What do you do when your cat
tries to wake you up while you’re
You answered …
THAT’S WHAT You Said
If my cat, Oliver, is waking me, it’s because he
wants to come under the covers. On a regular
basis, I’m awakened by a paw gently tapping my
face or even my nose being licked. I lift up the
covers, Oliver walks under, lies down against me,
and purrs as he falls asleep. Even if I were sound
asleep, I would never mind him waking me when I
know how sweet those intentions are.
— Stacy Ferrara
My sweet kitten ( 8 months) will climb up on the bed with me and my
fiancée, and lick my face while kneading on my shirt. It’s adorable! Until
my cheek starts to get raw. ... So I simply scoop him up and put him under
the covers with us, and he falls right to sleep. Cutest thing in the world!
— Alley S.
Tired of Louie poking me
at 6 a.m. ready to eat, I
decided to place some
snacks in the bedside
table drawer. When he
comes annoying me, I just
pull open the drawer, he
eats, he leaves, I go back
to sleep ... we’re both
— Betty M. Williams
I enjoyed your new magazine,
but I miss a couple of
features that I counted
on, mainly the cat cal-
endar, to see where there are cat shows we
can attend. Although my own three cats are
rescues — and very, very special to me — I
do enjoy watching the judging of those
expensive animals and go to as many as I
can. I also missed any letters to the editor
but really applaud you for having so many
pictures of contented cats in your pages,
and I enjoy reading about new pet toys and
gadgets and anything educational about
— S. Halligan
FROM THE EDITORS: Thanks so much for
your comments. If you want to check out
listings of the latest cat shows, head over to
As the can opener for four cats who own
me and several strays who just rent me at
feeding time, I enjoyed the recent issue
of Catster. I do have a question and/or
comment on one article — the one on the
therapy cat (“Draven the Therapy Cat Will
Fill Your Purr-scription,” Catster Heroes).
This is a subject that has been of deep
interest to me for many years because I
have a cat who I feel (as a former social
worker in hospitals and other settings)
would have made an excellent therapy cat.
Just how DO you get your pet certified as a
therapy cat? I’d love to see an article dealing with someone going through the whole
process — from the idea of “maybe my pet
might be suitable” to the first day “on the
job,” so to speak, or even further, to show
what they and the cat have to deal with
and how to find a place for the cat to be a
therapist in. All these questions are, I think,
ones that many people might like to see
answered — and with the side benefit of
hopefully enabling more animals to engage
in this important work.
— Greg Phillips, MSW, M.A.
in rehab counseling
FROM THE EDITORS: That’s a great topic!
We’ll definitely tackle it in a future issue.
Word on the Street
What’s the wackiest, weirdest, or funniest cos-
tume your cat has ever worn for Halloween?
Email your answer and/or a photo to catster
firstname.lastname@example.org (subject: September/
October Word on the Street) by June 1, 2015,
and it could be featured in the next issue of