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Super Sweet and Sad Caturday Gratitude

If you love cats, sharing makes us purrrr :-)

Edits 2021 in orange. This Caturday is a mix of sweet and sad, funny and gratitude with videos and our “pay it forward” gift, a shareable #CatThanks graphic.

A U.K. pub where you can enjoy a pint with kitty companions has garnered much press this week. Pub cats or mascots are a common in the U.K. but not by the dozen. At the Bag of Nails pub, in Bristol, 15 kitties call it home. They are a huge hit, giving cat cafes a run for their money with the growing trend to mix commerce and cats. In the U.S. we have health code restrictions against that kind of furry interaction.

Edit 2021: Since the original post, a documentary came out about the Pub Cats. Oh, what a delightful surprise.

We haven’t posted much this week but got back into posting more on Facebook and Instagram. It’s been a rocky week with Merlin and our vet on speed dial. He’s rebounded but there were several times I was more than ready to let me him go. His vet reminded me otherwise from her 50 years of being a feline-only vet. We’re getting there but we’re honoring Merlin’s journey by not cutting it short. He’ll be expressing his views, loudly on Monday. (Aw, I miss that boy!)

We’re heading (too fast for my liking) towards the holiday season beginning with Thanksgiving. This year, I’m approaching it with equal parts joy, gratitude and dread. It’s been a tough time for many of us. Stress is at record levels. Every year I commit to doing less of what doesn’t bring joy.
This year, let’s focus on what matters and let go of the rest.

EDIT 2021: Another joy to find out Sherry is still blogging, writing amazing poetry.

I’ve hardly blogged at my other blog Boomer Muse, but during Blog 4 Peace Day, a blogger from Canada left a comment. She’s not a cat or pet blogger but something guided me to visit her at StarDreaming. She posted a poem she recently wrote that spoke loudly to me of love, loss and letting go. I emailed Sherry, the blogger and asked permission to create a post around the poem “Letting Go”, she kindly said yes. I didn’t have time but I made time and the act of writing someone else’s powerful words in a new form slowed time to a stop like magic.

I loved the poem six years ago but reading it again blew me away. It’s a treasure. See for yourself. Letting Go.

During this time of holiday frenzy, I encourage you do be guided to do what your feeds your soul first and your belly second.
A stranger reached out to me and inspired me. I’m passing her wisdom on to you and now you can do the same to pay it forward. Your message matters.
If cats are at the top of your list, and if this speaks to you, please share this graphic with your personal message of #CatThanks and gratitude to pay it forward..
#catthanks graphic cat thanksgiving gratitude


Last year we were grateful Merlin acted ASPCA spokescat for Adopt A Senior Pet Month. If you are considering adopting again, I highly recommend seniors cats. Look for a shelter that offers senior programs which help with vet costs.

ASPCA Adopt a Senior Pet Twitter chat-#seniorpets

This year, I was just happy he was still kicking and we posted this yesterday for those of you not on Facebook and Twitter. Kittens are cute more than ever, I can recommend the sweet joys of adopting older cats. It’s very unlikely that I will ever adopt another kitten. Knowing that cats can and do live into their 20s, I don’t want that kind responsibility as I’m getting older. If you can relate to that, shelter are full of the most wonderful older cats waiting to share their sunshine years with you.

Friday The 13th-adopt a senior pet month

Just in case, you missed it, check out what happened at the awesome Purina Better With Pets Summit. Look for a follow-up on cat behavior next week based on interviews with several Purina experts including the Dr. Ragen and Dr. Zara. It’s too bad Purina stopped the summits. They were over the top events where bloggers (before influencers) were treated royally. They were flown in to New York, put up in luxury hotels and wined and dined. I was invited three times. Sigh, the end of an era.
On a sad note: the first two comments were from two wonderful readers who have died. I never take any of my comments for granted. Many thanks.
Purina vet experts


  • Summer

    I’m purring lots for you, and for Merlin, during this difficult time for both of you. I’ve competed at cat shows alongside British shorthair cats a number of times – they are very cool and collected! If you want to know anything about the Somali breed standard, I’m sharing a video today that another blogger took of me in the judging ring and the judge uses me to talk about some the good things about the breed’s physical characteristics.

  • Flynn

    I am purring for Merlin. He will let you know when he is ready to start his tenth life, and he will surely stay connected to you in that one as he does in this, his present life.

