Authors With Cats: Meet Panther and Suzie
Today, meet Panther and Suzie, the cats of author Laura Heffernan!
Panther and Suzie by Laura Heffernan
Growing up, my family had a few cats. Over the years, and multiple roommates with cats, I was pretty happy living a pet-free lifestyle. Finally, my black clothes weren’t covered in fur! And then, well, they started renovating an old abandoned building across the street from my apartment, sending mice into our building in droves. When I found a dead mouse caught in our folding dishrack, I turned to my husband and said, “Get me a cat.”
He actually got me two. The local rescue had two cats who had bonded, and both were so shy, they were terrified of meeting people. They’d been at the rescue awhile, so they were offering a deal: two cats for the price of one. They were sweet but shy, and I wanted to give the poor things a forever home.
Panther is, truly, the neediest cat I’ve ever met in my life. He needs to sit as close to me as possible, all the time. There are many, many pictures like this one. (He’s black, which makes him tough to see.)
Sometimes, when I’m working, he’ll poke at me to ask why I’m not paying attention to him. Honestly, sometimes it’s a wonder I get any words on the page at all. He’s actually poking around at my feet as I’m typing this.
Meanwhile, Suzie is super chill. Most of the time. Her favorite thing to do is stare at me creepily each morning from the first second I show signs of being awake until I feed her. She also likes to beg for belly rubs. And who could say no to this?
Laura Heffernan is living proof that watching too much TV can pay off. She’s the author of the Reality Star series, which follows millennial Jen as she navigates the precarious world of reality television. Visit Laura’s website at www.lauraheffernan.com