|Millie and Cat Lady Chic, courtesy of Carole.|
Friday, October 31, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Friday, September 5, 2014
|The original Gerber Baby.|
|Kippy, my 11-month-old baby.|
Saturday, August 16, 2014
It's move-in time on college campuses across the country, so let's spread the Cat Lady Chic gospel in dormitories! This cat should like visiting dorm laundry rooms during late-night hours.
Monday, August 4, 2014
Now that we've entered the last month of the dog days of summer, I keep wishing more and more that I had a swimming pool in my backyard. When I win the lottery, I want to build a pool that looks just like this one.
|Slim Aarons photograph of a swimming pool in the shape of a cat, Fontainebleau Hotel, Miami, Florida, c. 1955.|
Friday, August 1, 2014
Friday, July 25, 2014
Sunday, July 20, 2014
You can order this Cat Lady handheld mirror from Signals, a company that obviously understands Cat Ladies like to reflect on their title.
Who needs selfies?
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
How do you like me now, Pye?
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
We're not going to take it anymore! Together, we can reverse the stereotype.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Friday, July 4, 2014
Saturday, June 28, 2014
I was flattered that she had read my CAT LADY CHRONICLES and wanted to get acquainted over French food at a neighborhood bistro. I don't know why I was caught by surprise when, the moment I entered the restaurant, she exclaimed, "How is that Lucius? What a character!"
Yes, Lucius was something else. Although I felt sad informing her that Lucius had passed away one year ago this month, I confessed that I believe he lives on in my book and always will.
Lucius was a true character, yet he was so much more than a fictional character who appears in ten chapters of a book. Lucius was an all-consuming force of nature that took over our house for fourteen years, and sometimes Cat Man and I have the odd sensation that Lucius is still among us. I can't imagine ever finding another orange tabby like that Lucius.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
When I returned to Houston, I was very upset to learn that we had a flea problem in the apartment. Cat Man had purchased every pet-friendly pesticide in sight, but nothing was working. Our always sweet 14-year-old cats were grumpy.
I frantically called Dr. O., always my hero, who helped me evacuate our four cats from the apartment. Other than Lillie, who has visited the Cat Doctor clinic for subcutaneous fluids, our cats had not left their home for eleven years (Dr. O. makes regular house calls). Cat Man calmly took the wheel of our getaway car, which quickly filled with the sound of nervous cats crying.
After the exterminating service further saved the day, I reconstructed the interior of the apartment so that Lillie, T.J., Perkins, and the very particular Miss Tommie would find their food and water bowls, litter boxes, and bedding in the same familiar places. Back to Dr. O.'s to retrieve our beloved cats and reinstate them in the apartment.
The look on Lillie's face was priceless. Once a Mama Kitty, always a Mama Kitty. When I opened the door to her pet carrier, Lillie immediately strutted around her flea-free home and nodded approvingly. Her children also emerged from their carriers and conveyed their appreciation to me.
The moral of this long-winded story: Cat Lady flees from fleas!
P.S. If you live in Houston, one of the flea capitals of the world, I highly recommend Integrated Pest Management to get the job done.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
In Sandra Tsing Loh's new memoir "The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones," the author writes: "Your first husband is the provider; your second husband is the one who talks to you; my third husband will be a cat. If I am lucky."
Here's to my multifaceted Cat Man, who has provided a wonderful life to many a cat. The kids and I raise a glass to you on Father's Day. We are the lucky ones!
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Like millions of Cat Ladies, I want total world domination for cats.
Picture me standing at the center of this stage, and you'll understand my new ambition: 1M "Likes" for CAT LADY CHIC!
Help me, Cat Ladies, I know you're listening. We can take over a stadium and make our voices heard! Meanwhile, please chime in via https://www.facebook.com/catladychic
|Strait talkin' at AT&T Stadium/photo Getty Images|
Saturday, June 7, 2014
And to think that King George began his career singing while still a bobcat at Texas State University. There always has to be a cat connection with everything I do . . . .
