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Our Spiritual Connection With Cats

I write to share my love and admiration of cats. Cats are spiritual creatures and can help us hone our own spirituality.

Cats have been by our side throughout the ages. Read on to learn more about these loyal creatures and how we can give our personal companions the best life possible.

Cats have been by our side throughout the ages. Read on to learn more about these loyal creatures and how we can give our personal companions the best life possible.

All About Cats

We have had a spiritual bond with cats dating back to their regal origins in ancient Egypt. They were once worshiped as gods and played a vital role in Egyptian culture. Today, those of us who have had the privilege of encountering one or more of these animals are mesmerized by their incredible intuition, loyalty, beauty, and grace.

Dogs are the protectors of our bodies while cats are the protectors of our spirit when we sleep—coming to our rescue or aid if there are any harmful spirits that we may encounter in our dreams.

— Lora Hollings

A Big Myth About Cats

People who say that cats aren't as loyal as dogs have probably never had one of these emotionally complex and devoted creatures as a companion. This is a myth that has sadly distorted the way some people look at these animals.

Cats can be extremely protective, and will sometimes "stand guard" when you're indisposed, or pounce upon potential threats.

Cats can be extremely protective, and will sometimes "stand guard" when you're indisposed, or pounce upon potential threats.

A Heart-Wrenching Story

I'll never forget a story I read about a family who moved away and left their kitten behind. Meowing incessantly and running as quickly as he could, the little kitten tried to follow their car, but couldn't catch up with them.

Someone saw this happen and was able to rescue this helpless kitten who could have otherwise been a tragic victim of such cruel treatment. If nobody had been there to witness this event, the poor kitten would have been left to its own devices.

Cats deserve our respect and admiration. They are truly marvelous creatures with extraordinary capacities. They have journeyed with us through time, connecting us to our predecessors and humanity's ancient civilizations.

How to Find Your Special Feline Companion

If you are looking for a cat or kitten, please adopt one from your local humane society or rescue group. You will be saving a life. So many of these establishments have more animals than they can find homes for. Tragically, many shelters are pressured to euthanize on a weekly basis to avoid overcrowding.

Adopt, Don't Shop

Knowing this, please don't go to a pet store to purchase a pet! You will only be encouraging irresponsible breeding and the overcrowding of shelters. At breeding centers, the parents are kept in confined spaces and treated more like producing machines than beloved pets. The profit motive at the expense of the animals is what keeps these places in operation.

Hopefully, as more people become aware of breeding center conditions, we will see laws passed to encourage the elimination of these abusive environments.

Be a Part of the Solution

Many pet stores would stop selling animals and just focus their business on selling pet products if more people adopted or rescued their pets. Keep in mind that between four and five million dogs and cats are euthanized annually in the U.S. alone as a direct consequence of unscrupulous breeders and a lack of pet owner education. Please be a part of the solution—not the problem.

The Satisfaction of Saving Lives

If you are looking for a pet, always consider adopting first. If you are looking for a particular kind of breed that you can't find locally, check out Petfinder—a database of thousands of wonderful pets from shelters and rescue groups across the U.S. who need loving homes. Some of the rescue groups specialize in purebreds, and you can find almost any shape, color, breed, size, or age.

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All my pets are adopted. They are wonderful companions, and each one is special in their own way. I feel my pets that have passed on are still with me in a spiritual sense. I have the lifelong satisfaction of knowing that I saved their lives and gave them a home.

Bonding with your cat will bring the two of you closer to becoming best friends.

Bonding with your cat will bring the two of you closer to becoming best friends.

Owning a Pet Is a Serious Responsibility

Whether you are a cat guardian, dog guardian, or both, I urge you to take the responsibility of having a pet very seriously. It is like deciding to become a parent. We must be able to make a lifelong commitment to that pet. We play a crucial role in assuring that every animal has a safe home. Stressing the importance of spaying and neutering will help this cause significantly, as overpopulation is such a major issue. Please relay the many benefits of the procedure to your friends, family, and even neighbors.

Benefits of Spaying or Neutering Our Pets

  • They are much less likely to be aggressive.
  • Dogs are much less likely to roam.
  • Cats and dogs are less likely to escape for breeding purposes, as their sex hormones are greatly reduced.
  • They are calmer and easier to manage.
  • Long term, the cost of raising an animal will be far less, as they will be healthier after spaying or neutering. You will be able to avoid costly illnesses and expensive surgeries as they get older.
This is a wonderful poem about our feline friends.

This is a wonderful poem about our feline friends.

Volunteer at Your Local Shelter

If you are retired or just have some extra time, you can have a significant impact by volunteering at your local shelter. The more volunteers, the more likely it is that the shelter can increase adoption rates, as they can afford to hold on to the animals longer and do more offsite adoptions.

If you enjoy teaching children or interacting with others in a group environment, try becoming a volunteer in the humane education department. Helping children to learn how to respect and care for all animals is a very worthwhile endeavor. By volunteering, you can make the world a more compassionate and caring place for all of God's creatures.

School Volunteer Programs

Many local humane societies are now joining with schools across our nation to incorporate these programs in schools (whether they are public or private.) The more volunteers they have, the more schools they can include in their efforts to reach out and make a substantial difference in their communities for animals.

Adopt a Classroom

If you can't find the time to volunteer at a shelter, you can still make a difference for animals in your community by signing up as a partner in humane education by adopting a classroom and providing a gift subscription to the Humane Society's award-winning classroom newspaper, Kind News. Through activities, projects, short stories, and articles, Kind News can cultivate values of kindness and respect in children for people, animals, and the environment.

