Cats are creatures of habit, right? They are happiest in their home environment and hate change. Well – not all of them! This is the story of one cat who travelled the world several times over, in order to be with his humans and keep them sane. It is the story of a young family embracing change and growing up as citizens of the world; but above all it is the story of a plucky, indomitable feline spirit and learning to take delight in small things.
Tigger’s story is told through the sharply observant eyes of a cat firmly in charge of his humans. Yes, he often finds their ideas and behaviour puzzling – doesn’t every cat? – and the responsibility of looking after them weighs heavily on him at times, but he accepts it all with good grace, and he is certainly up to the task. Born into the sunshine and easy lifestyle of Western Australia, he soon follows his family of restless humans to the USA for an adventurous two years in the forests and fields of Maryland. He returns to Australia and life on a small farm in the bush with all its associated excitements and perils before finally settling in a damp, green country called England.
We all know how we respond to change; but what about the cat’s perspective? What matters to him when he leaves home, and how does he cope with the unfamiliar? Tigger lets the reader follow him as he explores nameless flora and fauna, mysterious smells and undreamt-of hunting opportunities. He meets wildlife and neighbourhood pets, escapes from scrapes and copes with the vagaries of nature, from snowfalls to drought and bushfires.
This is an uplifting tail for all who like animals and respect them for who they are, embracing their individualities and foibles, but also for those who recognize the benefits of a happy, harmonious family life for the wellbeing of all creatures.