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How Physically Close Do Your Pets Get to Each Other?

How Physically Close Do Your Pets Get to Each Other?

Biddy and Walter are friends about 25% of the time. The other 75% is spent either avoiding each other, meowing at each other, sitting in each others’ spots, and occasionally wrestling. “Friends” might even be a strong word. Let’s go with “interactive acquaintances.” Here are a few of those recent interactions: How do your pets […]


Would You Take Your Pet to the Theater?

Would You Take Your Pet to the Theater?

I finally got to see Isle of Dogs this past weekend after the previous weekend’s failed attempt. It’s a delightful movie. Wes Andersen excels in stop-motion, the dogs are funny and quirky and relatable, and I loved the Japanese setting (though my Japanese is so rusty at this point that I only caught words here […]


Walter and His “Mama”

Walter and His "Mama"

For the longest time, I’ve had cold feet when I get into bed. Recently I thought of a solution, and within a few days I had an electric blanked draped over the covers. I heat it up while I’m winding down for the night, and by the time I crawl under the covers, it’s nice […]


Biddy’s 11th Birthday

Biddy's 11th Birthday

My first cat, Biddy, turned 11 years old on Friday. It turned out to be a bit of a unique birthday, because Walter had some blood in his stool, resulting in a last-minute trip to the vet. Walter’s okay, and perhaps Biddy enjoyed the few hours of peace he got while Walter was away. Here’s […]


Pet Please #152: Cats Carrying Toys in Their Mouths

Pet Please #152: Cats Carrying Toys in Their Mouths

I wish so badly I had a photo of Biddy doing this, but I’ve never caught him in the act. Every now and then, I’ll look up to see Biddy trotting into the room with a toy in his mouth. He’ll drop it triumphantly at my feet. Sometimes its his bell toy, sometimes his bug […]


How Do You Not Look Suspicious (While Doing Something Suspicious)?

How Do You Not Look Suspicious (While Doing Something Suspicious)?

Every 50 days, I walk into the grocery store and do something that appears very suspicious. One of my cats, Biddy, has diabetes. So part of his daily routine is to get injected with insulin. He doesn’t seem to mind–I think he knows it makes him feel better. Plus, he only gets a tiny dose […]


How Do You Celebrate Your Pets’ Birthdays?

How Do You Celebrate Your Pets' Birthdays?

Up until 2 years ago, I thought Walter was around 4 years old. But I discovered that he was much older and that his birthday is in November, not March. Like, even though he’s technically Biddy’s pet, Walter turns 11 today, while Biddy is 10. After Walter’s health scare 2 weeks ago (his first ever–he’s […]


Yep, It’s a Cat Day

Yep, It's a Cat Day

It’s been an intense day in the Stonemaier Games headquarters, and I know just the thing to end on a lighter note. That’s right: It’s a cat photo day. Biddy has really been into perching on high places lately. I was working at my desk when I heard him chirping behind me, and I looked […]


What’s the Most Random Thing Your Pet Has Done Recently?

What's the Most Random Thing Your Pet Has Done Recently?

Last night I was reading in my bed, Walter calmly purring at my side, when I heard a THUMP. Even though the sound came from within the room, it took me a moment to realize the source, because it’s not common source of noise. This is what I saw: There, on a high windowsill–nearly 5 […]


Does Your Cat Do This?

Of my two cats, Biddy displays significantly more intelligence than Walter. He communicates well, he finds loopholes in all of the barriers I present between him and food, and his test scores are off the charts (unfortunately, those scores are for glucose). For example, here’s Biddy digging through an old game prototype from years ago. […]


If You Give a Cat a Cookie…

If You Give a Cat a Cookie...

Are you ready for a completely hypothetical, definitely-not-something-that-happened-t0-me situation? Let’s say, just hypothetically, that you’re a big fan of cookies. Especially chocolate chip cookies. We’ll pretend that you have the good fortune of acquiring a big chocolate chip cookie, and you place it on a napkin on your counter while you sit across the room […]


How Does Your Cat Motivate You?

How Does Your Cat Motivate You?

