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An Unlikely Cat Lady: Feral Adventures in the Backyard Jungle

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Who in their right mind would try to befriend the wild cats in her backyard?In this first ever feral cat narrative, writer Nina Malkin does just that. ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Lyons Press
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Jan 31, 2009 Lana rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Cat lovers or animal lovers in general
I have to admit, I don't normally buy books like this and only bought this one because it was deeply discounted from a bookseller. Surprisingly enough, it was entertaining and very well written and, while it obviously is only going to appeal to a limited readership, I was very glad I read it. Once in awhile we readers find a jewel when we aren't really looking for it.
My sister gave me this book - At first I was a little skeptical, but after a few pages I began to identify with the author. It is an accurate description of what happens when you choose (intentionally or otherwise) to care for one or more feral cats. There is a strange bonding that occurs when a person cares for ferals. You have to completely abandon all preconceived notions of "pets." These animals are not and will never be "pets." The ferals I care for have taught me as much about myself as th ...more
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An Unlikely Cat Lady by Nina Malkin

This book details the author's journey from cat admirer to feral cat caregiver. Living in Brooklyn, it was a bit surprising for her to realize how many feral cats there were in her neighborhood. She connects with local rescue organizations and begins to trap/neuter/release her outside crew. Of course, along the way she falls for almost all of the ferals, naming them and recognizing their unique personalities. I enjoyed Malkin's writing styl
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October 30, 2006

An Unlikely Cat Lady: Feral Adventures in the Backyard Jungle
Nina Malkin. Lyons, $14.95 paper (192p) ISBN

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 attemp
An Unlikely Cat Lady works because Nina Malkin has an unapologetic and unblinkered view of herself; her honesty is refreshing and entertaining as she teeters between hipster and hang-around-home cat nerd. Her denial of her 'crazy cat lady' status is all tongue-in-cheek. There is no lecturing, moralizing or grandstanding cluttering a close-in biographical view of a Brooklynite's backyard 'urban jungle' and the feral cats prowling in it. That said, Malkin is focused on cat-human interaction, and t ...more
Don't read this if you've got poor bladder control.

There is no such thing as an unlikely cat lady, unless that person is afraid of cats or would rather buy new shoes than, say, take Scruffy to the vet. The self-effacing author and her kind husband open their hearts and wallets to the scraggly cats who "adopt" their backyard.

What started with one bowl of kibble becomes a rescue mission engaging the author (and her friends) in ways she could not have anticipated. Cats are pound for pound tougher
McGuffy Morris
Ms. Malkin gets cat, and cat people. She offers a real look into the stray cat/feral cat "problem", who causes it, and also how to solve it. Her book is informative and easy to read. She gives solutions and suggestions as to where to go for help.
But what really makes her book wonderful is that she offers her own experiences as proof of not just the feral experience, but the human connection. She tells us her story, along with the cats she came to love, help, and often ultimately lose.
I love this
Oct 02, 2011 Lisa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Karen, Fiona
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I am so grateful to the gift this book brought after finding & reading it. An absolute must for furry caretakers (such as myself). Whether in your own backyard, in your own house, at a shelter or at a friend's kitty condo, this book speaks to the heart and soul of caretakers everywhere. I felt so much better for being a guardian of our furry backyard felines after finishing this funny, sassy, sweet, and honest memoir. Yay TNR, yay kibble queen, thank you Ms. Malkin for your perseverance and ...more
My dad gave me this book for christmas a couple years ago and I finally got around to reading it. Nina has a great sense of humor and as a fellow cat person, I completely related to a lot of the situations she describes. A fun read and well worth it.
This woman is either much more committed to animal rescue than I am, or she’s completely nuts. I like cats too, but I don’t stand at the window for hours in the hopes that a cat will walk by. I don’t go out of my way to follow a cat home either.
Took a little time to get into, but I love how honest she is. Doesn't make the feral cat saving pretty, but she does put into an honorable light. Plus I got some laughs from it.
For anyone who finds an unexpected feral cat colony in their yard, this book is a real treat. Purrs.
Too self-consciously hip & slick, some interesting language choices. she was naive about cats.
Leslie Andersen
Although I don't love her writing style, I enjoyed this story about feral backyard cats.
Very entertaining story about a woman's first experiences in feral cat rescue.
When she does the "Yeff Smiff" bit I almost was hilarious
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