Some activities that children can participate in to get involved include:

  • Donating clothing and toys
  • Cleaning up parks
  • Collecting change for animal shelters

If you have a child in an elementary school, ask your child's teacher if you can adopt their class. With schools' renewed focus on character education, Kind News is a valuable resource for teachers. Kind News covers grades kindergarten through 6th grade. It has been reported by many teachers who use this program that inspires children to read and improves their students' behavior toward their peers.

Favorite Book About Cats for Children

How to Make a Difference From Home

There are so many ways to help the cats in your community without having to house one or commit to a rigorous volunteer schedule. Here are two things you can do to make a difference from the comfort of your own home:

  1. Get Political: Vote for politicians who are progressive in terms of their attitudes and beliefs about animals and in habitat preservation for wildlife. The Humane Society Legislative Fund keeps track of how your legislators voted on important animal welfare legislation. It's called the Humane Score Card.
  2. Become an Advocacy Member: Join one of the major animal welfare advocacy organizations such as the (HSUS) Humane Society of the U.S. or the (ASPCA) the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. These organizations will keep you informed about worldwide animal welfare causes, offer pet advice, and teach you how to keep your furry friends healthy.

Famous Cat Quotes

  • "If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape, then a cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air." – Doris Lessing
  • "It will consent to be your friend if you are worthy of the honour, but it will not be your slave." – Théophile Gautier
  • "She understood now what cat lovers understood. You were with another being who didn't need your approval." – Richard Ben Sapier
  • "Dogs may fawn on all and some as they come; you, a friend of loftier mind, answer friends alone in kind. Just your foot upon my hand softly bids it understand." – Algernon Swinburne
  • "There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats." – Albert Schweitzer

"The smallest feline is a masterpiece."

— Leonardo Da Vinci

  • "If animals could speak the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow, but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much." – Mark Twain
  • "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
  • "I love cats because I love my home and after a while, they become its visible soul." – Jean Cocteau
  • "I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior." – Hippolyte Taine
  • "The cat has too much spirit to have no heart." – Ernest Menaul
  • "One cat just leads to another." – Ernest Hemingway
  • "Time spent with cats is never wasted." – Unknown
  • " How we behave toward cats here below determines our status in heaven." – Robert A. Heinlein
  • "There's no need for a piece of sculpture in a home that has a cat." – Wesley Bates
  • "God made the cat in order that humankind might have the pleasure of caressing the tiger." – Fernand Mery
  • "The cat could very well be man's best friend, but he would never stoop to admit it." – Doug Larson

"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 humankind."

— Cleveland Amory

Poems About Cats

This collection of poems includes my own personal writing, as well as a featured poem by T.S. Elliot.

"Mactavish Macbee"

Oh, Mactavish Macbee

you are so amazing to me—

without so much as a stir

(as I ask where can he be?)

I look up to see,

you now sitting on the banister . . .

As your gaze meets mine

you instantly jump down,

then I hear a little meow,

as sweet as it can be—

you take a little bow

and softly rub against my knee.

Where are you now,

I don't see you in sight . . .

then, you appear,

as if you had wings

to take flight—

upon a Greek statue

you alight,

from this earth you momentarily disappear—

with the gods

you seem perfectly right . . .

With such balletic grace

you leap without a sound—

Baryshnikov himself,

you would not fail to astound;

I have to admit you make me feel

with some disgrace,

how clumsy is the human race.

As if you had little slippers to wear

you gently creep up the stair . . .

do I catch a little chagrin

in that Cheshire grin

as you see me standing in

my underwear . . .

Foolish at times

us mere mortals must seem

with our cares . . .

you who have the wisdom of Solomon

in your sophisticated airs . . .

Yet I can discern

in your plaintive plea,

when the world has deserted me,

a most genuine concern . . .

And in your soulful eyes

of the purest intent,

as you curl up by my feet,

I take such comfort in your content.

– Lora Hollings

Where could dear Mactavish Macbee be?

Where could dear Mactavish Macbee be?

"The Old Gumbie Cat"

I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;

Her coat is of the tabby kind, with tiger stripes and leopard spots.

All day she sits upon the stair or on the steps or on the mat:

She sits and sits and sits and sits—and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!

But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,

Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.

And when all the family's in bed and asleep,

She slips down the stairs to the basement to creep.

She is deeply concerned with the ways of the mice -

Their behaviour's not good and their manners not nice;

So when she has got them lined up on the matting,

She teaches them music, crocheting, and tatting.

I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;

Her equal would be hard to find, she likes the warm and sunny spots.

All day she sits beside the hearth or in the sun or on my hat:

She sits and sits and sits and sits—and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!

But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,

Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.

As she finds that the mice will not ever keep quiet,

She is sure it is due to irregular diet

And believing that nothing is done without trying,

She sets straight to work with her baking and frying.

She makes them a mouse-cake of bread and dried peas,

And a beautiful fry of lean bacon and cheese.

I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;

The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.

She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:

She sits and sits and sits and sits—and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!

But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,

Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.

She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment,

So she's formed, from that lot of disorderly louts,

A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,

With a purpose in life and a good deed to do—

And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.

So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers—

On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.

– T.S. Elliot

"Cat in the Window Box"

Each day, she came to sit in my window box

and watched me with her soulful eyes

as I worked in my garden.

With a soft meow she made her presence known

as I watered the seeds that had been sewn.

Her fur was matted and you could tell she

had long suffered from neglect-

With one ear half gone

and one erect,

she would stay there all day long.

She asked for nothing

yet seemed content

to watch, to listen to all that was around-

but mostly to gaze at me with eyes intent.

