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Magic Thinks Big: 11/01/15

Magic Thinks Big by Elisha Cooper: It's a story about a cat who needs to decideMagic Thinks Big by Elisha Cooper is a picture book that will ring true to any owner of an indoor / outdoor cat. Magic has all sorts of plans that involve outdoor adventures at the lake where he lives with his human family. He just needs to get a move on if he's going to accomplish anything.

We recently adopted a new cat, Salmon, who is still trying to figure out her place in the household. While she will never be a full outdoor cat, we do have a balcony garden where we let our accustomed cats go on hot days.

For Caligula, the balcony was never a potential escape route because she was too old to do any serious jumping. For Tortuga, the balcony did accidentally end up being an escape route when she fell off the railing while trying to get to the neighbor's balcony. She ended up spending ten days outside while we did our best to coax her home.

Now there's Salmon and we don't know how she'll react to being outside. We don't know if she's had experience outside. We know very little about her history, except that she was born in Marin and eventually found her way to the Dublin shelter. There's about a year of her life that is a complete mystery to us.

So far, though, she's reacted like Magic. She sits half in, half out of the house, staring intently at the garden. It clearly looks inviting but she's not sure yet if it's worth the effort of leaving the comfort of her new home.

Do you have an indoor/outdoor cat? Is she like Magic, unable to make a decision? Or does she run outside with wild abandon? Share your story in the comments.

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