Posts Tagged ‘cats’

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 […]


When in Doubt, Cats

When in Doubt, Cats

For some reason I haven’t had a lot of compelling topics to write about lately on this blog. Like, I’m watching GLOW right now on Netflix, and I’m really enjoying it, but I don’t have anything specific to say about it. I have 2 episodes left–maybe something will come to me. And I’m seeing Baby […]


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 […]


I Slept Under a Poop

I Slept Under a Poop

In case you can’t tell from the subject line, this one’s going to be a bit gross. If you follow this blog, you know that I have two cats, Walter and Biddy. Here they are (Walter’s on the left and Biddy’s on the right). They’re mostly good boys. But sometimes–maybe once a day–Walter will “play” […]


Have You Ever Visited a Cat Cafe?

Have You Ever Visited a Cat Cafe?

I studied abroad in Japan several times in my youth, but I missed out on one key Japanese phenomenon: Cat cafes. A cat cafe is a cafe for humans that is crawling with cats. Dozens of them. I think it was (and perhaps still is) popular in Japan because people often aren’t allowed to have […]


Pet Please #136: Warm Spots Where Your Pets Were Sitting

Pet Please #136: Warm Spots Where Your Pets Were Sitting

My two cats, Biddy and Walter, have very different lounging habits. Biddy rarely sits in one spot for longer than an hour or two, and he’s either near me or near his food bowl (just in case food appears in it). Walter, however, can sit in the same spot (typically on the cough, on a chair, […]


The Overbearing Cat-Owner’s Guide to a Glucose Curve

The Overbearing Cat-Owner's Guide to a Glucose Curve

Due to his diabetes, occasionally Biddy needs to participate in a glucose curve. It basically means that I drop him off at the veterinarian’s office in the morning so they can measure his blood sugar throughout the day, and then I pick him up in the early evening. It sucks. For Biddy and for me. […]


Does a Robot Feed Your Pets?

Does a Robot Feed Your Pets?

A few days ago, I got a disheartening call from my vet: The test results were in, and Biddy’s diabetes has gotten worse over the last 6 months. He’s fine (kind of), but my vet suspects that he might be developing a resistance to insulin, which I give him twice a day. My vet said […]


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 […]


Pets and Historical Accuracy

Pets and Historical Accuracy

I don’t have much to say tonight, so I thought I’d post the following image (shared on Facebook by Scott W; I don’t know the original source) that made me laugh out loud, followed by some amusing/cute photos of Biddy from the last few days. I received a game today from Amazon, and within minutes […]


A Throne of Cats

A Throne of Cats

Pet owners and human parents of the world: Do you ever discomfort yourself merely to not inconvenience  your pet/child while they do something adorable, endearing, or peaceful? An example of this for human parents is that you might not move from an uncomfortable position on the couch just because your infant son/daughter fell asleep on […]


The Cat Food Diet

The Cat Food Diet

I go grocery shopping about once a week. I wouldn’t call it a hassle, but it’s certainly not super convenient. Even with a specific list, I often spend 60 minutes wandering the aisles, trying to figure out what to cook. I usually spend $100 per visit, so it adds up to about $400 a month. […]


Biddy’s Birthday and Fatherhood Lite

Biddy's Birthday and Fatherhood Lite

February 23 is my first (and favorite–sorry, Walter) cat’s birthday. Biddy Stegmaier turned 8 years old today. I wish the day could have been full of his favorite things, but he had a stomach bug, so treats and certain areas of the house were off limits. He did, however, spend some quality time on Window […]