The Cat From Muzzle | Book Review

The Cat From Muzzle traces the true story of a high-country cat’s epic, five-week journey home to New Zealand’s most remote station.

It’s not uncommon to hear stories of the adventures of wandering cats and dogs, we had a family cat who must have certainly lived some kind of double life as she disappeared on a regular basis only to return looking plumper each time. She was clearly loved by two homes, though we played along pretending that we didn’t know about her duplicity! The cat From Muzzle is one of those heroic tales but of epic proportions!

the cat from muzzle

Dwayne is a rumble-tumble tabby cat who knows where he belongs — up on the farm at Muzzle Station. So, when he’s taken to live far away in the town of Kaikoura by plane, then turns around to head home by foot not long after his paws touched down it could almost seem a little far fetched, even for a cat tale, but true it is, Dwayne who must surely be the Bear Grylls of felines did just that!

The Cat From Muzzle takes us with Dwayne on his adventure shortly after arriving at his new Kaikoura home returning over snowy mountains and across raging rivers, meeting helpful friends, facing oinking danger and overcoming the obstacles of a long journey home to Muzzle Station . What a cat! What determination! Home really is where the heart is.

the cat from muzzle

This heartwarming story by Sally Sutton reads aloud in a rhyming rhythm easy to follow for the little ones with sweet illustrations by Scott Tulloch. The kids with their keen hearts for adventure and brave cats were kept attentive and delighted by The Cat From Muzzle, a true tale of feline audacity and toughness to successfully find a way back to the bosom of home.

reading the cat from muzzle

author ronnieWritten by Ronnie Swainston

Online Producer & Experiences Editor Ronnie is mum to two spirited kids who keep her on her toes. With a love for travel, film, tv, photography & (eating) food keeping her wishing for more time, & having a keen curiosity means she’ll give almost anything a go making her, and her family, up for the job!

Favourite place to be: On an adventure


  1. dawnblyth 06/05/2019 at 12:06 am

    Love it! My cat when I was younger went on adventures. Must read thks book!

  2. SarahBlair 05/05/2019 at 9:27 pm

    This book looks so fun! I had a friend that moved from Christchurch to Hamilton and shortly after her cat disappeared, a few months later her old neighbour called to say that the cat had returned home!! I don’t know how it managed to get across the straight!

  3. Bevik1971 02/05/2019 at 10:21 am

    Love the look of this book! Especially as it’s a true story even cooler! My daughter would love to read this. Cats are awesome creatures that’s for sure. We had 1 that went missing for about a week, ended up finding him 3 doors down at a neighbours place (the kids had him in their garage as they wanted to keep him hahaha). 🙂

  4. Shorrty4life1 29/04/2019 at 8:17 pm

    This sounds like a really cool book. We used to have a wondering cat that would come and go then mum moved to Timaru and it came back to the old house in Ashburton. In the end it ended up just staying living at the old home in Ashburton as we couldn’t keep it in Timaru. Then not long ago mum got a new place in Timaru and out of nowhere this random tabby cat showed up and has made itself home ever since he’s like a piece of the furniture now. It’s pretty cool eh. Almost like you get what you give. Super cool

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