I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Title: Adventure Cats: Living Nine Lives to the Fullest
Author: Laura J. Moss
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
Publication Date: May 16, 2017
Summary (from Goodreads): Just when you thought you knew all there was to know about cats comes the ultimate—and unexpected—guide to taking your cat into the wild. Here are cats walking on a leash. Cats hiking on a leash. Cats tramping through snow. Cats camping. Cats kayaking, canoeing, even surfing—yes, cats who love water.
When animal writer and active hiker Laura Moss couldn’t find an online resource for hitting the trail with her cat, she created one. AdventureCats.org took off like wildfire, with attention from Wired, the Huffington Post, Outside magazine, BuzzFeed, and much more. Now, the book Adventure Cats—a collection of jaw-dropping photographs, inspiring stories of real-life cats, and all the how-to a cat owner needs—will take readers and their cats well beyond the backyard. Learn how to leash-train a cat. What to do if you encounter wildlife on the trail. Plus, winter safety tips, and how to bring a little bit of the outdoors to an indoor cat.
The stories themselves are catnip for animal lovers, from Nanakuli, the one-eyed cat who hangs ten; to Georgie, a four-year-old gray tabby who lives on a sailboat; to Quandary, who not only insists on hiking with her family but also teaches them a valuable lesson: When you follow your cat’s natural tendency to wander, you experience the outdoors at a slower, richer pace. This book will delight every cat person, regardless of whether their pet is inclined to adventure. (Take the quiz at the beginning of the book to find out!)
Adventure Cats is one of those blogs that I stumbled across while searching for nutrition information for my own cats. Discovering this upcoming book and a whole community of cat-loving adventurists really intrigued me and has given me a whole new perspective on my feline friends. The book is very informative with its tips, stories and beautiful images of cats and their owners out in the wild.
After taking the quiz at the start of the book, it became apparent to me that neither of my cats fit the description of the adventure cat. However, I did come away with a wealth of information on how to take care of my pets and ways to provide them with some stimulation in the form of an outside “catio,” or a little protected area for them to still enjoy the outdoors without being immersed fully into it. I can’t wait to try this out.
There are also lots of stories about different cats and their owners peppered throughout the guide. It is so inspiring to read about people who camp or even take their cats on boats! I will definitely be exploring these ideas with any new cat that I bring into our home and I look forward to having adventures like these myself! If you have cats or are considering adopting one of your own, I highly suggest this book as a resource and inspirational guide to enjoying your felines to the fullest.