Happy National Cat Day!


Happy National Cat Day, feline fans!

As a self-described “cat yenta” I can’t begin to tell you how many feline-human matches I’ve helped facilitate.

And of course, I have my very own, beloved, crazy tuxedo cat. I’ve cleaned up tons of cat poop and oceans of cat barf. He’s chewed through eight million cords. He’s always getting in the way of reading a good book. He sleeps on my head. He yanks on my hair while I’m sleeping. He yowls at me for food. He hides in the deepest recesses of the closet…. and I love him to pieces. He’s my constant companion. He purrs the second I touch him. He hops onto my lap the moment he has a chance. He nuzzles my hand. He head-butts me. He caught a mouse once. He’s been with me through everything from death to birth and everything in between. He’s 15 years old, and although he’s a skinny old dude, he’s still got plenty of pep.

Ryan and Icarus


This user-submitted post comes from Ryan. I absolutely love the name he gave his cat, Icarus, and his reasoning behind it. I can relate because my cats used to be fetchers and climbers in their younger years!

RyanIcarusIcarus was adopted a few months ago from a PetsMart in Sacramento. He is so named because the first thing he did upon being let out of his box was attempt to climb onto the stove, ascending to a dangerous height like his Greek namesake.

He plays fetch and is fond of dropping his toy on my face several times a day.

I like this picture because even though (or because) it’s blurry, I look happy, and I am wearing my best shirt.

Harry and Framboise

This man-cat combo is Harry (human) and Framboise* (cat – although, really, that seems kind of obvious…)

Harry’s fiance sent in these photos. She says Framboise is the “other love” of Harry’s life. Framboise is a Siamese cross, and “she is French, he is English. We moved to France for his job; he is a professional rugby player and signed for a French team,  then having moved to France he adopted a tiny kitten who took over his heart!”  All I can say is, I hope the other members of the rugby team send in photos of themselves with their cats.

*Is this not the best cat name? I gave my cats people-style names, but this is so cute and charming, and appropriate for a French cat. I believe it translates to “raspberry.”

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Joe and Skunk and Mitsy

This is my neighbor, Joe, and his cats Skunk (the black and white cat, obviously) and Mitsy (the polydactyl tabby). I always say Joe lives in the house of extreme cuteness due to his two adorable cats, plus two super adorable kids, and a sweet, cute dog (not to mention his lovely wife).

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