From the novel, "Domingo's Angel":
Domingo and Angela stood on the terrace looking at a large orange cat. “He just turned up,” said Angela, “when you were out with the goats. He jumped down on the terrace, went ‘pprrrrppp!!!’” she made a strange noise halfway between a cat’s mew and the trill of a bird, “ and smiled at me.”
Domingo raised his eyebrows. “Smiled?”
“Like this, “ said Angela, and closed her eyes briefly and smiled just at the edges of her mouth. At the same moment the cat assumed exactly the same expression, as if to demonstrate the point. His fur was exactly the same colour as Angela’s hair. They opened their eyes simultaneously and Domingo noticed that his eyes were also exactly the colour of Angela’s. It was faintly disturbing. Then it bowed its head slightly and mewed softly. It sounded suspiciously like the noise people make when they are agreeing with what you say.
“He almost talks, doesn’t he?” said Angela. Can we keep him? I always wanted a cat, but my mother would never let me have one.”
“But, of course, “ said Domingo. “It is necessary to keep a cat in the house, in order to keep the mice away.”
The cat gave another mew of agreement and walked away.
“I wonder if he’ll come back,” said Angela.
The next morning there was a neat little row of headless rodents laid out upon the terrace.
Domingo's Angel available now: http://www.melange-books.com/authors/jennytwist/twistdomingosangel.html
Other works by Jenny Twist:
Take One at Bedtime: http://www.melange-books.com/authors/jennytwist/twisttakeoneatbedtime.html
Curious Hearts (Doppelganger): http://www.melange-books.com/authors/anthologies/curioushearts.html