first page and held me throughout the entire book.  I cried when Lucy’s Mother died but in a way it was truly the beginning of Lucy’s new life as a housecat in her “forever home”.
I won’t say more because I’d like to recommend that you visit Cathy’s website and pre-order the book to read for yourself.  You won’t forget the read – I can promise you it will be on your library shelves forever.  The book can be pre-ordered through Barnes & Noble.
Click HERE to visit Cathy’s website……while I’ve never met Cathy, I feel like I know her as a kindred spirit in her love of animals.  You will too!

Here’s Lucy!

Another dear friend of mine, Caren Gittleman from CAT CHAT (and Dakota’s Den!) did a really wonderful review of this book too on Cody’s blog a while ago……Caren does spectacular book reviews, so if you’d like even more information or just want to hear from someone else who loved this book, please visit Cody and Caren at CAT CHAT to read her review.   Click HERE to read.

Happy Friday Sammy’s friends!  Now, Sammy, come here so I can give you a GREAT BIG MOMMY HUG for letting me use your blog today!!!”

Love, Sammy and his Mom Pam :D

P.S.   HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY DADDY TODAY……Thanks for being such a great Dad……….I love you………..

Alright - so I'm even MORE of a handful now than I was when this pic was taken!

Daddy and me when I was a little guy…..


59 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mollie
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 05:06:51

    Lovely post Sammy’s Mom..
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU..hip hip horay xxxxx


    • onespoiledcat
      Oct 05, 2012 @ 07:15:07

      Gee Mollie! Thanks for singing Happy Birthday to my Dad – he REALLY appreciated it. I’m gonna try to give him lots of attention today (in between naps) so he knows how much I love him. I gave him a special card and a framed photo of me for his desk – as if he needed reminding of how adorable I am! ;)

      Kitty Hugs, Sammy


  2. hutchagoodlife
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 05:42:26

    Looks like our Mummy’s sort of book! Happy Birthday to your Daddy! Be sure to give him extra cuddles from us!

    Nibbles, Nutty, Buddy & Basil


    • onespoiledcat
      Oct 05, 2012 @ 07:16:21

      Hi Nibbles, Nutty, Buddy and Basil (the pancake)……. :D

      Thanks for wishing my Pop a happy BD…..I told him you sent some cuddles and he was thrilled! The book Mommy talked about is SUPER good – I’m sure your Mummy would love it. It made my Mom cry a little, laugh a little, and feel good a LOT!

      Kitty Hugs, Sammy


  3. Genevieve Petrillo
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 06:14:14

    Sounds good. Mom even wonders what happened in the 3 years till she rescued me. She’s pretty sure it wasn’t pretty. I’m not telling.

    Love and licks,


    • onespoiledcat
      Oct 05, 2012 @ 07:17:54

      Hi Cupcake…..Mom loved the book a whole lot. I’m sure you didn’t think you’d ever trust a human or have a happy forever home before your Mommy found you but isn’t it great things worked out? I know you and your Mom are tickled pink that you have each other now! It makes everything ALLLLLLLLLLLL better doesn’t it?!

      Kitty Hugs, Sammy


  4. Linda
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 06:29:35

    I am so glad your Mom and Dad rescued you, Sam – I am sure your life has been wonderful! It always makes me sad that innocent kittens are treated so badly by people…hope your Dad has a wonderful birthday!
    Hugs, Linda


    • onespoiledcat
      Oct 05, 2012 @ 07:19:12

      Hi Miss Linda! I’m glad I was rescued too…..who knows what would have happened to me – I wasn’t in a “no kill” shelter either! EEEK! Anyway, thanks for wishing my Dad a happy birthday….so far he’s loving it (because I gave him a picture of me in a frame for his desk of course…..TEE HEE!!!).

      Happy Friday!
      Kitty hugs, Sammy


  5. Clowie
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 06:38:06

    Hi Sammy! You deserve a nice Clowie Cuddle for allowing your Mom to use your blog. The book sounds interesting. Wish your Dad a happy birthday for me.


