Affair of the Heart

This week’s post is brought to you by guest blogger Debbie Glovatsky, a.k.a. Glogirly, the voice behind her blogging cat, Katie.

In her blog “Glogirly:  Tails Of A Cat And Her Girl,” Katie writes of life, love and catnip with a sarcastic wit and sharp tongue. Across the globe, cats purr and humans roll their eyes as Katie offers a glimpse into her anything but ordinary cat life.  Katie shares a townhouse in Minneapolis with Glogirly and her husband Gloman (a.k.a. The Other One).

This post provides Glogirly a chance to write in her own voice for a change.

I thought we had something special.  A girl and her cat, a cat and her girl.  What could be more perfect?  Something’s just not right though.  I can smell it.

Ours was a beautiful beginning, Katie and I.  One September morning, my dog-loving, cat-skeptical husband came home with a completely unexpected anniversary gift.  He kept talking about a “kit” he was working on for my present.  Kit.  Like a gift box of car detailing products and tools perhaps?  Maybe a basket of aromatherapy spa treats?  A do-it-yourself something or another?

Having been cat-less for countless years prior to marrying a self-professed dog person, I accepted the fact that I would likely remain cat-less.  Then one Saturday while making the bed and folding towels, a tiny, blurry flash of black & white came speeding through the room like a self-guided missile.  Once it all came into focus, I was speechless.

He had in fact gotten me a kit.  A kit-ten.

Here was this wee, little kitten with the most innocent black & white face staring up at me.  He or she… I didn’t know yet, was wearing purple ribbon around its neck with a little tag that read, “Happy Anniversary.”  At this anniversary moment, it was hard to know whom to love more.

Debbie Glovatsky, a.k.a. Glogirly and her cat Katie

I named her Katie and we were fast friends.  She spent her first night curled up in a little ball on my chest… sleeping and purring, employing her charms.   I loved her, spoiled her and attended to her every need. With no other pets in the house, Katie had it all.  My husband though was merely a casual observer – or so I thought.

The next thing I knew, my little kitten-girl was growing up.  I woke up one day and she was a teenager.   Cuddling was no longer “cool.”  Independence was paramount.  Most of the time I had no idea where she was. The food bowl was empty and there was poop to scoop.  Proof of life, that’s all I had.

I continued to love her, spoil her and attend to her every need.  Occasionally she’d throw me a bone, so to speak.  Affection on Katie’s terms is what I call it.  Meanwhile, my husband who made his love of dogs and disdain for cats no secret began a subtle training program with Katie.  He calls himself the Cat Whisperer.

Men who say they don't like cats but really do

Yeah right.  You’re going to train a cat?  Fat chance.  You’re going to train KATIE?  Not a chance in… well, you know.

So while I loved, spoiled and attended to Katie’s every need, my husband did the opposite.  He ignored her when he came home from work.  If she greeted him at the door, he walked right by her until he got upstairs, grabbed a drink and sat down.  Then and only then, he’d call her over.  Affection on his terms.

If he wanted Katie to pay attention to him he’d make loud, obnoxious noises until she finally looked at him.  Then and only then, he’d tell her she was a good kitty.

He never talked to her in a sing-song kitty voice.  He talked to her like an adult.  Sometimes, using language only suitable for adults.  Still a dog person at heart, he never let her forget she was “just a cat.”    Despite the insults, Katie grew curiously fond of “The Other One.”

So while I’ve been loving, spoiling and attending to my cat’s every need, my husband has trained her not only to come when he calls, but to come running.  He’s taught her to play fetch, to stay when he’s petting her, to sit motionless while he gives her a kitty manicure and pedicure. He’s even taught her to love having her tail pulled.  Now settle down, it’s all very innocent… albeit pathetic.

The tail-pull is a whole routine they do everyday.  He calls her over, she comes running.  He holds out his hand, she puts her head under it.  He strokes her gently from her head to the tip of her tail.  He makes a silly noise when he gets to the tail part.  She does some kitty yoga to enhance the stretch of the tail-pull and walks away.  But only a few steps.  She turns around and comes back for more.  And more.  And more.  There’s conversation, mewing, tail-pull talk.  The whole performance ends with Katie on her back, begging for a tummy scratch.

