The Grey Tabby

The first cats I ever met lived underneath the massive pine tree in our backyard. Two tuxedo cats. My brother and I would go out and try to play with them when they'd wander into our plastic play house. My mother cautioned us never to touch them because they might be diseased. The next cat…

The Deck Cats

“Paul, come quick, check this out!!” I exclaimed urgently with childlike enthusiasm in my voice. I stared out the window, giddily, watching an absolutely magical scene. Kittens! Several of them! Wobbling around Chloe’s backyard, rolling and frolicking in the sun. On one corner of the deck, one kitten booped another’s nose. On the stairs, one…

The Face Off

"I brought home a kitten," my older brother Michael texted me one afternoon when I was at Shire University. "He's in the spare bedroom in the basement. Can you check to make sure he's okay?" My eyes widened. My parents weren't going to like this. They had a pretty strong no-pet stance at the time.…