    • onespoiledcat
      Oct 05, 2012 @ 07:20:12

      Hi Clowie! Oh boy! A Clowie Cuddle is a GREAT way to start off my day! Thanks a bunch…….Mom loved the book – I’m sure ANYONE who loves animals would. I’ll pass on your birthday wish to my Dad…..he’ll like that!

      Kitty Hugs, Sammy


  6. June
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 07:09:15

    Sounds like a fantastic book. My wonderful BJ was also a feral kitten in a CITY so the fact that she stayed alive after being on the side of the street when she was so tiny, is our MIRACLE. I love, love , love happy endings for all the furry babies. I’m sure you’ll give your dad a great big Sammy hug for his birthday…tell him happy, happy from me!!


    • onespoiledcat
      Oct 05, 2012 @ 07:22:01

      Hi Miss June! Wow….it’s a very tough life in the city with cars and so many people and noise – and being a tiny kitten had to be VERY scary for her. I’m sl glad that you found her and gave her a forever home. The book Mom talked about today has a very happy ending too! I’ll tell my Dad you said Happy Birthday – and I hope you have a super duper Friday!

      Kitty Hugs, Sam


  7. Dianna
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 07:26:59

    Wow, Sammy. Lots of stuff going on today on your blog! First, thanks to your Mom for reviewing that book. What a great review! I’m sure Motor Mommy will be crying, too, if she reads it. AND Happy Birthday to your Dad today. You know…. I really knew that his birthday was coming up soon: that’s why I was “flirting” with him so when your pawrents visited last weekend! But, Sammy, you’ll always be my love!
    Have a good Furriday!
    Love, Sundae


    • onespoiledcat
      Oct 05, 2012 @ 07:33:03

      Hi Sundae! My Mom AND Dad told me how flirty you were last weekend but I was glad that you showed my Dad how adorable you are (which I of course already knew!!). He thought you were quite beautiful and funny – especially when you were playing with the laser light with Motor Man! I think your Mom would love the feral kitty book…..it made my Mom’s eyes leaky but in a “good” way because the story had a very happy ending…….

      Love, Sam


  8. themisadventuresofmisaki
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 08:02:27

    Happy birthday Sammy’s daddy!


  9. Zac The All Black
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 08:10:29

    Happy Birthday to your Dad – hope you get to enjoy some of the cake too!


  10. p.m.terrell
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 09:03:59

    Loved the review of the book! It’s so sad that so many cats and dogs are left on their own – they have such a tough life. God bless the lady who brought the kitty home!
    A huge Happy Birthday to Daddy Dave!!!


  11. The View Out Here
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 09:25:15

    Wonderful book review Pam and a very Happy Birthday to your husband!
    {Kinda cool your birthday’s are so close together}.


  12. easyweimaraner
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 10:08:30

    Happy Birthday Sammy’s dad!!! Hope he got an extra large Sammy-Hug!!!


  13. catfromhell
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 10:37:22

    Its your Daddy’s Birthday!?!?
    Me MUST SING!!!!
    ♥♥♫♪Happy Birthday to you ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥¸
    ¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday to you ♪♫•*¨*
    •.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday Sammy’s Daddyyyyyyyyyy!!!!! ♪♫•*
    ¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday to you! ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥


    • onespoiledcat
      Oct 05, 2012 @ 17:05:49

      Oh Nellie!!! WOW – thank you SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much – my Daddy was thrilled to have a QUEEN sing Happy Birthday to him!

      You’re a peach……I just love you!

      Kitty Hugs, Sammy


  14. Nerissa's Life
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 11:47:04

    Hey there, Sammy’s mom! Now I know from where Sammy gets all his great literary talents. I was feral, too, you know. Yup. Know just how it feels. purrs

    Nerissa from Nerissa’s Life


    • onespoiledcat
      Oct 06, 2012 @ 07:23:25

      Hi Nissy…..we ferals have to stick together! It was a grand book my Mom says. She was happy to have a chance to review it. You and I were lucky to go from feral to forever home don’t you think??? What a life!

