Author's Animal Antics is a new regular blog feature here at Sarah's Book Reviews where I'm very excited to have some fantastic authors come and chat to us about their pets. I'm thrilled to introduce the lovely Katie Salidas as my guest today...
There is a saying that cats don’t have owners, they have staff. Boy is that true in my house. I can’t even begin to tell you where the shift happened. One day they are these cute little fuzballs begging for love and attention and the next day they are full-grown fuzzy overlords demanding food and grooming, and God forbid you don’t clean the litter box on time.
I have three: Boose, Shady, & Lurky. If I weren’t married with children, I’d say I was getting dangerously close to becoming one of those crazy cat-people. You know the kind. They have a house full of fuzzies… Kind of like chips, “You can’t just eat one,” cats are the same way. You can never just own one, or is it be owned by one… hmmm?
Boose, Shady & Lurky
Each one has a very distinct personality and their own idea on how they should be cared for. They all provide a different sort of joy in our family’s life, but it’s the oldest, Boose that gets the spotlight here.
She was originally supposed to be my husband’s cat. He had her for years before we met. In fact, he jokingly told me that, “I would be judged by his cat” when we first met.
I wasn’t worried, as soon as she saw me, she switched sides. She’s mine through and through. Which is probably a good thing because if she hadn’t endeared herself to me early on, I might have been tempted to make her an outdoor kitty. No, I’m not an anti-cat person. Boose just has a very annoying problem that can be difficult to deal with.
She is neurotic about cleaning. You’d think I’d be over the moon about that. Who doesn’t want a clean cat? The problem is, she’s a long-hair cat and that long hair doesn’t digest well. I think you see where this is going. I find little Boose presents all over the house. Like I said, if she hadn’t endeared herself to me early on, she’d be spending lots of time outdoors.
Let me just tell you, there is nothing like waking up in the morning and stepping in a fresh pile of regurgitated fur. Works better than coffee to get the blood pumping. Blech!!
But, sometimes we find inspiration in strange places. Boose, my writing buddy, who always sits below my feet while I type, gave me a flash of inspiration one day. I needed a catalyst, something to change the course of the evening for one of my characters in the recently released, Halloween Fantasies. As I watched Boose, leaving me yet another present, it hit me (no, not the hairball, thank goodness). Why not give Boose a starring role doing what she does best. So Sasha’s cat, also named Boose (what can I say, it’s a unique name I had to run with it), ruins her Halloween costume, thus changing the course of her entire evening and sets in play events that will allow her to explore her secret fantasies.
So, in an odd turn of events, Boose’s presents really did give me something after all, and not just another mess to clean up. Now, if I could just train her to heave hairballs in the trash I’d be all set.
Thank you so much for visiting today Katie! Katie Salidas is the author of the new urban fantasy series Immortalis. The first book Immortalis Carpe Noctem is available now (this is a great start to a new series and you can read my review here) and the second book Immortalis Hunter & Prey is released in 2011. Katie has also released an erotic novella called Halloween Fantasies & let me tell you this is the perfect quick read to spice up your Halloween! I will be posting my review soon.