Me?  I call her and she looks the other way.  I try to pet her and she runs.  I try to pick her up and she runs faster.  If she’s not paying attention and I actually snatch her up, she gives me the evil eyes and ears.  She squirms in protest.  All I ever wanted was a sweet cat friend to return my love and affection.  A furry bundle of love with a 101-degree body temperature to warm my lap.  But if I even look at her, she’s suspicious.

Well, now I’M the one that’s suspicious.  I never dreamed that infidelity would taint our happy home.  Cheating?  Never.   But as I write this, Katie and The Other One are “napping” in MY bed.

The evidence is clear.  My cat is having an affair with my husband. I better get back before innocent nap time turns into heavy petting.   Click HERE to come with me, but be prepared to shield your eyes.

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  • We are not sure who we love more, Katie, Glogirly or Gloman. xoxo

    • Ihavecat

      They make a wonderful trio don’t they?! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  • Oh dear… poor Katie, she works so hard to keep you on your toes, and what thanks does she get? The occasional scrap of ham? A prawn every now and again? Pfft! Try increasing your tributes to the wonderful one, maybe she’ll try increasing the cuddles… (we use this logic on mummy)

    • Ihavecat

      Rumblepurr you make me wonder if this is what Kip and Petie are doing to me! Perhaps I should increase noms!

  • We love you all!!! That was a great insight into the glofamily life.

    • Ihavecat

      thanks for visiting my blog Poppy! I hope you got to “meet” my mancats Petie and Kip (cat tab up above!). You are such a good looking cat!
      T

  • Cats do have the power to control every situation. When you have a cat…be prepared to lose control. I know…I am Cat too!
    Bruce:)

    • Ihavecat

      I wonder if those “cat remote controls” work…i’m thinking not-so-much….hmmmm.
      Thanks for stopping by Bruce – we love your blog!
      T, Kip and Petie

  • Oh wow. That’s a great story! And so typical of cats. They do as they wish, not as we will.

    • Ihavecat

      So true! Thanks for stopping by Toby and Leia – hope to see you here again soon!

  • We’re with Raymond and Busby! Great post!!

    Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

    • Ihavecat

      Thanks for coming by, we do love that GG and Katie so much too! Loved the “guess whose toes” on your bloggie!

  • This was a great post!

    • Ihavecat

      GG is pretty wonderful too isn’t she (of COURSE Katie is!).
      Thanks for stopping by Parker – hope you come back soon!
      T, Kip and Petie

  • Love it!!! Katie is in total control!

  • That was awesome Glogirly! I myself am a cat convert, I was all about dogs until I met my Tygana. My brother and I used to sit around watching dog whisperer and trying it out on our dogs, we only got so far haha. He even does it to me he’s obsessed with the idea of the alpha. haha But it sounds like Katie has both sides….she owns you, but glo-man can give her that competitive feel

  • That was a wonderful story and I’m happy to count them amongst my special friends!

    • Ihavecat

      Thanks for coming by Brian – I agree, I am happy to know them too! Petey, Kip and I love your bloggie too!

  • Well, this is a new one…you actually love the other woman!!

    • Ihavecat

      cute! sooo true! tehe!

  • LOVED it! Just don’t tell Katie! Then again, the whole thing’s about her, so you can tell!

  • Great post Katie is also a friend from me !!
    Wonderful story written 🙂

    Kareltje =^.^=

    • Ihavecat

      thank you for visiting the blog! hope you come back again soon!

  • Hi I HAVE CAT, Katie here.

    So I finally came over to see what all the fuss was about. Big stinkin’ whoop. So I let Gloman play with my tail. So I come running when he calls. So, we nap. Together. So what!

    I just like to keep Glogirly guessing. I like to make her work for my affection. It’s a game. What the heck else am I supposed to do all day, all night, in this townhouse?

    mew,
    Katie

  • Ah, ha! Sounds like you need to take a lesson from Katie and GM and learn to play hard to get! Perhaps a few days of standoffishness and half blinking from afar will stir up Katie’s curiosity. Of course, there is always….getting a boy kitten companion…for Katie of course! 😉

    Such a bittersweet (but wonderfully told) story…goodluck!

    ~Lisa Co9T

    • Ihavecat

      Hello!Thanks for commenting! I think I need to take lessons from Katie!