      Kitty Hugs, Sammy


  15. jamjet73
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 12:18:08

    I bought a book CAT CHAT had recommended and it saved me from an expensive operation for my cat. I will be looking in to any publications that are here to view, thank you.


    • onespoiledcat
      Oct 06, 2012 @ 07:25:11

      That’s wonderful – Caren from CAT CHAT does incredibly insightful reviews – I thought the review she did for “Taming Me” was SO good I asked permission to link to her review when I wrote mine. It’s a lovely book………



  16. Doggy's Style
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 12:32:04

    When (it’ll never happen) I write my book I’ll give to you so you can write a review as nice as this one.
    Happy bday to your dad and have a great weekend!


    • onespoiledcat
      Oct 06, 2012 @ 07:26:23

      Hi Doggy and Leo……if you write your book my Mom says she’d LOVE to do a review of it! Don’t say “NEVER” about writing it either – my Mom didn’t think she’d ever write a book and she’s written several….so there!!!

      Happy Weekend and thanks for the birthday wishes for my Pop – he had a GREAT day!
      Kitty Hugs, Sammy


  17. Dianda
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 13:24:46

    I’m very curious about the book! It sounds really promising. :)
    And happy birthday to your dad!


  18. Sparkle
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 16:40:01

    That sounds like a fantastic book! I would love to read it too.

    P.S. Tell your male human happy birthday from me, Sammy!


    • onespoiledcat
      Oct 06, 2012 @ 07:29:48

      Sparkle Mommy says it’s a FANTABULOUS book…..of course it would be – it’s about a cat – right???

      Kitty Hugs, Sam
      p.s. thanks for the BD wishes for my Pop!


  19. Long Life Cats and Dogs
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 19:48:03

    What a precious little guy you were Sammy. Happy Birthday to your wonderful Dad who took you in. thanks to your Mom as well. Such a wonderful thing, taking in a feral! Heart review and I’m now very eager to read the book, although I fear I will cry horribly through it. I’m a real sucker for that!


    • onespoiledcat
      Oct 06, 2012 @ 07:21:31

      Hi Miss Susan…guess what….Mommy cried while reading the book too! It was a tender, sweet, happy story in the end though when little Lucy got her forever home – still Mom says it PERFECTLY related the plight of the feral kitten trying to survive. Definitely worth a read though. Thanks for the birthday wishes for my Pop! He had a great day – Mom and I made sure of that…….. :D

      Kitty Hugs, Sammy
      p.s. HAD A GREAT TIME AT THE PAWTY!!!!!!!!!!


  20. Savannah's Paw Tracks
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 22:12:58

    What a great review and I bet that book is very insightful about feral kitties who do get a furrever home. And happy happy day to Sammy’s Dad…and many more…


    • onespoiledcat
      Oct 06, 2012 @ 07:19:17

      Hi Savvy! Thanks for the birthday wishes for my Pop…..I passed it on and he smiled REAL BIG. The book was wonderful Mommy says – and Mommy knows her stuff when it comes to books since she’s reading ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL the time! I don’t mind her reading lots though – that means she’s got an available lap for me when she’s sitting down! Tee Hee

      Happy Saturday!
      Hugs, Sam


  21. Lemony (Gr)Egghead
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 22:41:59

    I really enjoyed reading your review. It sounds like a moving and unforgettable story. Thank you for sharing it with us! My family in the midst of helping a little feral one at the moment and are on the verge of placing him with a family He’s already come a long way, and went from not coming anywhere near people to accepting attention and even asking for it now. Do you think a copy of this book might be a good idea for his new family?


    • onespoiledcat
      Oct 06, 2012 @ 07:18:01

      I think it’s a WONDERFUL idea as a gift for the feral kitten’s new family Melanie. It’s a charming and very realistic look at what being a feral is like – that little kitten and my own Sammy (and SOOOOOO many other cats) start off their lives just trying to survive. Finding a forever home is a lovely “new beginning”. I think you can pre-order the book on the author’s website and probably through any Barnes and Noble book store.