I wanted to change the course of my life,

a feeling of failure was quite intense.

As I sat pondering what direction to take,

beside me, this cat came and knelt.

Trying to decipher as it were

just what it all meant

with each passing year . . .

she bowed her head, so demure,

and when I spoke my thoughts aloud . . .

I could hear her purr.

Like a disenfranchised goddess

I was in a sense . . .

living in a world, yet apart,

keeping a safe distance

but wanting to be a part—

I didn't even know where to start.

One by one, I was forced to dismantle all my illusions

so promising when it began;

but with identity shattered in such diffusion,

achieving so little in the end.

So abandoned by those who were supposed

to care for me, I often wondered

for what true purpose was my life's design.

She was in a sense a symbol–

a manifest sign;

her appearance revealing the shabby treatment

she endured-

indeed . . . her life resembled mine.

Fragmented remnants one might say-

not properly aligned;

in structure, a minor sacrifice,

yet some fatal flaw

so compromising the finished edifice.

One day, she came over to me

as I labored among the plants-

then extending a paw to me,

touched me very tenderly.

She rubbed up against me

so softly—

and purred contently.

Her eyes met mine;

and in that instant,

this beautiful creature

became like an ancient sphinx

who could

solve any riddle—

even the mystery of my life.

This gray tabby seemed

to sense my discontent;

it was comforting to have her near.

Looking up, I would find her eyes

attentively watching mine

and I seemed to be transported to another time.

I was once revered, she seemed to say

at the great temple of Karnak,

but then treated as an outcast,

misunderstood by so many—

shunned, neglected . . .

and then rejected;

even though from a royal lineage

I have descended . . .

my ancestors on the thrones of Egypt sat . . .

to be the beloved companion of Kings and Queens.

I come from a place

where men aspired to great glory

and now only fragments of that Kingdom remain—

the empires have faded into dust—

but their dreams, their passions live on,

their desire to understand...

to be a part of something greater than themselves,

they somehow must.

Can you not see

the light of hope

still shining bright

in my eyes?

I still carry the torch—

a reflection of their souls,

the substance of

their hopes and dreams;

This cat who had sadly been despised

by some,

yet so wise.

One who had been deified,

and then vilified.

Share what is deep within your heart . . .

what you aspire to be—

for I will keep it forever safe with me;

I want to know-

the beauty of your soul.

I'm the guardian of the heart's secret treasure,

I reassure;

the beauty that is possible in mankind—

the love they can feel,

what they can create,

the grandeur of their ideas-

the truth that they seek.

We are kindred spirits,

traveling through the millennia . . .

your entrusted soulmate—

the keeper of men's dreams.

It is this that will live forever . . .

in the hearts and minds of men—

what they can conceive.

This beauty which can never lie nor deceive,

and leaves an eternal glow in my eyes.

Even if you share your dreams with just one,

before the setting sun,

across the great expanse of time

share them with me—

as I will keep them throughout eternity.

For I bear witness to your soul . . .

when all but our dreams fade to dust.

– Lora Hollings

"With one ear half gone and one erect, she would stay there all day long."

"With one ear half gone and one erect, she would stay there all day long."

© 2009 Lora Hollings


Billybuc on August 12, 2020:

I love your love of animals, Lora!

My wife and I are definitely animal lovers. Our son has a goat farm, and on that farm are seventy-five goats, a few sheep, four horses, some pigs, peacocks, chickens . . . it is heaven for an animal lover, and we go out there often just to walk among the animals, pet them, and thoroughly enjoy them.

Anyway, I'm babbling. Spiritual connection with cats? I think I've got it with all animals. :)

FlourishAnyway from USA on February 11, 2020:

I love poem, your advice on spay/neuter, the famous quotes, and your personal quote about cats being guardians of our spirits while we sleep. I sleep right beside my deaf/low vision cat, Baybay. He is my second skin.

Lora Hollings (author) on December 03, 2019:

Thank you Devika for your visit and your comment is greatly appreciated. Cats are truly remarkable in many ways. They make great companions because they are very affectionate and loyal animals. "The cat could very well be man's best friend, but he would never stoop to admit it." – Doug Larson

Devika Primic on December 03, 2019:

Your interest in cats is a great feel if you are a cat person. However, cats are fascinating and you make sure of that in your writing.

Lora Hollings (author) on October 11, 2019:

Thanks Gerry for the read and your comment is greatly appreciated. I'm complimented that you enjoyed my article and glad to hear that you are an animal lover! Cheers to you.

Lora Hollings (author) on October 11, 2019:

Thank you Yves for dropping by and for your kind comment. Cats are as loyal and loving as dogs. I certainly agree with you! After being blessed with many in my life, I can attest to their affectionate and sensitive natures. If you are kind to a cat, they will be your friend forever and will always be there for you. Have a wonderful weekend.

Gerry Glenn Jones from Somerville, Tennessee on October 11, 2019:

I loved your article! We have two loving cats and 6 loving dogs. Needless to say, we are animal lovers,

Yves on October 10, 2019:

Having shared my home with a rescue cat over the past year, I have learned that they are very sensitive creatures. I believe they mirror our emotions somewhat. A year ago, I believed cats were aloof and uncaring. I know differently now. They actually feel deeply. Indeed, they are special creatures who deserve our caring and respect.

Your article is a lovely tribute to our feline companions.

