Black Cat Appreciation: Meet Dr. Love

Author’s Note: Many thanks to Dr. Love, Rebel, Jake & Tia (mom) for letting me ask questions. Pictures were borrowed with permission. Please visit Dr. Love & family on his facebook page : Dr. Love


First may I ask how old you are?
I’m one year old. I was born in May 2014, in St. Petersburg Florida.
Where did your name come from?
The human I rescued last August was one of four admirers petting me (at PetSmart) the day we met. I was being passed from lap to lap. It was a pretty competitive situation! After choosing and going home with my new Mom, it became clear that I was the most affectionate, cuddly kitten she had ever known. By this time, I had already met some family friends, and my abundant cuddles were like medicine to humans. Mom made my name official five days after I rescued her. She named me after the song by KISS!
How did you become a doctor?
I was pretty much born into it. These days, I take continuing education at my home school so I stay current on the latest advances in cuddling.
I read you were rescued and live with Rebel & Jake, how do you all get along?
We love each other very much. They’re loads of fun! Most days, it’s like a zoo at our house. Jake really welcomed me from the first moment. He’s a nurturer and a playmate. Rebel and I do lots of wild playing. Even though she’s a girl, she’s a tough breed and very pure (F2 Savannah), so she keeps me on my toes. That said, Rebel loathes Jake, and Jake uses this to torment her whenever he can, by jumping out at her, etc…
Do you like to be held still?
I love, love, love being held. My favorite is being held like a baby – tummy up. Also it’s fun to be held upright, against a human shoulder, with my paw holding a human’s finger.
Other than running around at night and wrecking things, what else you like to do?
One of my hobbies is hunting bugs. The flying kind are the most challenging, and the most rewarding! Another activity I try to do often is practicing my mouse hunting. We don’t have any real mice, so I hunt toy ones. Often, an unfortunate toy mouse can be found lying in my food bowl after being “killed”!
I read you have a catio, how often are you out there?
I’m out there every day, without fail. I like to look at passing neighbors, and catch any stray lizards, frogs, or bugs foolish enough to invade my precious catio! Rebel is out there even more than I am. She guards it most afternoons.
Do you have any grooming tips for other house panthers?
Every speck of dust shows up on a house panther’s black fur. One thing that helps a lot is having a human run a comb through my coat every two days, especially during shedding season. We use flea combs because they are fine enough to remove a lot of loose hair and lint. Hold one section of fur tight and comb the undercoat, then the outer coat, and move on to the next section. Don’t forget the tail! My whole body takes a couple of minutes, provided I don’t start biting the comb. Comb biting is fun though. Oh, well. 
What would you like to say to the people who are cautious of adopting a black cat?
My message to anyone who thinks black cats are beautiful but scary: We black kitties are in no way bad luck. We are gentle, loving, and as a bonus, you can hug us without need for a lint roller! Believe it or not, that’s a MAJOR plus for most working humans. If you want to peek in on how we house panthers interact with the world, check out my Facebook page, and several of my house panther friends’ pages as well.
Do Rebel & Jake want to add anything about themselves?

Jake: I’m two years old and my favorite hobby is a game called “Treat Chase”. That’s where a human tosses treats one at a time and we catch or chase them down. I catch lots of treats right out of the air, with my huge fluffy paws.
Rebel: I’m three and a half, and I am a true athlete. I can jump 6 feet to catch toys and flying insects! I love to wrestle too. Out of the three cats, I am the closest to Mom. I follow her around everywhere — even when she’s cleaning.
Do you or your parents have anything to say about you?
Tia (Mom): Dr. Love is my first ever house panther. I couple of years ago, I got to know a close friend’s black kitty and could not get over how silly and warm he was. Then I heard this was common for black cats – a super-fun and affectionate personality. The day I was rescued by Dr. Love, three other people were competing with me. Somehow, I ended up with him, and the rest is history. I’ll finish with one secret almost no one knows about the little doc: he does not meow. He sweetly SQUEAKS!

Midnight the Rescue Panther (revisited)

Happy New Year everyone!  I am so very lucky to be able to re-interview Midnight.  Please check out the original interview 



Since our last interview, how many stories have you published?

since the last interview i have published many new stories. i forget how many.

What do you find to be the hardest thing about being a writer?

i think the hardest thing about being a writer is trying to stay original. and yet i have to be true to the story line also. and finding the time to write is always a challenge, with the kids now and everything.

