Thoughts for Thursday – Just Photos

I love the cats I currently live with and I have loved many who came before them. I also

Winfield Found a Warm Spot

Winfield Found a Warm Spot

enjoy photography. Today I’m sharing some of my favorite shots of cats.





Lily talking up the Klepto Cat Mystery books

Lily talking up the Klepto Cat Mystery books




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Wild (and Sometimes Crazy) Wednesday – Gumby Cats

LilyChairDo you remember Gumby—the little green rubber guy you could bend into all sorts of shapes? (I just did a little research and discovered that Gumby was a clay figure—he has quite a history, check it out here:

Anyway, sometimes my cats remind me of lilycatnipIMG_2008Gumby or a rag doll when they fall into interesting positions and poses. Don’t you wish you could be as relaxed?

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Newsday Tuesday – More Cat Quotes

LilyLickingI couldn’t resist—there are so many wonderful quotes depicting the cat and I decided to share more of them today:

“I love them, they are so nice and selfish. Dogs are TOO good and unselfish. They make me feel uncomfortable. But cats are gloriously human.” L.M. Montgomery

“A woman who doesn’t love cats is never going to make a man happy.” Orhan Pamuk

“When I am feeling low all I have to do is watch my cats and my courage returns.” Charles Bukowski

“To err is human, to purr is feline.” Robert Byrne

“The problem with cats is that they get the same exact look whether they see a moth or an ax-murderer.” Paula Poundstone

“There is, incidentally, no way of talking about cats that enables one to come off as a sane lilyalyzayoldcamera-021person.” Dan Greenberg

“I was drawn to his aloofness, the way cats gravitate toward people who’d rather avoid them.” Rachel Hartman

“Like all pure creatures, cats are practical.” William S. Burroughs

“We need cats to need us. It unnerves us that they do not. However, if they do not need us, they nonetheless seem to love us.” Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

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Mindful Monday – Cats Can Provide Relief From a Stressful Campaign

lilysophie-030-2Do you remember being told how much easier life would be in the amazing age of technology? Oh yes, Technology would make life easier—give us more personal time. Yeah, right! (I say sarcastically.)

Now we have hundreds of channels on TV to choose from; the Internet constantly bombards us with information; we can’t get away from messages, texts, cell phone calls. We are more connected, more well-informed, and probably more stressed than ever before. Surely bad things happened to people before, but they weren’t so blatantly in your face as they are today. And what about the tension we feel when hearing about or watching the current election campaigning? I think many of us seek ways to escape the stress of this election nastiness. And some of us are turning to their pets.

Just look at how popular the concept of the service animal has become—many of these

The Party is Over

The Party is Over

pets are supposedly required for stress. I know that Lily and Sophie can sure be a comfort to me.

Here’s my recommendation:

  • Turn off your computer, phone, and TV more often and listen to the quiet.
  • Watch your cat and learn from her methods of handling herself throughout the day.
  • Take a nap with your cat.
  • Sit for a spell and pet your cat.
The cat that inspired the book series

The cat that inspired the book series

Let me know how this worked for you? Research proves that your blood pressure drops when you spend time with a pet. And that’s a good thing.

But you don’t have to be a researcher or physician or psychologist to understand why. Here are a few observations from people who appreciate cats and know how to put their thoughts into words:

“Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.” James Herriot
“I have lived with several Zen masters — all of them cats.” Eckhart Tolle
“I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.” Jules Verne
There are hundreds more such quotes. I’d love it if you’d share your favorites with me and my readers.


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Frivolous Friday – Cats in Unusual Predicaments

Fridgie FryPan checking out the stove.

Fridgie FryPan checking out the stove.

Today I want to share a site featuring some interesting stories about cats who get themselves in pickles—packed in shipping crates, for example. Here you’ll get a peek at the fastest cat, learn about cat burglars (like Rags in my Klepto Cat Mysteries), and cats who rescue their people. Check out here: You’ll smile, you’ll gasp, and you’ll marvel at the amazing creature we honor through this blog—the paw-some cat.

