“Crazy Cat Lady” often has a negative connotation, but I’m here to dispel that myth.

I am a Crazy Cat Lady and proud of it. I know this is no news to those who know me. You don’t even have to know me WELL to realize this. Many of my conversations are about cats – MY cats, others’ cats, cat heath issues, cat products, cat feeding . . . and I own (and Yes, WEAR !) at least a dozen (or two 😬) cat shirts, a cat dress,  cat leggings, cat purses and bags, cat socks, cat pajamas and cat jewelry.  I have cat garden art in the form of flags, planters, mobiles and statues. I even have cat kitchen gadgets, dishes and home decor.  I love it all.

I currently am the mom to four amazing cats.

I love these boys and I realize how lucky I am that they all love each other and get along so well.  That’s not always the way it works out when you have multiple cats living in the same house.

Some of my very favorite people and best friends have come from a mutual love of cats. I have wonderful friends all over the country and all over the WORLD because of a cat group I’m blessed to be a part of on Facebook. We may have met because of our mutual cat love, but 5 years later, our friendships have developed into a strong sisterhood outside of the world of cats. We support each other through health issues and relationship issues; share advice on everything, cry on each other’s shoulders, pray for each other – everything you could possibly hope for in a friend. We are a diverse group from all walks of life, and range in age from 20’s to 60’s. Many of us have met in person, and we continue to make plans for more get-togethers.  There are at least 60 of us, so someone is almost always available when we need a friend. I count many of these women as my best friends.

Cats seem to find me anywhere I go.  Finding a cat where I would least expect it is always a bonus, and is always one of the highlights of my visit. I have been lucky enough to have been greeted by cats at greenhouses, plant nurseries, wineries, coffee roasters, bars, restaurants – and even at this restaurant in the Saint-Germain-des-Pres area on our last night in Paris.

I have dreamed (for a long time now) of my “dream kitty”. I would like to have a huge, long-haired, red, healthy, male kitten.  Much like this one who was recently available.

Even though this kitten perfectly fits my dream-kitty vision, my hubby reminded me that we agreed to not bring in any additional pets until we have an opening – not only for financial and labor reasons, but because we don’t want to upset our current cat-family harmony. So I thanked my hubby for the wonderful, almost-9 years we’ve been together and told him it’s time for him to go so I’ll have an opening for this dream-kitty baby. 😂😂.

Just kidding, obviously. I wouldn’t trade my wonderful hubby for all the dream-kitties in the world. And that’s saying a LOT!

So yes, I have 4 cats, love all things cat, and will never tire of talking about anything related to the subject of cats.

I will never have a perfectly ordered home because there will always be cat hair, scratched carpeting and furniture,  and more than the occasional coughed up furball. I will never tire of the hours required every day to care for them. Why? If you have to ask, then you’ve never been blessed to have experienced the love, joy, comedy, insightful compassion, and unconditional love that these amazing souls provide on a day-to-day basis.

This guy will provide free hugs to anyone who wants to “try one on”.  I dare you not to fall in love after one of Leo’s magical snuggles.

Crazy Cat Lady? Yes indeed. And I wear the title proudly.

Written by Jennifer Cartledge


Judie Beidelman

You’ve said this in a wonderfully beautiful way. Thanks Jen.


i am one of the cat ladies across the country you’ve met because of Leo & I’m SO so grateful for our wonderful group of caring ladies. Ladies that I’m so pleased, blessed & appreciative to call my friends <3


I am so blessed to have you as a dear crazy cat lady friend! My furry boys love you too!

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