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  • a happy, ordinary, middle-aged, suburban woman who paints odd pictures, gardens in a straw hat, lives with the love of her life, is owned by one cat and the ghosts of several others, and walks a little funny 'cause she has a fake leg. She started this website because there's more to life than what we lose, and we need to let each other know what's possible, even if it's only a happy, ordinary life.

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Kay Olson

Heh. Looks like my place.

I wish I had one of those shelves. I think they come with heat in the seat too.

My cat hides under my clothes in my closet when there is danger from storms, vacuuming and small children visiting.


We got this shelf at PetCo. Even though it's not one of the heated models, it wasn't cheap, but we had another one before this that experienced the love of four cats in two houses over the course of 11 years, and it still wasn't worn out when I disposed of it. I was just heartbroken (the last cat was euthanized on it) and pretty sure there would be no more cats here. But then Sam showed up, and we knew another one would be a good investment no matter how much time we would be permitted to have with him.

Notice I have never gotten around to removing the consumer information tag. This, of course, is because it's just so dang aesthetically pleasing hanging down like that, and also because I am so very organized. It's also because that tag has the washing instructions on it, and cleaning things really isn't my forte.

kathy a.

i cannot let my cats see this post. they wouldn't care so much about the cat shelf, since they use the dining room table for primo sunbeam-bathing. but they would start lobbying for access to a soft, undie-filled shelf in the closet, and my closet is Forbidden Territory, being filled with 80 gerbillion things that i ought to get rid of already.

anyway, they are not deprived. they make do with cozy spots on the heater vent, any clothes we have sitting around, sewing projects, etc.


Oh, Kathy, I don't think anyone would ever worry about any of your cats being "deprived."

No matter what they might tell you, you know it's perfectly okay to keep them out of the closet. Boundaries are good. Boundaries are healthy. ;)

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