Are there any other writers in the family?

dad writes also, he helps a bit with my books.

How do you deal with fame?

i deal with fame pretty well. i mean i am a level headed panther, i don’t go off on dramatic rants very often. well not that often.

I’ve been following your reunion story, what was it like to finally see your mom again after so long?

omg it was so awesome to finally get reunited with mama! i was so happy to see her i jumped into her arms. i was like mama!!!! i sit on her as often as i can.

What was one of the first things you did with her?

i think the first thing mama and i did after we got all settled a bit was i snuggled up with her on the bed and purred and purred.

What does everyone think of the new place?

we are all pretty happy with the new house, we have more room to run and play. the slickery floors take some getting used to, but we adapt.

Can you share the secret on how to “panther”?

oh geez, the secret to panthering? well its a closely guarded panther secret you know. i mean i taught my son. i dont know if i can share it, i gotta check the rule book.

How do you find time to spend with the family and try to write your next story?

spending time with my family is of course the most important thing to me. I love playing with my kids and watching them grow into big happy kitties. i write when they are napping or if their mother cocoa takes them for a while, i can write then also.

Where can people purchase your works?

you can buy all of my books at my amazon page, in ebook and in paperback as well. the link is

Is there any chance people can get pawtographed editions?

sometimes we have copies of the paperbacks that I pawtograph and we will auction them off. you just have to watch my page for those.

What has been the inspiration behind your books?

i believe the inspiration behind the books is mostly my facebook fans, all them wanting to hear about my adventures! i love telling the stories, and it is so much easier to tell them when i have an audience.

Author’s Note: Many thanks to Midnight & his wonderful fur and non-fur family. Pictures were used with permission.
You can find Midnight on his Facebook page Midnight the Rescue Panther, His sibling Ghost also has a page, Ghostus with the Mostus or find Amelia, Chamille and Rosie at Panfurs Angels.This article is a part of the Black Cat Appreciation theme, for more interviews please click the badge below.

Happy Tails: Meet Flash & Venti

How old are you?
5 1/2 years old, Brown Spotted Tabby Male
5 1/2 years old, Solid Black Female
Flash & Venti, therapy cats at your service
Where did your names come from?
Flash: I got my name from the saying “Gone In A Flash” I wouldn’t sit still as a kitten.
Venti: I got my name from the large size at Starbucks. I’m solid black so my name fits me.
How did you find your forever home?
Flash: My mom rescued me from a rescue out of Ohio that takes in barn kitty’s to adopt them out. I was a barn kitty and love the outside.
Venti: My mom rescued me from a cat rescue from Indiana called “From the Heart”. I picked my mom because I reached thru the cage and kept touching her to take me home, It worked.
Do you live with any fursiblings?
Flash and Venti: We live with 3 other cats in our house. Three brothers and Venti is the only girl.
Flash doing a little reading
What kind of training/certification did you need to be a therapy cat? How long did it take to get the training/certification?
Flash and Venti: We went thru the, Love On A Leash, program.
Here is there website just click on the cat link and it will explain on what you got to go thru to become a therapy cat. It takes a good 6 months to get certified from beginning to waiting to get your certificate. You need to go to the veterinary to check them out than find a place to visit. Do the ten visits and than have someone that has been watching you do the visit. Like another LOAL member or activities director. Than fill out all the papers and mail them in and than wait for the certificate. So four easy steps to become a certified therapy cat.
Where do you go to work at? Have people be surprised to see a cat and not a dog?
Flash and Venti: We mainly visit nursing homes on a weekly basis. We have a main nursing home we visit and than go to the others when we can. We go to the library once a month for kids to read to us. Sometimes we have someone who request us to visit there love one.  Most people are totally shocked to see that there are cats visiting and can not believe how calm we are.
Venti on the job
Do you have any cat friends that are also therapy cats?
Flash and Venti: We belong to a group on Facebook that has only therapy cats and we hope to have a web page running soon for people to see what therapy cats are all about.
How long did it take to learn to walk on a harness?
Flash: I love walking on my harness from day one and really hasn’t had any issues in learning what it is.
Venti: I’m not a fan of a harness but tolerate it, I fought mom but she won this time.
When you are done with your visits do you get treats or take a nap? How long do your visiting sessions last? 
Flash and Venti: We visit for about a hour long to two hours at a time. We get treats when we get back to our vehicle and some times we fall asleep before we get back home.
What would you or your family like to say about therapy cats that people may not know?
Flash and Venti: They main thing in training a therapy cat is socialized them with everybody and take them everywhere you can. We visit the pet stores, farm stores, craft stores.
Sitting pretty
Is it a lot of hard work to be a therapy cat?
Flash and Venti: It does take a lot of work. Mom has to wash us down and clip our nails and comb us out. Then go and be cute and cuddly few a few hours can be exhausting work but so worth it.
What has been your best moment being a therapy cat so far?
Flash and Venti: Our biggest moment so far will be that finally cats are being recognized as being awesome therapy pets that bring comfort. We finally are in a reading program that took almost two years to get into. So we are here to spread the word about therapy cats. People do miss us if we haven’t visited in a awhile.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Flash and Venti:  I just wish more places would allow us cats to visit and be more open minded with cats. We can do therapy work just as well as any other animal with the proper training and guidance. I do have a fan club address if anyone wants to write to us because I do like to see where my fans live.
Flash the Therapy Cat
P.O. Box 6594
Kokomo, IN 46904
I love mail ~ Flash

