The Nine Reasons Why Writers Have Cats

Ever noticed that writers tend to have… lots of cats? Like not just one or two, but sometimes three or four? I could never quite figure out the obsession, until I adopted a few of my own (yes, I just said the word ‘few’, and yes, I may have more than one cat).

1) You will never again be alone, ever

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2) They are excellent paper shredders… and you will cheer them on even when it’s the sole copy of your manuscript. You are eating that paper so well my little darling munchkin poo

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3) Kittens. Just kittens. I mean, they do end up turning into cats at some point. But kittens

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4) Cats are the only thing on the planet more bonkers than writers. This is reassuring to said writers

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5) Feeling blue because you’ve just killed off one of your favourite characters? Never fear, the cat will help distract you (or make you scream in pain or whatever it is that the cat feels like doing to you at that moment in time)

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6) Cats show us that even when we fail, there is still plenty to laugh about (windowsill = finding a publisher)

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7) You can rant and rave to your cat about the person you intend to kill (in your book) without any serious repercussions *cough agent cough*

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8) Cats can make for great inspiration. Especially when they’re being creepy. And especially when you turn around. And they are there. Just staring

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9) Google ‘author with cat’. That is all.

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  1. Both charming and hilarious. Here is another point why we have them: they are self-sufficient (mostly). Cats will take themselves to the bathroom and keep themselves entertained while you tackle the latest writing deadline/cram/what-was-I-thinking-plot-twist. lol
    They are fiercely independent and, for most of us, it is a confidence booster to be around people and pets that have the confidence we aspire to have in ourselves.

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  2. OMG, this is awesome Milly, I have two cats, and they ALWAYS seem to like to sit on my journal when I’m writing. If I’m not writing they’re stretched out on the floor in any room I’m in, except the bathroom, where they’re wrestling each other in the tub, or chewing on my shower curtain. In the kitchen, one of them will be at the sink meowing at me to turn the fawcet on for his daily bath, yes, one of my cats LOVES water, I think I should get a fountain. An indoor fountain, they’ll never wake me up for water again. They’ll just wake me up for other reasons. I love my cats….had them since they were 5wks old, long story. But they’ve both lived up to their names, Sheldon, (yes, named after Sheldon Cooper on BBT), he’s as aloof and annoying as hell. The Feline version of his human namesake. The other is his brother Shadow, we named him that because he’s all black, but he follows us EVERYWHERE, he truly shadows people. He’s the water lover, and loves the dog too, but loves to tease him. They’ll both be laying on the floor, Shadow will creep over (while still in a lying position) and bat him on the head and run. LOL, it’s so funny cause the dog looks at me like…”what’d I do?”. LOL. I look at him like….nothing, he did that because he can.

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  3. All true!
    I have a cat….just the one…called hector. He’s my best friend and worst critic. He also lets me know when I’ve been reading for too long by laying across my book and giving me that “feed me!” look. BUT his brothers and sisters (several of them) live next door so often I have 4 or 5 cats in the house at once all demanding my attention. I have become a crazy cat person!

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  4. I have 2 cats currently trying to decide weather to make it 3 as per my last post would love for you to read and give me feedback ✌🏻🐱

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  5. Great Post! I wanted to share with everyone a T-shirt I recently designed for cat lovers. Here is the link:

    I hope you enjoy and don’t mind me posting this!

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  6. I have two, I want more but I’m old and for some reason if your old, a female, and have more then two cats your called “The old crazy cat lady” and yes I write poems and short stories. =^..^=

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  7. this is so true and so me!! i also adopted one cat from a shelter during my study and away from home. i just can’t live without a cat. and they also make the best companion ever.

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  8. Love the staring eyes of the creepy cat. I don’t have a cat and I don’t think you’ve gone any closer to convincing me I should have one or a few, but I enjoyed the smiles from your article anyway, Milly. Thank you.

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  9. Bwahahaha! I have four cats! I couldn’t live without owning at least two cats! And yes kittens. My youngest cat is two. I’d love to get a kitten again. There is nothing more entertaining than watching a kitten at play. Well actually, there is! Watching two+ kittens at play! My two year old still plays but the other ones don’t want to play with him much anymore. I get down on the floor and play with him daily but when I’m busy or tired he begs the others to play and their just not into it. They’ll chase a laser all over the place, but other than that they don’t play. I’m afraid he would hurt a kitten though. He’s a big muscular 17 lbs boy and he can play rough! For now i will just have to watch kittens playing on YouTube…

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  10. SO…what about those of us who are authors that do not have cats? I am an author and I don’t have one. Does that mean I am not really a writer because that would be heartbreaking….lol

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        1. See? It all fits! As I said, in the beginning Hemingway didn’t like them either. And then he changed his mind. That’s what cats do. But you have to be exposed to cats to get into the right mood 😀 I’m only joking. I love cats, but I understand that some people don’t. I live in the area where most don’t, so I got used to that. Anyway… look at Hemingway’s photos 🙂 He’s always with cats in those pics where he’s older.

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  11. Love this post! My cat, Mimo, is 19 years old. He’s aging and has some health issues, and I know his passing is inevitable. It will change my writing habits, as he’s always here every morning. Somehow, I’ll find a way to adapt.

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  12. I don’t have a cat. My husband doesn’t like them, but when my daughter was at home, she had three. (Husband put up with them for his beautiful daughter, of course.) Unfortunately, I wasn’t a writer then. I had a proper job, so I missed out on all the writerly fun, like the cat on the keyboard and eating your manuscript.

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  13. My cats are family-at times I have had four, at the moment I have three delightful bundles of fun and playfulness. Cats are also incredible listeners when you want to read your work out loud- at least for a while. They steal your office chair and look so cute you get another. One of my cats always runs to greet me when I have been out. They make a home feel more like home.

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  14. I have two cats, and in my opinion, the thing which raises them above dogs as pets is that they clean up after themselves. Yes, dogs will grovel to ‘master’, but who is picking up whose poo here? Exactly.
    Cats also make excellent fur-covered hot water bottles when they feel like it (great for warming a stationary writer). Cruelty-free fur, too, or at least free of cruelty to the fur. Whether cruelty is entirely out of the picture does rather depend on the disposition and mood of the cat.

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    1. “Cats also make excellent fur-covered hot water bottles when they feel like it (great for warming a stationary writer).”

      What a good point! Not only do they warm like a hot water bottle, but studies show their purrs have healing effects on cats & the humans they’re near. So, they also have the healing/soothing qualities of a hot water bottle!

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      1. I’m not counting. I am happy when I read your posts, and I think you’re doing something even more interesting when you’re not posting. I hope your winter (my summer) has been going well.

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