When Lily was a kitten, she rolled herself up in a section of newspaper like a burrito. We alyzaycats-081watched her do it. We laughed at her. But when I realized the poor little thing was stuck, I forgot about grabbing a camera, so we don’t have a picture of this mishap. Maybe you can imagine it. Once she’d finished rolling herself up, her whole body was tightly wrapped—even her front paws. All that showed was her cute little face, which, by now, had a rather frantic expression. I sometimes wonder what she would have done if we weren’t home.

Fortunately, our other cat, Sophie, is a shredder. So maybe she would have eventually chewed that newspaper off of her baby sister kitty and freed her.

We’ve closed Lily in cupboards, not knowing she had climbed inside to explore the pots and pans or baking dishes. We’ve closed her in a closet several times and have learned two things—1: Always leave that closet door open. 2: In case we forget to leave the door open, always check that closet before leaving the house.

Each time I found Lily in the closet, she was just sitting and waiting to be rescued. There was no yowling or even mewing. She wasn’t panicked. She always seemed to be waiting patiently for us to discover her.

What predicaments has your curious cat gotten into?


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Thoughts for Thursday – National Feral Cat Day

Kitten 2ullSizeRenderEarlier this month, we featured feral cats in this blog. I want to add more to that topic today. The official National Feral Cat Day was October 16. Alley Cat Allies established National Feral Cat Day in 2001 in order to raise awareness for this country’s enormous number of feral cats and to promote the trap-neuter-return program. Even though there’s one day set aside for feral cat awareness, I urge you to reach out and help feral cats all year long. Here’s a link you should follow for additional information and resources: Here, you’ll find a 010comprehensive directory of organizations formed with the feral cat in mind. Alley Cat Allies is a national organization, but there are also local organizations listed in case you need help with a colony you’ve discovered in your area. If you don’t see a listing for a group in your community, contact Alley Cat Allies. Here are a few organizations in CA: Feral Cat Coalition and Forgotten Felines.

For additional information about feral cats and how to help them, go to:



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Wild (and Sometimes Crazy) Wednesday – A Cat by Any Other Name

Maybe Cats Are Smarter, Too

Maybe Cats Are Smarter, Too

Ever heard of a moggie? You may see this term when you visit cat-related sites originating abroad. The term is widely used in the UK as an affectionate expression for a cat without a pedigree. Kind of cute, isn’t it? As with many terms and phrases, there’s a discrepancy as to where this one came from.

You have probably noticed my play on cat words in the titles of my Klepto Cat Mysteries. PAWtners instead of Partners; Purrfect instead of Perfect; MEOWvelous in place of Marvelous. And how did you like the latest title—The Amazing CATventure? Yes, I do take liberties—such as, Cabin FURvor, CATnapped, and PAWsitively…and I take license with well-known phrases, as well—Sleight of Paw, Cats in Cahoots, Mansion of Meows, and Claws for a Cause.

While pawing through the Internet this week, I found a couple of other terms I thought you’d get a kick out of: Ridezilla is a cat that howls on the way to the vet. Preoccupootion refers to the look of concentration on a cats face while she sits in the litter box.

Do you have any you’d like to share? I think all cat people come up with interesting terms and phrases from time to time.

And what about endearing terms for your cat (or the opposite)? Certainly, a cat who img_0201doesn’t follow the household rules and jumps up on the counter when you’re not looking, chews on your house plants, drags your undies out when you have company, digs in your guests’ purses, shreds paper money, etc., can inspire interesting names.

Lily has a kidney condition and she creates huge clumps in the litter box. I call her “Pee-body.” When she does something silly, I might refer to her as “Lily Noodle-Doodle.” Right now, she’s curled up in my lap—she’s my “Furry-Purry Girl.” What terms do you use with your cats?

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Newsday Tuesday — A Charming Feline Guest Blogger

sneakyblogimageMeow, there. It’s Sneaky from the Cobble Cove mysteries dropping in to visit my friends at Catscapades. I recently interviewed Rags from the great Klepto Cat series for my new blog at I am still on the prowl for new guests, so if any of you cat characters out there would like to be interviewed, please ask your author to send an email to me at I also welcome guest posts from real life cats as long as they are of interest to cats and their humans.

As a library cat, my main pawcus is litter-ature, so if your author or reader has any cat-related news or reviews, please send them my way. Although my author, Debbie, transcribes my writing, I assure you she makes no changes without my purrmission.

