Lynley Cannon’s FRIDAY FELINE FACTS & FANCIES, Free Range

 

Lynley Cannon, star of the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, is often referred to as a crazy cat lady herself, but when it comes to the feline species, this sixty-something cat shelter volunteer knows her stuff. Check here each Friday for instructive and intriguing information on our favorite subject: cats!

There is a conflict between those who believe cats should run free and those who think they should be kept inside for their own safety. Though cats need stimulation to thrive, our outdoors is fraught with dangers in the form of cars, wildlife, and unfortunately, a smattering of malicious people. 

~Cat’s Paw chapter 13

 

Check out more of Lynley Cannon’s kitty tips, tricks, and facts preceding each chapter in CATS’ EYES, COPY CATS, CAT’S PAW, and CAT CALL.

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Lynley Cannon’s FRIDAY FELINE FACTS & FANCIES, Bed Mates

 

Lynley Cannon, star of the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, is often referred to as a crazy cat lady herself, but when it comes to the feline species, this sixty-something cat shelter volunteer knows her stuff. Check here each Friday for instructive and intriguing information on our favorite subject: cats!

How many cats can you fit on a bed? All of them.

~Cat’s Paw, chapter 21

Check out more of Lynley’s kitty tips, tricks, and facts preceding each chapter in CATS’ EYES, COPY CATS, CAT’S PAW, and CAT CALL.

 

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CAT FOUND, a Valentine’s Day flash fiction

 

“I think I found your cat.”

There was a pause on the other end of the line, then a cautious, “Yes?”

I petted the friendly, orange-striped stranger who had made herself at home in my lap. “Burberry? She has a collar with this number on it.  Is your cat missing?”

Again the pause. “Burberry. Yes, but she has been missing for over a year. We’d given up hope. Are you sure you have the right cat?”

“A red tabby with one white foot.”

“That’s her!” the woman shrieked. Then I heard her call to someone, “Danny! You won’t believe! Someone’s finally found our precious Burberry!”

Plans were made, numbers exchanged, and before I knew it, I was pulling up in front of a small southeast Portland bungalow with a carrier full of cat. I felt good. Finally after all the years of following lost cat websites, I’d found one right in my own back yard! I’m a cat lady myself, and though mine are all indoors, stuff happens. I sympathized with anyone whose cat went missing.

“Lynley Cannon,” I said to the elderly lady who had the door open before I’d pulled to a full stop. “And Burberry.”

“And I’m Fiona, Oh do come in. I’d like you to meet someone.”

She guided me to the living room where a lanky teenage boy sat slumped on the couch. He stood when he saw me.

“Danny, this is Lynley. See? She’s brought your Burberry back to you.”

Danny eyed me uncertainly, as if this might be some kind of trick.

“Here she is. Should I let her out now?” I asked as the silence began to stretch.

“Yes,” Danny whispered, coming a cautious step closer. “Please.”

I placed the carrier on the floor and unlatched the gate. Instantly the cat was out and sniffing the scents of her old home.

Burberry explored the room with the solemn intensity of her species. Finally she came to Danny who hadn’t moved a muscle. Abruptly he crouched and held out his hand. Without hesitation, the tabby leapt into his lap and begin smoothing her lush sideburns across his cheek.

“She certainly remembers you,” I said to the boy, but he was too busy hugging the affectionate cat to notice.

Fiona took my elbow and led me away. “Thank you so much, Lynley. You have done an amazing thing. Burberry is more than just a feline friend, she is a therapy cat. Danny has an anxiety disorder, and the only thing that helps when he has an episode is Burberry. It was devastating when she was lost. We were beginning to give up hope, think we should look for another to take her place, but Danny was dead set against it. Now I’m glad we waited.”

I looked back at the two on the living room floor. The cheerful scene brought tears to my eyes.

“I’d better get going and leave you to your reunion. I do suggest getting her checked by your vet. She seems healthy, but you never know after such a long time.”

“Oh, we will, first thing.”

I started down the front steps when Fiona called after me, “Hold on, Lynley. I have something for you.”

She disappeared for a moment, then came running back, a red heart-shaped box in her hand. “Happy Valentine’s Day!”

I took the box of chocolates and thanked her. Once in my car, I tossed the box on the passenger seat. The fact that today was February fourteenth had totally slipped my mind.

 

 

“Cat Found” is a flash fiction story based on my Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series and its hero, cat shelter volunteer Lynley Cannon.

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The Daily Tyler

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Here I am, king of the hutch.

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…but the kitchen table is calling.

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Hum, these belong to the cohabitors.

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In fact, most everything here is theirs.

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Wait! This is familiar.

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Mine, finally mine!

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Lynley Cannon’s FRIDAY FELINE FACTS & FANCIES, Home Alone

 

Lynley Cannon, star of the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, is often referred to as a crazy cat lady herself, but when it comes to the feline species, this sixty-something cat shelter volunteer knows her stuff. Check here each Friday for instructive and intriguing information on our favorite subject: cats!

The feline ability to sense you are going on vacation before you’ve even brought the suitcase out of the closet is well-documented. To minimize their angst while you’re gone, leave a piece of your clothing on the bed. Finding a compassionate and knowledgeable cat sitter is paramount.

