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Authors and Their Cats – Part II

When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction.

The above comment was penned by the famous author, Samuel Clemens, otherwise known as Mark Twain. Evidently, he had a real thing about cats. Another quote from Twain regarding cats goes like this:

I simply can’t resist a cat, particularly a purring one. They are the cleanest, cunningest, and most intelligent things I know, outside of the girl you love, of course.

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In Authors and Their Cats – Part I, I shared the fact that this novelist/author/writer did not come into a love of cats naturally. In fact, had it not been for my daughter, Rhonda, I might never have discovered what great pets cats can be.

However, even though I love my cat, I can’t say he inspires my writing. I very much enjoy the fact that he is in my lap if he wants to be, or sleeping on the window sill if he wants to be, or wandering about the house if he wants to be. He doesn’t blather all over me like a dog (though I quickly add I have nothing against dogs). But he doesn’t inspire my writing.

There’s just something peaceful about a cat – I think that’s what I enjoy most. And I do have to agree with Twain about a purring cat. It definitely is soothing to hear – and to feel. But still and all, he doesn’t inspire my writing.

What precipitated this line of thinking was this fascinating and interesting article.

Like most writers I was familiar with Hemingway and his famous six-toed cats, but this long list of authors and the cat-loves of their lives was a total surpriseBe A Novelist to me.

So now I’m even more thankful that God saw fit to bless me with a cat-loving daughter, so I could then become a bona fide, honest-to-goodness author. Not because I have authored 50+ books, but because I am a cat lover as well. (Tongue-in-cheek!)   Yea me!

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Authors and Their Cats – Part I

Cats are Outdoor Animals

As an author, I guess I’m supposed to love cats. However, had I not given birth to a bona fide cat person, I probably never would have had a cat of my own.

In my growing up years, cats were outdoor animals. This was especially true on my grandparents’ Kansas farm. Cats ran wild in the haymow to keep the mice population under control. I never remember being able to catch one. Nor did I particularly want to try. (I wasn’t into pain and their claws were like needles.)

Fast forward to when my daughter comes into my life and by the time she is three or four is dragging cats home that she finds in the neighborhood. “She doesn’t belong to anyone,” she would insist, holding a cat nearly as big as she was. “She was all by herself.”

I was mystified. Unlike me, she had absolutely no fear of claws.

Cats are Still Outdoor Animals

Upon our move to a rural area, I promised Rhonda she could have many cats. I was good to my word; and I learned how fast they could reproduce. Rhonda was in heaven. She was in fifth grade before I met another bona fide cat lover (an adult) and learned more about my daughter’s feline penchant. Her behavior began to make more sense to me. It was still a rule at our house that cats are outdoor animals.

When a kitten got lost – or worse yet, got killed – the agony and the grief this girl endured was difficult for me to fathom. My mind kept saying, “It’s just a cat.” But I never uttered those words aloud. She was absolutely crazy about cats.

Now a House Cat

Another fast forward (to post-divorce days), Rhonda and I are living together – along with her cat. She is now in her mid-twenties and the older she got, the smaller the house became. Also I wasn’t too pleased about there being a house cat in my midst. Rhonda was getting antsy as well, ready to fly the coop.

“I can’t wait till she has a place of her own,” I would mutter to myself, “for her and for her cat.

“Help Me Choose a Cat…”

The day came. Rhonda moved into her own apartment. I was free to spread my writing and research work throughout the entire house (it was a small house). One month after she moved, I called her and said (I am not making this up), “Rhonda, would you please go to the SPCA with me and help me choose a cat?”

Be A NovelistAfter her laughter died down she said she would. Now all these years later, I have been through three cats and have loved each one of them. Not like Rhonda loves them, but still and yet, in my own way I love them. And now it’s never just a cat.

[In the photo is my third and present cat, Oscar, as he rests — and rules — on the sill of my office window. I think he’s beautiful. And he does too!]Be A Novelist

So now, thanks to my daughter, I can join the legions of authors who are noted for their devotion to their feline friends.

More about authors and cats in Part II.

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In the six-month writing course that I call the Be A Novelist, Six-Month, Finish-My-Novel Challenge we talk a great deal about what might stand in the way of your novel creation! It will be like looking into a mirror as you see yourself more clearly. This course offers six full months of guidance and instruction. Guaranteed to light a fire under your novel-writing attempts and to launch you into a pattern of consistent writing! Details right here!

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