Review: ‘Purrs of Wisdom’ aptly named


Ingrid King’s cat Ruby graces the cover of her new book.

We know that living with cats can make people happier and less stressed. But can cats also help humans be healthier, more organized and smarter?

We think so, but don’t take our word for it — read “Purrs of Wisdom,” the new book by Ingrid King, who writes the award-winning blog, “The Conscious Cat,” and produces a wonderful website that she accurately describes as “a comprehensive resource for conscious living, health, and happiness for cats and their humans.”

Much of “Purrs of Wisdom” is drawn from Ms. King’s interesting, helpful — and, yes, wise — blog. Her regular readers should be very happy to find all that good advice drawn together in one volume. New readers will discover many pearls — urr, purrs — to enrich their lives and increase their appreciation of the cats they know.

We read the book straight through, but we admit that’s not the best way to approach it. Just as you might be tempted to wolf down a whole bag of treats if you get the chance, it’s better to enjoy the chapters one or two at a time and really savor their goodness. Otherwise you might be tempted to skim over some important lessons thinking they are repetitious when Ms. King really is providing constructive emphasis and subtle new angles on key points.

King bases “Purrs of Wisdom” — and “The Conscious Cat” — on her own daily observations and interactions with the cats who share her life. This results in a practical simplicity that we find is the book’s chief appeal. You can read any chapter and act on it immediately.

There are chapters on healthy eating, the importance of sleep, learning from nature, eliminating negativity from your life, techniques to find your dreams, aging gracefully and much more. Unfortunately for humans, they can’t purr, she notes. But just learning to breathe correctly, for example, can have a similar healing effect on the human body and mind.

All this she tells with heartfelt love for her feline mentors.

The golden thread running throughout the book is essential catness: Live in the moment and discover the importance of contemplation and gratitude. Observe the cats you know, then emulate them.

Cats are centered beings, and you can be, too. From that inner calm flows all the good in life.

It’s easy to see that Ms. King is a true cat person — her cats are not mere “pets” but genuine companions and guides. Cats changed her life and helped her reach her dreams. That can happen for you, too, if you are willing to watch and learn.

The book is available on Kindle at the moment but is expected to be in print soon.

We give this book four paws!

An award? For us?? Why, thank you!


cupcakesAs we wrote last week, the Internet is an awesome place — we make new friends every day, learn about new places without leaving our cosy home and — hard as it is to believe (we’re meezers, after all) — discover an inner humility we never suspected we had, because our online friends are so kind and giving.

Mischief is bedazzled

Mischief is awestruck by Nerissa’s nomination — are those stars in those baby-blue eyes?

One of them is Nerissa, a really sweet cat who blogs about life here. We linked to his blog a while back, under “Websites We Recommend” in the column to the right, but imagine our surprise when we got our paws on Decca’s computer today (finally!) and found out he had nominated us for the One Sweet Blog Award!

Thank you, Nerissa — you should see us blushing!

This is a perfect example of what we were trying to say. Do nice things and nice things come back to you. Last month, we learned a word for that from the Dalai Lama’s Cat: karma.

We happily accept your nomination, Nerissa, along with what you call “the strings” that are attached. Our Decca, though, says we should consider those not strings but an opportunity to “pay it forward.”

All we have to do is say “thank you, Nerissa,” (done!), link to your blog (done!) and nominate five other blogs for the award.

And here they are. We hope that, like Nerissa and us, our nominees will consider this a happy occasion and a chance to call attention to some deserving “sweet” bloggers they may enjoy as well. Share the love and pass it along to others!

  • Cory Cat
  • Savannah’s Paw Tracks
  • Moses the Cat
  • Housecat Confidential
  • Jacqueline’s Cat House