The cats are living near a college carpark in Sydney, Australia, when author Elizabeth See discovers them while walking the campus trails, which are popular with the locals for their beauty and wildlife. Though she is not a lover of cats, Cee takes an interest in the colony during her evening strolls. At first, she feeds them out of pity, but she quickly gets attached and becomes determined to rescue them. It isn’t easy to rescue street cats, however. Most of them are wild and aggressive, distrustful. But the first cat Cee meets, a little tortoiseshell kitten she calls Luna, is young enough to have a chance. See works to socialize Luna, who is subsequently trapped by a cat rescuer and adopted out. After that, See begins helping the other cats in the colony, feeding them and working to gain their trust in the hopes that they too can be re-homed. The journey is long and trying.
See works with various animal rescuers to find people willing to adopt the cats and to sterilize the ones who can’t be adopted. The titular Ceci is one of the most challenging kittens. Her mother was extremely nervous and as a result, Ceci learned to be wary of humans. It is a race against time to gain her trust and find someone willing to adopt her, before she gets too old. But finding reliable help and a home proves almost impossible and the changing dynamics of the cat colony complicate things. See is desperate to help the sweet little cat, but time is quickly running out.
CECI: THE MISJUDGED RESCUE CAT gives readers an interesting glimpse of what life is like for feral cats. Though most of us see strays all the time, few of us do anything for them. See’s dedication to helping vulnerable animals is touching and admirable. But this book needs a little work. The writing is a bit awkward, and it needs proofreading. In fact, a really good editor could probably fix most of the issues.
Elizabeth See’s CECI: THE MISJUDGED RESCUE CAT gives readers an interesting glimpse of what life is like for feral cats and has a sweet, touching and hopeful message.
~Heather Stockard for IndieReader