If you've had even a whiff of social media today, you'll know that today is World Cat Day! Or #worldcatday depending on your preference ;)
To celebrate February 17th as a day for our feline friends around the world, I want to share a favorite quote from one of my favorite latest books. As a New York Times Bestseller and Indiebound Bestseller, Abigail Tucker's book "The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World" has taken the pet and animal world by storm.
The Lion in the Living Room is a modern day history book. It recounts the long history of humans and felines and of how our little lions and tigers became the house cats that they are today. There's also a number of tips and perspectives on being a great cat parent as well :)
The Huffington Post called the book "a fascinating story where three things come together with exquisite, delightful effect: a natural history of cats, replete with ecological issues as well as contemporary cultural memes; evolutionary science as it pertains to the origins and consequences of our fascination with felines; and an unusually deft way with words by author Abigail Tucker."
Without spoiling too much of the book for readers, I wanted to share one of my favorite passages from The Lion in the Living Room, which sets the tone from the very beginning of the book:
"But the house cat's story is also about the wonder of life, and nature's continuing capacity to surprise us. It offers a chance for us to set our self-centeredness aside and take a clearer look at the creature that we tend to baby and patronize, but whose horizons stretch far beyond our living rooms and litter boxes. A house cat is not really a fur baby, but it is something rather more remarkable: a tiny conquistador with the whole planet at its feet. House cats would not exist without humans, but we didn't really create them, nor do we control them now. Our relationship is less about ownership than aiding and abetting."
As if you needed anymore reminder, this book will make you recollect on the special bond between you and your cat. So make sure to pick up Abigail Tucker's book The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World and spoil your cat a little extra today :)