Welcome to the Creative Cat where even the human leaves pawprints and everything comes with a free side of cat hair, all in the name of creativity. The art in the header you see above is a detail from my painting Warm Winter Sun featuring Namir dozing in the wash of early morning sun in my kitchen. Namir and I laughed at his hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure for years, and in January 2009 he was the inspiration for beginning this blog—and he was truly a Creative Cat.
The human in this household has been rescuing and fostering cats for about 30 years and has lots of stories to tell and valuable information about health and welfare to share with you learned on her feet and on the street and confirmed by her veterinarian. Daily life with rescued cats can be full of joy one day and sadness the next, with humorous episodes and somber moments sharing the same day. My goal is to offer my readers a daily mix that reflects a typical day featuring my original professional and creative writing along with photos and artwork featuring my cats, others’ cats and animals in general.
My felines have inspired and guided my creative life as an artist and writer, and while I’d been writing about and painting my cats and sending printed newsletters since the late 1980s and maintaining a website and e-newsletters since the late 1990s, in the late 2000s it was time to move to this wonderful, flexible mode of blogging and social networking.
Thanks to my evolving feline family, The Creative Cat is an award-winning blog featuring daily articles and stories of feline health, welfare and adventures plus a daily sketch and a daily photo of my cats literally from the studio.
Guide to Images and Articles on The Creative Cat
Each day I post throughout the day:
• An article in one of the topics below
• A Reprise (posted in a previous year), Archive (unpublished digital) or Vintage (unpublished film) Daily Photo
• A New Daily Photo
• A Daily Sketch (from that day) or a Reprise (if I haven’t had a chance to do a new sketch); new Daily Sketch posts also include links to previous daily sketches from that date
To view a daily digest, click the date on the calendar in the right-hand column to bring up the archive of articles published on that day.
My weekly schedule of features:
Sunday: Essays, Pet Loss, Poetry, The Artist’s Life
Monday: Adoptable Cats, TNR & Shelters
Tuesday: Rescue Stories
Wednesday: Commissioned Portrait or Featured Artwork
Thursday: New Merchandise
Friday: Book Review, Health and Welfare, Advocacy
Saturday: Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat, Living Green With Pets, Creating With Cats
And sometimes, I just throw my hands in the air and have fun!
Click below for an archive of articles in the category.
Helping Shelters and Rescues
Health and Welfare
Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat
Living Green With Pets
Creating With Cats
The Artist’s Life
Choose a category from the drop-down below for more choices.
I maintain The Creative Cat through the love of sharing my art and images, my stories and others’ as well, and promoting the health, welfare and love of cats everywhere.
Reading The Creative Cat will always be free to anyone who arrives here, and I receive no payment for any content, but if you’d like to support what I do it would help to offset the cost of web hosting and maintenance and all the things I do to create and share the content you enjoy.