Strays Proves Cats are Angels

Strays by Britt Collins is a purrfect companion to A Street Cat Named Bob and How He Saved My Life, telling the true story of a scroungy, starving stray cat who finds her way into a homeless man’s sleeping bag, and eventually (of course, you knew this was coming) his heart.

The story sucks you in like a whirlpool as you get to know Michael King, the cat’s rescuer. He’s a homeless alcoholic, depressed and about as destitute as it’s possible to be. He nurses the cat (who he names Tabor) back to health, spending many of his scarce booze bucks to feed her, and they become something of an item.

She rides on his backpack or strolls on a leash, and they travel from rainy Portland to California’s beaches and the wilds of Montana. Along the way, she helps Michael get sober and deal with personal traumas that led him to life on the streets.

But there’s a twist.

In Montana, Michael takes Tabor to the vet only to discover she’s chipped and has an owner (Ron Buss) who has spent the previous ten months searching for her. Michael is faced with losing this companion who profoundly changed his life.

You root for each of the two men who are so strongly bonded to this little tabby, and find yourself torn between wanting her to return to a cozy stable home, or to stay on the streets with a man who shares her soul. You’ll need an extra box of Kleenex for this one.

I don’t know about you, but I think that many cats are angels sent to get us through rough spots and losses in a way that human companions can’t. Not that a partner or a strong network of friends doesn’t provide support–they certainly do–but there are some things you can only confide to a cat who is purring in your lap. Not every cat is special in that way, but there are a few in your lifetime who will stand out… those who seem like old souls, possessive of wisdom that stretches beyond time and species, and they come into your life at precisely the right time.

Tabor is such a cat, and it’s a story you won’t soon forget.

(Strays is available in a host of formats, including large print and audio books.)


THE FINE PRINT: Mousebreath received a free review copy of the book. Links included in the review are affiliate links. 


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Mousebreath Magazine is an award-winning online magazine that celebrates cats and the cat-centric lifestyle. Editor Karen Nichols is a popular conference speaker and writer, whose current project is The Cat Scout Handbook. She is also the denmaster at

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  1. Wow, I’ve heard about this book but your review has me placing it on my book list! Making friends…with humans or cats, or any other living critter…can transform one’s soul.

  2. Mr Puddy says:

    Actually, my mom already have the book and on the list to read !
    Thank you for Wonderful reviews =^x^=

  3. Clementine says:

    Strays is amazing… the best book I’ve read this year. It’s tender, wise, witty and full of startling insights and so beautifully written. I loved it so much I didn’t want it to end that I had to reread it.

  4. Andrea says:

    Such a sad, sweet story… and such a loving cat.


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