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IF ONLY HUMANS WERE MORE LIKE ALFIE THE DOORSTEP CAT!!
2 February 2015
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a cat? If so, then this book is a must for you.
Told from the perspective of the cute and cuddly Alfie the cat, the story begins with the realisation
that his elderly owner Margaret has died.
Whist in Margaret's now vacant house, her daughter and partner are clearing out Margaret's
belongings and discussing putting the house on the market. Alfie is curled up quietly whilst taking all
this in (he understands the English language perfectly). The topic moves onto the issue of what to
do with Alfie, as Margaret's partner states they cannot take him in as they have dogs. The only
solution is to place Alfie in a shelter. Alfie's ears instantly prick up as a shelter in cat language means
He quickly makes a visit to an elderly, wise neighbourly cat and explains the situation. She tells him
he has no choice but to leave and forge a life for himself in the big wide outside world. Alfie refers
to himself as a 'lap cat' and the idea of leaving his only home fills him with terror but he know it is his
only chance of survival. He returns to Margaret's home, takes one last look around and leaves.
Alfie has no idea where he is headed but has this notion to cling onto that he will find a nice family
with children that will take him in.
The story then tells of the dangerous scrapes, near death experiences and escapes from vicious dogs
and cats he encounters.
By chance Alfie meets a kindly cat who takes pity on him. When Alfie asks him where he lives
he replies that he is a doorstep cat. This means that he has several homes that he visits which all
feed him so that if anything is to happen to one owner he will never be alone as he will have other
carers to ensure his well being. Alfie decides this is an excellent idea as it helps quash his fear of
being alone after the death of Margaret. The kindly cat points him in the direction of the nice
neighbourhood where children live and hopefully Alfie will be successful in his quest.
Soon, Alfie discovers Edgar Road and decides this is the place for him.
After a while of investigating the habitants of Edgar Road he decides to attempt to ingratiate himself
on a lady called Claire. Claire is sad and lonely and takes to Alfie almost immediately. Feeding him,
lavishing endless affection on him, whilst constantly talking to him. Alfie feels very comfortable here
but knows he must find other neighbourhood companions as he is resolute that he will never rely on
one owner ever again.
What follows are how Alfie uses his wiles to affectionately works his way into three other
neighbours on the street.
The one thing all four residents have in common is that they are suffering from some form of
difficulty in their lives.
Due to the kindness Alfie has received from them he feels it is his duty to help solve their problems.
And, cleverly, this is exactly what he does.
I enjoyed this novel. I had not read anything written through the eyes of a cat. So I wasn't sure
what to expect. But to my delight I found it a lovely, touching, uplifting read without becoming too
It is a book about how lonely people, can become very dependent on the common cat, without
Alfie has a big heart and at times I felt like I was reading from the point of view of a mature young
child, but then again Alfie is a young cat, so I suppose it makes sense.
The lengths he will go to, to protect his owners, at almost his own sacrifice is so heart warming.
It is a short novel that reads very fluently and is very hard to put down. I defy anyone to fall in love