Yesterday I wrote about Steve Jobs’ unique and abrasive style of leadership. Today it occurred to me that one of my cats may ascribe to the same methodology. Around 4:00 am every morning, Biddy decides that he absolutely needs food. The problem is, as smart as he is, Biddy cannot open the fridge where I […]


The Day I Went Feral

The Day I Went Feral

When I was picking up my older cat, Biddy, from the vet the other day after his glucose curve, I stumbled through the following question. “So, uh, Biddy frequently poops on my bed when he gets frustrated by my other cat, Walter. Is there anything I can do to, well, convince him not to do […]


What’s Your Pet’s Ancestral Origin? I Just Figured Out Mine

What's Your Pet's Ancestral Origin? I Just Figured Out Mine

This is Biddy: He’s a domestic shorthair cat. At least, so he appears. Like all cats, Biddy has his quirks. He hates water, and he doesn’t know what to do with other cats. He’s very playful. He rubs his scent on everything, and if it snows, he wants to walk around in it. Biddy hardly […]


What’s the Age of Your Oldest Pet?

What's the Age of Your Oldest Pet?

My wonderful cat, Biddy, turned 10 today. 10 years old! I’m so proud of him. I adopted Biddy from a rescue shelter when he was just a few weeks old, and it’s been amazing to watch him grow up. He’s had a rough couple of years due to his diabetes, but he’s endured, and just […]


How Do You Convince Your Pet to Go to the Vet?

How Do You Convince Your Pet to Go to the Vet?

Today I had to take one of my cats, Walter, to the vet (just a small issue, not a big deal). As I prepared for the visit, I realized that I was doing the same series of things I always do to make the departure process as smooth as possible. I’m curious if you do […]


Biddy Is 9 Years Old

Biddy Is 9 Years Old

My boy, Biddy, is 9 years old today. If you read this blog, you know how much I adore Biddy. He’s my first real pet, and I lucked out: He’s full of personality, he’s exceptionally clever, and he’s so curious about everything, even in his old age. Here’s Biddy as a kitten: He was tiny! […]


Why My Cats Knock Things Off Tables

Why My Cats Knock Things Off Tables

Today, Biddy found a leaf. To me, it was an ordinary leaf, fluttering in the breeze as it was pinned to my balcony. To Biddy, however, it was the greatest thing ever invented. So I let Biddy outside to capture the leaf, which he did with aplomb. He trotted back inside, clutching the leaf in his […]


Cats Be Cats

Cats Be Cats

For Christmas I drove from St. Louis to Virginia with my two cats, Biddy and Walter, in the car. They’ve made the drive before with me, and in general they hate it, but there are lots of interesting things for them to do once they arrive. After I wrangled them into the car early in […]


A Thanksgiving Made of Cats

A Thanksgiving Made of Cats

Yes, I realize that I’ve already reached my cat-themed entry quota of the week. However, in my defense, it’s Thanksgiving, so the normal entry I had planned about Breakfast at Tiffany’s won’t suffice. I just want to say thank you to you for reading this blog and occasionally commenting on it. Just yesterday I was […]


The Animatronic Kitten Debate

The Animatronic Kitten Debate

Whenever I Facetime with my 2-year-old niece, the conversation goes like this: Mom (showing the phone to Anna): That’s Uncle Jamey! Jamey: Hi Anna! Anna: Kitty cats? The next few minutes involve me finding one of my cats, pointing the camera at him until Anna requests the other cat by name, then repeating the process. […]


Just the Cats, Please

Just the Cats, Please

I just finished writing a long blog post on my company blog called “Just the Facts, Please,” I figured I’d mirror it with a considerably lighter post. 🙂 What’s the cutest thing your pet or human child has done recently?


Biddy vs. the Standing Desk

This is the extent to which Biddy is bothered by my electric standing desk. He could not be less impressed by it.


Default to Cat Photos

Default to Cat Photos

I’m up a little later than I hoped doing work stuff after seeing The Martian (which is awesome!), so I’m going to default to cat photos today. Biddy has a new structure to sleep inside, and he’s taken to sticking random body parts out of the little hole in the front. The protruding ear was the […]