I’m a cat person. Yes, an ailurophile ( which according to Webster’s is a “cat fancier, lover of cats”). I’m sure those of you who have read the “About Me” section of my blog saw this coming. Sooner or later I had to do a post dedicated to…cats. Don’t get me wrong - I also love dogs. In fact, those who know me well know that I have a deep love and reverence for all animals…all life. But there’s something about cats... I live with 3 right now, but have loved and lived with many over the years. Maybe I love cats because they’re a lot like me - quiet, independent, love to eat and take naps...but back me into a corner and my claws are likely to come out. When my niece, Chloe, was little I asked her why she liked cats so much and she answered, “because they’re soft, you can pet them, they’re so beautiful.” Yes, Chloe, I think that sums it up very well.
For other ailurophiles out there, I’d like to recommend one of my favorite books, “Diary of a Cat” by Leigh W. Rutledge. This little gem of a book will make you laugh and make you cry. For everyone who’s ever been owned by a cat, it’s a “must read.” Just as the title suggests, the book is a diary "written" by a cat. I love entries such as this: “July 5 - Played with a catnip mouse. Knocked my head into a dining room table leg. Slept.” Other days are more active, of course, and through the cat’s point of view, the reader gets to know a delightful cast of characters, including Mrs. V, the cat’s human companion, and her neighbors. Trust me, if you have a cat in your life, I’m sure “Diary of a Cat” will become one of your favorite reads too.