Our Spiritual Connection With Cats

Updated on March 26, 2019
Royal Cat of Egypt
Royal Cat of Egypt

Cats as Our Beloved Companions

This hub is dedicated to the spiritual bond that we have with our cats and to their regal origins dating back to ancient Egypt. These animals were once worshiped as gods and played a vital role in Egyptian culture. Today many of us who have the priviledge of having one or more of these animals as a pet feel blessed by their incredible powers of intuition, their loyalty to us, as well as their beauty and grace.

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. This is a myth which sadly has prejudiced some people against these courageous and very affectionate animals due to a misconception which isn't based on actual fact.

I read a wonderful quote one day that said 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.

I'll never forget when I read an article one day about a family who moved from their house and left their kitten behind. Meowing incessantly and running as quickly as he could, the little kitten actually tried to follow their car but couldn't catch up with them. The little kitten felt as if he had been abandoned as these animals have feelings no different from ourselves.

Someone actually saw this happen and was at least able to rescue this helpless kitten who could have been a tragic victim of such cruel treatment. We must realize that when we have a pet that we have a moral obligation to take care of them for life and treat them as we would any member of our family with a true regard for their long-term welfare and their happiness too.

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

Cat in the Window Box
Cat in the Window Box

Cat's Can Enlighten Us

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 that 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 her-
but mostly to gaze at me with eyes intent.

Wanted to change the course of my life,
a feeling of failure so keenly felt,
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-
she extended a paw to me,
then touched me on my shoulder.

She rubbed up against me
so softly-
and purred contently.
her eyes met mine;
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 cat seemed
to sense my discontent;
it somehow 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 then 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 soul mate-
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

A Poem About the Amazing "Mactavish Macbee"

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

Cats Are Wonderful Friends

Cats Are Wonderful Friends

Gentle eyes that see so much,
paws that have the quiet touch,
Purrs to signal "all is well"
and show more love than words could tell.
Graceful movements touched with pride,
a calming presence by our side -
A friendship that takes time to grow -
Small wonder why we love them so.

Author Unknown

Featured Poem of the Month about Cats

From Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Elliot-

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 ist 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

Favorite Books about Cats for Children

The Life of Riley the Cat
The Life of Riley the Cat

“The Life of Riley the Cat” is an uplifting, heartwarming tale about a cat which teaches children about worthiness, courage, and acceptance. The message is limitless and is as meaningful to children as it is to parents.


Favorite Books about Cats for Adolescents and Adults

The Emotional Lives of Animals: A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy ― and Why They Matter
The Emotional Lives of Animals: A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy ― and Why They Matter

Bekoff skillfully blends extraordinary stories of animal joy, empathy, grief, embarrassment, anger, and love. Filled with Bekoff’s light humor and touching stories, The Emotional Lives of Animals is a clarion call for reassessing both how we view animals and how we treat them.


Famous Quotes from Famous People about Cats

"If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape, then a cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air." - Doris Lessing, British writer

"It will consent to be your friend if you are worthy of the honour, but it will not be your slave." -Théophile Gautier, French writer

"She understood now what cat lovers understood. You were with another being who didn't need your approval." - Richard Ben Sapier, American writer

"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, English Poet

"The smallest feline is a masterpiece." - Leonardo Da Vinci, Italian painter, writer, and inventor

"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats."- Albert Schweitzer, German-French theologian, musician, philosopher, physician and humanitarian who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953

"If animals could speak the dog would be a a blundering outspoken fellow, but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much."
- Mark Twain, American writer and humorist

"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 Notebook, 1894

"I love cats because I love my home and after a while they become its visible soul."- Jean Cocteau, French film director

"I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior."- Hippolyte Taine, French critic and historian

"The cat has too much spirit to have no heart."- Ernest Menaul

"One cat just leads to another."- Ernest Hemingway, American writer who was awarded the Nobel prize for literature

"Time spent with cats is never wasted."- Unknown

" How we behave toward cats here below determines our status in heaven."

- Robert A. Heinlein, Science fiction writer

"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, an American author who devoted his life to promoting animal rights

"There's no need for a piece of sculpture in a home that has a cat." - Wesley Bates, artist and wood engraver

"God made the cat in order that humankind might have the pleasure of caressing the tiger." -Fernand Mery, French writer

"The cat could very well be man's best friend, but he would never stoop to admit it."
Doug Larson, Middle-distance runner who won gold medals at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris

How You Can Help Cats

If you are looking for a cat or kitten please adopt one from your local humane society or a local rescue group which helps homeless animals in their community. Most importantly, you will be saving a life. So many humane societies and animal shelters always have more animals than they can find homes for and tragically may be compelled to euthanize many of them on a weekly basis so that they can make room for more. Please don't go to a pet store to purchase any pet. You will only be encouraging irresponsible breeding as many of these animals come from places where the parents are kept in extremely cramped and squallid conditions and where they are treated more like producing machines than loved or cared for as pets. The profit motive at the expense of these animals, sadly, is what keeps these places going. Hopefully, as more people become educated as to the inhumane conditions that the breeding parents are kept in, just so they can produce offspring, the more likely it is that we will see laws passed to eliminate these abusive environments and the ruthless exploitation of these sad victims.

