The Old Man and the Cat
ORIGINAL TITLE: Gubbe och katt
AUTHOR: Nils Uddenberg
ORIGINAL PUBLISHER: Natur och Kultur
This is a story of how Nils Uddenberg grew heavy with cat even though he had never wanted a pet of any kind. One winter morning there was a cat – as he would later find, a homeless one – sitting outside his bedroom window, looking at him with big yellow eyes. Slowly but surely it worked itself into his life.
With much humor and self-awareness, Nils Uddenberg describes how his existence changes after the cat moves into his house in Lund. The feelings she stirs up are a surprise to him. He falls in love with this speckled grey-brown little lady, who soon also sleeps in his bed at night.
With his background as a psychiatrist, Nils Uddenberg cannot stop himself going deeper into Kitty’s spiritual life. Does she have a sense of humour? Is it feasible to attach human feelings to her? And the trickiest question of all: “Is our little cat actually interested in our attachment to her, which we spend so much time building up?