Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A Cat and My Normal Writing Routine

We are in the process of purchasing a new cat.

We haven't had a cat for awhile, because we were renting, and you know how landlords (many of them) don't allow pets.

Photo by: Mya Jamila, courtesy of Flickr
Now we're in our own home.

We promised our granddaughter that once the floors were done we'd get a cat, the main idea being getting any new pet takes some work and we didn't want to be knee deep in flooring when the cat arrived.

This morning she asked me, "So grandma, are the floors done yet?" She walked around pointing to the spots that weren't. She already knew the answer.

She told me she wanted a striped cat. My grandson added, "One like Garfield."

It seemed a good choice.

I started to think about all of the things we needed: a water dish, a food dish, a leash, cat toys, a kitty litter box, litter...

My husband said, "Remember, the cat will be a downstairs cat."

I envisioned a stop sign at the top of the stairs.

Photo by: Arlette, courtesy of Flickr

"I don't think he'll stay there," I said. "He'll have to be trained."

He smiled and we decided on a week from this Saturday. It seemed a good time, one in which we'd all be home to take care of the new kitty.

I thought about all of the time I spent writing, and hoped an addition to the family wouldn't cause too much initial grief. I wondered what the new striped cat would think about our home, about our work, about our cooking habits.

Would he be satisfied with his food? His sleeping quarters (downstairs)? The noise of the children?

I imagined a well-adjusted cat, one that slept a lot and didn't go for marking his territory or using the new blinds as a scratching post. A short-haired cat would be best, one that didn't leave cat hair everywhere I didn't want it.

I realized, that even if the cat was better adjusted than I was, I'd need to make an adjustment on my writing; if only to remind him that the potty was in the basement.


  1. I hope you and the new cat get along famously, Kathryn! We don't have a cat, but we have a dog. He's on the cover of two of my books and his name is Elliott. One of our sons has a beautiful tortoise shell (calico) cat named Sophia, though.

  2. Thanks, Deanie!

    I have also thought about getting a dog, but I hear if you're going to do that you need to get the cat and dog at the same time. Is that right? (You know, so they don't fight).

  3. What a Cute post! We have 2 cats and enjoy them both! I'm a writer & author, and my cats Know what mommy does when she sits at the computer!

    We have *Buttons* who is a BIG yellow stripped tabby, male...and we have little girl *Callie* who is just 1 1/2 girl calico. Someone dumped her in our parking area and Buttons found her. So I took her to the vet, she only had a few flea's, got her shots, got fixed, and now she is sister to Buttons!! They fill your Heart with Joy!

    Good Luck! Hope you check your animal shelter or Rescue sites first!! *Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon ...PS...Cats don't like walking a leash, too scary for them with cars & noises. :-)

  4. Hi Catherine, No wonder my last cat went crazy every time we put her on a leash! Thanks for sharing about your cats. Yes, we will be checking the animal shelters first. Should be fun!


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