“Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.”  James Herriot

A while back we had to put our cat down.  She left unexpectedly and rapidly.  Our period of grieving was intense, yet we never labeled her as our “last cat”.  She had brought too much love, acceptance, and joy into our lives.  As the grieving turned to fond memories we began looking for another cat.

And so we come to Grandma’s Guide to Getting Another Cat:  Whenever someone offers condolences over your loss, simply mention that someday you intend to get another cat.  Cats come raining down from the heavens.  Everyone it seems has, or knows someone who has, a spare cat. However, our criteria for a cat who would qualify to be part of our life is rather exacting.

First, the cat has to be declawed, neutered, and litter box trained.  Those are the basics.  Second, the cat has be a lap cat who likes NASCAR.  Light of my life is a NASCAR fan and our cat generally sat on his lap to “watch” NASCAR with him.  His wife is not a NASCAR fan and generally leaves the room after the first few crashes.  No crashes, and I’m out of there sooner.

Which brings us to our oldest son.  His oldest son moved away, with new wife, and left behind two cats.  His favorite daughter was deployed and left behind two more cats.  The two pairs of cats are not best friends and need to live in separate areas of their house.  Cutting to the chase – we’re taking in a brother and sister.


Smokey and Bandit aka Lo and Behold

Their present names are Smokey and Bandit.  I’m voting for a change.  Looking for a cat?  Lo and Behold!  We’ve got cats!  And soon, we too will have cats.

Loveya – The Grandma


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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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