Lora Hollings (author) on October 09, 2019:

Wonderful news Paula. I'm so glad that you have come up with a plan where you can keep two of your kitties and your third one will be going to a good friend where you will be able to see her often and know that she's being well cared for. I love your idea! I think it will work out well. It's great that your 2 males look so much alike! And if anyone comes by, as you say, you can put the non-vocal kitty in your bedroom as he is not going to disclose his whereabouts! That's funny. Great news! Thanks so much for sharing this with me. I hope that you like it there and your kitties do too. Many blessings to all of you!

Suzie from Carson City on October 09, 2019:

So sweet of you to suggest some ideas. .I'm moving to a very nice Independent Living Senior Complex. They have every amenity an old gal could want or need. I'm from a smaller semi-rural area and housing is limited. Also, more and more, landlords (around here anyway) are advertising NO pets at all.

I do believe I've come up with a plan.....perhaps a scam, but it should work. A good friend of mine has offered to adopt my grey tiger female. That's ideal because I'll be able to see her occasionally and know she's being well cared for.

My 2 males are both orange tigers......although they're from entirely different litters, of course they look so much alike, no one can tell them apart except me. I'm thinking I can easily "sneak"them both in & just be careful that on the rare occasion anyone stops by......I can put my non-vocal baby in my bedroom......I think I can pull this off!! LOL My youngest is very chatty....He talks to me all day long. No way I could hide him!! LOL His brother is the silent type.

I'm bad......LOL Thanks again! Paula babies are always indoor cats. I agree with that.

Lora Hollings (author) on October 09, 2019:

Paula, thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comment. I can certainly appreciate the quandary you are in with having to give up two of your kitties! I don't know what I would do if I found myself in that situation. It would be a very disturbing one for me as well! Did you already sign a lease? You can do a pet-friendly apartment search on google. Some of the apartments that come up in your area, may be more pet friendly than others and may allow you to keep 3 cats if you tell them that the cats are indoor only (and I highly recommend just keeping your cats indoors) and have been with you for a long time. If you offer them a non-refundable pet deposit, this may help persuade them. I would try to negotiate an agreement with the landlord that permits you to keep all your cats and I wish you the best of luck! Please keep me posted. I certainly hope that you can keep all of your kitties.

Lora Hollings (author) on October 07, 2019:

Your comments Patricia are welcome here anytime. Thank you for visiting again and taking care of these poor kitties who have been abandoned by their owner! I’m so glad to hear about people like you who are taking care of these poor animals who find themselves in such a dire situation! It is very cruel to abandon any pet. Domesticated animals can’t fend for themselves nor provide for themselves all the resources they need to stay alive. They don’t even have access to proper shelter during inclement weather and how can they possibly find food and water. And they are so vulnerable to cars and other dangers that they aren’t even aware of. These animals depend on us to provide for them! No one should ever give their pet away, however, to a stranger and if they do have to rehome them then they need to contact a local rescue who can help place their pet in a good home with responsible pet owners. If they have to give them up immediately, and they don’t have relatives or friends that can take their pets then they should take them to their local animal shelter. It is much easier for a shelter to place a cat that is familiar with people than a cat who is feral and hasn’t been socialized around people. Most shelters now have local rescues that they work with and many now have good adoption rates especially for animals who are well socialized. There’s never an excuse for anyone to abandon their pet!

And I’m sure that angels are very happy with the compassion you are showing toward these precious kitties and are headed your way! Many blessings to you.

Suzie from Carson City on October 07, 2019:

Lora....What a wonderful tribute to Kitty-cats. I'm a cat lover and mom of 3 rascals at the moment. However, I'm very sad and in a terrible quandary. In a few short months I'll be moving and the complex I am moving to, has a rule that only one small pet is allowed. I need to find loving homes for 2 of my babies. I haven't done too much about it yet because I'm so conflicted . Which one do I keep? How will I handle giving up 2 of them? What a heat-breaking situation. What would you do?? Peace, Paula

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on October 07, 2019:

as you know I stopped and read this before but I could not resist returning.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on October 07, 2019:

I love love love kitties. I have had so many lovelies come and go in my life mainly because my daughter and I fostered many kitties over the years. Right now I have 1 outside kitty about whom I have written here on HP and then have 4 more-----a Momma and her babies that are not mine at all but that I feed twice a day....they belong to noone but I feel like I must feed them. I have not befriended them even though the urge to pet them is so great. I hope to gather them up soon and take to have them spayed or neutered. It breaks my heart that someone just left them out here to fend for themselves. Angels are headed your way this evening ps

Lora Hollings (author) on July 26, 2019:

Thank you Patricia for stopping by and leaving your sweet comment. The right cat can steal anyone's heart because they are so special. They grace our world with their charms and all their amazing gifts.

Blessings to you.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 26, 2019:

Love love love me some kitties. I so agree that if you do not know how lovely kitties are then your kitty just has not found you.. I subscribe to the premise that THE kitty does find you. Right now I am missing my outside kitty who adopted me because I am away from home.. Angels are headed your way this morning ps

Lora Hollings (author) on July 24, 2019:

Thank you Mark for the read and your kind comment. I’m glad that you enjoyed the poetry. Writing these poems seemed to be quite easy due, I feel, to the subject matter. Maybe because cats are so remarkable and make such great companions with their intuitive nature that the lines just seemed to flow. A book maybe coming but I think it still may take some time! Warm Regards.

Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on July 24, 2019:

Lora, you certainly compiled a comprehensive collection of information on cats, as well as charming poetry. I wonder if a book is not far behind. Cheers and have a great day.

Lora Hollings (author) on July 18, 2019:

Thank you Denise for your kind comment. Pets are frequently abandoned by those who were supposed to love and take care of them. It is so cruel to leave a pet who cannot possibly take care of himself! Pets are as helpless as little children and we have a moral obligation to treat them with kindness and consideration for their needs and well-being. And if we ever see an animal who appears lost or in a bad situation, we should help them rather than be indifferent to their suffering or needs. Blessings to you.

