Mews and Nips: cats enhance creativity, a guide cat for the blind, and more


When I came across an article titled How Cats Boost Your Creativity, I was intrigued, although not surprised. My two feline muses inspire me every single day. Brain Pickings shared a passage from Muriel Spark’s A Far Cry from Kensington that provides one explanation of why this is so: “If you want to concentrate deeply on some problem, and especially some piece of writing or paper-work, you should acquire a cat. Alone with the cat in the room where you work … the cat will invariably get up on your desk and settle placidly under the desk lamp. … The cat will settle down and be serene, with a serenity that passes all understanding. And the tranquility of the cat will gradually come to affect you.” Read How Cats Boost Your Creativity on Brain Pickings for the full excerpt.


The Daily Mail’s story about a blind dog named Terfel finding his way around again thanks to his guide cat Pwditat touched my heart. The eight-year-old dog was pretty much confined to a basket after he had been diagnosed with cataracts, until his guardian took in a stray cat. “Pwditat immediately seemed to know that Terfel is blind through some sort of sixth sense that animals have,” said Mrs. Godfrey-Brown, a retired civil servant in North Wales, England. “She uses her paws to help guide him around the house and in the garden. ‘They are glued to each other and even sleep together now.” Visit The feline leading the blind: dog who can’t see taken for walks by guide cat on The Daily Mail website for the full story, wonderful photos, and a video.

Allegra can open cabinet doors, but so far at least, neither she nor Ruby have figured out how to open a drawer. Watch the video all the way to the end to see what else this clever cat managed to open.


Have a great weekend!

Photo sources: photo of cat on desk Flickr Creative Commons, photo of dog and cat from Mail Online

7 Comments on Mews and Nips: cats enhance creativity, a guide cat for the blind, and more

  1. Sonja R Copley
    July 20, 2017 at 4:24 am (4 years ago)

    I have a blind cat, was born that way. Yes, the other cats know there’s something wrong. Unfortunately Cheeto also has a seizures, not anxiety. I have a big tom cat that takes care of Cheeto, he cleans and grooms him, plays and sleeps with him! It’s so awesome to see.

    • Ingrid
      July 20, 2017 at 4:48 am (4 years ago)

      I love that your big tom takes care of Cheeto – so amazing!

  2. Bopeeps
    January 5, 2013 at 10:08 pm (8 years ago)


  3. Viki Worden
    January 5, 2013 at 1:25 am (8 years ago)

    I had read the story about Terfel and Pwditat. I loved it! That is so awesome that one animal is helping another. It just goes to show you that animals do have feelings like us and are able to tell when another needs help. My cats can tell when I am sick and don’t feel well. One time when I was sick in bed with a stomach bug my one cat, Cisco, kept jumping up on the bed and laying on my stomach. I think he was trying to help me. It did actually make me feel better having him there 🙂

    • Minakitty
      January 5, 2013 at 1:53 pm (8 years ago)

      My cats can sense pain/illness as well. After my second eye surgery, our elder boy wrapped himself lengthwise around my legs for days. He hadn’t done that before and hasn’t since. Our younger boy likes to sit on me when I’m not well. It’s actually a bit uncomfortable physically but a great mental boost! 🙂

      • Ingrid
        January 5, 2013 at 3:12 pm (8 years ago)

        I always love hearing stories of healer kitties, Minakitty!

    • Ingrid
      January 5, 2013 at 3:11 pm (8 years ago)

      Isn’t that a wonderful story,Viki? I’ve always believed that cats have healing abilities.


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