Posts Tagged ‘cats’

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 […]


Walter’s 8th Birthday

Walter's 8th Birthday

Today was Walter’s 8th birthday. Until recently I thought Walter was only about 4 years old, but my vet pointed out on some paperwork that he was not only twice as old as I thought, but he was also born on November 9, not in the spring as I originally thought. Of course, Walter was […]


How to Tempt a Cat

How to Tempt a Cat

Warning: This post contains cute cat photos. A LOT of cute cat photos. A few days ago, a friend mentioned a viral, tongue-in-cheek blog entry called “How to Trap a Cat.” Someone had created a circle on their carpet using duct tape, and within minutes their cat located the circle and sat in it. I thought that […]


Walter Goes to the Vet

Walter Goes to the Vet

Today I learned something new and surprising about my cat, Walter. If you’ve read this blog for a while, you know that I got Walter as a pet for Biddy. I’ve had Biddy since he was a kitten–he was born in February 2007. In January 2012 I decided that Biddy might be happier if he […]


Something’s Wrong in the Bedroom

Something's Wrong in the Bedroom

Have you ever been hanging out with someone–maybe a significant other, a good friend, or a coworker–and you knew something was wrong, but they kept denying it? No matter how many times you ask, they won’t admit anything’s wrong. You even keep a close eye on them to see if you figure it out, but […]


A Table Made for Cats

A Table Made for Cats

“A table made for cats, you say? Isn’t that every table?” Well, yes. Pretty much every table is approved by cats, especially if it has laundry, a laptop, or a really important document on it. I’ve posted some evidence below before I get to the solution. A few alert readers recently alerted me to an elegant solution […]


Internal Debate: Saving the Environment vs Scooping the Poop

Internal Debate: Saving the Environment vs Scooping the Poop

I have a confession. In the past on this blog, I’ve lauded the fact that I use canvas grocery bags. I may have claimed that I single-handedly saved the environment several times because of that. It is true that I’ve used canvas grocery bags for many years. Not only are they good for the environment, […]


How to Celebrate a Puffy Cat’s Birthday

How to Celebrate a Puffy Cat's Birthday

Two years ago, I adopted my second cat, Walter, as a pet for my first cat, Biddy. This also unlocked my official designation as a cat lady (a term that isn’t very flattering for men like me who own cats). I don’t know Walter’s exact age or history. From what I’ve gathered from the adoption […]