Since Debbie’s next book is coming out on October 12th, I thought I’d include an enticingbetweenarockandahardplacesolsticecover kibble bit about it with an excerpt in which I star. If you haven’t read the first book, A Stone’s Throw, I would recommend you do that, although both books can be read as standalones. In the first mystery, you learn how I ended up being the Cobble Cove library cat, and I help the main human character, Alicia, find a very important clue in the library.

Here is an excerpt from book 2:

This is where I am the center of attraction during a Cobble Cove library story time:

Laura opened the staff lounge, and Alicia followed her in flicking up the light switch next to the door. The room into which they walked was cozy with a few tables covered by red and green holiday tablecloths that Vera had recently purchased in town, and chairs similar to the one in Sheila’s office that she’d promised to replace soon with padded ones. There was a small refrigerator and a counter with coffee maker, mugs, and sweeteners.

Laura continued through the room to the back door framed by a cat flap. She put her finger to her lips.

“Shhh. He might be sleeping. That would be great. We can catch him unaware.”

She opened the door slowly and tiptoed through. Alicia followed on her toes, as well, the squeals from downstairs reaching a crescendo as the two women entered the storage/cat room.

Sneaky was indeed sleeping, nestled into the cat bed they’d moved from under the local history collection downstairs; but, like most felines, he was alert to the slightest noise. As Laura and Alicia entered the room, one brown ear flap lifted and Sneaky’s left eye opened a slit.

“Uh, oh. He’s heard us.” Laura bent down and unlocked the top and bottom hinges of the cat carrier. Sneaky, hearing the familiar sound, jumped up from his bed.

“Oh, no you don’t, Mr. Sneak,” Laura said. She signaled to Alicia to block the exit as she ran across the room and scooped Sneaky up in her arms in one fell swoop. Then, rushing back to the carrier, she pushed him in and secured all four hinges that closed the door.

“Amazing,” Alicia said. “You’re such an expert at catching cats. I had one before I married my first husband, and my mom and I always had such a difficult time getting him to the vet. We had to close all the rooms in our house, and he would still run under the couch.”

Laura laughed. “I’ve had lots of practice. I grew up with a house full of kitties, and I’ve also done animal rescue. Mr. Sneak is no match for me.”

She picked up the case as Sneaky began to meow, his bellows mixing with the children’s wails from below. “Let’s get going before some of those kids start throwing up from excitement.”

Alicia, abandoning her guard post by the door, followed Laura and the caged cat down to the Children’s Room. Parents, mostly mothers and a few fathers, were lined up around the room as their children, ranging in age from two to five, sat in a circle Indian-style around a chair. Jean was handling crowd control and had selected and arranged some picture books on a cart next to Laura’s seat.

As soon as Laura entered the room carrying Sneaky, the group went wild. Jean, assisted by some of the parents, had to restrain the children from opening the cat carrier. Sneaky had quieted down but had scuttled to the back of the box. Alicia knew it would be difficult to extract him until the noise level dissipated.

Laura excused herself as she carried Sneaky to her reading chair and placed the carrier beside it. She put a finger to her lips in the stereotypical librarian “shushing” gesture.

“Quiet down, children. Sneaky will be too frightened to come out if you are too loud.”

Alicia noticed Walter on the other side of the room. He was ready to clean up any mess the cat or the kids might make. Donald and Vera were also looking on from the sidelines, ready to return to their posts at Reference or Circulation if any patron needed them. Alicia was surprised Sheila wasn’t there, as she usually attended all library programs. She wondered what the director was working on that might be so important.

Laura sat in the center chair.

“Okay, kids. If this is your first time at Sneaky Storytime, let me go over the rules. I have a few books to share with you this morning. After I read them, I will allow you to come up, one at a time, to pet Sneaky on my lap. You will have to be very quiet, or he will run away.” She looked toward Walter who took his cue and drew the room dividing panels closed. Since the panels were opaque, Donald and Vera could still keep watch on the front desk.

“One other announcement before we begin,” Laura continued. “Sneaky is also having a special guest today. He will be joining us in just a few minutes.”

This was a surprise to Alicia. Who could be the cat’s special guest? Laura’s words were met with claps and yaaays from the kids.

Too bad my guest ends up stealing my limelight, but you have to read the book to find out who he is.

