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Lincoln was the first President to have ‘this’ in the White House–Beth Trissel


tabby Siamese mix catA Cat.  Which gets back to my ‘when the going gets tough, the tough get kittens’ adage.  The going was definitely tough for Lincoln.  And for General Robert E. Lee, who, interestingly enough, also loved cats.   If only love of cats could have united these two great leaders. (***Our Siamese/tabby mix, Pavel pronounced Pabel, image by daughter Elise.)

“No matter how much cats fight, there always seems to be plenty of kittens.” –Abraham Lincoln

PercyThere are many notable cat lovers in history.  To name a few:  The Bronte sistersCharlotteEmily and Ann.  I expect many writers names to pop up on this list.  Here’s another Charles Dickens.  Perhaps the best known author/cat lover is Mark Twain.   It might save time to note those writers who didn’t or don’t favor cats.  Let me know if you think of any.  No one comes to mind.

An interesting article, A Few Famous Cat Lovers, gives a more complete list.

“The naming of cats is a difficult matter. It isn’t just one of your holiday games. You may think at first I’m mad as a hatter. When I tell you a cat must have three different names…” – T.S. Eliot

And most of ours do–P. Cuthbert Wiggins, for one.  The P. stands for Percival and so we call him Percy, a dignified and highly affectionate Tabby.  Also the first name of the Scarlet Pimpernel, I might add.

“When I play with my cat, how do I know that she is not passing time with me rather than I with her?” –Montaigne

***Image of Percy (now the big purry tabby pictured above) and our funny SPCA rescue mix, Mia, in their younger days, taken by my mom, Pat Churchman. Percy was also a rescue kitty.

pavel and percy“After scolding one’s cat one looks into its face and is seized by the ugly suspicion that it understood every word. And has filed it for reference.”-Charlotte Gray

“You can keep a dog; but it is the cat who keeps people, because cats find humans useful domestic animals.”- George Mikes

(***Pavel determined he and Percy are best friends.)

“Cats are kindly masters, just so long as you remember your place.”- Paul Gray

“One must love a cat on its own terms.”- Paul Gray

“Prowling his own quiet backyard or asleep by the fire, he is still only a whisker away from the wilds.” – Jean Burden

“Cats do not have to be shown how to have a good time, for they are unfailing ingenious in that respect.” - James Mason

Pavel is a kitten/cat now, small for his age, insatiably curious, and ever on the prowl for playthings.  A gentle paw tags me for a round of ‘get the kitten’ which involves chasing him through the house.  In his blue eyes I see intelligence and affection, but given on his terms.  He’s quite busy, you see.  Apart from his naps.

***Image of Pave, our latest rescue kitten, now cat, taken by daughter Elise.

“As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human kind.” -Cleveland Amory

I am firmly of the belief that sometimes you just need a kitten. Or two. Is there room in your heart and home for a rescue kitty?
***My daughter-in-law’s kitten.
***This cat collection is a reprint of one of the most popular posts I did in 2012.

The Christmas Kitten-Cat–Beth Trissel


Pabel the kitten-cat at Christmas siamese tabby mix‘Tis the morning after Christmas and not a creature is stirring–well, Pabel’s up seeking for that which he can get into. There lives among us in this old farm-house in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, a mischievous little sprite known as the kitten-cat. Yes, technically Pabel is a big kitty now, but pesters the dickens out of the two older cats–no, they don’t want to wrestle–and he’s still at the emotional level of a kitten.  I suppose Pabel would really enjoy having another kitten to play with.  Perhaps we should have gotten him one for Christmas, but I’m already keeping up with litter boxes for three cats. However, if anyone discovers my longed for orange and blue kitten (not sure they actually exist) please let me know.

Christmas cat--Siamese Tabby Mix.jpg 2But back to Pabel. Last year we found this unlikely and minute runt among the tabby litter of a tabby mother barn cat belonging to my daughter-in-law. Without our intervention and adoption, it’s likely this tiny specimen of catdom wouldn’t have survived all the competition with litter mates twice his size, even though Charity gave him extra food. It was too rough and tumble a world in the greater barn for such a small kitten. But here in the house, he’s thrived. Even rules as a young prince.

Christmas Tree with Dr. Seuss  StarLet it be truly said that Pabel loves Christmas. The first couple of days after we (finally) got the tree up–a few technical difficulties involving the size of the stand versus the trunk and lots of needles and boughs covering the floor–Pabel smelled strongly of pine and was rather sticky in spots from the sap. Of course, he stole some ornaments and had vast fun helping decorate the tree, and wrap–also unwrap–the presents.  I suspect he’s going to be quite sad when the time comes to take the tree down. Come to think of it, so will I. It’s a lovely tree with a star in the tradition of  Dr. Seuss. Daughter Elise’s idea.

And of course, we need a few great cat quotes.

“For every house is incomplete without him, and a blessing is lacking in the spirit.”
Christopher Smart

Christmas cat--Siamese Tabby MixCats never strike a pose that isn’t photogenic.
Lillian Jackson Braun

The only mystery about the cat is why it ever decided to become a domestic animal.
Sir Compton MacKenzie

Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
George Eliot

Christmas cat--Siamese Tabby Mix with bowIf you want to write, keep cats. - Aldous Huxley

“There is nothing in the animal world, to my mind, more delightful than grown cats at play.
They are so swift and light and graceful, so subtle and designing, and yet so richly comical.”

Monica Edwards

***Images by daughter Elise.

Lincoln was the first President to have ‘this’ in the White House–Beth Trissel


A Cat.  Which gets back to my ‘when the going gets tough, the tough get kittens’ adage.  The going was definitely tough for Lincoln.  And for General Robert E. Lee, who, interestingly enough, also loved cats.   If only love of cats could have united these two great leaders.

