Author Sloane Crosely, in her New York Times article, said this about her cat Mabel:
To wake up with her belly-up and demanding affection is to have your heart explode with the kind of joy that compels some people into a life of large-scale oil painting.
Does that sound at all familiar to you?
Do you dearly want your cat to live to a happy, ripe old age?
Then you are a lot like me.
This blog aims to share…
What’s my story?
I’m the author of Soul Comfort for Cat Lovers: Coping Wisdom for Heart and Soul After the Loss of a Beloved Feline, have written about cat care for Amazing Wellness magazine, and have been featured in Modern Cat magazine.
I’m an animal lover who has been inexplicably obsessed the feline species since age 4. I tend to study every good resource I can find on the subject. I’m not a cat health professional, but a consumer researcher of cat care. I question the status quo when it’s not serving us well. (And with how common cancer is now in cats, something is clearly amiss.)
I am also a writer, artist, and certified holistic nutrition consultant (CNC), though I no longer practice nutrition consulting.
Why am writing about all this?
This blog is dedicated to Bastet, my life-saving feline soulmate.
I was catalyzed to create it because I lost her to high-grade intestinal lymphoma shortly after she turned 12. This was a great shock to me, since I was used to cats living longer and I thought I had taken great care of her for her whole life.
It was also so painful that I felt compelled to reach out to others who may go through something like this. It brought into sharp focus how there can be an inexplicably deep connection between us and our animal friends.
I was plunged into desperate research about cancer and cancer in pets. Yet it was not soon enough to save my beloved cat.
The tragedy is that I feel may I have been able to prevent the cancer. I had studied natural cat care before, but I didn’t have all the right info and I didn’t know how to properly introduce healthy changes without having a cat reject them.
I want to save others from making any of the mistakes I made.
Feline high-grade lymphoma had a short-term death prognosis from the beginning, and the only cats I had heard of who had survived lymphoma had the low-grade kind. (Nevertheless, there are humans who have survived it, so anything is possible.) And, prevention is a place to start.
Since I launched this blog many years ago, I have seen and shared some amazing cat healing stories.
At the same time, the mystery of completely preventing and solving cat cancer and other health problems remains elusive. I have learned how important it is to also accept and survive the loss of a “soul cat” so that you can continue to live a whole life and save and love more animal friends, too. Which is what led me to write Soul Comfort for Cat Lovers and to continue to publish work about recovering from loss and about the depth and joy of our cross-species friendships.