  • Andrea

    I haven’t been able to post here for awhile but I’ll try a little one here. I pray that Merlin is very clear in his decisions and know that he will always be around you. He is such a tough Siameezer I just love him. I’m praying for you both.

  • Angel Ms. Phoebe's Family

    Merlin is truly his own mancat and demands it to be so, one of the many reasons I adore him. Your message about following your inner guide cannot ring truer at this moment in our lives too. The past months have been a frenzy of one health issue after another for me, stress piling on thick due to the guilt I feel about having to put a hold on things I had lined up with others. Along with my own senior mancat in renal failure and our sisfur woofie being diagnosed last month with terminal cancer the pot has been boiling over.
    Her days are numbered and we have been doing what we can to make sure she is comfortable and waiting for her to let us know when she is ready for her journey. We were hoping for one final Catmas but only time and she will tell. I cringe at the thought of all the holiday gift buying and social obligations arriving faster than I am ready or wish for, so letting go and just doing what my inner guide says is enough is a HUGE challenge! I will do what I can and work on accepting that it is enough no matter the guilt I feel over outside or societal expectations or pressures. I am indeed grateful for the wisdom our cats show us everyday to make the time to relax and spend time with those you love. Without their comfort and healing purrs I would probably be reading Cat Wisdom 101 from the looney bin!
    Our thoughts are with you daily as each day is a gift with Merlin. This has been a difficult year with losing Radish, we hope the time you spend with your boy are filled with love and memorable joys. Your inner guide will be there to let you know what is best to do, just as Merlin’s inner guide will let him know when it is time to make his journey. Purrs of love to you all, Clove, Kaspars, and Mom

    • Layla Morgan Wilde

      Your thoughtful comments always brighten my day and it saddens me that the holiday season will be a mixed blessing for you. Merlin is sitting comfortably by my side and sends his special purrs your way and I send hugs.

    • Skeeter and Izzy

      Angel Ms Phoebe’s Family,
      do not feel one ounce of guilt about the gift buying and social obligations of the holidays. Your babies are just that, your babies and they need you now more than ever.People have the capacity to understand the situation (more than you might think) but our babies don’t. Don’t you feel a bit guilty about not doing or buying something because you want to spend more time with them. You take care of yourself and your babies and if others cannot understand and accept that you are doing so then to me that begs the question of how important are these people to me or I to them?
      Be well and be at peace and cut yourself some slack!
      Skeeter and Izzy and the Feral Gang + Twig & Peanut & Romeo and the Angels >^..^^..^<~

  • Meowmeowmans

    Yes, there is so much in this world telling us to rush, rush, rush. How sad that there is so much pressure to not enjoy the journey and live in the present.

    Purrs, prayers and love for Merlin. And you.

  • Kathryn

    Praying for Merlin. Purrs for Merlin. Purrs for you.

    I think I’d probably not adopt a kitten next time, either. Last time was 2002, with the two boyz.

  • Sammy

    Merlin knows his own mind and will choose his own time….breaking that bond has got to be tough but of course we all know Merlin WILL be back……no doubt about it! In the meantime, we agree with you about senior pets – they are so READY to be part of a forever family…..adopting a “non-kitten” can be so rewarding too – providing a new start to a cat who thought they had it all but lost it has to be the best gift for BOTH humans AND the lucky adoptees!

    Love and Hugs, Sammy

  • Ellen Pilch

    I pray Merlin has many more days/weeks/months with you. I love the ad for senior cats. I always feel especially bad for them because they had a home and most likely lost it due to death or their owner going to a nursing home.

  • Skeeter and Izzy

    We send you guys Purrs and Prayers. We love you dear Merlin!
    Our world has turned into a 24/365 and it is insanity! There are good things that have come of it but there are many that aren’t so good. STRESS IS KILLER!!!!
    We do not have to be “ON” 24 hours a day. We do not have to behave in a certain fashion because some advertisement says we should. We can reclaim our personal time and space!
    Prayers go out to those in Paris. This is a prime example of the insanity in this world.
    Luvs to all
    Skeeter and Izzy and the Feral Gang + Twig & Peanut & Romeo and the Angels >^..^^..^<~

  • Austin Towers

    I remember the advert!! But didn’t know about the pub kitties!! So many people hate cats out there it is lovely to see them being embraced like that!!

    Sending mega purrs for Merlin and you Layla xx

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