Barks and Purrs, Colette

BARKS AND PURRS   BY   COLETTE WILLY    TRANSLATED BY   MAIRE KELLY CONTENTS SENTIMENTALITIES ON THE TRAIN DINNER IS LATE SHE IS ILL THE FIRST FIRE THE STORM A CALLER PREFACE   Madame: There are moments when one seems to come to life. One looks about and distinguishes a creature whose foot-print closely […]

Dick Dunkerman’s Cat, Jerome K. Jerome

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927) was an English writer and cat lover. Best known for Three Men in a Boat, he, however, wrote several stories about cats or with cats in them. You can find quotes by Jerome on our quote pages.      Dick Dunkerman’s Cat Jerome K. Jerome   Richard Dunkerman and I had […]

The Cats of Ulthar

  THE CATS OF ULTHAR H.P. LOVECRAFT 1920   It is said that in Ulthar, which lies beyond the river Skai, no man may kill a cat; and this I can verily believe as I gaze upon him who sitteth purring before the fire. For the cat is cryptic, and close to strange things which […]

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. […]

Myths and Superstitions: Halloween and Black Cats

The assimilation of Pagan and Christian rites would come in the form of Samhain, an ancient Celtic festival and precursor of today’s Halloween. Halloween and black cats have been bound together because of the cats’ pagan ties which originated in Ancient Egypt.    Samhain celebrated the end of summer harvest, marking the beginning of the […]

Cat Stories – TOBERMORY by “Saki” H.H. Munro

From  THE CHRONICLES OF CLOVIS   by “SAKI” (H. H. MUNRO) TO THE LYNX KITTEN, WITH HIS RELUCTANTLY GIVEN CONSENT, THIS BOOK IS AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED     TOBERMORY It was a chill, rain-washed afternoon of a late August day, that indefinite season when partridges are still in security or cold storage, and there is nothing […]

Myths and Superstitions: Cats and Death

  The following is an excerpt from The Penguin Guide to the Superstitions of Britain and Ireland by Steve Roud. In many areas of Britain and Ireland, when a death occurred in a house, the family cats and dogs would be removed immediately: The household companions of dog and cat were rigidly excluded from the […]

Cat Poems – Pangur Bán

An Irish monk who had fled from the Viking raids to the safe city of Reichenau on Lake Constance has immortalized his cat Pangur Bán in this lovely 9th century cat poem. (Pangur is a traditional Irish name and Bán means white.)                           […]

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