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We are all crazy about our mysterious cats. Sometimes they are our best friends; sometimes they are aloof. They are fun to watch and often surprise us. These true stories, the best from Chicken Soup's library, will make readers appreciate their own cats and see them with a new eye. Readers will revel in the heartwarming, amusing, inspirational, and occasionally tearful stories about our best friends and faithful companions — our cats.

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Why We Love Our Cats

Inspired by Chicken Soup for the Soul: Loving Our Cats by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, edited by Amy Newmark

According to the U.S. Humane Society, Americans are definitely "cat people," owning over 15 million more cats than dogs. In fact, globally, there are 600 million pet cats, making cats the most popular pet in the world. They truly rule the world. The 101 stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Loving Our Cats share true stories of cats that made an impact on their owners’ lives, not just as pets, but as true friends. Here are five reasons we love our cats.

1. Celebrate their strong bonds. Joan Walker’s mother was suffering from breast cancer and left the hospital to be in the comfort of Joan’s home for what her doctors thought would be her last months. Joan’s cat, Otto, took a liking to her and didn’t leave her side. Joan’s mother began to regain her strength using the cat as a rallying point: daily trips to the sink to refill his water bowl and walks around the house with Otto by her side. Three years after their bond began, Joan’s mother is now cancer free. "Thankfully, my mother has put off dying, and Otto continues to share his gift of love — a medicine more potent than any drug a doctor could prescribe," Joan writes.

2. Let them bring out the best in you. ViAnn Meyer and her family always had cats, but after several mishaps occurred when they were allowed to go outdoors, they decided their latest family addition would be indoors-only. Devoted to environmentally conscious pet-care, Meyer and her family built an elaborate outdoor cat run — costing upwards of $100,000 — where he could safely spend his days enjoying naturally grown catnip and area wildlife from a fenced in area where he wouldn’t harm other animals. The Meyer Cat Garden became a local tourist attraction, bringing more than 10,000 visitors from nursing homes to tour groups from a national garden convention. "I’m now a master gardener and president of our local garden club, and I’m comfortable with both writing and public speaking," Vianna says. "And our whole family has grown: working on such a tremendous project has drawn us all closer together."

3. There’s a cat lover in all of us. Kathleen Kennedy’s father wanted to get rid of the stray she found because he did not want any more cats in the house. Kathleen and her mother convinced him to let the cat heal before giving him to the Humane Society. Little by little, Oscar the garbage cat won over Kathleen’s father’s heart by responding to him when called and sitting on his lap while he watched TV; eventually he even ended up sleeping in her parents’ bed! The day came when he was healed and it was time to take him to the shelter. "As I turned to put Oscar in the carrier for the trip, my father spoke, uttering three magic words: ‘Not my cat!’" Kathleen writes. Oscar got to stay, proving that deep down, anyone can become a cat lover.

4. Laugh when they get into trouble. Lisa-Maria Padilla was taking a trip via plane with her cat. Although she knew her cat wasn’t the happiest when traveling, she hoped she would sleep most of the way like she always did. About an hour into the flight, the attendant let her know her cat had escaped and was in the front cabin! Lisa noticed her cat had opened the zipper on the carrier just enough to escape. Lisa found the cat in first class, stealing from a recently served shrimp cocktail. "It was a terribly long, quiet walk — except for the growling — back to seat 34E, as all the other passengers watched our processions — a red-faced human carrying a cat with a shrimp tail sticking out her mouth — back to our assigned seat," Lisa says. She even added extra Velcro to prevent it from happening again.

5. Even cats know how important family is. David Giannelli, a New York City fireman, was putting on his gear at a garage fire when he heard the sound of cats crying. Thankfully, no one was hurt in the large blaze, and after the fire was put out he was able to look for the crying kittens. He found three kittens on the sidewalk about five feet away from the garage, another in the street and yet another across the street. They were singed, and it became obvious to David that the mother cat had gone into the garage and carried her babies out, one by one. He found the mother cat in a vacant lot, and rushed her and the kittens to a pet hospital. Things looked grim for the mother cat, but after a week, she was on her way to a full recovery. David named her Scarlett, because of her reddened skin from the fire. "As a firefighter, I see heroism every day," David writes. "But what Scarlett showed me that day was the height of heroism — the kind of bravery that comes only from a mother’s love."

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