ABOUT FRAN

You know, I like that term, “crazy cat lady.”  It’s so cute, and so apt. We cat women — and men — tend to get a little carried away in matters concerning our favorite cats.  We can’t help it — we love them. However, at my mature age of 80, I believe I’ve earned the…


WHY DO CATS REACT TO CATNIP?

Have you ever wondered why cats react to catnip?  They can get downright silly just from sniffing the herb, or getting it on their fur.  Is it good for them, or is catnip a dangerous kitty drug?  Read on, to get some answers on the subject. Catnip (Nepeta catarea) is a perennial herb, a member…


HAVE YOU FOUND YOUR PURRFECT PET COMPANION?

I was fortunate — I did find my purrfect pet companion. In my 80 years on Planet Earth, I’ve almost always had a cat in the family. My last cat, Carlos, was with me for 12 of his 14 years. For the last six years, we were together most of the time, as I had…


BOOKS OFFER INCREDIBLE CAT STORIES FOR THE AVID READER

I thought I might explain the significance of the name of this website,  “The Literate Cat.” I may be cantankerous, but I pay close attention to my cat friends and learn what kind of cats they are. When I meet a new feline, I can tell after getting acquainted a bit if he is a…


CONTEMPORARY CAT TREES CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR CAT’S WELL-BEING

Your cantankerous cat lady has some things to show you today.  We are going to look at some contemporary cat trees, items that will prove very useful for those of you who insist on keeping your cats inside.  These innovative items are ideal for city cats, where outside safety is far from guaranteed.  They are…


THE CAT RAISED THE DOG ON MY ALASKAN HOMESTEAD

On my Alaskan homestead, the cat raised the dog.  It’s true — the dog was just a puppy when he arrived at my place, known as Banjo Beach, on Spruce Island.  He had no mother or father to teach him about the world, and the only other creatures there besides me were three cats.  He…


PRESENTING MY TEN FAVORITE CAT BREEDS

Since I am old and cantankerous, I believe I am allowed to select my favorite cat breeds from the 200+ different ones that can be found in this world of ours. Here are pictures and information about the ones I like best. If you have a favorite that is not on this list, let me…


CATS THAT MAKE YOU LAUGH CAN HELP YOUR HEALTH

If you have ever shared a home with a cat or two, you have undoubtedly laughed many times at their crazy cat antics. I have shared lodgings with cats for my entire life, and have been amused every day at their  cat capers. They say that finding humor in our life helps keep us healthy,…


CAT HEALTH CARE INFORMATION: WHAT ARE YOUR CAT’S NEEDS?

Your cantankerous cat lady would like you to remember:  A cat is not a dog.  Cats are very adaptable, as long as their simple needs are met.  In this post, I will cover some basic cat health care information and how you can meet these needs. HOW DO YOU INTRODUCE YOUR NEW CAT TO A…


FRIENDS WITH FUR HAVE FILLED MY LIFE WITH JOY

All my life I have gained much pleasure from my friends with fur. If you have shared this experience, ask yourself what it is about a cat’s character that makes him so special? What traits add up to “catness”? What happens in that furry head to make him act as he does? Here is a…


ANCIENT EGYPTIAN CAT GODDESS SETS STANDARDS FOR CATS

If you have ever noticed that your cat seems to think that he owns you, instead of the other way around, consider this:  The cat is descended from gods and goddesses. Perhaps this is more than we can say for ourselves.  The ancient Egyptian cat goddess, Bastet, could transform from human to cat whenever she…


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