Tag Archives: Cat Stories

Cat Stories: Cat ‘n’ Mouse by Steven Millhauser

Cat ‘n’ Mouse is the final story in Cat Stories. It is like a bunch of Tom and Jerry episodes strung together! The cat is constantly hunting the mouse, and because all of the cat’s attempts to catch the mouse fail these stories are pretty hilarious to read. Each story has cartoonish elements – we […]

Cat Stories: Puss-in-Boots by Angela Carter

Puss-in-Boots is taken from Angela Carter’s short story collection The Bloody Chamber. The story which has a fairy-tale vibe is narrated by the Puss-in-Boots. Puss had started off his life as a rat catcher in a wine shop. But once his wits were sharpened enough, he had gone his own way making a living as […]

Cat Stories: Schrödinger’s Cat by Ursula K. LeGuin

Schrödinger’s Cat is quite bizarre! The story’s narrator lives in a weird world – at one point I even wondered if this is what it will be like to live on Earth in the future. Here the electrical appliances emit heat without being turned on. You can’t handle things like forks and pencils without wearing […]

Cat Stories: The King of the Cats by Stephen Vincent Benét

The King of the Cats is another fantastical story in this collection. The story begins at New York socialite Mrs. Dingle’s place where she goes on to tell her guests about Monsieur Tibault – the finest conductor in Europe who apparently has a tail! Mrs. Dingle’s guests don’t believe her at first, but she promises […]

Cat Stories: The Garden of Stubborn Cats by Italo Calvino

I’m sure most of you would have seen the news of Orca whale mom’s tour of grief. Her ordeal highlighted the devastation humans cause the nature, and similar to that, Italo Calvino’s The Garden of Stubborn Cats is a story which emphasizes that we should keep our human nature in check. The city of cats […]

Cat Stories: Space-Time for Springers by Fritz Leiber

Space-Time for Springers is the most unusual story I came across in this collection. Gummitch is the name of story’s cheeky kitten. 😀 He thinks he is a super-kitten with an I.Q. of about 160. He can’t talk, but it’s not like it matters because “everybody knows that I.Q. tests based on language ability are […]

Cat Stories: The Price by Neil Gaiman

Next up in Cat Stories is The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe, but I couldn’t bring myself to finish reading it. I stopped at page 3 after the story’s drunkard cat owner started mutilating his cat – it’s cringe-worthy! I haven’t read stories by Poe before, and now I feel like he is a […]

Cat Stories: Ming’s Biggest Prey by Patricia Highsmith

Eons ago I read Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley which I quite enjoyed it, and Ming’s Biggest Prey reminded me of it – for it sort of a cat thriller! Ming is the name of Elaine’s beloved cat. To Ming, Elaine is the only tolerable human in this whole wide world. Ming has valid […]

Cat Stories: Broomsticks by Walter de la Mare

Walter de la Mare failed to captivate me with her Broomsticks. After I saw the title, I had a bad feeling about it – I thought it is going to be a story where the cat gets abused! But it wasn’t anything like that. Sam, Miss. Chauncey’s cat was actually spoiled with love – she […]

Cat Stories: The Cat by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

Some people shouldn’t own cats or any pets for that matter. The owner of the cat in Mary E. Wilkins Freeman’s story is one such person. The Cat begins in the dead of winter, and the cat’s owner – an old man – had left his mountain hut and gone to the village to escape […]

Cat Stories: The Cat That Walked By Himself by Rudyard Kipling

Kipling’s The Cat That Walked By Himself examines the relationship cats have with humans. The story is set in the stone age – the wild man has met the wild woman, and she has set him straight! They now live in a cave picked by the woman and have a fire at the back of […]

Cat Stories: Cats Will Be Cats by P. G. Wodehouse

Saki’s Tobermory is followed by another hilarious tale in Cat Stories. In Cats Will Be Cats, Webster is the name of Theodore’s cat. Before leaving for Africa to take up his new responsibilities as the Bishop at See of Bongo-Bongo, Theodore places his beloved cat under the care of Lancelot, his nephew who is an […]

Cat Stories: Tobermory by Saki

I haven’t read stories by Saki before, so Tobermory is my first. In Tobermory, Lady Blemley has invited Mr. Cornelius Appin for a house-party. Lady Blemley doesn’t personally know Appin – someone had told her he is a clever man, so that’s is how he ended up getting invited. But at the party, his cleverness […]

Cat Stories: An Old Woman and Her Cat by Doris Lessing

It was impossible for me to read An Old Woman and Her Cat without tearing up. I love Doris Lessing’s writing, but this is hands down one of the saddest stories I’ve ever read. The story’s old woman is Hetty. Hetty’s husband had died when he was middle-aged, and their four children – grownups by […]

Cat Stories: Lillian by Damon Runyon

Lillian is a brilliant story taken from Damon Runyon’s Guys and Dolls and Other Writings. According to Wikipedia, Damon Runyon is an American journalist “best known for his short stories celebrating the world of Broadway in New York City that grew out of the Prohibition era.” I’ve not heard of Damon Runyon before, but he […]