Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper has been out for several years now. Published in 2009, paperback edition in 2010 (with up-to-date Afterword), Homer's Odyssey follows the life of a blind (literally eyeless) cat as his mistress changes careers, cities, and relationship status.
The approach in Homer's Odyssey is a familiar one: memoir/autobiography with pet highlights. What makes Homer's Odyssey unique is that it truly is about Homer, not just about the authoress with pet anecdotes thrown in to make it, pseudo-technically, a pet book. Cooper not only relates events as they directly impact her three cats Homer, Vashti, and Scarlett--including a harrowing account of 9/11 and the days directly following the tragedy--but also relates how her cats, specifically Homer, have impacted and changed her life.
Homer's blindness may seem at first--to cynics like this reviewer--a mere gimmick, and in all truth, many of the tales Cooper zeroes in as specific to Homer resonate with us owners of sighted cats (it is never a good idea to leave a cat alone too long with a plastic bag). However, Cooper's focus is not as much on whether Homer behaves like any other cat but on people's reactions to Homer, including her own.
With passion and pathos, Cooper writes of her desire to protect a supposedly damaged cat alongside her desire to promote Homer's "normality," such as his natural inquisitiveness; she eloquently (and often amusingly) recounts her fears for him alongside her awe at his fearlessness (in face of some not inconsiderable dangers). We all know that a disability doesn't have to diminish life's experiences, but every parent worries about that possibility.
And although this particularly reviewer is on a continual quest to find non-fiction books that don't anthropomorphize cats, she will confess: She talks about her cats like children too.
Homer sadly passed away this past August. Even if you've already read Homer's Odyssey, you can remember his story and enjoy his wonderful personality again! The Portland (Maine) Library has several editions of the book, including an audiobook and e-book.