"Tooth and Claw" is a short story by T. C. Boyle (born on December 2, 1948) and features a guy caring for an feral cat. It is one story in a volume by the same name, published in 2005. Boyle's sixth book of short stories came after his acclaimed novel "The Inner Circle" (2004) based on Alfred Kinsey. Boyle is an amazing talent, whose attitude to subject matter makes most writers seem to pander in comparison. This New York native has been an English professor at USC for many years. He has received many awards, but not enough.