We humans try to impose our rules on the cat-gurus who share our homes, but felines answer to a higher law. You would do well to heed their Catvice: There are places of mystery and wonder in this world—places you are not allowed to tread. But if you visit these forbidden territories when no one … More Advice from Cats #6
If the cat-guru you serve ever displays a bit of an attitude with you, don’t take it personally. She’s merely trying to convey some great Catvice: An ounce of disdain outweighs a pound of aggression. Next time, try to be more prompt with the kibble.
Cats are mysterious creatures. They sometimes behave in strange ways. But that strangeness is a mere illusion. Everything your cat does will make sense once you give in and take your cat’s advice on how to live your best life. For example, in our home, any item that falls to the floor—dirty laundry, a reusable … More Advice from Cats #4
Groom unto others as you would have them groom unto you.
Prepare yourself, for our wise catguru has descended from on high (i.e., the top of the kitchen cabinets) to bestow upon us another piece of wise Catvice: It is only within the confines of a cardboard box that you will experience what it is to be truly free. Our cat Smidgen has mastered this principle.
I have trouble comprehending a lot of things in this world. But what puzzles me most–what’s more difficult for me to understand than rocket science, or calculus, or someone with a really thick Cockney accent and a mouth full of peanut butter-and-honey sandwich—is human behavior. I’ve been doing some character sketches on my work-in-progress lately, … More Advice from Cats
I’ve been a bit MIA around these parts, I know, and I started to worry that y’all might think my losing streak had come to an end. O my friends, wonder no longer, for I assure you that is not the case. This past week I’ve journeyed far down into the depths of the ocean … More New Depths of Losing
Sometimes when I’m at work enduring a painfully long, aimless meeting, I think that this whole stable, responsible, grown-up lifestyle is keeping me from experiencing a life of complete joy and fulfillment. Like every other working stiff, I look forward to 5:30, can’t wait to make it to the weekend, and daydream about retirement. I fantasize about … More Frittering Away My Days
I thought it was human nature to feel the nagging discontent of wanting what you don’t have, of seeing other peoples’ lives and daydreaming about trading places, of worrying that everyone else is having more fun and you’re missing out. Turns out I was wrong. This isn’t just human nature—it’s also cat nature. Right now, … More Fear of Missing Out Fail
All of us dwellers of the Treehouse are winners in our own right, but today I must sing the praises of the newest occupant, a kitten named Smidgen. Like any superhero, he has a unique origin story. Smidgen appeared mysteriously in the deep woods of South Carolina on a brisk fall day. Whether he was … More Smidgen the Superhero