Cattails is a humorous and whimsical story of a Siamese cat's encounters with the odd, perplexing, and often cruel behaviors of the people in her life. Informed by her adventures with fellow animals and the mystical musings of a seasoned Zen Siamese, Tao, Monsoon explores the nature of the human condition and discovers why cats are superior beings and why humans are hopelessly fallen creatures. If you have ever wondered why your cat looks at you one moment with that aloof and dismissive air, and then purrs against your chest the next, the answers are found in Cattails. But with such revelations also comes a deeper understanding of the folly and foibles of human beings. Cattails is a joyous and heartrending romp through the mind of a young cat growing in experience and wisdom about people and their strange world.
Pamela Kirby Zick is a former English teacher and cat lover who lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is a graduate of Salem College and earned her MA Ed. at Wake Forest University. Her work has been featured in the Beaver Island Reader.