How I Became an Inspired Cat Lady


Cat Lady Alley


Hello! My name is Rachel and I am the blogger here at Cat Lady AlleyWhere Curiosity Spoiled the Cat Lady! I’ve started this new blog as a place to share anything cat-related – and to ultimately inspire your inner cat lady.

I will be blogging about feline-inspired finds, review cute cat curiosities, host giveaways, and share anything that strikes my (cat lady) fancy.

But before I get to the sharing part, I’d like to take the time to introduce myself and provide a little background on why I refer to myself as an inspired cat lady.

A Cat Lady Gets Her Start

Do you remember the first time you cuddled a cat? Or were soothed by a cat’s purr? Or…um…had to clean a litter box?

girl with black cat
With the neighbor’s cat. (Bangs! A child of the 80s.)

I don’t. But that is only because I grew up with cats. The first time for me was likely when I was a toddler with my faithful calico cat, Janet, a former stray. I do however remember the “firsts” as an adult.

child and kitten

There was an 11-year gap between having a cat in my life. I went off to college at 18 and pets weren’t allowed in the dorms. As I started my adult life, my boyfriend at the time (now husband) and I adopted a dog as soon as we graduated from college. We both had dogs growing up; he’d never had cats. To add to our decision of adopting a dog, I had developed an allergy to cats in my teen years.

Fast forward to June 20, 2010 – Father’s Day that year – to when a weak and starving three-week-old kitten literally stumbled across our path during a walk. I bet you can guess what happened next…

As I’m writing this now, that weak and starving kitten is now a sturdy, solid six-year-old mancat who is hanging out on my desk, purring away happily. Dexter likes to nudge his little pink nose under my hand when I’m typing to remind me to pet him. (Hold one sec, okay done.)

tabby cat
Dexter waiting for his pets.

With two more cats now added to our household (Olive and Sophie), I have been called a crazy cat lady, to which I would prefer the term inspired cat lady. After all, what is crazy about having cats?

  • Is it the number of cats? (I have three. If I had 10, that’s still not crazy.)
  • Is it my actions as a cat mom? (It’s called loving your cats and doing what’s best for them.)
  • What is crazy about having cats? (Really, what is crazy about it?!?)

How I Became an Inspired Cat Lady

Moving along…what do I mean by inspired cat lady? My cats inspire me to be a better person. I really do mean that. I support organizations that care for cats (and all animals). I volunteer my time. I promote cat causes through my rescue blog.

Six years ago, was I doing any of that? Besides donating to animal-related groups, the answer is no! Thus, bringing cats into my life has inspired me and truly changed my life.

One of the greatest things I have found by immersing myself in cat life culture is the fellow cat lovers I’ve connected with. Dedicated cat rescuers, devoted cat moms and dads, passionate owners of cat companies, and fellow enthusiastic cat bloggers! What a wonderful community to belong to!

An inspired cat lady and her three cats!

You Can Be an Inspired Cat Lady, too!

If you’re reading this, you are likely already an inspired cat lady (or dude). But if you’re not, it’s simple.

  1. Get a cat.
  2. Love the cat.
  3. Be inspired every day by the cat.

That’s all it takes! But what do you do after you’ve completed steps 1 through 3? What do you do with that newfound inspiration? That, my friend, is entirely up to you. A world of possibilities most assuredly awaits. Perhaps you’ve been inspired to start an art project. Maybe you make handmade cat toys and donate them to a shelter. Or, are you a writer and have a cat story to tell?

My latest inspiration was to start Cat Lady Alley. I’m excited about this new blogging adventure, but most of all, I hope you find inspiration here at Cat Lady Alley.

So, what inspires you?