Kenneth Avery on July 17, 2019:

Good morning, Lora, here @ 1:20 a.m., CDST.

I am beyond stunned at YOUR sweet and genuine comment that you gave me. And I thank YOU from the very deepest recesses of my heart for your talent as well.

Just keep on writing, no matter what. Even when you do not feel what you are writing. Believe me. If you just start, the article will find a way to see you through.

Peace and stay in touch with me and Thanks for the Following. I will send you a personal thank you in a few weeks.


Denise McGill from Fresno CA on July 17, 2019:

What a wonderful tribute to a noble pet. I teared up about the story about the family that moved away without the kitten. Lovely poetry and good reminders to adopt. Thanks for sharing.



Laynie H from Bend, Oregon on June 26, 2019:

Lora, I really love your poetry! I also appreciate that you voice the importance of spaying and neutering and "adopt don't shop." I spent quite a few years caring for shelter animals and that is certainly close to my heart. There are so many animals that need homes. Keep up the great poetry—very thoughtful.

Lora Hollings (author) on April 01, 2019:

Thank you Lorelei for stopping by and leaving a comment. I'm so glad that you love and appreciate cats. They certainly have distinct personalities and add so much joy to our lives!

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on March 30, 2019:

I am a cat lover as well. They certainly rule their master well lol. They have the most distinct personalities indeed.

Alyssa from Ohio on February 05, 2019:

What an amazing tribute to our feline friends! I've always had love for cats, from the time I was little, spending weekends at my grandparents' house, playing with their cat. I would make balls of all sizes out of aluminum and spend hours sitting on the floor, batting the ball back and forth with her. My husband's grandfather has a large cat named, Sassy, who is my spirit animal. We do yoga together and take multiple selfies whenever we visit. Cats are a treasure. This is a great article and I love your poetry!

Lora Hollings (author) on October 22, 2018:

Thanks so much Ken for stopping by and your gracious comment. I’m very complimented by your kind words and would also like to say that I appreciate all the very fine work you’ve done here on hubpages! I’m very impressed with your broad range as a writer of being able to write articles with much wit and humor yet articles that also touch the heart of the reader with your gift for words that elicit profound feelings. With much admiration and respect, thanks again for your generous comment!

Lora Hollings (author) on October 22, 2018:

Thank you, Linda, for your beautiful comment and for reading my article. Like you, I had only dogs when I was growing up. But when I moved into my own place, that’s when I found my first abandoned cat and fell in love with him so I adopted him as well as another from the local animal control facility there. Then, after that it was as if stray cats somehow just found me and I grew more in love with the feline personality and their charming ways. I had 3 cats for a long time until one recently passed. But, I was fortunate in having her wonderful companionship for many years. I’m blessed in still having the two cats and one dog who has also become quite fond of them.You also sound like an animal lover and I’m very happy that you have expanded your pet family to include cats as well! Bless you.

Lora Hollings (author) on October 22, 2018:

Thank you Maya for stopping by and leaving your lovely comment. I'm glad that you enjoyed the spirituality expressed in the poems and see the magic of these awesome animals not only in their physical abilities but in their charming antics and subtle ways of showing affection for their guardians.

Kenny Avery on October 21, 2018:

Oct. 22, 2018

Lora -- do you remember me? My last comment on this superbly-written (and designed) hub was back in 2015--and since then, I have had two strokes and other health issues. Not that I am unloading my adversities with you.

I just wanted to tell you again that that you did a wonderful job in writing and designing this hub.

Keep up the great work, Lora.

Write me when you can and do not forget me.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 21, 2018:

I love this article and your poetry, Lora. Thank you for sharing your concerns about cats in trouble and describing ways to help them. I grew up with dogs. It wasn't until I found two abandoned kittens that we had cats in our family. We now have three cats as well as two dogs. I've discovered the joy of feline companionship.

Lora Hollings (author) on October 20, 2018:

Thank you Paul for stopping by and leaving your comment! I’m glad to hear that you love cats and that you have a cat too! A very cute and unique name that you selected. I’m sorry to hear that in the Phillipines that cats aren’t as loved as much as dogs. I totally agree with you that some people are put off by their independent nature and they also have misconceptions about them. One of the common misconceptions people have is that dogs are more loyal. Although dogs, too, make awesome companions, they are not any more loyal than cats. Much anecdotal evidence from people who have cats as pets shows that cats are very loyal and will even put their own lives at risk to save their guardians if they feel them to be in danger. I can attest to my own cats’ loyalty by the attentiveness they show me when I’m sick or sad. They become especially affectionate and show concern for my well being.

Paul Balagtas from Philippines on October 20, 2018:

I am a cat lover and I very about to see a poem about cats....Here in the philippines....not much love is given to cats (as compared to dogs).... Maybe it is because of our culture....which prevents many from appreciating the independece and mystery behind a cat... P.S. the name of my cat is Callixto...

Maya Ellenson from Hobe Sound, Florida on October 06, 2018:

Lora, thank you for your deeply revealing essay and a soulful poem about cats. It's truly enlightening! Your poetry and essay help us to establish a deeper connection with the animal kingdom, especially, with the cats and their magical innate powers. Your writings channel it all with amazing lyricism and subtlety.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on September 10, 2018:

Thanks, Lora. I look forward to reading more of your insightful and wonderful work. When I read you have taught English, I knew this was a person who loves the language and people, too. It was an English teacher who first told me that my poetry had potential. That is why I will be one of your followers.

