This little book is an intimate memoir of Lessing's life with cats. Frankly it is at times very difficult to read. It demands both pragmatism, as well as the insight that the place of cats in the world in a different time and place is very different from what it is now. Lessing seems to dislike the idea of spaying and neutering because of what it puts the animals through, documents what unwanted cats and kittens experience, but doesn’t seem to factor that in to her own perspective. However, her sentiment and affection for cats is clearly real and profound. It is accessible to anyone who reads this book. I believe it will resonate with anyone who loves cats as will her observations of the relationships of various cats to her and to each other. It is a remarkable book that I think will stay with me for a long time to come.