      What a lovely idea!
      Hugs, Pam


  22. Texas, a cat in New York
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 23:34:00

    Happy purrthday, Sammy’s Dad!!
    Thank you Sammy and Sammy’s Mom for this great review. I know that my human will want to read this book.


    • onespoiledcat
      Oct 06, 2012 @ 07:15:40

      Hi Texas! Thanks for wishing my Pop a happy birthday. He had a SUPER day I think. I bet your human would like that book – my Mom loved it (even if she had leaky eyes from time to time while reading it…). October 16th is the perfect day for the book to be released I think don’t you??? National Feral Cat Day….YAY!

      Kitty Hugs, Sammy


  23. sweetdaysundertheoaks
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 23:51:35

    I know I am a little late sliding in here but I wanted to tell your Dad Happy Happy Birthday! I will be getting this book for my Nook if it is available. I would love to read it! Sammy we stayed at a BB for a couple of days in Kansas City and they have an old man Kitty that lives there and we hadn’t been there for a bit and they had taken in another kitty. Two kitties!! So I got my kitty fix this week :) The kitties were originally feral.


    • onespoiledcat
      Oct 06, 2012 @ 07:14:20

      Hi Miss Pix….thanks for the birthday wish for my Pop…..I passed it on and he appreciated it a lot! I’m sure that book would be available for Nooks and Kindles – I bet if you visit her website you could find out for sure – it also may be released in that format already before the “paper” version on October 16th. It really was a wonderful book (so says Mom). So you got your kitty fix at the B&B? That’s way cool. Two cats are TWICE the fun!! :D

      Kitty Hugs, Sammy


  24. Ryker's Boyz 'n' Allie
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 23:59:55

    FaRADaY: *perk* A BIRFday?!?! *deep breath*

    YOUU—- *mmmmpf*!

    Maxwell: DOOD. You’re gonna crack their windows. Seriously.


    • onespoiledcat
      Oct 06, 2012 @ 07:10:31

      HA! Well sung Faraday….don’t listen to Maxwell’s snarky comment about your singing – my Dad appreciated the brfday song a WHOLE LOT! So there!

      Kitty Hugs, Sammy :D


  25. Cathy Unruh
    Oct 06, 2012 @ 13:41:06

    Thank you, Sammy – and of course a big thanks to your Mom. You are one blessed family and I wish you all the happiness possible. And I appreciate you!!
    Cathy – and Lucy Miracle sends her love as well.


    • onespoiledcat
      Oct 06, 2012 @ 13:43:10

      You are SO welcome Miss Cathy! Mom loved your book SO MUCH….please tell Lucy that she’s one lucky girl – and I know that she appreciates that as much as I do! It’s grand that she and I are “success stories” when it comes to ferals – wish they all could have a forever home.

      Kitty Hugs, Sammy
      Human Hugs, Sam’s Mom Pam


  26. Cody-Cat Chat (@CatChatCaren)
    Oct 06, 2012 @ 20:11:23

    My dear, dear friend…you did an INCREDIBLE review and certainly didn’t need to link to mine (but THANK YOU) because your review was truly outstanding!!!! I thought it was SUPERB!!
    Wishing David the HAPPIEST of birthdays and I would also like to thank Jamjet73 for the comment about a book review that she read on my blog. I didn’t know that and I am so happy that a surgery was spared due to a book that I had recommended.
    You are much TOO KIND and you know how much I love you!
    ((((hugs)))) to David


    • onespoiledcat
      Oct 07, 2012 @ 07:26:26

      Thanks Caren….your review of “Taming Me” certainly inspired my review – I think we both thought it was a really lovely and sweet book. It’s easy to recommend something you feel POSITIVE about! David said to thank you for the birthday wishes – he had a fabulous birthday and because Sammy had mentioned it on his blog, lots of Sam’s buddies ALSO wished David a happy birthday so it was extra special.

      Happy Sunday!!
      Love, Pam


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