Is your devotion to your cat and "cat things" in the training stage, at a moderate level, or extreme?  Or are you an all out shameless "cat-a- holic?"  Let's just see how you rate as a "cat person," shall we? See how many of these can you give an HONEST "yes" answer to:

v  Can you meow so well that you can fake out your cats?

v  Have you ever called your husband/wife by the cat's name by mistake?

v  Do you think of your cats as the "furry kids?"

v  Did you ever decide to buy a house or rent an apartment based solely on the potential spot for the litter box?

v  Do you think cat hair in your food is a good source of protein?

v  Last Christmas/Hanukkah, did you spend more money on cat toys than you did on gifts for the kids or grandkids?

v  Are you at a loss as to how to talk to people who don't own any cats?

v  Does your wallet contain more photos of your cats than your kids or grandkids?

v  Have you often slept on the very edge of the bed so that you won't disturb the cat who's sleeping in the very middle?

v  Do you leave messages for the kitty on the answering machine?

v  Have you ever invited a guest to sit down by patting the seat and making that noise with your pursed lips?

v  Does your answering machine have the cat meowing on the outgoing message?

v  When you go to the bathroom do you think of it as "using the litter box"?

v  Have you made a habit of setting a place at the table for the kitty?

v  Do you know your cat's birthday (or if not, have made a good guess) and have a birthday party to celebrate?

v  When your husband/wife gives you the ultimatum, "OK, it's me or the cat," you don't hesitate for even one second.

v  Do your neighbours talk about you as "the nut with all the cats?"

How many did you answer "yes" to?  I think just answering one with a "yes" is enough to qualify you as a "Cat Person." But the number of yes answers determines the degree.

"Your "Cat-ability" Score"

v  1 to 4 yes answers:  In training - you could do better, but it's OK, you're learning.

v  5 to 8 yes answers:  Moderate - working on it, improving nicely.  Potential is there.

v  9 to 13 yes answers:  Extreme - just about there, almost mastered the art.  Keep stretching yourself.

v  14 to 17 yes answers: Totally possessed, hopelessly devoted, cat-a-holic. Congratulations! (But you'll find no 12 step program here!)

A Morning Kiss

A morning kiss, a discreet touch of his nose landing somewhere on the middle of my face.
Because his long white whiskers tickled, I began every day laughing.

Janet F Faure

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