What Inspires Me to Give Back? You Do!

Thomas and Bella snuggled together, surrounded by a border of evergreen boughs and poinsettias

Although this is the season of giving and gratitude, I make a practice of conscious gratitude every day. Other than the cats who have shared my life, I’m grateful for many things. I’m grateful to have lost my job in the winter of 2003. That sounds like a weird thing to be grateful for, but if […]

An Open Letter to Belladonna’s First Family

Bella and Thomas snuggling

Hi everyone. The cats have generously allowed me to take over this week’s column to write a letter of my own. To help BlogPaws celebrate Adopt a Shelter Pet Month, I want to talk to the people who adopted Belladonna before I did. First of all, thank you for adopting a cat from your local […]

What’s Up With This “Crazy Cat Lady” BS, Anyway?

Two woman with a bunch of kittens

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: I am having a major existential crisis! Help! Why is it considered okay by “society” to have like 16 dogs sniffing your butt, but if you have two (or, God forbid, more!) cats, you’re “crazy” — or worse? Whatta friggin’ double standard! “Crazy” and proud of it, ~ Katrina […]

Does My Cat Know I’m About to Have A Baby?

A woman reads her tablet with her two cats beside her. Photo CC-BY Jamie McCaffrey

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: I am expecting my first child and have been in the early stage of labor for about the last three days. I’ve noticed recently that my eldest kitty is increasingly clingy, meows much more frequently, and follows me around the house like a shadow. She absolutely insists on being […]

Can Cats Tell How You’re Feeling?

Thomas gives Mama a lick on the cheek

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: One day I came home from school and I was really sad, so I went to my room, sat on my bed, and did a reflection on what had happened that day. A tear rolled down my face, and as I wiped away the tear I looked up to […]