The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth is a whimsical, thin little book about a starving Japanese artist, his old house keeper and the kitten she brings home.
The first copyright is 1930, and it may no longer be in print, but it is worth trying to find. Barely having enough money to feed himself and his house keeper, the young artist is dismayed and even angry when his old housekeeper brings home a kitten. But the kitten has ways of getting around his despair and unkind remarks. The house keeper names her "Good Fortune". And as surely as kittens grow into cats, the kitten brings the artist the beginning of his great good fortune. What follows is a story about the artist's envisioning of the Buddha - his life, the animals who he reincarnated as, and his interactions with other living creatures. I learned things about the Buddha I never knew. At the end of each chapter is a poem by the old house keeper.
The end will not be what you expect, but it is lovely. You can read this little book in a half hour and it's well worth the time! Look for it in used book stores and on Amazon.
LFFAC adventures, stories and maybe even a cute cat video every now & then.