  • What a treat to read your “kit” beginnings. We, “The Boys” and I, like to hear “how it all began” for our friends.

    Chuck (the “dad” here) was a bit like that, too; he didn’t want “no cat” here. But, we have four (did have six) and he hasn’t hesitated to “walk the floor at night” or “stay home from work” if one of “The Boys” got sick.

    Terrific pictures, Katie.

    • Ihavecat

      I do love this story! GG and Katie are the best (okay, Gloman too … i guess!).

      It’s so sweet I think whem men love cats – I wrote a post about it actually called

      “Wanted: A Man Who Loves Pussy (Cats)” hope you check it out and come back to visit again soon Karen – and the boys of course! http://ihavecat.wordpress.com/2009/10/18/catloving-men-are-best/

  • We just came from Katie’s blog. Who’s cheatin on whom?

    Thank you for coming to visit. We will be back.

    • Ihavecat

      Thanks so much for dropping by! Hope to see you soon!

  • We love Katie and Glogirly and Gloman. It is so nice to hear the story of how Katie came to her furever home. She certainly does know how to use her charms!

    • Ihavecat

      I wonder if boy cats are less subtle in their manipulation…or maybe i am just clueless! LOL Thanks for visiting the blog and hope you all come back soon!

  • Poor Glogirly, Katie really keeps you on your toes and guessing. She loves you too, but you have to remember that it is us who are in charge and we decide the way of things.

    • Ihavecat

      eric and flynn – i hope you don’t give my Petie and Kip and ideas! thought they probably already decide everything but I just don’t realize it!

  • We didn’t think it was possible, but yes, our admiration of Katie has grown even more. Her training of Gloman is brilliant.

    • Ihavecat

      But poor GG! I am glad that your Dushi is back home – keep him locked up that devil!
      T

  • Great post! Very fun to read about Gloman & Katy’s relationship!

    • Ihavecat

      Thanks for visiting Lucy Cat! I hope stick around and read some other posts! Nice to see you on FB too!

  • Fin

    I too am a Daddy’s Girl. I will put up with rough pets and floof mussing – almost anything if it’s Dad. Mom, I own her. I love her too, but only when Dad isn’t looking.

    • Ihavecat

      What is it about us women? Perhaps we are TOO nice. My foster Mirabelle was only sweet to me when I played rough with her and taught her who the boss was! I Did write a post not so long ago about how Men and Cats are actually similar…perhpas they just understand eachother better?
      CAT MAN DO (not)
      http://ihavecat.wordpress.com/2009/08/27/catmandonot/

  • Ugh Katie…she is a cheater!
    Benny & Lily

  • Hi!
    I just wanted to stop by and tell you that your blog has been included in the “Mouchois Kitty Toolbar”! The toolbar makes it easier for users to keep up to date with your blog. 😀

    If you’d like to download the toolbar for yourself, or just see what it’s about, please visit the following link:
    http://Mouchois.OurToolbar.com/

    I wanted to include all of my favorite blogs in the toolbar, but if you’d like your blog removed, please email me and let me know at mouchois (at) catlover.com

    • Ihavecat

      Thanks again Melvin! Can’t wait to download it! I can’t at work but will as soon as i get home! Lovely to meet you!

  • You are all PURRFECTION!!!!!!

  • Ah, so this hasn’t happened to just me! My husband never grew up with any pets and says he just tolerates ours. However, he has bonded with our Dante in a way that I never can. I have the same problem. Dante will run away from me if I approach, but he’ll roll over on his back for his Daddy. It’s very frustrating!

    Actually, Daddy and Dante have trained each other. Dante will lead Daddy to his dish, which is still filled with food, and Daddy will encourage him to eat by saying “That’s a good boy, Dante”. Every once in a while, Dante will look over his shoulder to make sure Daddy’s still watching!

    It’s wonderful that Katie and The Other One have bonded — but I almost think that your kitty is afraid of showing disloyalty should she snuggle with you. I think the same of Dante with his Daddy.

    I still snatch what affection I can. I have to ask Daddy to pick Dante up and bring him to me. Then, Dante will allow me several minutes to cuddle and scritch him before he must urgently leave again. I’m even allowed to kiss him on the mouth.

