A cat with a prehensile tail?

Dena F. Williams

New Member
Oct 6, 2021
Hi there! I read a book in high school in the 80s, but I'm not sure when it was written. I think it was a novel, not a short story, but I'm honestly not sure. It was about a boy (or a man?) who lives alone and has a cat with a prehensile tail. There are also some other things around his house that are a little bit off, but I can't remember anything other than the cat. At some point, it turns out he's not living on earth, but he's on a spaceship and the aliens have wanted to make him feel like he's a boy living on Earth, only they didn't realize things like cats don't have prehensile tails. I can't remember if he was a human boy that they raised or a non-human that they wanted to think he was human ... or something like that. Does this sound familiar to anyone?


Dangerously confused
Apr 8, 2011
Rotorua, New Zealand

Somewhere in the distant past I read something like this - but all I can remember is that he was actually the last human being / survivor and the aliens were caring for him. Does that sound right?

Cheers, Greg.