Author’s Note: Many thanks to Flash & Venti’s mom for her patience in answering the questions. Pictures were used with permission. Please visit them on their Facebook page Flash the Therapy Cat.

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Black Cat Appreciation: Meet Darky

Darky looking relaxed

How old is he?

Darky is around 5 years old.

Where did his name come from?

Most people actually think its a racist name, but its not! My daughter is Autistic & she named him that because he was a dark cat. It’s that simple!

How did he find his forever home?

Darky was born here as a wild cat. I trapped him and had him fixed and given his shots & vetted. My autistic daughter saw something special in him and him in her I guess. She had him tamed in a short period of time & they became best friends!

What medications is he on right now?

Darky is on Interferon, which is an immune system booster and Zithromax to help fight his current infection. His vet bills for October were over $1000.

How is Darky doing??

Currently Darky is good! As of October 1st, we didn’t know if he was going to live. Prayers work!

Handsome man
Handsome man

How is Teeny Tiny doing?

Teeny Tiny is Excellent!! He has never shown a single sign of being sick!

How many other fursiblings does he live with?

There are a total of 8 kittys and 2 doggies here! Darky, Teeny Tiny and Hercules are special needs, but Hercules does not have FIV or FeLV.

Hercules (left) & Pete (right)
Hercules (left) & Pete (right)
Mini Min
Mini Min
Lily the boxer/pit mix
Lily the boxer/pit mix
Hokie the rat terrie/pug mix
Hokie the rat terrie/pug mix

she has Alopecia, which is like male pattern baldness!) nothing “wrong” with her.. she just has spots with no hair on her… so she MUST be an indoor kitty, or she will get too cold!

Tank, he has the same thing as Bandit
Tank, he has the same thing as Bandit
Gilly mamma to so many litters, now she is spayed
Gilly mamma to so many litters, now she is spayed
Zak the loveable
Zak the loveable
Teeny Tiny
Teeny Tiny


Is he allowed to play with them or are you kept in a different part of the house?

Darky and Teeny Tiny are the only ones who actually live together. They have a huge indoor/outdoor enclosure with a doggie door that they go through to let them in and out when ever they want!

What would you or your mom like to say about FIV and FeLV cats that people may not know?

GET VACCINATED! I never realized the extreme damage that FeLV & FIV could do because I wasn’t informed. Also, the things you must do to keep your cat WELL once he has FeLV is so important! Again, the vet had not informed me. I didn’t know that simple fleas could kill him & they almost did!!

Is there anything else anyone would like to add?

Cleanliness is KEY! If you have a cat with FIV or FeLV, you need to keep all of your food, water, and litter pans really clean. If you are having to contain your animal for treatment, you must keep that cage really clean as well!



Darky is not doing well. He has an extreme fever & we don’t know if he will pull through this one or not. Please send some extra purrs, healing energy and cross your paws he will make it.


Author’s Note: Many many thanks to Darky’s mom for taking so many in and loving them and caring for them. Pictures were used with permission. You can find Darky and the other’s on his facebook page Darky the Cat with Feline HIV and Leukemia .

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Black Cat Appreciation: Meet Shadow

Shadow the handsome
Shadow the handsome

Shadow, How old are you?


