There are a few cat bloggers whose work I really look forward to reading. One of those is Ingrid King, whose blog, The Conscious Cat, provides thought-provoking content about all aspects of cat health care. My favorite feature, though, is her weekly “Conscious Cat Sunday” post, in which she writes about things her cats have taught her about living an enjoyable and fulfilling life.
King’s new book, Purrs of Wisdom, is a collection of short essays based on her Conscious Cat Sunday posts. As she did in her previous book, Buckley’s Story, she has taken the cat behaviors and personality traits many of us take for granted and shown that paying attention to the lessons our feline friends teach us can make a profound difference in our own happiness.
The essays in Purrs of Wisdom are not more than two pages long, which makes the book excellent for people who enjoy (or only have time for) “daily meditation” type readings. Each one provides plenty of food for thought, whether it’s about finding the magic in daily life, remembering to be grateful, embracing change, or the importance of sleep.
When I read Purrs of Wisdom for the first time, the piece I found most personally meaningful is “Make Time for Play.” Between a full-time job and a steady freelance gig (both of which I’m profoundly grateful for), I do find that I spend far too much time working. When I take the time to play with my cats, it gives me a break from what I’m doing and revitalizes me.
Purrs of Wisdom doesn’t need to be read from cover to cover. You can, of course, but you can also flip to any chapter that speaks to you on a given day. If you’re really trying to change your habits, you might even think about using these essays as a prompt for doing some writing of your own.
Like her blog and Buckley’s Story, Purrs of Wisdom is impeccably written and edited, which means a lot to me because I find it very difficult to get into the flow of reading if a book is full of typos and confusing sentence structure.
I strongly encourage you to get a copy of this book and allow Ingrid King’s gentle voice guide you through the lessons her own feline companions have taught her. Right now, Purrs of Wisdom is only available in Kindle format, but a print edition will be out soon — hopefully in time for the holiday season because Purrs of Wisdom is a wonderful gift for cat lovers and anyone else who wants to move through their lives more consciously. To find out more about Purrs of Wisdom, visit The Conscious Cat.
“These essays are best enjoyed with a cat curled up on your lap,” she writes. I couldn’t agree more.
MY RATING: FOUR PAWS UP
Full disclosure: I received a free copy of the Kindle version of “Purrs of Wisdom,” but I received no other compensation. The opinions expressed in this post are my own.