Meow Musings and Next Monday's Show

Posted by Pia

Since last week's Words of Woof post was so well received-- and fun for me to do -- I decided to honor your many requests for a similar post with feline photos and quotes. Enjoy!

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1 "One small cat changes coming home to an empty house to coming home." --Pam Brown. Photo of Penne by Dena519

2 "One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don't come home at night." ---Margaret Mead. Photo of Starbuck and Boomer by bma70

3 "When I play with my cat, who knows if I am not a pastime to her more than she is to me? "--Michel Eyquem de Montaigne. In photo: Winston

4 "Cats are a mysterious kind of folk. There is more passing in their minds than we are aware of." --Sir Walter Scott. Photo of Emmett by Amanda Taylor

5 "It is in their eyes that their magic resides."--Arthur Symons. Photo of Penne and Ziti by Dena519

6 "There is no more intrepid explorer than a kitten." --Jules Champfleury. Photo of Kitten and Lucky by Robinacsu.

7 "Way down deep, we're all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them." --Jim Davis. Photo of Max and Sami by Blondie8

8 "If you are worthy of its affection, a cat will be your friend, but never your slave."--Theophile Gautier.

9 "Cats never strike a pose that isn't photogenic."--Lilian Jackson Braun. Photo by HelenMB

10 "Cats are a tonic, they are a laugh, they are a cuddle, they are at least pretty just about all of the time and beautiful some of the time."--Roger Caras. In photo: Paloma

In other news, I will be a guest on Martha's show this coming Monday. I will have some cute pooches with me, and I'll be addressing the most common reasons that dogs are relinquished to shelters -- none of which have anything to do with the dogs!

I'll also talk about the questions you should ask yourself before adopting a dog, and I'll demonstrate how to search for adoptable animals in your area using, a free national directory of more than 200,000 adoptable animals, made possible by the pet lovers at Purina. has made a life-saving difference for thousands of animals who are now happily in loving homes.

Please tune in to this Monday's show and let us know what you think!

In kinship,
Dr. Pia Salk

Comments (14)

  • Hi Dr. Pia

    I'm not a fan of furballs but I must say they are some cute pictures.

    Dr. Pia can you help me I'm trying to find Franny. And since you help with adoption I'd like Franny to come live with me where she'll have me and the Labs to play with, I'm sure she is lonely in jail.

    Thanks Dr. Pia :)


  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Dr. Pia I have said so often that cats are for chasing. When I saw your cat pictures I just could think of all the fun I would have chasing them. Now don’t get the wrong idea here. I wouldn’t hurt one of those little cats for anything. It’s just that anything that runs so fast is fun to chase. Squirrels are small animals which climb on the bird feeders so I can chase them away. See, I chase other things too. I’ll bet that somewhere in this wide world, there is a cat which would not run from me; haven’t met that one yet. Daddy says he hopes I don’t meet that one; it’ll be trouble for me.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hello Dr. Pia,
    I am not a furball lover either, Mom has allergies, but your photos are the best. Hopefully you can get many adopted as well as dogs.

    I am very upset over Francesca not being at her home, as well as Zoe and others. I was een trying to arrange an escape for Franny, but no luck. Please can you encourage Martha et. all to let us know what is going on. She hasn't met her maker has she--with not word we can only jump to conclusions. Mom and I are watching Martha's show today on pets so maybe she will tell what is going on with our dear Franny.
    Thanks for keeping us iinformed, even on furballs.
    Love & licks,

  • Oh goody, that's what Kitty just said, or meuwwed! she and I loved those pictures and quotes...especially
    #8 "If you are worthy of its affection, a cat will be your friend, but never your slave."--Theophile Gautier.
    mommie delia says, how true that is...

    Dr.Pia I wish you much success Monday in getting the word out for adoption through Adopt-a-Pet.
    You are special and hope that you are appreciated with all your work to save the lives of animals. <3

  • I agree with Zoe. Why is there no information about Franny? There are MANY fans who have requested information and it seems our concerns are being ignored. Please help us find dear Franny.

  • Hi Dr. Pia, Thank you sooo much for these precious photos of those darling kitties! I love everyone of them and my favorite is #6-how cute is that baby and the big dog!! I am looking forward to seeing you and some of your cute poochies on Martha's TV Show on Monday-I know it's going to be wonderful!! I miss Francesca, also and I'm sure Martha will let us know how she is doing when she can. I know everyone is impatient about how Franny is doing, but we all need to trust Martha because she will do the best that she can as soon as she can. Thanks so much for sharing again. Have a great day everyone! Jan

  • Hello Dr. Pia: I just love kittie cats and they love me too. Daddy won't let me near kitties that he does not know cause they might have a disease, so he does not trust them, but he is the same with strange pups too. They want to approach me to play I guess, but he doesn't want that so we walk the other way.

    By the way, why isn't Francesca home yet? Don't even tell me she has to stay at the breeder's place forever. That is not her forever home. Her forever home is with you Miss Martha. That way, she can be with her friends and have great adventures where she lives. We, on the blog, miss her very much. She shouldn't be punished for what happened. I do hope she is feeling better and is getting over that Lyme's Disease. Zoe said Franny might be in jail! Oh no!!!! That is definitely not the place for such a great and beautiful pup.

    Well, it is kinda warm here but it looks rainy. Ugh!! I'm gonna go have a nap on my sofa now. Take care. See ya later. Love, Gracyn.

  • Beautiful again Dr. Pia. The kitties are so cute and charming.

    I'm refraining from 'Where is Francesca' comments until tomorrow's blog.

  • Hi Everyone, Just wanted to let you know that on Martha's TV Show today she said Francesca was recovering from Lyme disease and is doing much better. She had Sharkey and G.K. on her show and stated that Sharkey missed Franny a lot. I'm sure she will let us know as soon as Franny can get back home. Cross your fingers or toes and keep praying for Francesca. Have a great day everyone! Jan

  • Dr Pia, Thanks for such a wonderful post, as always. I look forward to tuning in on Monday to watch your next appearance! Sending you lots of wags and meows to you and yours!
    Molly P

  • Dear Dr. Pia,

    Thanks for sharing the picture of my sweet Paloma.

    Paloma's Mom

  • I'm glad to see that you are promoting the black cat. The superstition still runs deep with people and this color of cat is the most difficult to adopt out. In many cultures they are GOOD LUCK! I just returned from Australia on a cat media tour for a large cat food company and the Animal Welfare League as their international cat behaviorist, and debunked the myths surrounding black cats and other cat superstitions. Did you know that if children are exposed to cat fur at a very young age, that it will reduce their chances greatly of not being affected by common allergens as adults (including cat allergies, of course!)? Another common myth is that cats are aloof. Many cats will greet their owners at the door just like dogs and even follow them around from room to room wanting attention just like dogs. Did you know that the number one pet in America is now the cat?

  • Wonderful Cat pics & quotes!

  • Great job on the Monday show! I'm so glad that more people like you are promoting animal rescue. And I was especially impressed that you pointed out the reasons why pets are surrendered to shelters. So many people still have this pre-conceived notion that pets who end up in shelters are bad. Thank you!

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