Since I was a stray initially they estimated my birthday to be July of 2012. With that said I am just a little over a year old.

Where did you get your name from?

Funny story….daddy called from the shelter where he was picking me up from. The shelter named me “Ex” when I came in. They wanted to know a name for my tag to send me home with. Mommy was on the phone and trying to think fast. All she could think of was that I was all black like a Shadow. Hence my name “Shadow”.

How did you come to your forever home?

The shelter was over crowded and they were running a special on kitties. Mommy asked daddy if they could get a playmate for my fur sister, Mischief. Daddy went to the local shelter and I was the last kitty there. They said that many people looked at me but did not want me because I was all black. Mommy said that she wanted the yin to her yang and thought we (Mischief and I) would get along great! So they brought me to my new home.

Posing with roses
Posing with roses

Do you get to go outside?

I have only been out once. My family took me to the vet. Yucky Mommy doesn’t take me out much because I have a high prey drive and she is afraid of me daring off after some poor birdie and getting myself lost.

Where do you like to sleep?

Shadow realizing this is not as fun as Mischief said
Shadow realizing this is not as fun as Mischief said

Sleep? Anywhere I fit! I am a very big and lengthy boy. It is hard to find a comfy spot to sleep but when I do I relish every minute.

What would you like to say to people who are scared of black cats?

Afraid of black cats? We come pre-cursed and lots of people think that we are bad luck or mean. We are quite the opposite. We are very smart and sweet. I say that if you are looking to adopt a kitty (cat) then black cats are the way to go!

Is there anything else you would like to say about your family?

My family is the best family that any cat could hope for. They took me off the streets and gave me a nice warm place to live, sleep, eat and play. I am showered with affection and have lots of brothers, sisters and friends (furry and other kinds).

Happy Halloween, remember keep the black cats indoors
Happy Halloween, remember keep the black cats indoors

Author’s Note: Many thanks to Shadow for answering the interview questions. Pictures were used with permission. You can visit Shadow on his sister’s page Mischief also check out her interview on the blog Meet Mischief.

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Black Cat Appreciation: Meet the Gossie Gang

Nelly, how did you come into the family?

I Lived with my first mummy, she worked lots. I was lonely being on my own so I ran aways. 
Found the Gangs house of love. My first mummy cameback and got me. 
I missed the Gossie Gang so I ran away back to thier house. Nevers lookeds back!


Did you lose your hearing or were you born deaf?

Yes I was born deaf. Never known differents. About 12 months ago I got a kangaroo tick and lymes diesease. 
I am nearly blind now because of it and my kidneys are weak. Mummy says its okay cause I am still here. I am perfect to her.

Does anyone treat you different because you are deaf?

No. Mummy doesn’t change furniture much cause of my sight. King bill is very protective of me but I can wrestle and plays as good as it gets!!!

What would you like to say to people who are nervous about adopting a deaf and blind cat?

 Mummy says I don’t talk much cause it. So expect non chatty kitty. Mummy wasn’t scared cause Ole meeka was blind. I m treated the sames. Even time out if naughty. MOL
Just treats us the sames. And if blind don’t change things suddenly. Like furniture. We go on memory. If only deaf its just like any other kitty. 
We react more to signs, vibration or action for you to get our attention. You will be rewarded with lots of loves. 

King Bill, how big are you really?

MOL!!!!! Blushing. I recently went o a diet. Lost a few pounds.  Currently Sitting ….cough cough….. on 10kgs (22 pounds) But my girlfriend Kit says I am cuddly size.

How did you come into the family?

I was born at a no kill shelter on boxing day. 26th of december. I had a twin called Ben. But he died not long after birth. 
I still miss Ben . But hes waiting for me. Mummy adopted me when I was old enough to leave my real mummy.

What is your favorite snack?

This is a hard one! I loves noms!!!! I think Tuna Fillets in virgin oil. Its so melt in the mouth. Which reminds me I need a snack now!!! Mummy tuna please!!!!

Where is your favorite spot to lay?

I love my Recliner. I took over this when daddy moved out. It was his chair. Now I am man of the house its mine!! So is the remote as it’s always in control of the guy MOL. I also like to stay close sitting near mummy. I can tells when she is about to have a seizure. 
I meow loudly and claw at her feet. Mummy lays on soft bed so she safes. I feel proud I can look after mummy like this.

Mummy Jasper, may I ask how you came into the family?