So George, after you sing "Amarillo By Morning" to your 100,000+ adoring and screaming fans at the AT&T Stadium, would you perhaps consider adding "Catland Tomorrow Night" to your playlist?
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Lucius, especially, often pulled this trick on me. I would arrive home from PetSmart, nearly falling on my face from juggling multiple cases of his favorite Fancy Feast flavor: chopped grill.
Upon serving His Lordship, Lucius would look at me studiously. I was expecting a follow-up expression of gratitude, but instead I thought I heard him say, "Why did you buy this terrible food? I HATE this flavor."
Ah, memories. . . .
Saturday, May 31, 2014
It was easy to spot the hospital from a block away. A billboard-type sign, just like the kind you see outside a restaurant, advertised the daily special.
The sign read: NEUTER SPECIAL. Short, but not so sweet.
I can't speak completely for my male cats, but by the similar look on their faces after they had been neutered (now ages ago), I would venture to say that "special" was not at the forefront of their minds.
What is the "going rate" for neutering these days? How much should a Cat Lady pay for a "neuter special"?
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
There is a "crazy" theme that runs throughout my post, but it certainly does not apply to Cat Ladies (never!).
My thanks go to my colleagues at Yale University Press for inviting me to blog in their space. You can check out my post here: http://artbooks.yupnet.org/2014/05/28/museum-quality-books-the-shadow-behind-the-scenes-in-the-crazy-business-of-museum-publishing/#comments
Saturday, May 24, 2014
No, not that one. You know who. The bride who had a small, intimate affair today at Versailles or some such palace.
I am feeling nostalgic tonight about the kind of private family wedding where the woman to be married wore a tasteful bridal gown. And, if she was a Cat Lady, the bride not only wore white but also posed for her formal wedding portrait with her beloved cat by her side.
I was not a Cat Lady on the day I was married. But if Cat Man and I ever renew our vows, we'll need to find a venue with a sufficiently wide aisle to accommodate the procession of many furry ringbearers.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
I hope you will "Like" my new Facebook page announcing my next book, CAT LADY CHIC: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cat-Lady-Chic/538937699549807
You, fellow Cat Ladies, inspired me to write this book. I have brought together 100 images of notable and accomplished Cat Ladies who collectively prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the Cat Lady is "purr-fectly" chic!
As if "Liking" me isn't enough, I hope you also might consider this proposition. You can preorder your copy of CAT LADY CHIC today. Just click here:http://www.abramsbooks.com/Books/Cat_Lady_Chic-9781419714023.html
Saturday, May 17, 2014
How many times have you watched the video of Tara the cat, who instantly achieved heroic status when she chased down a neighborhood dog who was attacking her best friend?
Tara's friend is a human, no less : a defenseless four-year-old boy who was outside his house in Central California. The dog didn't know what hit when, and Tara has moved on to become a huge hit online.
Watching the video reminds me of when Cat Man and I first rescued Lucius. We had been living in our house only a few years before he arrived as a stray at our back door. Our neighborhood was considered funky then, although the realtors on both sides of the negotiating table emphasized that the area was up and coming. Strangers knocking on the front door at various hours, day and night, indicated otherwise.
Lucius was always suspicious of potential intruders, and I always knew that he would do for me as Tara has done for her family.
Thank you, Tara, aka Hero Cat, for silencing the naysayers. Cats are demonstrative creatures who profess their love and devotion to us every day.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Saturday, May 10, 2014
I have been trying to teach young (7 months) and impressionable Kippy about the joys of sharing his toys with Pye. "Let's not be greedy and selfish," I say to our newest furry kid. You live in Texas, a community property state.
How does Kippy respond? "Pye doesn't share, so why should I?"
Kippy has taken to taunting Pye by sitting on her favorite "Hail Britannia" carpet.
Is this TMI for your taste, or may I continue to share my tales of Kippy?
