Cat lover, cat enthusiast, cat crazed! These are just a few of the descriptions that come to mind when I
think of my life's passion-cats.
I have lived with cats, I have worked with cats, and I have written about cats. My house is filled with cat
objects-I am a cat marketer's dream! I can't really recall the first cat item I got, but I speculate it dates
back to grammar school. I amassed a collection of 50+ novelty salt and pepper shakers, and I am certain several
cat sets were hanging around.
I recently toured my home to inventory my collection. Where to start? At one time, I made an attempt to keep
all the "cat stuff" in one or two rooms. That has been mildly successful. The cats don't like to be confined,
and I discover the objects turning up in the oddest places-clothes closets, jewelry boxes, and kitchen
cabinets! I collect books, jewelry, figurines, pictures, Christmas ornaments, sweaters, garden statues,
teapots, cookie jars, black Halloween cats, and amateur photos. Oh, I must have forgotten something. That can't
Let's start on the lower level of the house. The guest bedroom features a dozen framed cat prints. A cat
figurine collection sleeps on several shelves in a bookcase. On the middle level of the house, the kitchen is
watched over by a shelf full of Japanese black cat teapots from the 1940s. Cat cookie jars from the 1950s rest
on top of a cabinet and numerous sets of 7-day-of-the-week embroidered cat towels complete the kitchen. As we
head up the stairs to the upper level, a cat gallery in the hall displays my amateur photos of Noelle,
Tatianna, Taittinger, Marnie, Katarina and Lexie Lee. My office is home to cat novels, cat reference books and
cat picture books. Across the hall in the master suite, you will find the cat necklaces, vintage brooches, and
Christmas cat sweaters.
During October, the black Halloween cats prowl the house. But the Christmas cats really take over in
December when the 300+ cat ornament collection adorns my living room tree. The whimsical tree complete with cat
garland is a legacy to all my cats and cats to come. For a change of pace from all the cats, let's just head
out to the backyard. Well, guess what! I can't even escape outside without catching glimpses of cats-statues
peeking out from under swaying area palm trees and other cats sleeping on a wrought iron chairs amidst
Yes, I agree, cat collecting is my obsession, but friends and family love it. After all, they can never go
wrong by giving me a cat-related gift. All in all, being surrounded by my favorite "cat stuff" is fun and
lighthearted-just like living with my precious Norwegian Forest Cat-Lexie Lee. It is probably time to edit the
massive collection, but the keeper is always dear, sweet Lexie Lee!
What is the most unusual cat item you have seen?