Mummy rescued me. I was ready to have babies. I had four. Boy I never go there again. Babies are so demanding! And don’t listen. I got spayed, and so did my babies.  They got forever homes. But I didn’t click with anyone so I stayed here.

How did you get your name?

I chose it. Mummy gets us to choose our own. She keeps saying names till we like one. I thought it was a very dignified name. I am not a princess sorry.

Have you tried to teach the younger cats a thing or two?

Oh yes. Things must be order and organised! Like my pantry and budget. I know exactly what is in there at what times. One must go to bed early! Beauty sleep is a must.  I round up the gang every night. We must have routine or its CHAOS. And always plan ahead for all possibilities.

What tips do you have to other mummy cats to keep their kitten in line?

It’s okay to tell off naughty kitties. Short sharp meow normally works. But a slight little whack with the paw always does!
Keep your Hooman in line! Lateness not acceptable. They must shop well and efficiently.
And be in control at all times! The minute you let your guard down you lose all respect.

Annie,  glad you could join the gang, were you scared when you came to live with them ?

No I felt right at home. All the gang made me feel welcome. Miss Jasper and I had differences of opinion but we resolved this and now best of friends. 
Miss Jasper a bit of a control freak. She needs to just have fun!

Where did your name come from?

I lived on the same street. My parents were old and passed away. Their children cleaned out the house and left me behind. I was all alone and scared till I found my new family.

What is your favorite thing to do?

I love getting a brush then eating big big bowl of custard. I love my pudding. I must admit I am abit of a sweet tooth. Also I love visits from Mr Vet. He responsible for my financial costs. He gives bestest cuddles.


This article is dedicated to the loving memory of Meeka, Tiger & Bubbles.

Ole Meeka
Mummy rescued her baby boy when he was 8 weeks old. Two boys tried to drown him. Mummy and him were together for 21 years! He loved eating roast pork 
on his louis vuitton scarf. Sleeping with his head down like garfield. and playing judo. He loved grabbing smaller gang member around the neck and send them 
flying. We are lost with out him
He was a feral stray. He only trusted mummy. No one else could go near him. He was with us for a few years till he passed by a stroke. He spent his final years loved, sleeping and eating.


Bubbles wasn’t with us long passed young of heart attack. She was rescued and most cheeky of girls. Bestest mouse catcher.

May I borrow pictures for the article? Yes We will send some by seperate attatchment. 
Thankyou for this honor to be iterviewed. Sorry mummys spelling not very goods. 
 I will state they were used with permission and link back to the facebook page.

Author’s Note: Many thanks to the Gossie Gang for answering the questions. Pictures were used with permission. You can find them on their Facebook page Gossie Gang.

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Black Cat Appreciation: Meet Pliny

How old are you?

Old enough to buy you a drink OK just kidding, I think I’m around 4 or 5.

Where did your name come from?

Daddy loves craft beers (he even brews his own), and Pliny the Elder from the Russian River Brewery is one of his favorites. I’ve never tasted it, but it’s supposed to be super yummy.

I am the cat the rehab care facility deserves, not the one it needs. I am a silent guardian. A watchful protector. I am the Dark Kitty.
I am the cat the rehab care facility deserves, not the one it needs. I am a silent guardian. A watchful protector. I am the Dark Kitty.

How did you find your forever home?

Last summer Mommy & Daddy visited a 1,000-cat sanctuary called Cat House On the Kings ( looking for another black cat to join their family. They spent hours walking around the 12-acre facility meeting, like, a hundred black cats. Towards the end of the day Mommy found me napping on the grass between a couple of other cats. She picked me up, which bugged me at first because I was sleeping comfortably, but then I decided to purr and cuddle up in her arms as she sat down. Then she passed me over to Daddy so I nuzzled in to his neck. The rest is history.

How did you become a therapy cat?

Mommy said she was googling around for cat-related volunteering opportunities, and then she stumbled upon some websites about pet-assisted therapy services. She thought I’d kick butt at it, so she decided to apply and see where it goes. I passed the evaluations with flying colors and in May I became a therapy cat for Furry Friends Pet Assisted Therapy Services ( They’re a fantabulous organization, by the way.

How often to do you visits?

6 times a month for now. Twice a month at two nursing & rehab care centers, once at a center for teens with eating disorders, and once at an elementary school library.

They see him rollin'..
They see him rollin’..