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Saturday, May 3, 2014
I recognized the familiar bottles of Acqua di Parma (Cary Grant's favorite cologne, so I hear from Cat Man) and D.R. Harris's freshening cologne. But the bottle of Sentry, a feline calming spray, gave me pause. Is this part of my husband's male bonding routine with Kippy? Is Sentry a Cat Man's go-to scent?
I hope you like this awkwardly framed still-life shot of what are apparently Cat Man's essential toiletries.
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Lydia, who is about to turn 14, was recently diagnosed with feline senility. She howls a lot during the night, wandering about our house, then calms down after hopping into bed beside me. One of the ways she gets her bearings is by grooming me.
Lydia likes to brush my hair with her paws and to lick my hands. She coos and purrs while doing so. Because my daily grooming by Lydia typically begins at 3:30 a.m., I whisper into her ears, "too early, too early." But nothing stops Lydia from keeping me in spitting-good shape.
Here is Lydia, personal groomer to this Cat Lady.
|What time is it? Groom time!|
Friday, April 25, 2014
Thank you, Purina One, for opening the first cat café in the US, right in New York City, and for partnering with the North Shore Animal League, the largest no-kill animal rescue and volunteer organization in the world.
In addition to ordering my cat'achino, I would like to request that Purina's current 4-day pop-up cat café pop up more often. Does 365 days a year sound good to you, fellow Cat Lady?
|Check out this frothy feline! And how about the Cat Lady's purple manicure?|
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
I want to assure you that I am honoring and obeying all of my new year's resolutions, which include ridding myself of any traces of cellulite.
Was this supposed to be my post on April Fool's Day?
Saturday, April 19, 2014
I can't help myself. It's thrilling to be living with a male kitten again (not that I don't appreciate the feminine fastidiousness of Princess Pye). Kippy has discovered that making lots of rough-and-tumble noise in the early morning gets instant results. The Cat Lady Sleep Deprivation Kit is currently under patent. . . . Seriously, Kippy is a joy, and I know that Lucius and L.B., too, would have loved him.
I haven't yet seen the Easter Bunny in our backyard, but here is Kippykins, who with his little pink ears is trying very hard to look like a rabbit.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
It had slipped my mind to notify Walgreens that Lucius passed away last June, and that I would no longer need to purchase a prescription savings card in Lucius's name. Yes, Cat Ladies, Walgreens issues these discounted cards to people's pets, although I often had to explain/justify to the pharmacist on duty that Lucius was indeed a furry creature who sent me to the store to have his Fluoxetine and Lantus prescriptions refilled.
Seeing Lucius's name on the envelope reminded me yet again of how quickly time passes for our precious pets. I can't turn back time, but I will allow myself to reminiscence about the nearly 10-year-period when Lucius, via his Cat Lady, was a regular shopper at Walgreens.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
For all you Cat Men out there, enjoy: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304157204579473352891772622
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
We both like Starbucks and cats, and Taylor and I purchased the same pet carrier for the safe transport of our kitties.
A black carrier makes a fashionably chic statement, don't you think?
|Superstar Cat Lady Taylor Swift, out and about with her cat Meredith in NYC!|
Saturday, March 29, 2014
I am excited to announce that I have already found a suitable mate for Pye, and it turns out the little guy first lived in our neighborhood. A woman recently discovered our new, snow-white kitty wandering up and down the street, where he was rescued and brought to live temporarily in the rooms that The Cat Doctor veterinary clinic reserve for homeless felines.
Kipling (Kippy for short), as we named him last night, would warm the heart of every Cat Lady. He is the sweetest cat I have ever met, and you know I have met many.
When I wrote earlier this week that "love may be right around the corner" for Pye, I wasn't kidding. I also didn't know that Cat Man and I would fall so easily for this fella only minutes after formally adopting him.
I could go on and on about Kippy's virtues, but let me simply introduce you to him. And, if you approve, I will let Pye know that there is the dearest, most innocent creature living on the other side of her bedroom door.
