Cats in Film – A Street Cat Named Bob (2016)

The 2016 film A Street Cat Named Bob recounts the life of James Bowen as a recovering heroin addict. While trying to wean himself off drugs, James tries to make a go of performing in Covent Garden by playing his guitar for passersby. Not very successful, he lives from hand to mouth until the ginger […]

Cats in Film — Nine Lives (2016)

Nine Lives (2016) is a family film that tells the tale of a billionaire Tom Brand, played by Kevin Spacey, who becomes trapped in the body of a very fluffy cat in order to teach him a lesson of not being a self-absorbed, bad-tempered, bad father. For his daughter’s 11th birthday, Brand buys his daughter […]

Cat Stories – On Cats by Doris Lessing

Excerpts from On Cats by Doris Lessing: “After a certain age-and for some of us that can be very young—there are no new people, beasts, dreams, faces, events:  it has all happened before, they have appeared before, masked differently, wearing different clothes, another nationality, another colour; but the same, the same, and everything is an […]

Cat Stories – Steer Wrestling, James A. Murtha

Here is an excerpt from The Adventures of Kalamazoo recently published by James A. Murtha, a cat lover.  If you’d like to read more of his stories, click here to visit his website. One Sunday afternoon, Kalamazoo and I channel-surfed from the couch, for me a mindless respite from the classroom and for him a […]

The Philanthropist and the Happy Cat, H.H. Munro (Saki)

H.H. Munro, or Saki (his penname) (1870-1916, British) was a great lover of cats as many literary talents have been and are.  He wrote two other short stories regarding cats: Tobermory and The Achievement of the Cat.  We’ll leave those for other posts.  Here he equates the cat, Attab, with Jocantha the main female character. […]

Cats in Film — The Cat’s Eye (1985, Stephen King)

Stephen King’s (a well-known cat lover) 1985 comedy horror The Cat’s Eye is comprised of three stories: Quitters Inc., The Ledge and “General”.  The only thing the three stories have in common is a travelling tabby tom cat. The first story, Quitters Inc. opens with the tabby tom trying to escape a gangling St. Bernard.  […]

Cats in 20th Century History (Cats in War-Faith the Church Cat)

Faith the church cat was awarded a PDSA silver medal for her bravery during the London Blitz on October 12, 1945.  In 1936, Faith, a stray cat, came to take up residence at St. Augustine’s church.  After being turned away three times, Father Henry Ross allowed her to stay.  Even though notices were posted, no one […]

Cats in the 20th Century (Cats in War-Simon)

Several cats earned awards and medals for their distinguished service during wartime.  Created in 1943, the Dickin Medal, also known as the Animals Victory Cross, is awarded to animals for “conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty” while serving in Britian’s military or civil service.  The only cat to have gotten this award to date is […]

Cats in 20th Century History (Cats in War-Unsinkable Sam)

Even though some refute the story of this buoyant cat as being true, it is an amazing story of survival which most probably inspired hope in bleak wartime. The black and white cat Oscar , or as he later became known, Unsinkable Sam, was ship’s mascot on the German battleship Bismarck. Out of a crew […]

Cats in 20th Century History (Cats in War)

  Throughout both World War I and World War II cats in war exhibited bravery in extreme situations.  Serving on battleships and in the trenches, cats proved their heroism in dire circumstances by doing what they were best at, being mousers, mascots, and affectionate companions.  During WWI, the British employed more than 500,000 cats to […]