Friday Guest Cat Blogging

From Rob:

Hello Chris,
Thanks for your site! I have been a reader since maybe 2004/05, and you were my connection back to the States when I lived in China.

This chill fellow is Whispy, and he is the coolest cat I have ever met. He loves everyone, including the dog, who he learned a lot of mannerisms from (we got him from the pound at 12 weeks old, and the dog is his adopted mom). My son set up the picture, and please don’t judge me from the bud lime – it was leftover from a potluck.

Thanks again, and keep up the great work!

From Pat:

It’s Friday! I hope you will enjoy these photos of our two cats, Black Cat and Bad Cat.

Black Cat’s proper title is Opium Death-Blossom. Here, she creates a pleasing artistic arrangement with an oriental rug.

This is our other black cat, (Huài M?o), in a rare moment of sitting still.
I am sure he wishes you a happy lunar new year, filled with roosters.

I never owned a black cat until recently. We adopted both of them as strays from friends at different times, and by coincidence they are both black, but they are very different. She is easygoing, round, soft and shy and sedentary. He is energetic, wiry, alert, assertive, and imagines himself as quite the hunter.

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Thanks so much to Rich for sending in a picture of his cat. This is the best thing that I’ve seen all week. (Granted, that’s not saying much considering all the news coming from DC at the moment..)

Send me an email at with your cats! (Or even if you just want to say hi).

Hi Chris,

Been a fan of your blog since the beginning (2003?) – I don’t comment all that often, but if I do, I use the screen name Oppledot. I have submitted once before when you asked people to send in their favorite coffee mug. I sent you my Marvin the Martian mug, and it was fun to see it posted!

This is Joe – he adopted me when I found him at the Humane Society in Minneapolis in 1998. He had just been weaned from his Mother. Over the years, Joe has lived in multiple locations in 2 States, been an indoor and outdoor cat, and has had so many adventures – any other cat would be very envious.

This Spring Joe will turn 19 years old (the picture was taken in 2008). He is in his twilight years for sure. His eyesight is 90% gone, if not completely, he has thinned down considerably and is the most finicky eater.

I could go on for pages about how much this guy has affected most of my adult life – he will be gravely missed when he decides that enough is enough.

Fun fact – He is polydactyl – 27 toes, making his front paws two of the best mouse-catchers I have ever seen. A true Hemingway Cat!



and Joe (AKA – Bubbles, Bubba, BeeBoo, JoeJoe, and “Ouch, that hurts when you bite my chin!!”)

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I’m traveling today and will be back early next week. Have a safe weekend everyone. If you would like me to post a picture of your cat for next Friday, send submissions to

From Maggie:

Christmas and New Year’s greetings, Chris!

Here is my submission for your guest cat series. These cats are my family of ferals. When this photo was taken, the kittens were about a year old. The mama cat [second from the left] had been coming to my house for meals for some time and then brought her babies when they were old enough to venture.

All are still with me, but now neutered and with posh outdoor shelters for crummy weather.

Thanks for your blog!

From Andrea:

This is my MIL’s cat Poo Bear. He’s a really fluffy orange and white kitty that’s getting on in his years. Recently he got hit by a car and has a piece of metal in his lower jar, so he can’t close his mouth all the way. He’s super chill.

Also from Andrea:

Sherbert lives with my MIL but was originally my husband’s cat. One day Sherbert showed up on his doorstep so he gave him a piece of ham. Sherbert decided to adopt my husband after that. He’s the kind of cat that has to stay indoors permanently because he’ll try to make friends with all the animals outside, including those that want to pick fights with him.

Friday Guest Cat Blogging

I’m going to be taking the next few days to relax which means staying away from the internet and news at all costs. I hope everybody has a safe holiday and enjoy what time we have left before January 20th because shit is about to get real.

Today’s Guest Cat Blogging is brought to you by Marnie who was awesome enough to send me in three pictures and stories of different cats. Send me an email at if you want to submit some pics for next week’s Guest Cat Blogging.

I have followed your blog for years and love it! in fact out of the hundreds of bookmarks I have accumulated over the years, Cynical C is my second ever bookmark in the history of ever. In the spirit of Christmas, here is my magnificent bastard Stevie (11 years old) with his bow! I also included another photo to show him in all his massive glory (he’s not fat! he’s big boned! lol)

This is Vinnie. Shortly after my mother passed away this little black kitten would show up in my garden to see me, he would just appear there beside me. It was like he knew I was grieving and was trying to make me smile. He kept coming back, but each time he was worse for wear, he tangled with a skunk and lost, he’d come all beat up after taking on some big cat, or full of burrs. I’d see him come, limping up like a tough gangster, so I thought Gangster Vinnie was a great name and rescued him. I brought him back to health and had a great 5 years with the little gangster until he got very sick and passed away. RIP Vinnie.

Backstory: I moved to a new neighbourhood and would see an awfully rough looking stray that would never come to me, the neighbours told me he had lived on the streets for 8 years, was terrified of humans, and no matter what I tried, he would never let me touch him.
After 2 years of trying to get this cat to let me come near him, winter was upon us once again, and it was damn cold. So I put out an insulated small house, with food and water in it hoping to coax him to it. It worked and after about three months he finally let me touch him for the first time! He came inside for the first time later that winter. The vet said he was in bad shape internally from eating rodents and trash and who knows what over the years, and that all his teeth were broken or gone, and he didn’t have long left.
Mickey lived another great year and a half, full of trips to places and love, and cuddles. The thing that makes me happiest is that he knew and felt compassion, finally.

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It’s cold out today. Miserably cold. And I’m far behind on christmas shopping. Mrs. C’s birthday is early in December which means that by the time my job is done figuring out a fantastic birthday gift, I have to go back to the drawing board to find something for Christmas.

Have a safe and pleasant weekend. If you want me to post your cat next week, send me an email at

From Patrick:

Meet Emperor Joshua Norton II. Happy holidays!

Friday Guest Cat Blogging

I usually do this segment a week ahead of time. Mostly because readers send me cat photos while the current FGB post is at the top and then I never know how hectic the end of the week will be for me. If somebody takes the time to send me a picture for this segment then I want to make sure the post is ready to go for next week. I really do appreciate these.

Send me your cat pics to and I’ll have them ready for next week.


From Attila:

This is my mother’s cat from Hungary…

Love your blog!


From Stewart:

This is Bugalugs (ginger mongrel) who is 18 and Fredy (spotted lilac Australian Mist) who is 2.

Bugalugs is in his twilight years and a bit arthritic, Fredy keeps him company all day and helps keep him clean.

From Mike K:

My cat Jester doing his best Bill the Cat impression


Here’s my old Russian Blue, Dusty, sporting a nice weekend blep. She eats daily at 6 and 6, but knows the clock well enough to start howling exactly at the 5:00’s and if she doesn’t have her face in a bowl of food by 6:05, she will slash your elbow with a well-honed claw and make you bleed. She rules the other two cats in the house with an iron paw, they have in the past teamed up against her and come away lacking.