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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Cat Thursday - Authors and Cats (37)


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The second Cat Thursday of each month is Authors and Cats Thursday. Each time I will feature an author and their cat(s).

This month's author is Neil Gaiman, who celebrated his birthday on November 10. He is pictured here with Zoe, who passed away in 2012. In the article below, he explains why he is inspired by cats.



Neil Gaiman, author of novels, short fiction, graphic novels, and more, is perhaps most well-known for his comic book series The Sandman, his young adult novel, Coraline, his novel, American Gods, and for being a total badass and a god among the best of nerds.

Neil Gaiman also really, really, really loves cats. He has multiple cats and often chronicles their adventures on his blog. The cats he’s had recently include Coconut, Hermione, Pod, Zoe, and the imitable Princess, who Gaiman describes thusly:

“I’ve grown so used to having a bad-tempered but beautiful cat that I need to warn visitors about. She’s outlasted all the cats I loved and all the cats I bonded with.

And I think she’s grown very used to me.

When Zoe died, it was really easy to explain to people how much you could miss a sweet, gentle cat who was nothing but a ball of utter love. I’m going to have a much harder time one day, months or even years from now, explaining why I miss the meanest, grumpiest and most dangerous cat I’ve ever encountered.”

Neil on Zoe: “And I’m wondering what it is about this small blind cat that inspires such behaviour — mine, Olga’s, Lorraine’s…. I’ve had cats in this house for 18 years, and there are cat-graves down by gazebo. Two cats died of old age last year. It wasn’t like this. I think it may be the love. Hers, once given, was yours, unconditionally and utterly.”

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  1. Yay for cat lovers! I loved the article. I also have a grumpy old cat back at home.

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  2. I loved reading this. Thanks for posting it.

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  3. Zoe is very pretty. Now I really like Neil Gaiman. Didn't know he had a heart for cats.

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  4. Zoe reminds me a lot of my old girl Sammi. She was just a puff of fluff, and bad-tempered, but so loving. Thanks, Michelle.

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