Your article “Cat Lady Revolution” in the May/June 2017 issue gave
me mixed feelings. Yes, it’s great to see that all kinds of people young
and old are learning to love cats. But I found it somewhat patronizing
when the article classed being “introverted” as part of the old and
negative cat lady stereotype. I would like to gently remind you that
introverts make up half the population and that there’s nothing “
emotionally stunted” about this quality. Some of us 21st century cat ladies,
for whatever reasons, might still opt to spend more time with cats
than with other people, and there’s nothing crazy about that — so
long as we care for our cats properly and don’t hoard them.
The healing power of cat love gives us immeasurable solace from
pain and anxiety. It’s something far more meaningful to us than being
hip and fashionable.
— Mesila Thraa
I thought I would share what I did for my 47th birthday recently.
I volunteer with the Feral Cat Program of Georgia in Atlanta.
I decided that I have enough blessings in my life not to need
birthday presents. In turn, I decided that my birthday would be a
feral cat fundraiser party. I raised money for an awesome charity
and also got to enjoy the company of my best friends.
— Pauline Ariondo
First off, as a longtime subscriber to the former
Cat Fancy magazine, I just love the fabulous look
and format of the new Catster magazine!
I especially enjoyed the recent July/August
2017 Issue. You triggered some wonderful mem-
ories in me with the article “Top Cat-Friendly
Cities.” Several years ago I was fortunate to attend
the Cat Parade (Kattenstoet) in Ypres, Belgium.
What a great time my husband and I had there!
We spent several days and experienced each and
every cat-themed festivity that occurred — and
there were plenty! There are actually several days’
worth of happenings beforehand for a total cat
immersion, all of which culminated in the cat
parade with the symbolic tossing of cats (now
stuffed toys) from the Cloth Hall tower. I was not
lucky enough to catch one of the stuffed kitties,
but my hubby found one for me anyway.
Just one minor note of correction: The
Kattenstoet is held every three years. The one in
May 2018 will be the 45th.
Thank you so much for my wonderful memo-
ries of Ypres. I will certainly put some of your other
cat places to visit in my travel folder!
— Debra Shea
The cat parade
includes the symbolic
tossing of cats —