An Unlikely Cat Lady: Feral Adventures in the Backyard Jungle

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“And you thought cat ladies were crazy and hopelessly unhip: Like the untamed creatures they adore, they can also be rock-chick-cool. Nina Malkin proves it, smashing tired stereotypes with her seriously funny, on-target memoir of rescue and redemption. I loved this book from head to tail.”—Julia Szabo, Pet-Reporter.com“Kudos to Ms. Malkin for by-passing those overworked villain-victim clichés in favor of a delightful albeit necessarily bittersweet celebration of this most challenging and special human-animal relationship.”—Myrna Milani, DVM“This
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“And you thought cat ladies were crazy and hopelessly unhip: Like the untamed creatures they adore, they can also be rock-chick-cool. Nina Malkin proves it, smashing tired stereotypes with her seriously funny, on-target memoir of rescue and redemption. I loved this book from head to tail.”—Julia Szabo, Pet-Reporter.com“Kudos to Ms. Malkin for by-passing those overworked villain-victim clichés in favor of a delightful albeit necessarily bittersweet celebration of this most challenging and special human-animal relationship.”—Myrna Milani, DVM“This sprightly tale will please cat lovers everywhere, and maybe even convert a few dog lovers along the way.”—Publisher’s WeeklyIn this first-ever feral cat narrative, a Brooklyn woman who “has it all” gets a lot more than she bargained for when a family of wild cats moves into her backyard. Packed with information and insights on feline behavior and the nuts and bolts of cat caretaking, this book brings the feral cat epidemic home in all-too-human terms.
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"This sprightly tale will please cat lovers everywhere, and maybe even convert a few dog lovers along the way."--Publisher's Weekly
Publishers Weekly
In a tone that's delightfully sassy, Malkin, a resident of Brooklyn, N.Y., describes her escapades with feral cats beginning when Flaca wanders into her backyard. After Flaca leaves for parts unknown, a hungry mother cat with four kittens arrives. Malkin, already an owner of two cats, and her not-so-cat-friendly husband, Jason, do not attempt to domesticate the strays, but find themselves naming, feeding and bonding with them. This leads to several unavailing attempts to find new owners for the kittens. She and Jason then employ the TNR (trap, neuter, return) strategy, which aims to control the feral population in the immediate area. The strategy not only aids the cat population, but protects Malkin's reputation as the "crazy cat lady." Malkin's background as a magazine journalist serves her well as she relates humorous anecdotes: building the cat shelter in their basement, watching the kittens' antics during a snowstorm and surviving a raccoon invader. Malkin interjects useful information on cat care and cat behavior along with her story, and only occasionally does she show her "crazy cat lady" side with overly feline-infatuated prose. This sprightly tale will please cat lovers everywhere, and maybe even convert a few dog lovers along the way. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Malkin, a magazine writer and editor for 20 years, did a stint at Teen People magazine, which might explain the flip and often sarcastic humor throughout this book. In her two-page preface, she offers a superficial overview of the feral (a.k.a. homeless, a.k.a. domestic-gone-wild) cat problem in the United States and claims the population to be "ten million and the number might be as high as ten times that." The reader, then, might expect the book to take a more appropriately serious look at the problem. Instead, Malkin writes about her experiences with a family of stray cats in her Brooklyn, NY, home. Not wanting to be labeled "one of those crazy cat ladies," Malkin comes off as just that. If you're looking for another memoir about someone's cat, you might like this book. But if you prefer your memoirs with more substance, pass on it. Not recommended.-Edell M. Schaefer, Brookfield P.L., WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592289721
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2007
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 700,889
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Nina Malkin has been a magazine writer and editor for twenty years. She has been on staff at Cosmopolitan, Elle, Mademoiselle, and Teen People and has written for Vogue, Entertainment Weekly, Time Out New York, All You, and the L.A. Times. She was the West Coast editor for Maxim's launch and was involved with the start-up of the west-coast based alternative music magazine Ray Gun. She has written and done media training for all the major record labels, including Sony and BMG. Nina lives with her incredibly tolerant husband and two indoor cats in, of course, Brooklyn, New York.
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Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Laws of Cattraction     1
Bastards of Young     7
Why Can't We Be Friends?     21
Hello Kitty Creeps Me Out     37
Gimme Shelter     51
Trick, Neuter, Return     67
Aqualung     79
How to Trap a Feral Cat in One Easy Lesson     93
Burial at Curb     107
Balls     121
Ain't No Stopping Us Now     131
Making Plans for Nigel     145
To Purr Is Feline     155
Epilogue: Point of No Return     163
Got Ferals?     179
Acknowledgments     181
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2007

    DONT WASTE YOUR TIME!!!!

    I was so disappointed in this book! I was looking for a gift for some members in our cat rescue and thought this was a likely candidate, until I read it. It had amusing parts but how can the author think she has anything to do with rescuing cats when all she wants to rescue are the good looking ones. For all the dirty, dishelved,stray cats out there(which by the way, most are) dont count on being rescued by this author! There is a cat that so desperately needs help (Yef Smeef) and she refuses to help it, even goes so far to chase it away from the food because it looks gross to her. That to me is very disgusting and shameful. I am glad I didnt buy this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2007

    A must read for any Cat Lover!!!

    I read this book in record time and couldn't put it down as it was both entertaining and humouous and great information on how to help our feline friends out. The book ended with me wanting to know more about how Nina is doing with her kitties and whats new and if she has helped out any more ferals. I absolutely loved this book and have told all my friends about it. I hope Nina the author writes a follow up and lets us know how her feral colony is doing.

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