Many of these pet stores would soon stop selling animals and just focus their business on selling pet products if more people adopted or rescued their pets. This would also have a major impact on decreasing the surplus pet population and the number of animals that are euthanized every year as a direct consequence of it. Keep in mind that 4-5 million dogs and cats are euthanized annually in the U.S. alone as a direct consequence of unscrupulous breeders, and because of many pet owners or guardians who still do not realize the importance of spaying or neutering their pets. Please be a part of the solution not a part of the problem.

Whether you are a cat guardian or a dog guardian or both a dog and cat guardian, I urge all of 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 and realize that we play a crucial role in bringing this unacceptable state of affairs to an end. Please encourage your friends, family, and even neighbors to have their pets spayed or neutered by talking about the other benefits too. Some of the other benefits are: pets are much less likely to be aggressive, dogs are much less likely to roam, cats or dogs less likely to escape due to increased hormones, they are calmer making them easier to manage, and the cost is less in the long term as they will be healthier thus avoiding costly illnesses and expensive surgeries as they get older.

If you have some extra time as you are now retired or you're looking for rewarding work, you can also have a significant impact on helping cats by volunteering at your local shelter. The more volunteers they have, the more likely that they can increase adoptions as they can afford to hold on to the animals longer and do more offsite adoptions. Many local shelters rely heavily on volunteers to help with many of their needs so that they can become more efficient and allocate their resources more effectively. If you enjoy teaching children or interacting with others in a group environment, become a volunteer in the humane education dept. helping children to learn proper care of pets and acquiring a respect for all animals- a very worthwhile endeavor, to feel like you have made a substantial contribution before you leave this world in creating a more compassionate and caring one for all of God's creatures.

Many local humane societies are now joining with schools across our Nation to do 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.

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 their environment. By getting children involved with the community such as donating clothing and toys, cleaning up parks, and collecting change for animal shelters, children learn responsibility and good citizenship. If you have a child in an elementary school, this would be a good topic to bring up at a PTA meeting at the very beginning of the year. Also ask your child's teacher if you could adopt his or hers 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 it inspires children to read and improves their students' behavior toward their peers.

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. You can view it at this website, http://www.fund.org/humanescorecard

Become a member of a major animal welfare advocacy organization 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 through newsletters, monthly magazines, or through email alerts on important actions that you can take to improve the lives of all animals whether they be farm animals, pets, or wild animals who need our help in stopping a terribly cruel trade or practice in our own country or abroad. They can also provide you with excellent advice on socializing your new kitten, tips in developing a great bond with your cat, training your new puppy or changing your dog's behavior. Also they can provide you with very valuable information on keeping your pet healthy.

If you are looking for a pet to adopt go to your local shelter or animal control facility first. If you are looking for a particular kind or breed which you can't find there, please check out www.petfinder.com which keeps a data base of thousands of wonderful pets who need loving homes from shelters and rescue groups across the the U.S. Some of the rescue groups specialize in purebreds, and you can find almost any shape, color, breed, size or age there. Always seriously consider adopting first. I would also like to mention that mixed breeds make great pets, as they often can be healthier with their mixed genes, and can have very loving temperaments. So don't overlook these. They may be just what you're looking for. All my pets are adopted; they are all wonderful companions, and each one is special in his own way. Even the ones that have passed on, I still feel that they are with me in a spiritual sense. I also have the satisfaction of knowing that I saved their lives.

Questions & Answers


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      • Lora Hollings profile imageAUTHOR

        Lora Hollings 

        7 weeks ago

        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!

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        Lorelei Cohen 

        7 weeks ago from Canada

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

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        3 months ago from Ohio

        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 profile imageAUTHOR

        Lora Hollings 

        7 months ago

        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!

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        Lora Hollings 

        7 months ago

        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 profile imageAUTHOR

        Lora Hollings 

        7 months ago

        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.

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        Kenny Avery 

        7 months ago

        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.

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        Linda Crampton 

        7 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        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.

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        Lora Hollings 

        7 months ago

        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.

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        Paul Balagtas 

        7 months ago from Philippines

        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...

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        Maya Ellenson 

        7 months ago from Hobe Sound, Florida

        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.

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        Tim Truzy 

        8 months ago from U.S.A.

        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 profile imageAUTHOR

        Lora Hollings 

        8 months ago

        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.

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        Tim Truzy 

        8 months ago from U.S.A.

        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 profile imageAUTHOR

        Lora Hollings 

        10 months ago

        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!

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        10 months ago from USA

        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.

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        2 years ago

        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?

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        3 years ago

        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!

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        Andrea Robinson 

        3 years ago from California

        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!"


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        3 years ago

        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.

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        3 years ago from Champaign, Illinois

        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.

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        Jamie Adair 

        3 years ago

        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.

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        Kelly Sheldrick 

        3 years ago

        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.

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        3 years ago

        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.

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        3 years ago

        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.

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        Kelly Knight 

        3 years ago

        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.

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        3 years ago

        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 child....do 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.

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        3 years ago

        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."

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        3 years ago

        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.

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        3 years ago

        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!

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        Kenneth Avery 

        4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


        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.

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        Judy Filarecki 

        4 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

        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.

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        Ana Maria Orantes 

        4 years ago from Miami Florida

        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.

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

        4 years ago

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

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        5 years ago

        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.

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        5 years ago

        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

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        6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

        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!

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        Julie Andrews 

        10 years ago

        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.

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        10 years ago

        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.

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        Rebecca Andrews 

        10 years ago

        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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