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I read this around 10 years ago and it was an old book I bought from the school library. It was maybe around 200-300 pages and not a large book. I read it when I was young, so I don't remember everything. What I do know is:

  • The traveler was a man.
  • The cat was large (think panther), a female, and maybe colorful.
  • The cat could also speak telepathically to the man, however, the man could not hear that the cat was female.
  • Further in in the book, the cat realizes that she's pregnant, and after a while, so does the man (which makes him realize it's a female).
  • On the planet, quite often, a sand storm rages on, so they have to hide in holes.
  • The cat was either banished from her home town or she ran away.

Sadly, I don't remember anything more about the plot.

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    Hi, welcome to the site. In roughly which year or decade did you read this, and when do you think it might've been published? Also, do you recall any details about the cover? Commented Apr 25, 2022 at 23:34
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    I read it around 10 years ago and it was an old book I bought from the school library. It's maybe around 200-300 pages and not a large book Commented Apr 25, 2022 at 23:37
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    Thank u! Will do! Commented Apr 25, 2022 at 23:43
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    @DannyMcG Your memory sounds like "Blind lightning" by Harlan Ellison Commented Apr 26, 2022 at 11:24
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    Could this be "Exiles of the Start" by Andre Norton? It matches on 3 or 4 of the points but not others. It has two protagonists who communicate by ESP. One of them is a human mind inside a humanoid alien body, and his companion was a woman and priestess on a planet where the priesthood was adept at body switching and now inhabits the form of a small four footed hunting animal. They are traveling together as the woman has been banished. Don't recall her getting pregnant though., they land on a planet where the native, apparently extinct, civilization used a cat motiff. Commented May 27, 2022 at 23:10

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The sand storm element remins me of "Day of the Starwind" - the protagonist has an alien companion but if I remember right she's more bat than cat. It's a fairly short YA book. Our hero has unbreakable bones a la Wolverine, if that sounds familiar?

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    Sadly, that's not the book, but it did make me remember a detail: the man and the feline met each other on the (alien) planet and for some reason they decided to travel together Commented Apr 27, 2022 at 21:30
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Murdoc Jern series Book 1 Zero Stone Book 2 Uncharted Stars Author: Andre Norton.

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    Can you add some description of those books that shows how they match the question?
    – DavidW
    Commented Nov 20, 2023 at 19:31
  • Note that Eet is cat-sized, not panther-sized, and it is the ship's cat Valcyr, not Eet, that is "pregnant."
    – DavidW
    Commented Nov 20, 2023 at 20:05
  • Obviously not. As you already know I commented before saying I was looking for the same book. I found the answer and shared here. Commented Nov 21, 2023 at 7:47
  • Also eet is clearly not cat size. Eet is panther size. Commented Nov 21, 2023 at 8:07
  • "With Eet warm and heavy about my shoulders, and the future, misty and threatened as it was, before me, I left the cabin to walk into a new slice of life." Eet is small enough to ride on Jern's shoulders. Not a panther.
    – DavidW
    Commented Nov 21, 2023 at 18:27

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