Schreibman was a composer for theater and television in Toronto when both of his parents died, six years apart, after long illnesses. The losses hit him hard, and he plunged into despair. He found himself "confused among people, angry at trifles, depressed and distracted in all my endeavours." At 39 years old, he felt that his life had "ground to a halt."
Enter Alice, a tiny, abandoned kitten in desperate need of rescue. Schreibman, whose own cat had been killed two weeks earlier in an act of monstrous cruelty, could see that if he didn't save the kitten, it would die. What he didn't yet know was that the 6-week-old life he was saving would in turn revive his own.
As he and the cat began living together, Alice insisted that Schreibman pay attention to her. She'd wake him up early, sometimes by knocking the alarm clock on the floor if he didn't respond to gentler urgings. "C'mon, let's have breakfast," she was telling him. When he was stuck indoors fretting over bills at his desk, she would pull him away to show him something in her world. "Usually it was a bird in a branch or a sudden summer downpour; maybe a burst of midwinter sunshine was flooding the yard. I had ceased paying attention to these things." And that may have been Alice's greatest gift to Schreibman (and to us): teaching him to notice and appreciate the small wonders of everyday life.
My Cat is a book of rare emotional candor. Its beauty lies in the author's willingness to expose his rawest nerve, describe his own pettiness and fears, and recognize the fallacy of human superiority over other life. "My cat woke me up," Schreibman concludes. If we're willing to pay respectful attention, perhaps our cats will do the same for us. --Charles Smyth --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Don't let the humble, understated appearance of the cover fool you -- this small book is an absolute classic, a resplendent gem. Read morePublished 8 months ago by ronald a strapason
This little story came across my way at a time I needed it most. I was working at an un-fulfilling job at a library (of all things), and this little book was on the floor along... Read morePublished 19 months ago by edgfld
"My Cat Saved My Life" took me by surprise. I picked it up because I have a cat "Francie," whom I love and who occasionally drives me crazy. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mary Marcdante, Author/Speaker
The true story of this man, a musician, is of his rescue cat, Alice, who goes on to save him from a years-long depression. Read morePublished on April 11, 2013 by Lucille Bellucci
I just loved this book and now I am treating my cat better, even though she was getting superior treatment, anyway. Read morePublished on October 6, 2010 by tarot card deck
"My Cat Saved My Life," is a charming and insightful account of
the relationship between an abandoned kitten and a man
who has fallen into the dark pit of depression that... Read more
So, I am getting ready to fly home to the West Coast and my sister hands me a couple of books including this little book and I think "Oh great, a stupid book about a cat," but... Read morePublished on February 23, 2006 by Thomas Dering
I was convalescing from a serious illness when I discovered this book (in 2001). Having come upon it during an Animal Planet television show, I had recently lost a pet cat of... Read morePublished on April 4, 2005 by R. Saunders