Cat Ladies and Gents, here's Kippy!
|Kipling, 6 months old, 6 lbs.|
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Cat Man and I think Pye is lonely, understandably. We have four senior cats in our house, and not one is interested in visiting the Pye Palace and getting to know our newest resident feline.
I've never had to consult the Internet before to adopt a cat in need of a home. Cats have always found their way to Catland, usually via the back door. So I was interested and inspired to discover the excellent, heartwarming descriptions of rescue cats available for immediate adoption.
My eye wandered to the bachelor section of cat shelters' websites, where I found very handsome kitties named Marcel, Frisky, Greg, Lionel, and Lance. I would have adopted any or all of them. Of course I would have, said the Cat Lady.
Something tells me, though, that a kitty will find us before too long, and I will leave Internet dating for another Cat Lady who seeks the perfect match.
Hang tight, Pye. Love may be right around the corner!
Saturday, March 22, 2014
I had the pleasure yesterday of meeting Sarah Johnston, the owner of the creamery, and we talked about our beloved kitties. Sarah named her thriving business after the feline she had rescued in Minneapolis and who answered to "Fat Cat." Her Fat Cat would have been delighted to visit this charming ice-cream parlor, where Cat's Meow Mexican Vanilla and other feline-titled flavors have people lining up outside the doors.
I consumed a milkshake for lunch and am still reeling (happily) from the sugar high. The handcrafted ice cream is over-the-top delicious, and the cat-themed decor is tastefully adorable.
Sarah describes herself as a "crazy cat lady," which, in her case, means she screams for ice cream and cats. I can't think of a more perfect equation.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Do you think Miley comes by her cat fancy naturally? Or has she been influenced by her godmother, country western's Number 1 attention-getter, Miss Dolly Parton?
Let's just call them both Cat Ladies, for short. I have my eye on Dolly as a Cat Lady for another reason. Details to come!
Saturday, March 15, 2014
I may need to start crowdfunding to upgrade my wardrobe. I am visualizing wearing this cat-print pink coat when I shop at PetSmart tomorrow morning.
And I will need an Extreme Makeover to look like actress Hailee Steinfeld, but that's another blog post.
| Another Hollywood Cat Lady? Hailee Steinfeld looks perfectly fetching in Miu Miu's|
Thursday, March 13, 2014
The judges' "I Want You" buzzer is what made me realize that we
Cat Ladies could launch a similar show, only ours will be named "The Meow." We hear the voices of homeless cats speaking to us, each in his or her unique way, and we hit the buzzer to profess our love. We adopt the cats on the spot: no prolonged auditions and battle rounds (or territorial turf wars) required.
We tell our own cats every day how much we want, need, and love them, so why not take our collective voices as Cat Ladies to the big stage known as reality TV. Move over, Juan Pablo, and all the bachelors of seasons past. It's time for Team Cat Lady!
"The Meow." Can you hear them now?
Thursday, March 6, 2014
This house belongs to Mr. T., who belongs to Heather.
Mr. T. is very particular about his environment. He favors calming, neutral colors and comfy carpets.
Despite the pensive pose that Mr. T. strikes in this picture, something tells me that he is a party animal after hours. I suspect Mr. T's kitty abode works overtime as a frat house.
Party on, Mr. T. Mice especially are welcome guests.
|Photograph courtesy of Mr. T.|
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
The Cat Lady has entered the building and is on the runway!
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Pye is approaching the 1-year mark, and she seems to be developing a keen sense of style. Before too long, she may be craving an Yves Saint Laurent purse or a Prada tote bag.
For now, Pye has adopted Catman's collectible binocular case as her It bag. The "bag" is sufficiently big for Pye to store her beloved treats inside, and she can drag its handle without putting too much pressure on her claws. (Next thing I know, she'll expect me to book her standing appointments for manicures.)
Check out Pye's British tan It bag!
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Following in the footsteps of Lucius, Leo loves classical music. Among our cable TV offerings is a channel called "Light Classical," and I knew Leo would enjoy listening to it tonight. My trusty remote landed on the channel just in time for us to hear a delightful piece from an orchestral suite. Clearly, the music captured Leo's fancy.
