An Unlikely Cat Lady: Feral Adventures in the Backyard Jungle

An Unlikely Cat Lady: Feral Adventures in the Backyard Jungle

by Nina Malkin
     
 

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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. This hilarious and heartwarming memoir follows author Nina Malkin’s obsessive attempts to serve, protect, and befriend the feral colony as she reluctantly comes to terms with being a “crazy cat lady.” Packed with

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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. This hilarious and heartwarming memoir follows author Nina Malkin’s obsessive attempts to serve, protect, and befriend the feral colony as she reluctantly comes to terms with being a “crazy cat lady.” Packed with insights and information 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592289721
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2007
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
467,367
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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