Friday, November 11, 2016
Kit Kat and Lucy: The Country Cats Who Changed a City Girl's World by Lonnie Hull DuPont
KIT KAT AND LUCY is a tender memoir about two cats who help Lonnie Hull DuPont (and her
husband) make the adjustment to a m ove from bustling San Fransisco to the quieter and more remote life in rural Michigan. Lonnie had grown up in the same Michigan area, but had moved to larger cities for her career in the book industry. A later in life marriage led to a decision by the couple to move their careers back to Lonnie's home area, and eventually they moved into a rambling farm house not too far from her childhood home. Just months after their arrival, Kit Kat, an adolescent gray cat, showed up on their steps. Since her husband was allergic to cats, Lonnie fed the cat, secured it in an outbuilding, and made arrangements for a family member to give it a home on a farm. But Kit Kat (not named yet) had other ideas, and after she returned to Lonnie's yard, the couple knew they had a new family member and the need for some allergy medicine.
The book details how a second cat came to join the family and how they handled becoming a two cat family (something that is not always easy). But more importantly, the author shares how the pets helped her deal with feelings of isolation, depression, and anxiety. She mixed in reminiscences of her childhood pets and how they helped her cope with the rough spots of growing up. I learned a great deal about cat behavior ( perhaps I should say cat psychology) and enjoyed following the antics of these two furry friends. At times I wished that I could eliminate my cat allergies like Lonnie's husband seemed to do, but I don't think I will be that lucky. Clearly animals and humans can share bonds that are deeply meaningful, and anyone with a special feline in their lives would enjoy meeting Kit Kat and Lucy. I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads. All opinions are mine.