What is your favorite part about being a therapy cat?

Helping people realize that black cats can be just as lovable as any other cat. Also, I have to admit it’s pretty cool when people (and doggies) get ecstatic when they see me.

What would you like to say to other cats who want to be therapy cats?

It’s sweet-tastic. If you like sitting on laps & getting pet by people you should totally do it. You can rockstar it up like no other.

DJ Pliny dropping sick beats
DJ Pliny dropping sick beats

Has anyone been scared of you because you are a black cat?

Maybe not scared, but there was this one lady who said my name should be “Satan” because I’m black and told Mommy that I’ll bring her trouble. I played it cool and classy though ‘ ’cause that’s how I roll.

Do you live with any fursiblings?

Yeah. They’re all girls. I’m the only boy. Pinot, a brown torby, was adopted from the Nine Lives Foundation ( Pisco, who’s black like me, was adopted from another family via a Craigslist ad. Yup, my parents love their booze. And we just added a new black kitty, also from the Nine Lives Foundation, but she doesn’t have a name yet.

Pliny showing off his claw.. run... it's the Claw!
Pliny showing off his claw.. run… it’s the Claw!

Feel free to come by my Facebook page to post a name suggestion.

Is there anything else you would like to add about yourself or your family?

Adopt black kitties, they’re the cuddliest. And vote for Pliny for president. If I get elected I’ll get free beers for all cats.

Pliny's message to his facebook fans
Pliny’s message to his facebook fans

Author’s Note: Many thanks to Pliny and his family for letting me ask the questions. You can visit Pliny and catch up on his adventures on his Facebook page Pliny the Therapy Cat. Photos were used with permission.

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Black Cat Appreciation: Meet Iroquois & Cocoa Bean

How old are you Iroquois?


I turned 10 years old on July 15th.

Where did your name come from?

Our Momma called us *The Tribe* when she found us, so I chose the name Iroquois for myself.

How did you come to your forever home?

Our Momma found a meezer cat a work one day and she started feeding her. Then one day she noticed the meezer was looking pretty tubby. Momma kept a real close eye on her and then one day her didn’t show up for breakfast, so the hunt began. It took her most of the day to find our hidey place but she did. It was a good one too! She couldn’t get to us without climbing fences so her just put noms for our meezer mommy by the little squeezy place between the fences. Days went by and she kept a close eye on us, but she could never get a good count because we were all either all black or black and white and always cuddled in a ball. About 3 weeks went by and our meezer mommy went out and never came back. Our Momma couldn’t find her anywhere and some of us were missing by the looks of it too. She had her friends at work looking everywhere all day (while keeping a count on us to see if anymore of us disappeared. Late in the day meezer mommy was found across the street in a big parking lot. Her was gone to the Rainbow Bridge 🙁 Momma came back and got the 4 of us that were still there in our hidey place and we were very hungry and we told her about it. We went to our new house along ways away at a place called Shadow Dance Ranch. Since Momma didn’t know how many of us there were for sure, she just kept coming back and looking everywhere for days and days. By the end of the week she had collected 9 of us and figured that must be all. The last one to be found was our brofur with many toes.

Grass inspecting

Do you get to venture outside?

We get to go out 3 days a week (those were Momma’s days off).

Where do you like to sleep?

We all sleep in our *big house* that fixed up for us by Papa and Momma.

Do you live with any other fursiblings in the house?

Here at the Ranch they are many of us that live here. There are kittehs in Momma’s house and kittehs in the barn. In our house, I live with my sisfurs, Comanche and Pocahontas and my brofurs, Crow Warrior and Lakota and our furpapa Mick Flynn (Yes, our Momma found our real furpapa at her work place and brought him home too).

Cocoa Bean, how did you get you name?

Cocoa Bean and his tongue
Cocoa Bean and his tongue

Momma said that when the sunlight hits my fur just right I am the color of Cocoa and my tail looks like a little Bean on my behind. MOL!

How did you become a barn cat?

One day, on my travels, I found this big red barn. I was very old and tired. It was very inviting with all of the big green bales of hay to rest on and lots of noms to eat so I decided to rest awhile. And here I am, still resting, almost 8 years later.

Where do you sleep?

I sleep in my big red barn on comfy piles of hay. I don’t like the beds or houses that Momma gives me. I know she tries, but I am still a manly cat and prefer a bed of sweet hay.

