About Fran

You know, I like that term, “crazy cat lady.”  It’s so cute, and so apt.

We cat women — and men — tend to get a little carried away in matters concerning our favorite cats.  We can’t help it — we love them.

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The Literate Cat

However, at my mature age of 80, I believe I’ve earned the right to change my title.  I will become the

“cantankerous cat lady.”  Get to know me and decide for yourself which title you consider most apt.  You can even comment on your choice at the bottom of the page.

So, welcome from the cantankerous cat lady. The purpose of this website is to share “smart cat” stories and gifts with cat lovers of the world.


My own story started out with 10 years in Connecticut, then 20 years in Colorado, and the last 50 years in Alaska. During every step of this long journey I have been accompanied by a cat or two.

I’ve met with many different cats during this journey, and have observed several of them from their time of birth until they left the planet for Cat Heaven. Watching the full life cycle of an animal from birth to death can teach one a great deal about their development and about the changes they go through during their life cycle.

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A Black Mystery

I have noticed that when a cat bonds with its human companion, its intelligence can be augmented by this relationship. After all, the animal has to learn a new set of rules when coexisting with a human. This learning process can lead to giant steps in its intelligent perception of the world, and can, indeed, lead to a creature we might term a “literate cat.” I believe I have benefited as well from these interactions, as I have learned a great deal about the animal.

I feel my life has been much more fulfilling due to the adventures I have shared with all my animals.


If you have spent any time with a cat, and would like to know more about why it acts the way it does, you might learn the answers from some of the posts listed on this site. If you are looking for a way to celebrate the cats in your family, some of the selections included will give you just such a result.

About FranIf you have friends who love cats, you might find the item on this site that would bring them a great deal of happiness. If you need some cheering up, try selecting something from “The Literate Cat” to brighten your day.

If you are looking for amusing items for yourself or friends, these offerings might bring on a smile. It’s a simple way to augment your happiness. If you find it difficult to find a suitable cat offering for friend or family member, here you have a selection to choose from.

Give “The Literate Cat” a try and you might find you have discovered a treasure trove of catly offerings for all of you who love those fabulous, furry animals.


My feline friends have been family, and I am sure many of you feel the same way. The intention of this website is to offer a positive www.theliteratecat.com/About Franview of the world of cats and to help increase our understanding of these charming and sometimes enigmatic creatures.

If you ever need an answer to a cat question, or if you would like to share a favorite story about your cat, I’d love to read it in the “comments” section below. I’ll answer your questions as best I can, or I might suggest a source to find your answer.

All the best,



33 thoughts on “About Fran”

  1. In reality cats do learn Human. Mostly how to wrap us around their little paws. The first rule with cats is, ‘dogs have masters, cats have slaves’.

    Like you I have had cats most of my life. All but one has stuck around for at least 19 years to befuddle me!

    I can see this will be a very interesting site so I will return to read on.


    • Helen, I am so glad to read that you will return to read on. It’s nice to share cat stories with other cat folk. Thanks for the message!

  2. i am sure after 80 years of being with cats you do deserve the new title Cantankerous Cat Lady loved the post and looking forward to reading more.

  3. Good site. I am a dog person, have 3 fur babies. Your site has piqued my interest in owning a cat. I sell CBD on my trulygoodlife.com site an have repeat customers who purchase CBD for their pets. If you have not tried it you might want to tell your followers about the human and bet benefits of CBD.

    Enjoyed visiting your site.

    • Thanks for the comment, Ray. I will keep your info about CBD for pets in mind. In fact, I take CBD myself for my arthritis, and a friend asked me if I knew where she could get some for her animals. What would be the best address for her to use to contact you for more information?

      Hope you get a cat. It is truly a remarkable animal. I just published a book about my cat, Carlos, who was my only companion for 12 years of his life. He was truly remarkable enough to deserve a book, so I wrote it all down. There is even one whole chapter, called “The Gospel According to Carlos,” that is written from his point of view. Fun! And, by the way, did you read my last post, about my cat raising the dog? I do like dogs too. What joy our fur babies bring to our lives!

  4. This is just the site I have been looking for, I have 3 cats that visit me regularly, Regie black, getting on in years quite grumpy, Ace white, very polite, Charlie, Norwegian, young inquisitive. I will read all of your articles

  5. You’ve such a beautiful website as The Literate Cat. Your association with varying cats from Connecticut to Colorado and then to Alaska is an AWESOME Experience to know.

    The explanation on the lifespan of cats from birth and your marked observations till they left this Earth throws up a sense of pathos and reflect our own human lives.
    This is going to be a HUGE Success not only for cat lovers but to everyone who passes by to your lovely site through coincidence and learn the real stories therein.

