I am, however, here to tell you about a book by that name (see cover below).
Long ago, in Japan [Did I mention that my Greg person's ancestors originated in Japan?] or so the story goes, there lived a poor but devout holy man who was barely keeping his temple together. Tama appeared, raising his paw in the traditional Japanese come-to-me greeting. [Some cats are known to do this. I do not].
The cat adopted the holy man and stayed at the temple. One day, during a thunderstorm, Tama greeted a rich samurai feudal lord who was taking refuge under a tree outside the temple grounds. [I make no comment on whether it was a good idea for Tama to have been outdoors during a thunderstorm.]
The samurai approached the cat an instant before the tree was struck by lightning. [See?] In gratitude, the samurai lord bestowed lavish gifts, became a friend to the monk, and restored the temple to prosperity.
[Is it true? I don't know, but you can buy Maneki Neko figurines just about anywhere these days.] In any case, I AM TAMA is a lovely story, freshly told, with very nice lush illustrations.
Wendy Henrichs, ill. by Yoshiko Jaeggi (Peachtree 2011)(ages 5-9).