Cat Man Monday: Kitty Matchmaker

Today’s Cat Man Monday was submitted by Christina Pultrone about her Cat Man boyfriend Mark Graham. Not only is this a sweet story of how a cat by the name of Freida who brought these two of together, but Christina and Mark are also parents to Riblet, the Petie “wanna be” who’s been featured on I HAVE CAT’s Facebook page many times in the past! So enjoy!

I’ve been doing cat rescue for about six years and in May 2009 someone emailed the rescue organization about meeting and possibly adopting one of our cats.

His application was perfect. Turned out to be Mark, who coincidentally worked with my brother and sister at the local police department AND he lived walking distance from me.

Mark with Riblet, our wannabe Petie cat


I figured it was the usual meet-and-greet.  When he pulled up in his Mustang (which I thought was cheesy!) and stepped out of the car, I was watching from my window.  All I could think was,

“Holy sh#t! This guy is hot and I am in sweatpants, no make-up and what is he going to think about me living here alone with ten foster cats!”

Did I mention I am also a librarian?!

He was super nice and hot as heck! He eventually decided on a beautiful three year old torbie named “Freida,” but lingered at my house and we chatted for an additional three hours.

I kept his cell phone number and would randomly text him asking about Freida, but we didn’t see each other again for a few months. I obsessed over him with my girlfriends and constantly “fished” for information about Mark from my brother.

One day in September of 2009 he just showed up at my house bringing with him one of his cats Wolfie that he wanted me to meet. We flirted a bit and a week later had a date to a KISS concert of all places (neither of us are really big fans).

We’ve been together ever since.

He puts up with my “cat radar” – I always seem to find a stray wherever we are. He helps me with transport to adoptions and the vet clinic.

He works close to my home and even plays with my cats on his lunch break. Mark had two cats when we started dating and now he has five and a revolving door of foster kittens.

man planks with cat

He is the best and I think we were meant for each other. We are two crazy cat people. I am proof a quirky librarian in her 30’s with ten cats can find true love!

I call Freida our love connection and I will always have a special place in my heart for her.

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  • smashleyx0

    It is always so heart warming to read about men who love cats as much as us women do!

    • I HAVE CAT

      I know right! LOVE LOVE LOVE! 

  • Christina Pultrone

    Mark is the best and truly does love the cats!

    • I HAVE CAT

      Thanks again for your submission and for being so patient with me. It only took me over a year! doh! :) Glad you like the way it turned out! 

      • Christina Pultrone

         I LOVE IT!!! Thanks Tamar. Just trying to promote the fact that REAL MEN LOVE CATS!!!!

  • Jude Harris-Rooney

    I met Christine myself when I adopted the loves of my life Fat-Dax and Gatsby. She’s a great woman and deserves nothing but the best. I am glad she finally found it. I always chided her about being extremely picky about men, but it turns out she was just waiting for the perfect “Cat-Daddy” to come along.

    • Christina Pultrone

       Thanks Judith! I miss and love you fellow cat lady 😉

  • Mar Arslanian

    This is sooo sweet! Thanks for making me smile at the end of my Monday work day! Congrats on finding yourself a wonderful cat man!

  • Mr. Black (the cat)

    Very sweet and touching story.

  • Cat Tee Mission

    LOVE this story! What a great way to meet a cat man :)

  • Bernadette

    Ha! Someone told me I’d never “find someone” sitting at home with my cats!

  • Katherine Craig

    loved this story!

    • Tamar

      Thanks so much for your readership! Glad you enjoyed it!