The "Did You Know?" sidebar on the TV screen explained that we were listening to one of the six sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti by Vincenzo Tommasini that accompany the ballet The Good-Humoured Ladies. The music was later arranged to be performed by an orchestra, as one of six movements.
What are the odds of a good-humored Cat Lady (I hope you think I am) and one of her cats being serenaded by the sonata known as the Cat's Fugue? This is the sixth movement, and I think its alternate title should be Serendipity.
Friday, February 21, 2014
I wonder if Gloria would consider enlightening her Cat Lady comrade by commenting on a fascinating feline phenomenon: why do cats like Van Gogh's paintings? Pictures prove that cats have often been inspired to create their own variations on a Van Gogh theme or subject, such as sunflowers.
This image is taken from the book Why Cats Paint, which another dear friend, Linda, found for me at Pegasus Books in New Zealand.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
Thinking about these two extraordinary cats seeing each other again brings me comfort during a distressing time. L.B.'s sudden death this past Monday was a punch in the stomach, a true shock to the system. To take my mind off the reality of losing L.B., I keep imagining Lucius greeting him on the proverbial stairway to heaven. Surely Lucius exclaimed, "Hey, Dude."
For L.B. was our dude kitty, a nickname that Heather's husband, Mark, bestowed on him many years ago. The dude description stuck, and L.B. wore it well, because he never failed to show his appreciation for typically guy things. L.B. liked the Super Bowl and snacks, curling up on the sofa and doing his best imitation of a couch potato. He was a Texas Longhorns loyalist to the end. Most of all, L.B. liked the ladies. And this Cat Lady was absolutely crazy about him.
Dear L.B., it was our great privilege to rescue you eleven years ago and to stand by your side ever since. We had no idea you were so ill, and that you were living with an incurable disease. Your stoicism, dignity, and loving heart will not be forgotten.
Rest in peace, our beloved CFO.
|L.B., CFO, Dude Kitty|
Friday, February 7, 2014
Sunday, February 2, 2014
I can't promise to watch every pre-game minute leading up to the Super Bowl. There is some serious competition, Cat Ladies. Touchdown, tabbies and torties, it's time for you and your fellow felines on the gridiron to show us what you've got:http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/kittenbowl
Let's get ready to rumble and tumble with the most photogenic starting lineup in the world. The NFL can only dream of drafting such acrobatic powerhouses as kittens.
Saturday, February 1, 2014
I can't remember the name of the vendor that specializes in "I Love You More" memorabilia in various shapes and sizes. I wondered if I should compete with "I Miss You More" plaques, because I believe my cats would buy them, if they had spare change, and would display them prominently upon my reentry at Catland.
Who missed me more while I was gone? Did Pye miss my dangling a feathered wand in front of her tiny face? Did Lydia miss my calling her "Richard"? (It's a long story.) Did Leo miss hearing me say, "it's time for the iPad"?
It's all silly, yet sentimental, stuff, and the list goes on for the daily rituals that sustain the cats and me. The simple truth is that I missed them more than they will ever know.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Friday, January 17, 2014
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
|Dame Barbara Hepworth and Her Cat, Nicholas. Photograph by |
Ida Kar, National Portrait Gallery, London
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Sunday, January 5, 2014
I wish I would have been bidding at a recent auction for this handmade hooked rug, made in the early twentieth century. The charming design featuring seated cats, surrounded by floral borders, reinforces the sentiment "there is no place like home"..., especially a home with cats.
|Photo from Conestoga Auction Co.|
Thursday, January 2, 2014
The Whiskas product description states that the "patented dual-pocket technology" now includes cheese inside each treat. The treats are 100% nutritionally complete and "balanced for all life stages," which, at the rate my cats were consuming the treats this past week, will likely mean their life stages will be defined by obesity. And yet, the Cheezy Middles contain no artificial flavors!