    Anyway, I want to tell you that I simply adore your writing. You really have a way of drawing the reader in. Very warm.
    Obviously, I could relate.

    • Ihavecat

      Thanks for dropping by Wendy! I adore GG and Katie! Love their blog!
      Feel free to use any of the pics on my blog for your blog!
      Best,
      T, Kip and Petie

      PS –
      It’s funny because a while ago I had a post titled “CAT MAN DO (NOT)” observiing the simliarities between men and cats (and how i think i would have fared better with men had i grown up with felines!. I hope you check it out!)http://ihavecat.wordpress.com/2009/08/27/catmandonot/

    • Ihavecat

      I passed your note along to Glogirly – she was very touched 🙂

  • blognanza

    Debbie, Katie looks so much like my girl Phoenix!! I love tuxies! Here’s a pic of Phoenix

    http://www.thedailytail.com/nonfiction/meditation/

    But your story reminds me of my cat Gaijin, really (yes, I have 4 cats now, plenty of stories). My husband probably married me to be able to move in with her.

    🙂

    Here’s the story on my husband and Gaijin…

    http://www.thedailytail.com/nonfiction/finding-mr-right/

    😀

    • Ihavecat

      I will forward your note to Debbie! I can’t wait to check out your links! 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by!

  • The relationship dynamics going on here are furry interesting!

    • Ihavecat

      We have a regular SOAP opera going on don’t we!

  • That is totally hilarious! I have to say, I am the popular one at our house most of the time – although our youngest tuxie does have a very strange affection for my boyfriend – he goes crazy trying to get his attention when the bf gets home. I wonder if the bf is trying the same thing as gloman did? Now I am suspicious!

    • Ihavecat

      That’s so cute about your tuxie! I’m picturing it now! My boys are so independant but everyone in a while they will cozy up to a visitor and of course i get jealous!

  • Hey I have Cat just wanted to know I got your comment and your now on my blogroll!! It’s never too late to ask ^_^

    • Ihavecat

      Thanks you thank you! 🙂
      I put you on mine too!
      T

  • We loved this post! We came over from Katie’s bloggie!

    • Ihavecat

      Thank you for dropping by! We love GG and Katie too! They make quite the pair (okay, triple with Gloman i guess!).

      Hope you come back again and read some of my older posts!
      T

  • This cracked me up! One of mine loves my husband best. Yes, it is true. And who bottle fed her, taught her to use the litter box, bathed her to get the fleas off…all at 3 weeks of age. Where is the gratitude??? The injustice of it all!! And, now, who does she look for, DAD!! I get the snub. Well, unless she wants something to eat. I get that much respect. Oh, and I get to scoop her litter too! Gotta go, here she comes….dare I hope for a leg rub??????? Denied!!!

    • Ihavecat

      Sharon, i don’t have a husband but still feel cheated!~ LOL they are amazing creatures are they not? LOL Thanks for stopping by! come back soon!
      T, Petie and Kip

  • I love Glogirly and katie so this story was pretty awesome to read!!

    XOXOXOXO Puddin

    • Ihavecat

      I agree on ALL counts!

  • Hey!
    I just wanted to stop by and answer your question about little Bluto.
    He was a kitten that had very bad incontinence, so he was allowed outdoors, as he seemed to do much better with that.
    Sadly, some very mean person got a hold of Bluto and killed him, leaving him in a box on our doorstep. It was a serial matter and Bluto was one of 32 cats in town that were killed that way. 🙁

    No one ever found out who was doing it.

    • Ihavecat

      I am so saddened by your note. I am physically ill. That son-of-a-you-know-what knew he was yours. I am soooo sorry you had to experience that. Little Bluto was so lucky to have experienced love from you in his short little life. I don’t understand people I really don’t. It’s heartbreaking. xo
      T
      PS – you can always email me directly at ihavecat@gmail.com

  • What a beautiful kitty. I visited Katie’s blog. It was a beautiful blog. I love your blog too. Meows and purrs to Petie 🙂

    • Ihavecat

      THANK YOU THANK YOU! Love yours! How do you update so frequesntly! Impressive!

