Rachel (that’s me) is cat mama to the Three Chatty Cats (and the Jr. Associates). My love for everything cats, writing and photography inspired me to start this blog.
A bit of entertainment, a dash of awareness and a whole bunch of vocal cats.
When Three Chatty Cats started back in January 2016, I focused on featuring individuals and rescue groups doing their part to help cats – from foster parents and TNR groups to shelter photographers and companies doing good. But the blog has evolved into featuring my own three cats more – Dexter, Olive and Sophie – who inspired this blog. (Whoops, it’s four now! I mean five!!)
As the human behind Three Chatty Cats, I am a blogging ambassador for Best Friends Animal Society and The Jackson Galaxy Project, A Signature Program of GreaterGood.org. I’m currently a writer and the editor for The Jackson Galaxy Project’s Cat Pawsitive Pro initiative, which helps shelter cats all across the country. I am also a Professional Member of the Cat Writers’ Association.
I’m proud that in my first two years of blogging, I’ve been recognized six times as a BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose finalist. For Three Chatty Cats specifically, I’ve been named a finalist for four BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Awards (Best Cause Blog 2x, Best Cat Blog, Best New Pet Blog) and won for Best Cause Blog in 2017.
If you’re interested in working with Three Chatty Cats, please head on over to our Work With Us page to learn more.
I hope my
three five chatty cats bring you joy and laughter as you follow their adventures!
Happy Reading! ~Rachel
The Inspiration Behind the Blog
Sophie here, the cutest, sweetest and most humble of the cats. After hearing from the boring human, I figured you would want to learn more about the actual cats! After all, this blog is called Three Chatty Cats. It should really be all about us, you know, our own space to share our profound thoughts and reflections as well as our squee-worthy pictures. Right?
I can’t speak for my siblings (well I can, but they don’t like it), but I know that I’m super excited about sharing our thoughts with you. But before that, I’m going to give you a bit of background on us, since many of you may not know a thing about us cats. For which I blame Mama.
Chatty Cat #1 – Dexter
First, I present to you our big brother Dexter. He’s my best friend. I love him very much and I’m pretty sure he loves me back. Here’s what you need to know about ol’ Dexy boy.
Name: Dexter (he’s a boy cat)
Persona: The Timid Dreamer
Date of Birth: June 1, 2010 (Mama’s estimate for him)
Date of Rescue: June 20, 2010 (it was Father’s Day!)
Rescue Synopsis: Dexter was found as a three-week-old kitten in Palm Desert, California on a 100+ degree day!
Likes: Shredding Kleenex, sneaking into the garage, cuddling with me and Olive (separately, of course), looking grumpy, and eating my special diet food. He’s also a master groomer of the highest order.
Dislikes: Everything else – and I mean everything!
Known For: Crying loudly in the morning until Mama gets up to feed us. He’s the shyest of us three cats. And hey, I heard that Dexter is the favorite of some blog readers. I’m not sure what that’s about!
Chatty Cat #2 – Olive
Next, I will tell you about my evil sister, Olive. I say she’s evil, but she’s not so bad. I like to give her a hard time because she hisses at me all the time. I mean all. the. time. I know I’m the kid sister, but shouldn’t Olive be nice to me every once in a while? Anyway, here’s Olive’s stuff. Blabbity, blah, blah.
Name: Olive (she’s a girl cat)
Persona: The Rebel Starlet
Date of Birth: April 7, 2011 (Mama’s just guessing)
Date of Rescue: June 7, 2011
Rescue Synopsis: Olive was found by asphalt workers outside the house, approximately eight weeks old at the time.
Likes: Lasers, treats and sitting in boxes.
Dislikes: Me! And being picked up. She absolutely hates that.
Known For: Being a loner, begging for treats, spending all day in her gargantuan size box, being my arch-nemesis, growling at poor me, hissing at innocent me, swiping at sweet little me after I chase her down the hallway – I just don’t get it! Must be that famous tortitude I always hear about.
Chatty Cat #3 – Sophie
So, that just leaves ME! The beautiful, smart, charming Sophie. I’m the baby of the family, which means I’m always innocent. I
always never get into trouble. The humans never find me on the kitchen counter or pulling Q-tips out of the trash. Never!
Name: Sophie Zee Kitty (I’m a girl cat, but not a girlie-girl cat)
Persona: The Mischievous Goofball
Date of Birth: May 29, 2014 (I won’t tell the real date)
Date of Rescue: November 29, 2014
Rescue Synopsis: I was found outside a movie theater by security guards who (easily) guilt-tripped Mama into taking me home. (“We called animal control and you know what will happen to her at the pound!”) I also did my part and batted my baby blues at her. I was about six months old at the time.
Likes: FOOD! And FOOD!
Dislikes: Nothing, except for Olive. (And Eddie.)
Known For: Stealing straws, stealing bottle caps, terrorizing Olive, being the goofball of the family, occasionally getting into a bit of trouble, loving on Pops, chattering to Mama, basically being perfect.
UPDATE! New cat alert!
It’s me, Sophie again! I had to come back and update you that Mama and Pops adopted a new cat! And NO! I wouldn’t let her rename the blog to Four Chatty Cats. But I thought the least I could do is tell you about our new bro, Woodrow!
Name: Woodrow (another boy cat!)
Persona: The Lovable Dum-Dum
Date of Birth: October 10, 2012
Date of Adoption: August 12, 2017
Adoption Synopsis: Woodrow started out as Lion, a foster cat here at Hotel Three Chatty Cats. After a week or two, we resident cats heard whisperings from Mama and Pops about keeping him. Gasp! They made it official after a couple of months of fostering.
Likes: Catnip (who doesn’t?) and lounging in laps.
Dislikes: Touching the tip of his tail (it’s crooked).
Known For: Lying in sunpuddles, chasing Olive and taunting Dexter. The latter two which result in scratches on his nose every so often.
Read Woodrow’s adoption announcement
UPDATE! Another new cat!
Ugh! Mama, please stop adopting cats! Sophie here again…Mama and Pops really aren’t good at this fostering thing. I call them complete failures. They’ve now adopted yet another of the fosters, so I have a new sibling to tell you about, whether I want to or not!
Name: Harley (a mancat)
Persona: The Hangry Curmudgeon
Date of Birth: August 7, 2008 (he’s the oldest in the house)
Date of Adoption: January 22, 2018
Adoption Synopsis: Just like Woodrow, Harley started out as a foster here. The humans picked him up right after Thanksgiving in 2017. Around Christmas, they first had thoughts of keeping him. He’d been adopted and returned twice in 2017, and they couldn’t see how anyone could do that to him. Anyway, they made it official in January and I got a new brother.
Likes: Food and being left alone.
Dislikes: Being picked up! Just like Olive.
Known For: Crossed eyes! Yodeling in the morning. Getting all whappy paw with me at mealtimes. (He starts it, I swear!).
Read Harley’s adoption story (in his own words)