Monday, July 18, 2016

Cats and Writing

"Cats are dangerous companions for writers because cat watching is a near perfect method of writing avoidance.”
~Dan Greenburg

I have the above quote posted at my desk at home and at my desk at work. It rings true for me.

Often, if I’m lucky, I have company while I write at home. A cat walking across the laptop keys. A cat watching the printer, trying to swat the paper as it comes out. Sudden wrestling matches in the next room that call for my attention. Soft fur against my leg, reminding me of their presence.

These visits from my cats “interrupt” my work. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. The visits remind me that though I work alone, I am not alone. I have beautiful companions who keep me company and who inspire me.

"Am I in your way, Mama?" ~Connor

"What have you been writing
about me, Mama?" ~Abbey

Abbey and Connor are the ones who most often climb all over the computer and printer. I’ve ended up with quite interesting letters and words on the page because of little paws on the keyboard. I lift the little kitty off the keyboard, give him or her a hug and kiss, and go back to work.

"Why don't you go ahead and
print that?" ~Abbey

"Mama, I have something to tell you
right now!" ~Connor

Natasha is often nearby, watching, waiting for me to look her way and speak to her or get up and give her real attention.

"Just sitting here. Waiting patiently. Maybe she can
feel my eyes bore into her back."~Natasha

Yes, they interrupt me. But I still manage to get work done. And when I return to my work, I do so with a grateful heart.

Note: See the numbers below? Connor decided to take a stroll on the keyboard as I prepared this post. That's what he had to say.


What is a good interruption to your work?


  1. My kids interrupt everything I do. Sometimes it can be frustrating when I have something I really need to finish. Other times it can be good.

  2. How funny! Last night I was making up the bed with the ACTIVE participation of the kittehs here.

  3. One of my cats always likes to be close to me and I love that distraction! And speaking with my kids on the phone or when we Skype. I love that, too.

  4. Oh, COOL! Secret message from Connor! Got it, buddy!
    Mom said we're really good distractions. I mean - who wouldn't rather play with us than work, right?
    Yours sincerely,
    Margaret Thatcher

  5. abbey....ewe izza !!!!!! ☺☺☺♥♥♥♥♥

  6. Such cuties, I love it when my cats interfere with the computer. The only thing I don't like is when I have to stop what I am doing to clean vomit.

  7. I guess you need to play a combination of those numbers in the lottery ;) My pets are ALWAYS a good interruption to my work! catchatwithcarenandcody

  8. I love kitty interruptions like this. I am fortunate to work from home and have a cat or two on my desk, but usually only in the morning and late afternoon.

  9. They also provide you something to write this blog post proves. :)

  10. Dogs are also good interrupters! Gus is always demanding attention at our house. He's also such a good nap companion it's hard not to fall asleep!

  11. Haha! I don't know much about cats; am learning from you. Just learning about dogs at this time. I didn't have interest until Ashleigh got her dog a couple years ago. Now, I'm in love!