    That was a good read and thank you so much for sharing your experiences spanning over 50 years on CATS. That’s simply incredible!

    I wish you all the best of luck and unstoppable success online.

    • Thank you so much for your nice reply, Phomrong. I hope you are right about the huge success. Meanwhile, I am happy that you enjoyed the website, and hope many more people do as well.

  6. Hello Fran, it is a pleasure to finally meet you. I am an animal lover myself, I love cats and dogs. I happen to own 2 cats, and two dogs and I love them to death. When I am outside, I like to take pictures of cats that I see walking around on the street. My cats are well taken care of, and I had them for about 7 years now. It is nice to meet, and I can’t wait to hear some cat stories from you!!!

    • Thanks for the nice comment, Ahmad. Yes, cats are a force for good, in my eyes. I love them also. If you get time, send me a story or two about your cats in the comments. I would really enjoy hearing/reading your experiences. Some of my other posts are stories about cats that have owned me. You might find them amusing.

  7. Love this Fran.
    I have a daughter 13 years old and just adores cats. At present we have 9 lol all been desexed. She knows each one by site because they all look the same to us haha she knows what they like and don’t like.
    I was a dog lady but these precious fur balls have grown on me 🙂 and I am happy to tend to their needs 🙂
    What a wonderful gift you are to our feline family.

    Di 🙂

    • Thank you for your nice comments. Yes, I imagine your daughter does know those cats well. They are communicating non-verbally to each other. It’s my belief that one way that cats communicate is telepathically. They have probably taught your daughter their nonverbal language, and they all understand each other just fine.

  8. As a cat lover, I thoroughly enjoyed reading some of your posts.
    Now, the first thing which comes to my mind is: “I thought I was very knowledgeable about cats, but that was before I met you, Fran. Wow, you are awesome!”
    I want to thank you for your informative, entertaining post, I certainly learned something new.
    Unfortunately, due to a severe allergy developed by a family member, I have not had a cat for 10 years. My love for them is intact anyway and I regularly read articles or watch videos about them
    That being said, I am going to immediately benchmark your blog and will keep coming for more.

    • How wonderful, Andrew! You have made my day. I do hope you continue visiting. Please comment on the posts any time you want…I would love the feedback. I’ll happily furnish you with your vicarious cat experience. I invite you to look at “Have You Found Your Purrfect Pet Companion?” if you have not already done so. I lost my best cat ever, just about a year ago, and to help work through my grief, I wrote his story. The book came out in July. You’ll read a review of the book in the post I suggested. I think you’d really like it.

  9. Well Fran, we have 4 cats left. Started with 2 old cats (both now gone). Rescued 4 from the kennel (1 died a week later, 1 got run over, 1 recently got caught by a coyote and one still living. Then our friend at the kennel called and asked if we would rescue another cat. Next day when we went to pick her up, there were 4! She had 3 kittens. One of them became a victim to the coyote and mama cat and 2 babies are still with us.
    Your website is full of great information that I am going to learn something about those darn cats!

    • Wow, you have quite a large cat family! The most I’ve ever had at once was three, and they were a handful. It’s so good that you rescue cats. The shelters are a great venue for helping cats with no homes. But they are not ideal living situations, no matter how well they are run. My old, timid cat was in pretty bad shape when I brought him home, after 7 1/2 months in the shelter. He’d developed all sorts of problems. (Read the post on CBD oil for cats if you’d like his story.) I am so glad I got him, because he is definitely a different cat than he was the day I brought him home.

      You’d better keep those cats inside or in a “catio” so the coyotes can’t eat the rest of them. Sure, coyotes have to eat, too, but not on your furry family felines.

  10. Hi Fran!

    I absolutely love your site, I have 1 cat myself and really enjoyed reading through your different articles!

    I wanted to reach out as I worked with a lot of publishers like yourself to help optimize websites to improve user experience metrics, among other things.

    I woud love to connect with you to see if this is something I may be able to help you with. What is the best way to reach you?


    • Thanks for your response, Lexi, and glad you enjoy my website. Lucinda will be pleased, too…lol…Yes, I can use all the help I can get. I’ll send you an email with contact information. I’m interested to see what you have to say. Our Wealthy Affiliate platform gives us excellent training, but I am still learning, and can always learn something new.

  11. Hi Fran,

    I really love what you are doing with your Cat platform here. Congratulations, keep up the good work! I am still at WA, but I have no access to communicate.

    Stay well and wishing you a wonderful, healthy, and prosperous 2022!
    By the way, our podcast Talking Taiwan recently won a 2021 Golden Crane Award:)

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  13. Hello ,
    I see your website  www.theliteratecat.com and its impressive. I wonder if advertising options like guest post, ad content are available on your site?
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