Doesn’t seem very sporting shooting an arrow into that sabretooth from such close range. Especially when it’s looking the other way. Although maybe that’s the best way to hunt sabretooth cats when you’re dressed for a ball at the Playboy Mansion.
But wow, I read this a long, long time ago and I thought it amazing. Fantasy with SF elements. Don’t remember kitty though, unless it was one of the avatar-like beings. Back when avatars were not as commonplace.
Back in 1978 there was a short-lived duo of stoner comedians named Norton & Bradley from Minnesota, who tried to be “the white Cheech & Chong.” And they wrote a near-forgotten SF novel about a pair of stoners (themselves, probably) who got abducted by aliens and taught them to smoke weed… hence the reference to “High SF”.