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Call of the Cats: What I Learned about Life…

Call of the Cats: What I Learned about Life and Love from a Feral Colony

by Andrew Bloomfield

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I sincerely hope that Andrew Bloomfield makes enough money off of [Call of the Cats] to help take care of the many cats he has taken in since his first cat awakening more than twenty years ago. That was when Bloomfield landed in a house with a jungly backyard and discovered that it hosted a colony of feral cats. When the terrible death of a kitten brought him into direct contact with the colony, his heart opened to them and he was caught. He tells the story as day by day, kitten by kitten, then year by year he and his roommates, two sisters, became the caretakers of this group of cats. Bloomfield alternates the stories about particular cats with history and information about cats, his own musings, and some of his other life experiences (some of them kinda shady-sounding to me!). The book is a little uneven, there are bits that get too maudlin or woo-woo for my taste, but it is decently written and put together well. The best parts are his direct interactions with the cats--finding the perfect vet, his description of spending many nights outside guarding the cats from coyotes and giant raccoons. Through it all Bloomfield never ceases to be amazed that this has happened to him, that in middle-age, unmarried and childless, this piece of his soul, nurturing and responsible,emerged and took over his life. ***1/2 ( )
  sibyx | Mar 2, 2017 |
Nice, interesting, but I can't help but wonder. Supposedly about a feral colony of cats, yet he pickes them up, brings them in the house, etc etc etc. ( )
  JeanetteSkwor | Feb 25, 2017 |
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