I also appreciate the information about authors who have lived with cats. I often wondered if S. King lived with one or two. Or maybe they told him some of those stories he writes.

Much respect and admiration



Lora Hollings (author) on September 07, 2018:

I don’t even know where to begin with such a comment that you have written regarding my article on “Our Spiritual Connection with Cats.” First, I would just like to say thank you for your very generous compliment. It means a lot coming from such a wonderful poet and artful communicator such as yourself, Tim. Cats to me are very spiritual beings and are capable of not only remarkable physical feats that do make us humans seem clumsy in comparison but are also very intuitive in reading our thoughts and emotions. Mine, are so quick to figure out if I’m happy or sad and all shades in-between. They will go to great lengths, such as trying to play with my dog’s tail, just to get me to laugh when I’m depressed with their comical gestures. They seem to say, “don’t take yourself so seriously.” Enjoy what life has to offer, and be more like us!

The poem, “Cat in the Window Box” was written to make more people aware of the extraordinary history cats have dating back to ancient times and to see them as a type of soul mate. You certainly can tell a cat anything and be assured that he will never divulge your innermost thoughts or secrets! Another reason that I like cats so much. And, I think they do protect our spirits from those that may want to harm us as cats are very loyal to those who have shown them love and take care of their needs. I also hope that by writing this article that I have disspelled some people’s notions that cats aren’t as loyal as dogs, as I have had both and I see that they are!

The “Old Gumbie Cat” is from the book, "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" which is a collection of whimsical poems by T. S. Eliot. It is the basis for the musical Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Eliot wrote the poems in the 1930s, and included them, under his assumed name "Old Possum" in letters to his godchildren. They were collected and published in 1939, with cover illustrations by the author, and then re-published in 1940, illustrated by Nicolas Bentley. They have also been published in versions illustrated by Edward Gorey (1982) and Axel Scheffler (2009).

Thank you for sharing your amusing story about Saca. I think she was able to read your mind, so to speak, with her highly developed senses and knew when you were finally finished thus giving you a congratulatory purr. What a charmer she must have been! I hope that you and your wife decide to get a cat. They truly are extraordinary and make wonderful companions especially for writers! Just ask Mark Twain, T.S. Elliot, Ernest Hemingway, Robert A. Heinlein, Richard Ben Sapier, Doris Lessing, Théophile Gautier and Cleveland Amory.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on September 05, 2018:

Hi, Lora,

First, I love your writing style whether it's poetry or an informational piece. Next, I'm not a cat person by nature, but I am an animal person. We own three dogs and we are thinking of getting a cat. In addition, I love the T. S. Elliot poem.

The rhythm of your poetry is gentle, soft, and quiet, like a graceful feline in this article. Through your cat's eyes, I observed your creative and original mind at work. You have a way of truly drawing the reader into the very essence of the text. You are a gifted soul.

Finally, I want to share a story with you. When I lived in a college town with three roommates, I had the pleasure of helping to take care of a beautiful white cat named Saca. Saca would always climb up on my desk and sleep while I worked on papers. Every time I think I was done, she would wake up, look at me and meow. I would work some more on the paper. When I knew I was finished, I was always greeted with a pleasant purr. Those papers always earned an A.

Thank you again.

Please, keep writing.


Much respect and admiration,


Lora Hollings (author) on July 04, 2018:

Thank you for your awesome comment about your wonderful cats! I’m also glad to hear that you and your buddies enjoyed my poetry. I had seven rescued cats at one time as well. All very unique and beautiful in their own way. Now, five have passed away and I have two. Your cat Simon sounds much like my bodacious and charming Beauregarde. He is an amazing cat who isn’t afraid of anything yet is also a most affectionate guy! I also have Baby Huey who couldn’t be sweeter and more mellow. His favorite activity is to sit in your lap and purr. He loves everyone and everything including my dogs. Thank you for rescuing these amazing and very faithful friends!

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 04, 2018:

One of my eight rescue cats, Simon, and I have enjoyed these cat poems quite a bit. We agree they are gods and goddesses. (I have six indoor cats, and two outdoor cats and am very lucky to share my life with them. They are all rescues, many with disabilities.)

Simon is a big orange tabby and is sitting on the back of my sofa peering over my shoulder at my computer screen and purring in my ear. Several years ago, a family who was moving sadly abandoned him at a local grocery store where I feed and spay/neuter a small colony of feral cats. Every day he ran up to me "yelling" when he saw my car. He'd jump into my arms and cry when I left. After three weeks, on my birthday, I decided that even though I had seven others, I'd take him home. He's now sitting high and mighty as one of my dearly loved cats.

sanna on March 04, 2017:

I have had a cat with me ever since I was a baby and ever since then I have become a cat magnet. When I visit someone's house where there is cats , the cats immediately surrounding me and asking me t pet them and they start to purrr in my presence and I know instantly what cat needs. Example my two cats whoose fur had dandruff and I immediately knew what to do so I bought special food that helps the fur to get better and whit in a week the fur became healthier . My four cats are more in my presence than my husband and child. I think that in my house I m most spiritual person whom they had easiest to make the spiritual connection than my husband. Do cats make some kind telepathic connection with the most spiritual person in the house?

Trina on December 09, 2015:

Sweet hub Lora. "When some people say that cats aren't as loyal as dogs, I feel it is because they have never had one of these emotionally complex and devoted creatures as a beloved companion." I completely agree with this comment because my husband and I have had this continuous argument for years. He's a dog-lover and does not care to take in cats. I would love to care for another cat, but he doesn't see the point. I think I may send him the link to your page. Maybe he will get it. I love the poems!

