Have you ever just looked at your cat and swore “that cat knows something it’s not telling me.” The eyes, expressions and even reactions prove cats have more going on than they get credit for. Most people think that cats just eat, sleep, use the litter box and repeat. Cat owners and lovers know differently. Some cats meow, others chitter, and some make weird peeps but all of them try their darnest to speak to us. It’s not our fault they are just speaking another language we humans cannot understand. Sterling and Marta call it Catonese not be confused with Cantonese. One of the best examples this communication barrier can be found on page 65 entitled Showing Love. “What is a kiss? Sometimes, when my face is close to M’s, she will touch her nose to mine and say, “Kiss?” Now, when she gets really close, I reach and touch her nose with mine. It feels good, but in the past when I have tried to say “kiss” in the past, M hasn’t understood my word for kiss.” My cat companion Oliver, tries so hard to talk to my husband and I. Ollie just ends up frustrated and so goes to nap somewhere quieter. Although he does get quite animated on his chittering when he doesn’t get his way maybe its best we have a communication barrier. My husband and I swear he’s cussing us out sometimes.
In this book Sterling explains that everyone including paw-folk and humans alike suffer from things that turn our world upside down. Such things as new people (animals), changes in routines and new problems can alter our feelings of love, comfort and safety. We all search out people, places and situations that make us feel loved and happy. When the storms of live come upon us we all need someone to keep us close and tell us “Everything is will be okay… it will pass.”
Sterling and Marta did an excellent job of getting their messages across in a funny and heart touching way. Some of the most important people and paw-folk in our lives get wrapped up in their lives and forget to take time out for us. Sometimes they get mad when we “rub up against them and knock over the object of their attention. Instead of getting mad and doing a no no on the floor or storming off mad (maybe saying something we don’t really mean. We need to find a way to get our loved ones attention so we can get the love and comforting we require. Oliver my kitty companion when feeling ignored does one or two things to get my or my husbands attention. Either he starts chittering up a storm or he simply jumps in our laps regardless of what we are doing. These actions tell us… “Hey I’m here and I need you now!”
This book is intended for all ages. The messages are so easy to understand that anyone from five to ninety-five would understand and enjoy them. There are some big words and concepts anyone under ten might not get. This can be overcome by reading to or with the younger people in our lives. It was nice to read a book that was uplifting and without the negative language and situations than plague life today!
Sterling made this book an absolute joy to read. As a cat companion I found myself laughing and agreeing at most of the situations. I kept thinking as I was reading it “Hey my cat does that too!”I learned that it is okay to have my bad days sometimes as long as I find someone to comfort me eventually. It also taught me that I need to be careful about getting wrapped up in my life and focus more on the people and paw-folk around me and their daily struggles! Just as much as I need a shoulder to cry on they do too.