2001-Wed Feb 22 14:38:03 EST 2017
Vetstreet. All rights reserved.
Vetstreet does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. See Additional Information ›
Diane Lovejoy has 10 cats. Although she’s married, and doesn’t wear a tattered bathrobe during the day, she is a bona-fide (and self-described) “cat lady.”
In her new book, Cat Lady Chronicles, the publications director for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, recounts how she went from being an art book editor to a woman who is just crazy for kitties.
And that's different from being a “crazy cat lady,” as Lovejoy likes to point out.
Vetstreet caught up with her to find out more about her family of felines — and what her husband really thinks about her obsession.
A. Diane Lovejoy: "I never dreamed that I would become a 'cat lady,' but then one day, in May 2000, I returned home from work to find an emaciated and wounded feline in our backyard. It appeared that he had been shot with a BB gun. I fell madly in love with the cat, who we named Lucius, and I must have heard that vintage song about 'one is the loneliest number' playing in my head. I could not stop at rescuing one cat, and aside from adopting one cat from a shelter, the other cats found me."
A. "The calling to help creatures in need applies to both species, and it could well be that, in my next life, I will become a dog lady. For me, happenstance was destiny. Had I worked longer hours at the office on that fateful day in May 2000, I would not have met Lucius. But what I love about cats is their all-knowing silence, their laser-like focus, their no-hair-out-of-place grooming and their sweet dispositions — with the exception of Lucius, who is truly a (lovable) piece of work.
"Most people think of the 'cat lady' as the lonely, single, eccentric woman in the neighborhood with a million cats, and single women bemoan the term as a desperate future, as in 'I hope I don't end up as the cat lady.' Why do cat ladies get such a bad rap?
"As I was writing my book, I thought a great deal about the term and its unkind stereotypes. I even hesitated at first to put 'cat lady' in the title of the book precisely because it carries so much baggage. I can’t say I have conducted an exhaustive survey of why this historically bad rap exists, but I hope modestly that my book might give the naysayers pause so that cat ladies get the praise they deserve for being nurturing, compassionate and committed people. A lady who is 'crazy for cats' and a 'crazy cat lady' are two different animals.”
Like this article? Have a point of view to share? Let us know!
Take our breed quiz to find your next pet.
Get all the best pet news and information sent right to your inbox!
Thank you for subscribing!
Many dogs will eat just about anything in
their path. That's why it's so important to
know the signs of intestinal…
From taking pills to clipping nails,
we’re here to help you take the stress
out of things many dogs loathe.
With plenty of patience, practice and
praise your dog might be willing to accept
— or even enjoy — this dental care…
Need a leash for regular outings or one
that can walk multiple canines? These
types of leashes are your best…
The fun and rambunctious Flat-Coated Retriever, known for his puppyish enthusiasm, makes a great family pet.
Check out our collection of more than 250 videos about pet training, animal behavior, dog and cat breeds and more.
Wonder which dog or cat best fits your lifestyle? Our new tool will narrow down more than 300 breeds for you.
If the video doesn't start playing momentarily,
please install the latest version of Flash.
Thank you for subscribing.