Black Cat Day: Allia Zobel NolanLarry Kay
As part of our series on Black Cats for National Black Cat Day Author Allia Zobel Nolan shared her story: I have had four black male cats in my life. The first one was named Winston Stanley, III (the thoird). He was a bit rambunctious and loved to try to eat his sister, who held her own and was not intimidated by him. Sadly, he died of a heart attack.
The second black cat was McDuff, the Bold. He grew into a twenty-three pounder and was a totally mush-head. I adopted him and his roommate Sinead at the shelter after Winston died.
MacDuff, the Bold and Angela Dahling (my white cat) passed within months of one another. Sineady Cat, the Fraidy Cat, remained. So I wanted to get a black cat to keep her company.
I love black cats as they seem to be extremely smart, loving, independent but not standoffish, loyal, not fussy, inquisitive, simpatico, and easy to train (as much as you can train a cat).
Ever since my first black cat, it’s just been a thing with me. I need a black cat with me all the time: When I write, in my bed, on the back of my chair, on the couch, at breakfast and dinner.
Also, according to shelter workers, black cats are the least adopted cats as many people still reportedly and ridiculously believe they are bad luck. My black cats have always been a charm to me and for me.
So when MacDuff died, I went on line and scoured shelters and must have seen a hundred black cats. But since I had Sineady Cat, the Fraidy Cat, I couldn’t get a kitten, and the cat I got had to be calm because Sinead was very skittish. So many of the black cats I saw wouldn’t work. Well, one day when the black cat I was looking at at the shelter wound up to be too lively, and I was on my way out I happened to look to my right, and there was the most gorgeous small black kitty I’d seen in a long time. I didn’t want a kitten or young cat because of Sineady, but I took a second look and fell in love. Then I looked at the cat’s name. It was NOLAN! Nolan is my last name, so, I called my husband and told him one of our relatives was at the shelter, and we had to adopt him. LOL. So even though he was five months, we brought him home and he’s been a super cat ever since.
When his sister, Angela Dahling, died last year, we brought in another rescue cat, and introduced them slowly, exchanging rooms, scents, feeding places and in about a month or so, they were okay with each other.
Over the years, I’ve written ten humor books on cats. My latest are WOMEN WHO STILL LOVE CATS TOO MUCH, PURR MORE: HISS LESS HEAVENLY LESSONS I LEARNED FROM MY CAT, and CAT CONFESSIONS: A KITTY COME CLEAN TELL ALL BOOK which has sold over 116,500 copies.
Read about Allia and her books at her website Allia Writes.
Her love of cats inspired her career! Allia Zobel Nolan is an internationally published author of 175 children’s and adult books which range from the Divine to the feline and reflect her two main passions, God and cats. Titles include the awarding winning WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU, and the bestsellers CAT CONFESSIONS: A KITTY COME CLEAN TELL ALL BOOK, and THE JOY OF BEING FIFTY, illustrated by New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast. Her latest book in association with the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop at the University of Dayton, LAUGH OUT LOUD:40 WOMEN HUMORISTS CELEBRATE THEN AND NOW…BEFORE WE FORGET takes readers on a journey from hot pants to hormones, and as bestselling author, Lisa Scottoline says, “celebrates the voice of women who are smart, strong and funny.”