Some people dislike cats. Others tolerate them. Author Jessica Montgomery spiritually bonds with them. Observing many homeless and starving animals growing up, she often wondered how to help them. When her husband Robert built a Kitty Castle on the unused deck of their home, she finally had the means to do so. "Cheers and Tears" includes the stories of some of the animals that came into her life during this time. Among them were a three-legged feline with the nerve to take on a German Shepherd, white Manx cats who rule the Kitty Castle roost, One Eye, Wicked Witch, and Joe the pelican.