Cocoa taking a nap on the hay
Cocoa taking a nap on the hay

Have you killed any mice?

Oh yes! Back in the day, when I still had my tooth.

If so how many?

I don’t know for sure, I lost count cause I can only count to 20, that is how many toes I have. MOL!

What would either of you like to add about yourselves?

We are all very happy that our Momma found us (or we found her). Living here on the Ranch is the good life. We even like the horses, burros and sheep, as long as they don’t get too close. Oh yeah, Please tell our Momma that we need more treats too! Once a day is not enough.


Thank you. Thank you! It has been a true honor to be included in your Black Cat Appreciation Month.

Sending you lots of snuggles, purrs and headbonks.
xoxoxo Iroquois and Cocoa Bean and
The Shadow Dance Ranch Clan



Keaira, fly free little one
Keaira, fly free little one

This article is dedicated to the loving memory of sisfur Keaira. Hers went to the Rainbow Bridge on December 19, 2012. Her was the *3* in our Black Cat Trio. We miss her so much and will see her again at the Bridge one day.

Author’s Note: Many many apologizes to the Shadow Dance Ranch Clan for not getting this formatted and adding the pictures in on time. I am so sorry! I will be re-posting so everyone can see the awesome pictures. Many many thanks to them for letting me interview Iroquois and Cocoa Bean. You can find them on Facebook under Shadow Dance Ranch. Pictures were used with permission.

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Black Cat Appreciation: Meet Gracie (Hobbes the Stinky Cat’s sister)

That's Miss Gracie to you

How old are you?

I just turned 11 this past summer

Where did your name come from?

Mommy is crazy about an actor called David Duchovny.  She named my brother Spooky after him and she named me after his female lead in the movie Return to Me

How did you end up with your forever family?

  Mommy was working at a retail store and the mall where she worked was having an adoption event where local shelters brought animals in that were up for adoption.  She visited every day so she could pet the kitties.  One day she came by and there was a cage full of kittens.  All of them were crying and very vocal, except me.  I was very stoic and every time mommy walked by I would just watch every move she made.  She left to go home and half way there she turned her car around and came back to adopt me!  She said she kept thinking of my soulful eyes and the way I was watching her every move.
Gracie power napping

Did you enter Miss Smoky’s black cat contest again this year?

  Yes I did.  I really just enter for fun.  I never try to gain votes, I just enjoy being in the contests!

How many fursiblings do you have?

I am the only girl kitty in a household of 6 cats!  *sigh*  The boys are very annoying…….

Where do you like to sleep?

  I really love fleece blankets.  I will lay on any blanket but the fleece ones are my very favorite.  I like to make biscuits on them!  MOL  I usually sleep on mommy’s bed.  I prefer to be by myself.  Mommy always makes sure that there are fleece blankets on her bed for me.
Gracie's favorite sleeping position

What is your favorite toy?

Oh!!  I love little poof balls!  I go mad for them!  Like I said, I prefer to be by myself so I like to play by myself too.  I carry these around and play near mommy because she makes the boys leave me alone while I play.  I also love catnip!

What would you like to say to people who are scared of black cats?

  Black cats are very serious, soulful cats.  We are deep thinkers.  We may come across as less affectionate as other cats but once you get to know us and we accept you and trust you we will be your very loyal companion.
Gracie as a kitten

Do you and your brother Hobbes get along?

  MOL, I prefer to not be around him.  I am pretty much a loner.  The only one I will tolerate is my brother Ferris.  I think this is because I came home as a kitten with mommy and Ferris took care of me.  So we have a special bond.  I had a bond with my sister Selena too (mommy’s cat she had since she was 19!).  She was very motherly to me when I came to live with them.  She went to the Bridge in late 2010 at the age of 19.  We were very sad to lose her.
Gracie loves her fleece blankets

Is there anything else you would like to add?

  I have a very bad grain allergy and other skin issues.  It took awhile to get my problem under control as we had to figure out what I was allergic too.  But now that I have special food and mommy watches out for the other things that irritate me I rarely have problems.  I do have some medications that I take but only when I have allergies, which is rare these days.  I wanted to share this with everyone because even though this is not a handicap it is a problem that some people may be discouraged with and it could cause them to abandon a pet.  Food allergies are very common and can cause severe skin issues.  But these types of allergies are very easy to control and maintain.  So do not let this discourage you from adopting a new cat or dog from your local shelter!  Work with you vet to find a solution for the problem.