Andrea Robinson from California on December 09, 2015:

I love cats! I've had a long relationship with cats, and always feel so weird when people misunderstand them. I find cats to be incredibly loyal. They will walk with you when you take your dogs on a walk, they'll come out to greet you when you're walking by the neighbor's house, and even the feral ones are just magnificent. You'd like to touch them, but they have boundaries and let you know. There are many ways to be connected with animals, even if your apartment doesn't allow it, and volunteering at the shelter will put you right up close and personal with the healing power of pets.

There was a time I was extremely depressed and discouraged. I really feel that having the animals to take care of saved my life at that time. They are a true blessing, even the wild ones, and cats in particular are really fun and loving.

And yes, I used to have a cat that would ignore me most of the time, but every time I went to type at the computer, she would lie on the keyboard so all I could do was pet her! Her attitude seemed to be, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me!"


mayericson on November 30, 2015:

I love cats and have always been lucky enough to have the most amazing ones. They're the most incredible beings and companions. I was a foster mom for kittens back when and loved it. You get so attached it's hard to let go, but I was able to ensure (to the best of my knowledge) they went to loving homes. One even got to go with a family who put him in a backpack everywhere they went! He loved it! I can and will do anything for cats. Thanks for this great article.

Jeolson from Champaign, Illinois on November 29, 2015:

I really enjoyed this poet. It's the first time I've heard that cats guard against bad spirits in our dreams. How interesting! I agree with you, too, that if we take a cat into our family that we shouldn't abandon it. Every pet I have had has been like family. It's so hard not to treat animals like this. Loved your poems. You're a great writer.

Jamie Adair on November 27, 2015:

I love the imagery!

Cats are funny in the way they can seem to be so above us yet so tender when they sense that we need them. I suffer from anxiety and depression, among other things, and I know without a doubt that my three cats improve my quality of life. They are mysterious in all their wisdom and grace. I think that’s why I love them so much.

I absolutely second your comment regarding adopting cats rather than purchasing from a pet store. For those interested in adopting be sure to look up your communities kill shelters and look at those first. The thought of such sweet, beautiful creatures being euthanized is heartbreaking.

Great post.

Thanks for sharing your talent.

Kelly Sheldrick on November 26, 2015:

A collection of some really great poems, which have highlighted some really important issues. My favourite poem is probably, "Cat in the Window Box" - amazing. I actually have a friend, which is obsessed with cats (she has 6), and I think she will really appreciate some of these poems, so I might send the link to her.

Shelby on November 25, 2015:

Wow what beautiful cat poems. I'm going to share these with my friends who is a cat lover!! I grew up with dogs but now have a cat and she is very affectionate to me. Some people are are just not cat people and some are not dog lovers and that's okay as well as we treat all animals with respect that they need. They need our help. I have always gotten my pets from a shelter. It's the only way I will.

Librarylady on November 25, 2015:

First of all let me compliment you for mentioning that we have a moral obligation to care of pets for their lifetime, not just until we tire of them. Your poem “Cats Enlighten Us”, speaks to me as I had a similar experience with a stray cat my son brought home from college. At first I wasn’t excited about the adoptee, but she soon came to be a loyal and beloved member of the family, and we mourned her when her life – shortened by previous years of neglect – came to an end. Thanks for putting my feelings into words.

Kelly Knight on November 25, 2015:

Wow I can not believe that story about leaving that kitten behind. How sad!! It made me want to cry. I don't understand how people can be so mean to animals. Just because you don't like an animal or even a person doesn't mean you need to be mean to them. I don't like spider but I still can't kill them.

SillyAnn75 on November 25, 2015:

Well written. And we are owners of 2 furbabies of our own (both dogs, due to my husband's allergies), but I have been the proud owner of a cat when I was younger. They are simply beautiful and loving creatures. And as an animal lover and owner, it just breaks my heart when you see animals who were taken into homes be abused and neglected. To me that is just the same as any abuse towards a you think they WANT to be brought into that home? My oldest daughter is going to obtain her degree as a veterinarian, and we are active with our local animal rescue site. Love all these poems, can't pick any one I like better.

Caitlin on November 24, 2015:

Beautiful post! Cats are such special creatures. I currently have a 10 week old kitten that I rescued at 2 days old and bottle-fed. She is so sweet and I feel we have quite a connection since I've literally been her "mother" all her young life. I have a dog also whom I love very dearly. I really don't think you can say that a dog is better than a cat or vice versa. They are just different from each other in many ways. It always blows my mind how some people will just throw their pets away without a second thought. Anytime someone takes on a pet, it should be with the mindset of, "This is for life."

SolveMyMaze on November 24, 2015:

The poems you've written on cats are great, Lora. Whilst I don't have any pets myself, I feel that it is the duty of society to make sure that they're treated properly and safely whether they're cats or not.

It's so sad thinking that people could cause any harm to them, and I know there's a big stigma too around the fact that cats from shelters might not be as friendly or as welcoming. From personal experience, I've got a few friends that have taken in cats from shelters and they're so loveable. They're only wanting some attention, which surely isn't too much to ask.

LilyJane on November 23, 2015:

I love your poems, especially the first one, Lora. :)) You really have a strong connection with cats :) I've had a cat when I was little, but now my husband wants a dog for the same reason, which was written in your article - dogs are more loyal. And yes, he have never had a cat in his life :D You're so right!

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on December 17, 2014:


Super work. Lovely hub. Is this coincidence? I love cats. I own four--Festus, Hobollenia, Strawberry and Lightning and they are like my kids.

