Ceci: The Misjudged Rescue Cat
Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (10/2020)
“Ceci: The Misjudged Rescue Cat” by Elizabeth Cee shadows the lives and plight of a group of street cats living in a carpark on a college campus in Sydney, Australia. It’s a story of love, compassion and sometimes heartbreak as the author’s efforts, care, and determination drive her to give these felines the best chance to live long and satisfying lives.
All of the cats living in the carpark have daily struggles – with each other, with never knowing when their next meal will be, with infection, sickness and disease, the list goes on. But perhaps the most downtrodden of the lot is Ceci who, as the runt of the litter, faces challenges unseen by his brothers and sisters. It takes compassion, dedication, money, time, and a strong disposition to face the everyday ordeals of feral cats and can often seem like a no-win situation. Thankfully, there are people in the world like Elizabeth to look out for these babies and work tirelessly for their cause.
The writing is endearing and intimate. The author takes readers right alongside her on the journey. That said, some of the content does seem a bit redundant and flows as if you are reading entries in a diary, which causes the reader to jump in and out of scenarios without feeling like the story is fully fleshed out. Still, the author’s deep devotion to the cat colony keeps the reader turning the pages in hopes of a happy ending for all the cats involved.
What I really enjoyed were the descriptions of the cats and the way the author captured their personalities. I both laughed and cringed at some of their antics; all cats have their individual quirks and yet they all have typical characteristics only cat lovers can appreciate. Pictures of the various cats living in the colony line the pages for an almost tactile experience. I for one, could look at cat pictures all day!
A cat owner myself, all of my cats were found through rescue agencies and I appreciated how the author touched upon some of these agencies and the work they do for strays in the context of her story. I personally would like to have seen more focus on their mission and perhaps a call to action for people that want to get more involved.
Overall, “Ceci: The Misjudged Rescue Cat” by Elizabeth Cee will help bring awareness of what it takes to care for, and possibly rehome feral cats. Readers can also follow the author on her blog and Facebook page as listed in the book for more information.