*Images of our cats by daughter Elise and my mom, Pat Churchman

There are many notable cat lovers in history.  To name a few:  The Bronte sistersCharlotteEmily and Ann.  I expect many writers names to pop up on this list.  Here’s another Charles Dickens.  Perhaps the best known author/cat lover is Mark Twain.   It might save time to note those writers who didn’t or don’t favor cats.  Let me know if you think of any.  No one comes to mind.

An interesting article, A Few Famous Cat Lovers, gives a more complete list.

“No matter how much cats fight, there always seems to be plenty of kittens.” –Abraham Lincoln

“The naming of cats is a difficult matter. It isn’t just one of your holiday games. You may think at first I’m mad as a hatter. When I tell you a cat must have three different names…” – T.S. Eliot

And most of ours do–P. Cuthbert Wiggins, for one.  The P. stands for Percival and so we call him Percy, a dignified and highly affectionate Tabby.  Also the first name of the Scarlet Pimpernel, I might add.

“When I play with my cat, how do I know that she is not passing time with me rather than I with her?” –Montaigne

*Image of Percy (now a big purry tabby) and our funny SPCA rescue mix, Mia, in their younger days, taken by my mom, Pat Churchman. Percy is also a rescue kitty.

“After scolding one’s cat one looks into its face and is seized by the ugly suspicion that it understood every word. And has filed it for reference.”-Charlotte Gray

“You can keep a dog; but it is the cat who keeps people, because cats find humans useful domestic animals.”- George Mikes

“Cats are kindly masters, just so long as you remember your place.”- Paul Gray

“One must love a cat on its own terms.”- Paul Gray

“Prowling his own quiet backyard or asleep by the fire, he is still only a whisker away from the wilds.” – Jean Burden

“Cats do not have to be shown how to have a good time, for they are unfailing ingenious in that respect.” - James Mason

Our Siamese tabby mix, Pavel, is a kitten/cat now, small for his age, insatiably curious, and ever on the prowl for playthings.  A gentle paw tags me for a round of ‘get the kitten’ which involves chasing him through the house.   In his blue eyes I see intelligence and affection, but given on his terms.  He’s quite busy, you see.  Apart from his naps.

*Image of Pave, our latest rescue kitty, taken by daughter Elise.

“As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human kind.” -Cleveland Amory

I am firmly of the belief that sometimes you just need a kitten. Or two. Is there room in your heart and home for a rescue kitty?
***My daughter-in-law’s kitten. The yellow tabby on the pumpkin belongs to our ‘adopted’ daughter, Becca.

For the Love of Cats


This  past summer we took in an unusual barn kitty, the part Siamese offspring of a tabby mama.  A tiny runt, Pavel (pronounced Pabel) was half the size of his robust litter mates.   We’re told he was born pink and hairless, so must have been a premie. Even now, at what should be a nearly full grown size, he only weighs a little over six pounds so is still quite small for a kitten cat.  Not that this deters him in any way.  And nothing escapes his insatiable curiosity.  Ever on the prowl, he continually seeks for that which he can get into, unless he’s snoozing in a sunbeam.   We all savor Pavel’s nap times.

Feisty,  we guess that’s how he survived, this determined little guy can be very sweet and purry when he so desires and has brought much pleasure  into our lives.  I particularly like it when he cuddles with me. Mostly he’s busy pouncing on the bigger kitties and other naughtiness.  Our two older cats Percy and Minnie Mae are gradually adjusting to him, although relationships are strained.  Especially when he tackles them all in good fun and they take offense.  At one time, they were the new kid here who had to gain acceptance among the ranks.  I tell them sometimes you just need a kitten.

“It is impossible to keep a straight face in the presence of one or more kittens.” ~Cynthia E. Varnado

“A catless writer is almost inconceivable.  It’s a perverse taste, really, since it would be easier to write with a herd of buffalo in the room than even one cat; they make nests in the notes and bite the end of the pen and walk on the typewriter keys.”  ~Barbara Holland

(Pavel and my little pom poo Sadie Sue sitting with me as I write).

“The cat could very well be man’s best friend but would never stoop to admitting it.”  ~Doug Larson

“There has never been a cat
Who couldn’t calm me down
By walking slowly
Past my chair.”
~Rod McKuen

“Some people scorn a cat and think it not an essential; but the Clemens tribe are not of these.”- quoted in “UC’s Bancroft Library celebrating Mark Twain,” San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 2, 2008

“When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction.”~ Mark Twain

“I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult.  It’s not.  Mine had me trained in two days.”  ~Bill Dana

“If there is one spot of sun spilling onto the floor, a cat will find it and soak it up.”  ~J.A. McIntosh

***Image of my niece Cailin with kitty Pavel.

“A Home without a cat, and a well-fed, well-petted and properly revered cat, may be a perfect home, perhaps, but how can it prove it’s title?” — Mark Twain 

***In case you haven’t noticed yet, Mark Twain loved cats.  And he’s a distant ancestor of mine, so maybe the connection?

“Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.” — Anonymous

***Our most recent pic of Pavel, all images taken by my daughter Elise.

“No amount of time can erase the memory of a good cat, and no amount of masking tape can ever totally remove his fur from your couch.”  ~Leo Dworken

“Kittens believe that all nature is occupied with their diversion.”  ~F.A. Paradis de Moncrif

“There are few things in life more heartwarming than to be welcomed by a cat.” — Tay Hoho

To this I add, I also love dogs. But there is something inherently special about cats.  As a child they were always my favorite pet.  I could not be without them and will probably become the crazy cat lady.  Maybe I already am.  Hmmmm….

“Of all God’s creatures there is only one that cannot be made the slave of the leash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat, it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.” — Mark Twain