This article is dedicated to the loving memory of Selina.
Gracie & Selena

Author’s Note: Many thanks to Gracie for answering the questions. Pictures were used with permission. She doesn’t have her own Facebook page, but you can find her mentioned on her brother’s Facebook page Hobbes aka Stinky the Cat.

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Black Cat Appreciation: Mishka & Ginger

Mishka & Ginger

May I ask how old you both are?

We are about a year and a half. Our Meowmy set our birthday to be May 25th.

Where did your names come from?

There was a post on our brofur’s Ninja B’s Wellness’s page where we got several suggestions from. Our Daddy is Russian, so that’s kinda why the boy names are Russian in origin. Mishka means mouse in Russian and I (Mishka) was very skiddish when I first came home. I was SO scared of our HUGE German Shepherd sisfur Laika when I saw her for the first time. Tolstoy, nicknamed Toly (sounds like “Tole-ee”) was named after the Russian author Leo Tolstoy (Anna Karenina, War and Peace, and other writings). Leo Tolstoy was known to like cats and has been photographed holding a little black cat. Ginger, on the other hand, just kind of stuck. It was “the black boys and the ginger girl” before we had names. She seemed to respond to it well, and it seems to fit her attitude also.

Ginger napping
Ginger napping

Was it scary moving from North Carolina to Illinois to Ohio?

It wasn’t too bad actually. Our new Meowmy and Daddy came to North Carolina to come get us, and they had brought the 2 kitties they already had Ninja andOmni. They stayed at our foster parents’ place; Omni was a little hissy… but it was nice to get used to most of the family before moving. Actually traveling wasn’t that bad. The 3 of us traveled in one big carrier together, so we just cuddled together and slept a lot. It was similar when we moved to Ohio… just without Toly. As long as we are together we are fine. We don’t like to travel seperately… even to the vet!
Do either of you get to go outside?
Unfortunately very rarely… but sometimes Meowmy will hold us and go outside or we have a harness that we’ll get to go out in our fenced in back yard on a leash.

Where is your favorite spot to sit?

Mine (Mishka) is on the dining room table where I like to sleep! MOL Nanny (Meowmy’s mom where we are staying right now) gets SO mad at me fur doing it! I also like sleeping on top of cabinets way up high. Ginger likes sleeping in the same room as Meowmy usually. She likes boxes and clothes baskets, sometimes I’ll cuddle with her in a clothes basket. We also like sitting in open windows!
Ginger is just hanging out

What toys do you like to play with?

I LOVE catnip toys! I also love mousies; I play fetch with Meowmy. Ginger likes playing with balls a lot.

What would you like to say to people who are scared of black cats?

That it’s just a silly superstition! Every cat is different, just like people… sometimes there’s bad ones or “scary” ones, but don’t let one bad apple spoil the whole bunch!
Mishka & Ginger

Do you live with any other fursiblings?

There is us, Mishka & Ginger; Ninja B, our GSD doggie Laika. Omni is staying with Daddy right now, but when the family gets reunited once Daddy has a place for us to live we will have her back too. There is another doggie here where we are staying named Gracie who is a poodle.Oh! and my new girlfriend… she’s a bunny named Ariel! <3

Can you tell us a bit about Tolstoy? (did he like to play, where did he like to sleep?

Tolstoy was the sweetest cat Meowmy had every known… and I’m a big cuddler, so that’s saying a lot! He was all black (I have just a little white on my neck and belly and under one of my arms). He was just wonderful and was very close to Meowmy. He loved sleeping in the funniest places like on plates and on top of file boxes. He was very sweet and affectionate.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your family?

Our family has been through so much… it would be a story in itself! Just know we are all fighting to stay together and we love each other very much! Our family bond is stronger than anything imaginable and love will save us all!


Toly, always in our hearts
Toly, always in our hearts

This article is dedicated to the loving memory of Tolstoy.

Fly free little one.


Author’s Note: Many thanks to Ginger & Mishka for answering the questions and wanting to be interview. Many thanks to their wonderful mom for helping with the questions about Toly. You can visit Ginger & Mishka on their Facebook Page the Travelin Trio. You can also visit Omni on her Facebook Page Omni-Cat & her Great White Whisker. Ninja B can also be found on Facebook under Ninja B’s Wellness and he was also interviewed.

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