Wednesday, June 1, 2016

On Wednesday—Home with Cats #13: Just Being Home

I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.”
--Jean Cocteau

Some Wednesdays, we explore different ways home is changed, improved, and complicated when cats are part of that home.


A recent play session. Natasha and Abbey watch the whirring red butterfly toy
while Connor looks for something else to do.

Have you seen the meme that appears from time to time on Facebook that says “All I want to do is be a stay-at-home cat mom”? 

I am really feeling that this week. I’ve been on vacation—it’s really a stay-cation—since last Friday, and it has been wonderful spending more time than usual with my kitties.

I started a new job last May, two weeks after we adopted Abbey. We adopted Natasha in December and Connor in February. With a new job, it takes time to build time up to take off, so this is the longest I’ve been off for a year.

I’ve been able to learn more about the kitties’ weekday schedule. Larry had told me that they sleep most of the time. He’s retired and at home, but he’s in and out a lot. 

Yes, they sleep a lot during the day. But they play and run around too. They spend a lot of time looking at the Bird and Squirrel TV channel outside the windows. They wander in and out of the kitchen eating dry food. 

I have probably changed their schedule a bit, just by being here. One morning, after getting up at my usual 6 a.m. to feed them, I lay down for a nap on the sofa in the kitty Zen room. When I woke up, I saw the most beautiful sight: Connor was sleeping in the brown armchair on the yellow crocheted blanket; Abbey was sleeping in the fluff bed on the floor close by; and Natasha was sleeping in the red armchair with the soft green blanket. They had all gathered with me. 

I didn’t get a picture. I just enjoyed it. And of course, as soon as I moved, they all woke up. And followed me. They’ve been following me around a lot this week. And Connor especially has been more affectionate.

I think they like me being home more. I think they want me to be a stay-at-home cat mom.


  1. Staying home with the cats (and hubby) is wonderful! Glad you are enjoying it!

  2. I'm sure they would prefer that! Mine too, most of the time. But I tend to cuddle them when they are all sleeping, because they are so adorable.

  3. A photograph of the heart, that's what that moment is. And you know, I suspect you will remember it far longer than any with a picture to match. A Staycation is wonderful and it sounds as though you are making the most of it. Three cheers! I bet the cats love it!

  4. Aw, that's sweet they all took a nap with you.

  5. guys....we will rite two yur momz bozz & tell him her will bee werkin frum home sew just send de chex frum pay day rite ther !! N joy yur vacationz time guyz, soundz like itz been an awesum one sew far !! ♥♥♥☺☺☺

  6. I love it when the kitties all want to be in the same room with me even if they don't want to be on my lap. Enjoy your extra time with them, sorry you don't get more time off to hang out with them.

  7. I bet they loved you being home! It is so sweet when kitties curl up and sleep next to us. Your house sounds like mine - blankets everywhere for the kitties :) I'm glad you had the opportunity to spend some quality time with your babies.

  8. I'll bet they LOVE having you home! We like it when everyone is together. :)

  9. Yes, I'm sure they want you to be a stay at home cat mom. I have the pleasure of working from home and I love being surrounded by my cats.

  10. Aw, this is sweet. They follow you because they want to be close to you! That's how our kitties show us they love us.

  11. We like when the mom stays home with us, too.

  12. I'm glad you're getting to enjoy a relaxing week!