~Cat’s Paw, chapter 2

Check out more of Lynley’s kitty tips, tricks, and facts preceding each chapter in CATS’ EYES, COPY CATS, CAT’S PAW, and CAT CALL.

 

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CAT SHOW

Last week at this time, I was selling my books at the TICA International Cat Show here in Portland Oregon. It was a three-day show, and I ended up with a cold that kept me away from writing most of the week. I decided old news was better than no news, so I’ll give a quick rundown of what went on in the fur world.

As many if you know, I’m more into shelter cats than breed cats, but since I love all cats, I’ve been trying to learn about the pedigreed side of the family. I found many truly compassionate people who care not only for their show cats but for all cats. TICA has categories for house cats, and prizes also went to cats from shelters such as Patty the deaf white kitty who won the People’s Choice award. I saw a few breeders who seemed to treat their cats like a commodity as opposed to the living, breathing, wonderful beings they are, but I’m glad to say they were a vast minority.

I really enjoyed sharing a table with Ramona Marek again. We are both members of the Cat Writer’s Association, she with “Cats for the Genius“, the definitive how-to of everything cat, and me with my cat mysteries. We were placed next to the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society booth which ties in so well with my series that stars a cat shelter volunteer. The WCGHS adopted out several cats during the show, and it took real restraint on my part not to adopt Pluto, the hunky black 7-year-old boy they had there.

I got a chance to talk to many people and add a few pictures to my Cat Man collection. (Crazy Cat Lady mystery #7 will feature the male side of the crazy cat lady world) These are only a few examples of guys showing their love and respect for cats.  The man on the right is the Cat Daddy of the successful Facebook page “My Life as Quincy” and a steadfast PAWS volunteer.

I also met up with award winning cat blogger Kerry Barbero (Noir Kitty Mews, Mewsings of Valentine the Persian Cat) who I hadn’t seen since BlogPaws in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina even though we both live here in Oregon. I was excited when she asked if Valentine could review my latest book, “Cat Call.” Valentine is also going to review Ramona’s book. That kitty’s got some real reading ahead of him!

There is so much more to cat shows than I could have ever imagined, and a lot of it has to do with the welfare of cats. I found the attendees to be friendly and amicable, as were most of the presenters. It was easy to stop by a booth or a kennel and strike a conversation. I’m not sure when the next show will be, but chances are you will find me there.

 

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Lynley Cannon’s FRIDAY FELINE FACTS & FANCIES, Lick

 

Lynley Cannon, star of the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, is often referred to as a crazy cat lady herself, but when it comes to the feline species, this sixty-something cat shelter volunteer knows her stuff. Check here each Friday for instructive and intriguing information on our favorite subject: cats!

For a cat, licking is not only a rite of cleanliness but also social exchange and an indication that she feels totally safe in your presence. You are truly a member of her family, and she reinforces that by cleaning you like her mother cleaned her when she was a kitten.

~Cat’s Paw, chapter 19

Check out more of Lynley’s kitty tips, tricks, and facts preceding each chapter in CATS’ EYES, COPY CATS, CAT’S PAW, and CAT CALL.

 

 

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Lynley Cannon’s FRIDAY FELINE FACTS & FANCIES, Hydration

 

Lynley Cannon, star of the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, is often referred to as a crazy cat lady herself, but when it comes to the feline species, this sixty-something cat shelter volunteer knows her stuff. Check here each Friday for instructive and intriguing information on our favorite subject: cats!

Hydration is a key element of cat health. Have water bowls in multiple places throughout the house instead of only at the feeding station. Cats may be distracted by the food and neglect the water.

~Copy Cats, chapter 21

Check out more of Lynley’s kitty tips, tricks, and facts preceding each chapter in CATS’ EYES, COPY CATS, CAT’S PAW, and CAT CALL.

 

 

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THANKFUL THURSDAY THE FIRST

Little: Everyone is doing a Thankful Thursday blogpost. Why doesn’t our cohabitor do one?

Tyler: Thankful Thursday? What’s that?

Little: It’s where you tell people what you’re thankful for, like good health or a nice place to live.

Tyler: Oh, like food in our food bowls at the propper hour?

Little: Sure, Tyler. That’s something you are especially thankful for after all those years on the street.

Thanks!

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Lynley Cannon’s FRIDAY FELINE FACTS & FANCIES, Foster

 

Lynley Cannon, star of the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, is often referred to as a crazy cat lady herself, but when it comes to the feline species, this sixty-something cat shelter volunteer knows her stuff. Check here each Friday for instructive and intriguing information on our favorite subject: cats!

As a cat foster parent, I bring new kitties home on a regular basis. Are my cats happy about it? Not really, but with careful introduction, they adjust. I start the new cat in his own separate space, then let him familiarize with my cats by exchange of scent (cat-bed towels work well). When both cats seem ready to meet, I allow short moments of sight accompanied by treats. It usually takes about 2 weeks.

~Cat’s Paw, chapter 17

Check out more of Lynley’s kitty tips, tricks, and facts preceding each chapter in CATS’ EYES, COPY CATS, CAT’S PAW, and CAT CALL.

 

 

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