Have two cats and can’t help gushing about them.
Welcome to Cat Mindful! Thanks for stopping by and lending us your curiosity.
“Who are you, and why in the world did you start another cat-focused blog?”
You’re not the only one thinking those questions. I’ve asked myself the same things more than once. And while my answers might change (specifically with the “you” part of the equation) I think a story might help illustrate why Cat Mindful exists at all.
My partner and I have two cats, both adopted from an animal shelter just down the road. Persephone we brought into our home as a teeny-tiny kitten, only a few months old, and small enough to stand perched in the cup of our hands. The shelter had named her “Bulma”—apparently they were on a Dragon Ball Z naming streak at the time. That had to change.
But before we could dub her we lost her. It was as if a breeze had come in through the window and carried her off to Neverland. Gone. Zip. Without a sound. Our imaginations immediately envisioned her trapped in the wall, wandering endless dark corridors of dust and filth.
Frenzied, we tore the apartment apart. Literally. Spoons, chairs, mattresses all ended up on the floor. In a brief moment of respite we heard a pipsqueak cry. Tracking the sound, we found our kitty wedged behind the bookcase in the living room. She had probed her way into the tight space to see what she could find—a perennial problem for call cat people.
We still don’t know who was more traumatized,us or her?
That night we changed her name to “Persephone,” giving our rediscovered kitty a deserving Greek spin.
Months later we decided Persephone needed a brother, and wound up with a lovable porker named Miles. While named after Miles Davis he’s far from mellifluous on his feet and trips over himself every time he tries to sprint across the hardwood floors.That’s what happens with furry paws.
Miles has heterochromia iridum: one green and one blue eye. When he’s busy soaking up sunshine his eyes glow like two planets.
After a brief orientation Persephone and Miles became true siblings: alternating between affection and annoyed depending on time of day. We’re happy to have both of them. They take care of each other, and keep each other somewhat active through kitty wrestling escapades.
That’s how we ended up becoming cat parents. And for the last two years we’ve been coasting with our kitty care.
Having both had cats when were younger we felt we knew everything there was to know: experience is the best teacher and all. And our thought process went something like… if we’re spoiling our cats with love we’re doing just fine.
But then we heard some disturbing news. A family member’s cat developed chronic kidney disease. The veterinarian said it was due to a lifelong diet of gobbling dry food. We traded glances over our cat’s porcelain bowls and realized we didn’t know as much as we thought.
So we started buying books from Amazon, clacking questions into Google, scouring academic databases, and dragging our fingers across bindings at the library—compiling, refining, and digesting all the tidbits of information about cats and cat care. Now, more months have passed and we’re ready to share.
What we’re trying to do here is summed up right in the name Cat Mindful. We want to be mindful of our cats, to aim for the understanding that will give our cats the best life possible. Doing so has helped us take a more active approach to our kitty’s health and well-being. And we’re happy to be where we are.
Because our cats are part of our family. And we believe you think the same. Which is why we’re sharing everything we’ve learned, along with our lives. We hope you learn something too, and enjoy what we share!