“The sulphur had not only turned what was left of her [Vashti] long white fur a startling and unnatural shade of yellow, but it also left her reeking with the stench of rotten eggs.
Vashti had been besides herself when she realized that added to the ecstasies of being well fed and itch-free for the first time in her six weeks of life was another cat for her to play with. Scarlett had spent the next day alternately hissing at and fleeing from this tiny, smelly, bright yellow puffball that followed her whenever she put so much as a paw out from under the bed, where she’d taken up a resolute temporary residence.”
The book is much more than fluff, (Kitties or otherwise). In addition to it being an enjoyable read, it's also compelling. Mum found herself making notes in the margins about things Cooper wrote. It is through her devotion to Homer and his perceived handicaps, that Cooper discovers what she needs from herself and others.
“...I’d known that it wasn’t really about me specifically- that if somebody other than me had shown up at my vet’s office, and whispered to him softly, and picked him up gently, Homer would have been equally willing to love that person.
Sensing that he could have loved anybody as easily as he could love me was actually the first thing that grabbed my heart. What ever else he might or might not turn out to be, this kitten was a creature with a tremendous capacity for love. “
“The other thing I realized was that, while he seemed loving, he wasn’t scared or desperate to be loved, the way your would expect a kitten-- or even an average person -- who experienced nothing but pain, hunger, and fear to be.”
I say “perceived”, because even though Homer is blind, he is quite capable of taking care of himself and even the author, when the occasion arises. Cooper begins to realize early on, that one can have a “core strength”, sometimes you just need to be like Homer, and rely on that inner strength and plunge in. She also comes to understand that there are many ways to “look” at the world. Homer might be blind, but he doesn’t seem to have a problem “seeing”. Yes, he may have keener hearing, than the average cat, but he also seems to have a heightened sixth sense, as animals do, about danger. The difference between Homer and ordinary cat, is he doesn’t run from challenges, even dangerous ones, but faces them dead on. Though this book is about a cat, it is also Cooper’s coming of age story. She explores he idea that beings, (both animals and people) have an inner identity, that the core doesn’t change, and the idea of acceptance of our selves. Something so basic as who are we really, seems so simple, yet so difficult for most of us in today’s image conscious society to discover. Through a small, black, plucky, abandoned cat and the reaffirmation of Cooper’s best friend, she discovers what and who is really important in her life.
In a nut shell that’s what mum told me, but I’m not satisfied with that, I will read it myself. I think you should too! ~^..^~