  • Today is the first day I visited your blog. I saw a link on another cat blog site. Regardless, you have sucessfully kept me from doing any work for the last hour! Your posts are hysterial and VERY relatable–especially this one. My cat, kenzie, is absolutely in love with my boyfriend. And like you, all I want her to do is cuddle with me. Instead, she follows him around like a lost puppy and cuddles with him whenver possible. When I try to hold her/cuddle she runs away. So sad when your child chooses a MAN over you 🙁

    Let me know if you find a way to get her back!

    • Ihavecat

      Thanks for visiting, glad you enjoyed my blog – can’t wait to check yours out!

      This partiular post was written by a fellow cat-blogger “Glogirly: Tails Of A Cat And Her Girl” http://glogirly.blogspot.com/

      You should check out her blog for certain.

      I have 2 mancats Kip and Petie, you can meet them here: http://ihavecat.wordpress.com/the-cats/

      Her story reminds me of a post I wrote not so long ago about how I think men and cats are actually pretty similar CAT MAN DO (not!). If you chase after them, they aren’t interested! http://ihavecat.wordpress.com/2009/08/27/catmandonot/
      Hope you check it out.

      So nice to meet you!

  • Great post! We already love Katie and Glogirly, and now we love Gloman, too!

    Oh, by the way … thanks for visiting our blog. 🙂

    • Ihavecat

      thanks for visiting! i LOVE cat picture on your masthead..that lovely belly!

      • thank you! that’s moosey, one of our own kitties. he is quite the character. we got him from paws, the shelter we volunteer at in norwalk, ct.

  • Oh my gosh – I love your blog. I also greatly enjoyed the story by your guest writer – glogirly. I’ve been trying to find her on Twitter and searched last night. M says we should hire the cat whisperer – where has been all our life – 4 cats later we hear about him. Great post. I’m going to follow your blog. Thanks for alerting me.

    • Ihavecat

      Thanks so much for visiting the Blog Mario! I sent you a tweet with Glogirly’s twitter handle. Hope you come back to read some of my older posts too!
      T
      PS – you can me my “boys” if you click on the “CATS” tab up above!

  • Purr Brat

    my man and “the dog” got “th are like that, hahahhahaha… i e dog” in the cat department of the atlanta humane society b4 i got my man…. i’m still convinced “the dog” just drooled n purred b/c he knew my man (a confirmed dog person) would come into the picture…. even tho it’s a cat….. fidroverspike, is the best doggy ever! he speaks on command n even tells us when ppl r at the door… leave it to a good manto convince a cat it’s a dog, lol

    • Ihavecat

      SO cute! Love it Purr Brat! Thanks for visiting and posting a comment! Hope you come back!
      T

  • Hi “I Have Cat”,

    I have noted your wish for Petie and Kip to become LOL-Cats and would love to do a feature on them. However, I’ve glanced through your blog and can only find a few shots of them — mostly head shots.

    Do you have another source of pictures of them that you could provide to me? I can either copy them if you give me a link to another website, or you could email them to me at:

    wendyslolspot@hotmail.com

    To do a feature, I usually require around 15 pictures at a minimum — preferably more, because I like to have a choice. It’s best if you have pictures of them doing different things, so that I have something to work with. It’s hard to come up with new ideas for head shots (but not impossible).

    And the pictures should be a decent size, say approximately 600 x 400, as I need enough room to write the captions.

    If you would just like me to do a couple of LOLs, that’s fine, too. Just send me about 5 or 6 pictures in that case.

    I’d be happy to lollify your kitties, but obviously I need the raw materials, first. Looking forward to hearing from you!

    Purrs & Hugs,
    Wendy

    • Ihavecat

      hi wendy. hope you get this! trying to send you a bunch of pictures but they are bouncing back even though they aren’t very large files. is it easier if i upload for you someplace? Lemme know! You can also email me at ihavecat (at) gmail (dot) com

  • I like the format of the posts. Simple and straight to the point. I bet you’ll be able to even do better. Write a lengthier write-up and show us what you are able to do. I have no doubt you might produce even much better content. I have subscribed to many blogs but this 1 is definitely a keeper!

    • Ihavecat

      Thanks Ashley! This specific post was written by a guest blogger but i will be sure to pass along the accolades! Thanks for the kind words and I am honored you have susbcribed to I HAVE CAT! Hope you check out some of our older posts!
      I will be sure to check out your site as well!
      Thanks again!

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