Liz loves animals. Seeing them ill, hurt, or killed breaks her heart. She advocates for "adopt, don't shop" and TNR programs for feral cats.
Cats Can Write??
Well, not really--they type. Seriously, no; actually, they dictate to their owners what is to be typed.
Still not convinced? I don't blame you. Welcome to the world of virtual fun and nonsense known as The Cat Blogosphere!
Created April 27, 2006 by Robyn Harton, the idea was to bring together all us 'crazy cat people' into a support group to cheer on each other's kitties, and enjoy the stories of their antics.
The blogs must all be "cat written," to qualify. This means, written as a day in the life of a cat, from the cat's perspective.
Kitty Cat Language
Some of the cats are very well spoken and use excellent grammar, others use an alternate form of English known as LOL-speak.
This format, which I sometimes use in my kitty blog, presumes a cat would have considerable difficulty with the English language if they were able to speak and write, and therefore uses deliberate misspellings and incorrect grammatical constructions.
For example, the sentence, "I think my humans should respect my nap time by not making a lot of noise," in LOL-speak would appear something like this:
"I finks my hoomans shuld reespek my nappytimes an not be makin a bunch of noises dat wakes me ups!" The spelling is "almost" phonetical.
It is total nonsense, but it is also fun and relieves stress.
People involved in this network follow each other's blogs, and via comments, offer support, encouragement, and suggestions if questions have been asked.
Also posted are memorials for those who have passed on, for pets who have crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. Links are provided so visitors may leave sympathy notes on the blog in question. Such posts may include other family pets, and don't necessarily have to be about cats, because after all, there are many households in which cats and dogs coexist peaceably.
Other Functions of the CB
The Cat Blogosphere's home page also serves as a news exchange, whereupon may be posted news such as birthdays, "blogoversaries," and requests for "pawcircles" for ailing kitties or thier owners.
A great many of the folks on the CB have at least two, and some have several cats. Many are involved in rescue and/or fostering operations. There is a serious side to the whole thing. Auctions are held to raise funds for various causes.
There are also dogs who blog, and the two groups got together in 2010 for the first annual 'Blog-Paws' conference. The secretary-typists (er--pet owners) got to meet each other in person, and I understand much fun was had, and much useful information gained.
Serious work is also accomplished at such in-person get togethers; in one instance, the group met with an EPA representative to discuss environmental toxins and the hazards to pets.
A related bit of serious fun is the Twitter "PawPawty." In this venue, there is a link to a menu of drinks and snacks or meals, altered to appeal to pets, such as "Niptinis" for kitties, or "Bone Stew" for dogs...maybe "carrot slaw" for Bunnies.
Every participating tweet usually uses the general hashtag #pawpawty so the conversational thread can be easily followed. Sometimes, however, there are seasonal themed parties, and they will have their own unique hashtags.
The "pawpawties" usually go on for 24 hours to accomodate worldwide participants. Various pets take turns hosting and doing the "barktending" and DJ jobs. There actually are musical selections being played, and the links to the current selection are tweeted.
Virtual food, (called "noms") is bought, and consumed, and guests are reminded frequently to tip the barktenders and DJ's.
The "tips" are made via a link to a payment service for whatever charity is the recipient of the donations from that particular party.
The drinks and food are all make-believe, but the music is real, and the donated money is real, and the organizers and hosts are real people working hard behind the scenes to pull off a very unique type of fundraising event that is a lot of fun.
Not the Only One
The Cat Blogosphere is certainly not the only cat blog out there.
There are professionally-done blogs from such entities as "Modern Cat" magazine, others that focus on health, safety, and medical issues, some on grooming, etc.
There is a list of the "top 100" cat blogs, however, in scrolling through it, the list has gone well past 100 as of this writing.
Anyone with a cat can get in on the fun; just grab your "pawtner," and start typing!
© 2019 Liz Elias
Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on November 23, 2019:
Thanks, Luis. I'm glad you enjoyed the article. Many thanks for your kind words.
Luis G Asuncion from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on November 23, 2019:
Thanks for sharing this article. I appreciate reading it. Love it.
Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on April 13, 2019:
Hi Lorna--I would have to agree; they are old souls, and mystical. And then there's this: the ancient Egyptians worshipped them as gods--the cats have never let us forget! ;-)
I love each and every one of the kitties in our clowder.
I'm delighted you so enjoyed the article.
Lorna Lamon on April 13, 2019:
I really enjoyed this article especially as I am convinced our cat understands everything we say, and answers back. My mum used to take in stray cats and she was convinced each one was an old soul. They are wonderful mystic creatures and Suki (my cat) simply makes me happy.
Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on April 11, 2019:
@ Linda--So glad you enjoyed reading about this feature; thanks for stopping by and letting me know!
@ Verlie--Awww...so sorry for your losses; what great names! I'm sure they would have enjoyed it immensely.
Verlie Burroughs from Canada on April 11, 2019:
Wow, Liz! What fun. My cats would have loved this. RIP Kato Jr.(the permanent house guest) Lickey, Grey Boy, and Spirit...
Linda Rogers from Minnesota on April 11, 2019:
I absolutely love this idea for cat & dog owners. We animal lovers will do anything for our furry babies. Thanks for sharing.
Liz Elias (author) from Oakley, CA on April 11, 2019:
@ Bill--I'm glad you enjoyed this bit of whimsy. I'm one of those "serious cat people" you know. LOL Mind you, I like dogs, too; I just no longer have the physical stamina to keep up with a dog's needs.
@ Liz--That sounds hilarious! I can only imagine. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing that.
@ Shauna--LOL--Kitties are such tough task-masters, are they not? ;-) You do know the saying, "Dogs have owners; cats have servants."
@ Dianna--I do love my kitty companions. Thanks so much for your comment; I'm glad you enjoyed this article.
@ Ellison--It is a fun thing to do. Some people would say a waste of time, but I favor the quote by the late 19th century author (1873 - 1954) Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, "Time spent with cats is never wasted." ;-)
Ellison Hartley from Maryland, USA on April 11, 2019:
What a cool way to bring together cat lovers! I think it is fun to write from the animals perspective from time to time
Dianna Mendez on April 11, 2019:
Cats are such great companions which make them very favorable to write about. You make them real with your thoughts here.
Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on April 11, 2019:
This sounds like a lot of fun, Liz. My kitties don't give me much time for social media. They insist I work full time to keep a roof over their heads, food in their bellies, and litter in their boxes.
Liz Westwood from UK on April 11, 2019:
This reminds me a little of a clip of a documentary I saw a while ago in which humans dressed as dogs and mimicked their behaviour. There are a lot of cat and dog lovers around, so I can understand the interest in these blogs I guess.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 11, 2019:
The title was funny, Liz! I had to read the article. I'm not much of a cat person, but the existence of these sites does not surprise me. I know some very serious cat people. :)