The Guest Cat, by Takashi Hiraide

9788420414751A couple in their thirties live in a small rented cottage in a quiet part of Tokyo; they work at home, freelance copy-editing; they no longer have very much to say to one another. But one day a cat invites itself into their small kitchen. It leaves, but the next day comes again, and then again and again. Soon they are buying treats for the cat and enjoying talks about the animal and all its little ways. Life suddenly seems to have more promise for the husband and wife — the days have more light and color.  (from Goodreads)

I think this book will speak directly to anyone who develops a friendship with other people’s pets. Isn’t that something that just makes your heart grow several inches?

Making friends with a cat is just an accomplishment in its own if it’s your own cat, but being good friends with a “foreign” cat gives you like a 1000+ life points. I feel such happiness when cats I found on sidewalks let me pet them! It’s like they know I’m a cat person.

While I was reading this little novel, every image that came in my mind was like a Studio Ghibli movie. I didn’t see this book in “live action”, in my mind it was entirely animated.