I really Love this hub, which is delightful, colorful, and very interesting. You are certainly a gifted-writer.

I was proud to vote up and all of the choices. Thank you for sharing this topic and your gift.

Keep up the fine work and always know that you have a friend and follower in me.


Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, AL.

Judy Filarecki from SW Arizona and Northern New York on September 05, 2014:

Thank you so much. Your poems are beautiful and inspiring. My cat Mozart, is forever tapping me on the shoulder. Most times it is because it is mealtime (he as a built in alarm clock.) Other times it is that he wants attention. Other times I sure it is to calm my nerves when I'm wound up about something. He is definitely a comfort when you need it.

Ana Maria Orantes from Miami Florida on August 14, 2014:

I admire your writing about cats. The love you have for them is big that you transfer the love in your writing. We, who have pets. We have them for many reasons. I Love my cat. He was beautiful. So sweet anf gentle. It was a wild cat . My companion found it on the front yard. He was a baby, but he was big. He gave us joy. One day we found the cat death in the same spot. Were we found it. I still remember him. I am not sad. I was.The cat is not here. I love your poems. The cat was here to check on us. We love him , and we treat him right. God gave us the cat, and someone took our cat. Thanks for your hub. It is a beautiful hub.

Have you read the book, Cat in the Quad, by Ken Evans? get it on Amazon on June 23, 2014:

Have you read Cat in the Quad by Ken Evans ? Full of cat wisdom, get it from Waterstones

jim on April 12, 2014:

I lost my beloved cat after 11 years together. Now I am alone again. The presence is gone. There is nothing left now but the foolishness of human behavior that I had to live with before his arrival....and will have to live with now again probably till the day I die. You cannot acquire this fortune by choice. It comes to you.

Selena on October 10, 2013:

Everything I've read on this site is in great accordance with my own observations and opinions....I've always loved cats, even though I love all animals, cats were somehow my favorites.... I've always had few cats around house that I fed regularly, but never had a cat that would live with me until this day...anyway, this cat as a two weeks old kitten that lost her mom and hide in the motor of my brother's car. As my brother was driving to his office he heard meowing from the machine. He stopped and find her in the machine. He put her out and as he was in a great hurry he just left it on the street. Tomorrow, the whole situation repeated itself, but now he took the cat out from street a bring it to our common friend, just for a few days until he finds home for her, even though she was so small that he didn't believe she will survive. In that time I was living with my ex, and I was going through some horrible period, desperation and no hope at all. When I came to this friend for a dinner, as I entered the room cat stopped meowing for the first time in those few days. I sat on the sofa and she came into my lap, climbed on my shoulder and slept. We were all shocked, and of course I took this cat with me. She was better with every passing day, she followed me along the house, but she never get used to my ex. Before we split up, we had really bad fights and every time he yelled at me she would stand in front of me not allowing him to approach me, until one she jumped on his chest and hurt him badly with her nails. He was pissed and he was about to hit her but than I stood up finally and confront him for the first time in our nine year long relationship. Next morning I packed my things and move out, broke up that horrible relationship and returned to my parent's house. Two years past since that morning, today I am happy and content person, and cat is still with my parents as I live in the other city where I found fulfilling job but cat cannot leave with me as I travel a lot....She got used to my parent, and she loves them nearly as me...but every time I'm coming home she starts to pull out my clothes out of the wardrobe a day earlier... and when I come home its irreplaceable feeling, extraordinary...and my mom says that she can tell how I feel without seeing or hearing me just by observing my cat...Anyway, sorry for a long text but I had to share this story as this cat saved me in every possible way man can be saved. :D

harmony155 from Atlanta, Georgia on April 16, 2013:

I agree, cats have a special spiritual energy. They are like enlightened creatures that protect us and show us how to always be in the present moment!

Julie Andrews on April 25, 2009:

What a compassionate, and thoughtful hub! I particularly enjoyed the poem by Lora Hollings - the ability that animals (like cats) have to enrich our lives is wonderfully portrayed. The relationship that we have with cats truly can provoke insight about how we live our lives and the way we are treated, and in turn, treat others. I also think this hub dispels a lot of negative myths people have about cats - they truly are wonderful pets! I really enjoyed the insight of this hub.

BGM on April 17, 2009:

It's a rare Hub that offers so much as I've found in yours. The poem "Cat in the Window Box" was indeed profound. In fact, I read it several times finding more meaning with each passing. I think you really capture the charm of the feline personality in "Mactavish Macbee" which touched my heart, reminding me of my cat that recently passed away. I laughed when I read the line... "I have to admit you make me feel with some disgrace, how clumsy is the human race" and laughed, yet more, upon reading this... "do I catch a little chagrin in that cheshire grin as you see me standing in my underwear..." I like your writing style and admire the message you are sharing. Thank you for the in-depth section on "How You Can Help Cats." Good advice that everyone should read. I will adopt a classroom to spread the "Kind News" to help children develop greater empathy for all God's creatures. One of the best Hubs I've seen on Hubpages.

Rebecca Andrews on April 15, 2009:

I love your hub.  I think the poems are wonderful and your writing about animal welfare issues is enlightening. I really enjoyed the "Cat in the Window Box," and the connection between us and other animals that you have profoundly expressed in the poem.  I  also loved the idea in this poem that our spirituality, compassion, and our aspirations are eternal even if our lives and buildings may be finite. The selection of a cat as a messenger who brings this to the attention of a woman who is struggling with a sense of futility about her life is very poignant.

The beauty of our minds and spirits which outlive us and remain undefeated in the end is a good reminder to all humanity about what is significant about our temporal lives.

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