The Good Luck Cat by Lissa Warren
In 2008 Lissa Warren witnessed the death of her beloved father from a heart attack. Ting, the living extension of Lissa's dad, is a purebred Korat. My only problem with this book was that Lissa and her parents didn't seek out and save the life of a shelter cat. Instead they spent a huge amount on a purebred cat. Those of us in cat-rescue would save the life of a cat in a shelter, or one we had taken in from one of the colonies, like Charlie,Oscar, Ebony, or CJ to name a few. (I'm still hoping some kind soul will step up to adopt sweet Sweet Pea out at Big T's). Lissa and her parents are obviously well off financially and it never occurred to them to look in a shelter for a cat. That being said, they gave Ting the best life any cat could have.
Less than a year after her father's death, Ting is diagnosed with a potentially fatal heart condition. Their only option to save her life is to have a human pacemaker implanted in Ting's little cat body. The procedure is performed by the best animal hospital in Boston. Thus begins the story of how Ting helped Lissa and her mother deal with the loss of Lissa's father. When her dad was alive he was "Ting's person". This book does NOT have a sad ending! Ting survives the surgery and her journey back to health helps prepare Lissa for a serious diagnosis of her own.
Beautifully written, this book is not just the story of a spoiled purebred cat and her upscale owners. It is a book about grief, hope, and how our pets, in this particular story, a little grey cat, can not only help us through the tough spots, but enrich our lives and enable us to keep on keeping on, to keep on hoping and to appreciate each day we have, especially each day we have with a beloved pet.
Available in the library, on Amazon, in used book stores and on Kindle, I found myself involved in Ting's life, her prognosis, as well as how Lissa, her mother and Ting become a team - a team that is strong because they have the love of each other. An enjoyable read. Although I found it hard to relate to the social background of Lissa and her mother - one of privilege, in a sense, of entitlement. But if you can get around that aspect, it's a good story about a kitty who overcomes the odds and helps her humans. Read it to read about Ting!
LFFAC adventures, stories and maybe even a cute cat video every now & then.