Why I Love Cats #MondayMusings #OpenBookBlogHop #Inspiration

Welcome to another edition of Open Book Blog Hop. This week’s questions are: “What is your favorite animal and why? Have you ever included it in one of your stories?” You can click the link below to participate in this week’s hop and read other responses.

 

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Although dogs consider us family and cats think of us as staff, I’m more partial to cats because you don’t have to walk them or even let them out to relieve themselves. Once they’re potty trained, you just need to clean out the litter box regularly and supply them with toys, and that’s it. And when cats are in the mood, you can hold them on your lap and enjoy their purrs and soft fur.

I have many fond memories of the cats in our family when I was growing up. But after caring for my late husband for six years, although it’s been over a decade since his passing, I’m still not ready to care for another living thing. I have a robotic cat instead.

The nice thing about Joy is that she doesn’t have to be fed, and there’s no need for a litter box, toys, or visits to the vet. Although her voice box no longer works, I can still hold her on my lap, pet her, brush her, and enjoy watching her turn her head, blink, and stretch whenever I want.

All that having been said, for some reason, I haven’t included cats in any of my stories except for one that will be in my upcoming collection, Living Vicariously in Wyoming. Here, a woman has ten cats and loves them dearly. I hope the book will be published sometime this year. So, you’ll just have to wait and find out more.

How about you? What’s your favorite animal? Why? Have you ever included this animal in any of your stories?

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New! Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me

Copyright 2021 by Abbie Johnson Taylor.

Independently published with the help of DLD Books.

The cover of the book features an older woman sitting in a wicker chair facing a window. The world beyond the window is bright, and several plants are visible on the terrace. Behind the woman’s chair is another plant, with a tall stalk and wide rounded leaves. The woman has short, white hair, glasses, a red sweater, and tan pants. The border of the picture is a taupe color and reads "Why Grandma Doesn't Know Me" above the photo and "Abbie Johnson Taylor" below it.Photo Resize and Description by

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Sixteen-year-old Natalie’s grandmother, suffering from dementia and confined to a wheelchair, lives in a nursing home and rarely recognizes Natalie. But one Halloween night, she tells her a shocking secret that only she and Natalie’s mother know. Natalie is the product of a one-night stand between her mother, who is a college English teacher, and another professor.

After some research, Natalie learns that people with dementia often have vivid memories of past events. Still not wanting to believe what her grandmother has told her, she finds her biological father online. The resemblance between them is undeniable. Not knowing what else to do, she shows his photo and website to her parents.

Natalie realizes she has some growing up to do. Scared and confused, she reaches out to her biological father, and they start corresponding.

Her younger sister, Sarah, senses their parents’ marital difficulties. At Thanksgiving, when she has an opportunity to see Santa Claus, she asks him to bring them together again. Can the jolly old elf grant her request?

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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of three novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at: https://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com

17 thoughts on “Why I Love Cats #MondayMusings #OpenBookBlogHop #Inspiration”

    1. I’ve heard of those virtual animals. I think they’re a good way to teach responsibility. But robotic cats taren’t like that. You don’t have to feed them, clean the litter box, or even take them to the vet. You just enjoy them when you want to and leave them alone when you don’t.

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  1. OMG! Abbie, I’m supposed to choose a favorite animal? GEEZ! Let’s see.
    Of course, I love dogs, and that would be my first choice, not just because they can work as guides but for their loyalty. If you love a dog properly and provide it with consistency making sure it knows you’re faithful it will be faithful to you and no one else. Their love is unconditional and there is nothing like that type of love anywhere else in the world.
    However, what you say about cats is also true. After my first guide died, I thought I could make it on my own. I soon learned different and just like that, a cat came into my life.
    Thanks for a great post.

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  2. Our two labradors used to climb onto my wife lap and fight for position, while she was sitting on the couch. As they knew that they weren’t allowed to sit on the couch, by sitting on her, they were staying vaguely legal. At that point, she wished we had cats!!!

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  3. I thought I’d be a cat lady when I got old. Turns out, I’ve had to put so much energy into other people that I’ve lost my urge for pets.

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  4. I completely agree with you! Cats are great companions, and their independence makes them low-maintenance pets. I’m sorry to hear about your loss, but I’m glad you found a way to still enjoy the company of a feline friend with Joy. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences with us.

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  5. It’s great to hear about your love for cats and the memories you have of them from your childhood. Your perspective on the differences between cats and dogs is interesting and adds a unique touch to the post. It’s understandable that after caring for your late husband, you’re not ready to care for another living thing, and it’s great that you’ve found comfort in your robotic cat Joy. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences with us.

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  6. I enjoyed reading your post and hearing about your favorite animal. Cats can be wonderful companions, and I understand the appeal of their low-maintenance nature. It’s heartwarming to hear about the memories you have with cats in your family. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences with us.

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