3, 2019: "Cats at firesides live luxuriously and are
the picture of comfort." - Leigh Hunt
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Ohhhh, so THAT'S a Brazillian."
Cat Mewvie: Feral cat comes inside.
(Note: He came to stay.)
Feline Art: "Shedding" by
cats live alone?
by Nick Greene
For eight years we had two female cats. They always got along fine, but
I wouldn’t describe them as devoted to each other. They had occasional
spats, but never any real fights. Maybe that is what devotion between
cats looks like?
Recently, one of the cats became suddenly and seriously ill and died.
Our surviving cat is a bit needier than usual but otherwise seems OK.
While none of us humans are quite ready to look for a new kitty just
yet, we enjoyed having two pets and likely will want to add to the family
at some point.
Our cat is approximately 13 to 14 years old. My husband is convinced
she’s terribly lonely and that we should adopt again soon, but
I worry that she may be happy on her own and we would ruin her remaining
years by making her adjust to a new pet whom she may or may not click
Are there any clues from her we could be looking for to help us decide?
- Three’s Not a Crowd
Dear Three’s Not a Crowd,
Grief is odd, right? It’s not a singular emotion, but a cocktail
of memories and doubts and stomach aches and the occasional burst of
random laughter. I think that’s why people say, “I’m
sorry for your loss.” You’re not going to solve anything,
so it’s easiest to just issue a blanket apology. Now, allow me
to offer two apologies: I’m sorry for your loss, and I am sorry
I can’t think of anything more comforting to say.
I understand where your husband’s coming from. If you put yourself
in the cat’s shoes, this loss must feel tectonic. Her entire universe
exists within your home, and the cat population was just halved in one
fell swoop. I mean, being the last person on Earth is a terrifying thought.
That’s why it’s such a popular trope in science fiction:
Loneliness is universal. That’s in regards to humans, though. Cats
don’t read or write sci-fi.
Your cat isn’t Tom Hanks in Cast Away; she’s Tom Cruise in
To better understand the feline grieving process, I called certified
cat behaviorist Ingrid Johnson and told her about your situation. “This
is a super common misconception of humans,” she says. “The
cat might be missing her housemate, but it doesn’t mean that she
wants another cat.”
It’s one thing if she was howling, refusing to eat, or otherwise
acting strangely in response to the loss. But, by the sounds of it, she’s
doing great. What you see as “neediness” is probably just
her living her best life. “Sometimes when there’s a pair,
one is a little more outgoing and steals the show,” Johnson says. “Then
that one dies and the other one is like, ‘Oh, this is fantastic.’ It
can be pretty fun for them. They finally have the limelight.” Your
cat isn’t Tom Hanks in Cast Away; she’s Tom Cruise in Risky
Business, and her life is now “Old Time Rock and Roll” on
a loop. Do you really want to shut off the Seger?
The cat may be fine, but you guys can grieve her old companion any way
you want. This includes adopting another one, but you should make this
decision carefully to avoid ruining your current cat’s renaissance.
Johnson says that you have three options when it comes to adoption: “another
old codger, a pair of kittens, or nothing at all.” A senior female
cat will be well-matched, behaviorally, as they will both be content
to keep to themselves. A pair of kittens, meanwhile, will have each other
to play with so they won’t have to bug their older roommate for
attention. “This allows her to watch them like kitty TV and babysit
them if she’d like,” Johnson says, “but she also can
remove herself if she’s not feeling it.” Or there’s
the simple solution: Keep the current situation going.
Whatever your decision may be, don’t rush into it. We’re
not cats; we need time to adjust.
4, 2019: "You may have a cat in the room with you
without anxiety about anything except eatables. The presence
of a cat is positively soothing to a student." - Philip
Gratuitous Kittiness: This is what 137% cute looks like.
Cat Mewvie: Belly-Rubbing Time.
Feline Art: "Watch
the World Burn"
by Shannon May.
5, 2019: "Cats too, with what silent stealthiness,
with what light steps do they creep up to a bird!" -
Pliny the Elder
Cat Mewvie: "The Cat Piano",
featuring the voice of Nick Cave.
Finch (Of atomic polka band "Brave
Combo") as a D&D figurine.
6, 2019: "Some people say that cats are sneaky, evil,
and cruel. True, and they have many other fine qualities
as well." - Missy Dizick
Gratuitous Kittiness: The cat burglar's dilemma.
Cat Mewvie: Maru vs. The Sleeve
Feline Art: "Geometric
Cat". Artist unknown.
7, 2019: "How we behave toward cats here below determines
our status in heaven."
- Robert A. Heinlein
Gratuitous Kittiness: Synchronized mooching.
Cat Mewvie: Playtime!
Feline Art: "Chalkboard Cat",
to know before adopting a cat
by Gloria J. Towle
At some point in the majority of the lives of people all across the world,
we all long for a pet, a furry friend to help pass the time and make
life all the more sweeter. Some people prefer dogs, while some prefer
fish, or birds, but then there are the vast majority who prefer cats
and kittens to occupy their homes.
Cats can appear to be quite docile animals, felines that just want to
lounge around all day and don’t seem to require the amount of exercise
and play that other animals do, such as dogs. However, just as with any
pet that you bring into the home, cats can require a good deal of responsibility
on the part of the owner or the family who welcomes them. Cats are very
particular creatures, animals that want their independence and don’t
want to mess around unnecessarily in most cases.
Here are some tips to consider before you add a cat to your home.
Have them fixed immediately: Having your pet fixed can
help to keep them healthy and safe, as well as prevent prominently harmful
diseases such as infections and cancer that can develop as they age.
And it goes without saying; we all know the problems that come with multiple
Take your time adjusting them to family and other pets: Bringing
home a cat can be a huge adjustment, not just for you, but for
your furry feline friend as well. Often times, it can take a
cat up to seven to fourteen days to get adjusted and acquainted
to their new environment they have been brought to, so it may
take a bit of time to get them feeling comfortable in their new
surroundings. There are many things that you can do to ease the
time along, which can include things such as introducing your
cat to different family members or other pets, one at a time,
and letting them have their own space for a bit. Just remember
that this can be an overwhelming time and experience for your
cat, so letting them get used to it on their own terms is the
best way to go. Just remember to be patient with them.
Cats can live a long time: The majority of cat breeds that you
will see often have a life span that covers about 13 to 17 years; However,
there have been many cats that have been known to exceed this average
life span, and have lived to see 20 years or even a bit more. Make sure
you are ready for that commitment.
Always have water out: Yes, most cats steer
clear of being in water. But, did you know that cats need to
drink more water than most animals?
Keep nails groomed and invest in a scratching post: Even
with all the scratching that your cat will do throughout the
day once you bring them home, it is also a great idea to keep
your kitty’s claws trimmed and groomed every two or three
weeks. A scratching post will keep your furniture safe in the
process, the best thing that you can do is invest in a scratching
post that they can claim as their own territory to play with
and scratch on. Make sure to get one that is at least three feet
tall, which will allow your cat to stretch and play throughout
the day as they please.
Let your cat have their own, quiet space: Cats like to be independent
and have their own space the majority of the time. That said, one of
the best things you can do for your cat to help them get adjusted to
their new home is to dedicate a quiet space for them, such as a spare
room, or even a closet. You will want to choose a space, of course, that
is often free of children and other pets running around, where your cat
can retreat and spend time on its own. Also, make sure to dedicate this
space to their items, like their bed, scratching post, or even a toy
Brush your cat regularly: If you want to keep
the hairball messes at bay when you bring your kitty home, make
sure to brush and groom your cat yourself on a regular basis.