Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: October 31, 2022 by Crystal Uys


Some cat memoirs cover dramatic events in a cat’s or person’s life. Others showcase a cat’s special talents. And some memoirs simply chronicle life with cats, in all its ups and downs. Mighty Little Man: My Story, His Story, Our Story by Jonathon Scott Payne is one of those chronicles.

From the publisher:

Jonny, a US Air Force engineer, has faced many personal and professional challenges throughout his life, met quite a few successes and failures, and loved and lost his fair share of pets, but none of them compare to his experience with Little Man. Before he is even a year old, Little Man is declared mascot of Jonny’s military unit, and the special bond between Jonny and Little Man grows stronger with each passing year. But they eventually face a heart-wrenching situation more painful than any Jonny has faced before. He will have to adopt his “whatever it takes” attitude in order to wage battle against Little Man’s certain death.

The author is not your stereotypical cat lover, but this Harley-Davidson riding, truck driving, muscle car building man has a soft spot for cats. When Little Man is faced with a mysterious life-threatening illness, Jonny’s “can do” attitude is tested to the max.


While I couldn’t really relate to the author’s more “manly pursuits” (I confess to having absolutely  no interest in cars or airplanes and I skipped those sections,) and while the book could have used a better editor, I thoroughly enjoyed this account of the many cats who have shared Payne’s life. I fell in love with Little Man, and found myself reading with my heart in my throat at times as the author and a team of veterinarians try to save Jonny’s special friend.

As with so many pet memoirs, the real appeal of this book lies in how readers can recognize parts of themselves in the author’s relationship with his special cat.

Photo of Little Man via the author’s website.

I received a copy of this book from the author. Receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

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