I read this book last night and was delighted with it, but then I am a confirmed cat lover, I have five of my own. This tiny wee Scottish Fold kitten bewitched his self-confessed cat-hating owner with one bright stare and a meouw. Cats can do that, one did it to my husband.
Norton reminded me of a 3 month old Persian kitten we had many years ago, he travelled 3000 miles by car with us from Cambria, California to Washington DC, and then flew to England. Like Norton, our Caruso was a fantastic traveller, he loved the car, the steam boat ride on the Mississippi, all his other adventures along the route and the attention from all the people he met along the way. Like Norton he was welcomed in all the hotels and motels we stayed in, only one turned us away, their loss! Also like Norton, who ran up a burlap covered wall, Caruso almost gave us a heart attack when he ran up a wall in one very expensive hotel in Las Vegas, he did no damage though. In Williamsburg he received a dinner of Lobster and Steak from the hotel receptionist, she didn't bring us any!
I really enjoyed this book, it demonstrates the intelligence and fantastic personality of a cat who has become a well loved family member, not just a window dressing. It also demonstrates that cats also have feelings and are capable of love, Norton worked his way into the hearts and affections of a number of people, and soon had them twisted around his little fat paws. To those who think "poor cat, fancy dragging it around like that" you are wrong. Cats have minds of their own, they wouldn't put up with it if they didn't enjoy it, they would leave and go look for another home. Norton obviously was a very happy little cat, and so was our Caruso.