I guess I should also mention that I am modelled after one of Debbie’s cats, Oliver, a 16-year old Siamese. I am a younger version of him with more acting and writing experience.

I hope you will buy my author’s books, so she can afford to spoil her two cats in the manner in which they are accustomed. Debbie also has plans to continue the Cobble Cove mysteries, and I have requested that she give me more fur-raising scenes. Because I share the books with Fido, a golden retriever and a few pets that make cameo appearances, I have to “litter”ly beg for my parts.

So here are the links to these pawsome books: Cobble Cove Book 1: A Stone’s Throw; Book 2: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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Mindful Monday –Your Cat’s Snuggle Habits



Is your cat a cuddler or does he prefer to sleep and nap alone? I find cats’ snuggle habits (or lack of) interesting. I’ve had standoffish cats who would only allow you to pet them on occasion—practically giving you full petting instructions. You know the type; they present their butt and encourage a little scratching above the tail. They might head-butt you, but if you rub their fur the wrong way, they’ll also give you a nip with their teeth or roll over and unsheathe their claws.

There are cats who can’t get enough attention—they lily8months-037shamelessly throw themselves at you, jumping into your lap every time you sit down, sleeping on your pillow at night and purring so loud, you can’t fall asleep… This cat is in your face, wrapping herself around your ankles and climbing up your leg in order to seek attention.

In my world, a cat’s fur is meant to be petted. Who can resist wanting to cuddle with an adorable cat? And how disappointing to be in the company of a gorgeous untouchable feline.

Some people appreciate aloofness in cats. They’d rather look across the room at a lovely cat, relate to the cat at a bit of a distance and some cats prefer that, too.

What is your cat preference? The snuggler or the unapproachable cat? The friendly kitty or the cat who’s remote and standoffish? Do you enjoy your cats up close and personal or would you rather put her on a shelf and gaze at her from a distance?

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Frivolous Friday – Would a Cat Really Do That?

cat-eye-cover-final-sm1I have a lot of fun writing my Klepto Cat Mystery stories. As some of you know, there’s been quite a surge of cozy mysteries with cats coming out in recent years. I’ll be sharing information about a new series featuring Sneaky, a library cat soon. Watch for it next Tuesday. Sneaky wrote the guest blog all by himself—well, maybe with a little help from his author.

Some authors feature talking and thinking cats in their cozy mysteries. And that’s fun—imagining what the cat is thinking—seeing things from the cat’s perspective. There’s nothing wrong with that and there are many fans who prefer the talking/thinking cat. When I started writing the Klepto Cat Mystery, however, it didn’t occur to me to give the star cat a voice. I promote Rags as an ordinary cat with some extraordinary habits. He also has an exceptional sense of intuition. Even the local detective, Craig Sledge, sometimes relies on Rags’s instincts.

He has led authorities to missing persons. He escaped once from his house in order to help a lost and ailing cat he saw outside. He snuggled with her overnight keeping her warm until they were discovered and rescued. He was brought into the Sheriff’s station in order to see if he could identify a murderer—twice. And he did so in his catlike way. Rags is the one who found a little girl who had been kidnapped and he kept his feline friend Dolly safe when they were left to die in the rugged mountains.

Rags has an incredible sense of who to and who not to trust and he’s developed some interesting methods of revealing this information to his people.

Yes, he’s one amazing cat, but he also causes his share of trouble throughout the pages of

Portrait of a Cat

Portrait of a Cat

the Klepto Cat Mysteries. His primary naughty acts involve escaping out into the world. But how else would we get some of these fascinating scenarios with him if he were closed up in the house 24/7?

In the latest book, Rags and Dolly escape from Dolly’s new home. The people who made the new screen for the bathroom window didn’t get a very good fit and the cats noticed this and took advantage of it. As a result, Rags and Dolly have two full days of adventure, most of it caught on various home and business surveillance cameras, which are confiscated and reviewed in order to discover what the cats were up to during that time. It’s important that they know the cats’ travel route because Rags comes home with a clue to a missing person.

Haven’t you always wanted to put a GoPro camera on your outside cat to find out what he does every day? Well, here’s your chance to follow Rags on one of his CATscapades. Order your print or Kindle copy here now:  


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