Drama in a Multiple Cat Household

arizonaandmore-010We have only three cats. Our maximum in recent years was four. Although I know many people with oodles more cats and I, myself, had a total of eleven at one time—years ago.

I’m pretty sure that most people don’t say, “I want two cats,” or “I’d like to have just one,” or “I think I’ll adopt four cats.” For most of us, cats come into our lives rather unexpectedly. So the one you adopted from the animal shelter is soon joined by a neighborhood stray who needed a home, and they may soon be joined by a kitten your daughter found on her way to work one day and on and on and on…

I sense a lot of nodding heads out there. And then, of course, there are those wonderful kitty angels who open their homes and their hearts to foster cats, elderly and ailing cats, formerly feral cats, and kittens who have lost their mothers, for example. You are definitely a special breed of cat person.

We currently have three kitties in our household. When problems arise, it can seem like more than twelve. And problems can come up anytime you bring animals into your house. There can be (and probably will be) medical problems, behavior problems and personality problems among a household of one to twenty-one cats. There are decisions to make—should I feed raw food, what changes can I make to keep Max from urinating on the carpet, how can I keep Lily from eating Sophie’s food, which medical or holistic remedy should I choose, should the cat be allowed to go outside sometimes, how can I encourage the cats to sleep in their beds instead of on the furniture, why does Lily lose control of her bladder while sleeping, sometimes, and on and on and on.

If you have cats, you probably spend a lot of time searching online for answers to your cat-related questions. And then you probably spend more time trying to decide which of the responses will work for your kitty. For tough issues, after seeing your veterinarian, you may consult with someone outside of the medical field—an animal acupuncturist, for example. We’ve been trying to find beef kidney to feed Lily after a consultation with a holistic veterinarian. And I once had a pet psychic visit for Max.

Yes, a few or a household full of cats can make life interesting. And it is some of these interesting experiences, quirks, challenges and issues that make my Klepto Cat Mystery stories appealing to cat people. Some reviewers for Catnapped, the first book in the series, comment more on the cats in the story than they do the people and the mystery.

If you like cats, you might enjoy reading Catnapped. The main cat, Rags, is patterned loosely after my mother’s cat, Smokey. He’s a one-of-a-kind, confident guy and he’s handsome, too. In my story, Rags is a kleptomaniac and this, along with his extreme curiosity, is what helps him to always be involved in solving the crime at hand. Order your copy for your Kindle here: http://amzn.to/14OCk0W Learn more about the book here, and read some of the reviews: http://www.matilijapress.com/Catnapped/index.html

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