The Bean Trees

What signs are there in the chapter that Turtle's psychological condition is not improving? What connection does Lou Ann's cat, Snowboots, have with Turtle?

Chapter 5 : Harmonious Space

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Turtle is still not speaking. She doesn't respond to stimuli the way a young child should. The cat Snowboots forms a connection with Turtle. They both seem to live in a vivid worlds where communication is much more subtle and quiet.