Reverting briefly to Catsignal’s original province, June is American Humane’s Adopt-A-Cat Month. Yes, this almost couldn’t be posted any later, but any time is a good time to adopt a cat.
The best writers have loved cats. Monica Wood in The Pocket Muse: Ideas and Inspirations for Writing gives us this list of literary cat lovers: T.S. Eliot, William Butler Yeats, Christina Rossetti, John Keats, J.R.R. Tolkien, Mark Twain, Christopher Smart, Marianne Moore, Ernest Hemingway, Oscar Wilde, Doris Lessing, Rita Mae Brown, Carolyn Chute, and Nuala O’Faolain. So if you want to write seriously you should consider adopting a cat.
Wanting to be a good writer isn’t enough, of course. You must determine if a cat is right for you. Go through the checklist and make sure you’re on board.
Bringing a pet into your home must not be a frivolous matter; this is a life you would be trifling with. You must adopt a pet with the firm conviction that it is a lifetime commitment. Determine you will be the best pet lover ever for the whole length of the pet’s life, or don’t do it.
“How we behave toward cats here below determines our status in heaven.”
— Robert A. Heinlein