About

I am a writer fascinated by the natural world and animals. I’m especially taken with the household cat, felis silvestris catus. I feel that humans can grow in compassion towards all when they have direct contact with nature and its creatures.

I was also a visual artist until I became ill with a rare chronic neuropathic disease twenty plus years ago. Because of the limitations of the illness, I will have to write and update this blog at a slower than usual pace. This will also be true of publishing and answering comments.

I live in Alabama with my husband, a cat, and a dog. There’s a another cat in my life we expect to find, who has been missing since the 2011 tornadoes. I’m a lifelong wilderness advocate. I am liberal and progressive, and I live in a like-minded community. It is also a place full of creative activity, with many artists, musicians, actors, and especially writers. I’ve written a book. My husband has written a book. My father-in-law wrote a book. When I think about the number of people I know who are writing something, have had something published, and/or who actually have a book out, I lose count. That doesn’t even include those writers around town I know of, but don’t know personally.

I’ve been using the screen name ‘catwoods’ since 2007, partly because it’s the literal translation of felis silvestris and partly because I live in a forest, with cats. Y’all come on out to my imaginary porch where the party never ends and the house cats are watching the screen, meowing at me to get their stories told!

December 16, 2013 Note about awards: The awards program among bloggers is very nice and represents good will; I am honored to have been nominated for a few. I’m sorry to have to say I can’t participate at this time due to the health issues that limit my activity level. I hope to see change in the future so I can remove this notice!

~ Leah

Little Buddy

 

183 Responses to About

  1. Herman says:

    Hi Leah. Thank you for visiting and following HoB. Much appreciated!

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  2. awax1217 says:

    My wife is a big cat woman, we have in the past years fourteen. Six left. One Morris is the smartass cat I have ever seen. He locates food. He opens doors. He looks that he thinks deeply. I am sure he is a reincarnated spirit of Einstein.

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  3. How nice to meet you–a like-minded nature-lover and advocate, artist, liberal-progressive and cat lover as well!

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    • Catwoods says:

      It’s a pleasure to meet you as well! I have really enjoyed your web site, I’ve just been so busy that I haven’t been commenting much on other blogs. I hope to have more time open up in a few months.

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  4. Marneymae says:

    hello & thank you for visiting my blog!
    as a lifelong lover of black kitties and all things cat in general
    thank you for turning your attention and energy towards f.s.catus
    wishing you all good things

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  5. shewrite63 says:

    Hello from Ottawa, Canada. It’s always a pleasure to meet another cat person, writer and photographer (well, I’m an amateur).

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  6. Iamrcc says:

    Thank you for the visit and the like of my post “Is the Fat Lady Singing Yet?”

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  7. Gator Woman says:

    Hello, how lovely to meet all of you~

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  8. fourcatpaw says:

    Dear Leah,
    I’ve nominated you for two awards. http://fourcatpaw.wordpress.com/2013/12/15/miracles-do-happen/
    Thank you for being a part of my life!!!
    Purrs
    Yelloz (fourcatpaw)

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    • Catwoods says:

      Yelloz, thank you so much for nominating me for these awards! I feel very honored! And many congratulations on your nominations for them also!
      Unfortunately, I have to decline, because I can’t fulfill the requirements at this time. My health issues and a heavy schedule means I likely won’t be able to do another post for awhile, maybe even as long as a month or two, unless it’s something really short. I do hope in the future, to be able to comment more on the blogs of those who have been so kind as to comment on mine. Your blog looks great and I look forward to following it! Again I thank you for thinking of me, and I express my regrets that I can’t participate in the awards program at this time; I do love the good will that it represents. All the best wishes going out to you! I will cross post this message on your blog.

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      • fourcatpaw says:

        Dear Leah,

        Actually I was a little bit worried because of the date of your last post but I wasn’t expecting this much…
        Do you know what I like about this award system? The sharing of it, to experience the excitement of receiving and giving it. That is just like the summary of life from my point of view. We just give and take voluntarily or sometimes obligatory. Even to breathe is likewise, as we breathe in and out. This is an equilibrium.
        It’s OK if you can’t accept it because of your reasons, but you deserve it and please accept it as a symbol of my belief in love.
        It’s an honor to have met you on this porch of yours.
        I will pray to you and to your family for health, peace and joy.
        Thank you for your reply and honesty.
        Hugs
        Yelloz and his Servant Z.

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  9. KJ says:

    Hello Catwoods! MEOW! Thank you for visiting my photo blog (www.kjphoto.us) and liking one of my photos. I hope you enjoy looking and liking! I like your blog and will follow. I too am a cat person, and we have 3. I like to call them my mini mountain lions. LOL! Anyway, I enjoy seeing photos and blogs from all over the country, and in deed the world and glad you visited so I could find yours. Thank you! Hope your health improves and to hear from you soon!

    – KJ

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    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you, KJ! Having lived with many cats, your mountain lion comparison seems apt! I am actually from the MD, DC, and VA area, but haven’t been there in many years. I enjoyed visiting your blog and hope to get back soon.

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  10. Hi, Leah – Thanks for liking my post, I am in a slightly similar situation to you in the fact that I can no longer put paint to canvas due to fibromyalgia so have developed digital art. In fact, a huge door has opened to me and I’m grateful I’m now on a different art path. As for cats, when we moved to North Cyprus, we said, that’s it, no more pets. A few days later we got adopted by a white cat who, once she’d got her paws under the table, parked her two kittens with us. These were followed by another ginger, black and white stray with one eye. Sadly one of the kittens disappeared but we still have three cats who have been joined by four rescue puppies. So much for deciding not to have pets, they decided otherwise for us!

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    • Catwoods says:

      I like the art you are doing now, but am sorry to hear you have fibromyalgia. Thank you for visiting and telling me about your pets. We know exactly what you mean about the way pets find us, that is the way most of ours came into our lives.

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  11. fourcatpaw says:

    Dear Leah,
    Me and my family, we wish you and your family “MERRY CHRISTMAS”!!!
    Yelloz, Servant Z and family

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  12. fourcatpaw says:

    Dear Leah,
    The old year brought you to us that we feel lucky and loved. Thank you.
    We wish you and your family a brand new year full of love, health, wealth and happiness!!!
    From the heart ❤
    Yelloz & Family

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    • Catwoods says:

      Yelloz & Family, how pleasant to find this warm message here today as we welcome the coming of another year! Thank you so very much! I’m happy to have found your blog also, and wishing you all many blessings in the coming year.

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  13. awax1217 says:

    I am sorry to say we have lost one of our cats. Little Blue got eaten by an alligator in our lake in the back of our house. She was an outside cat and we could not convert her to inside. My wife is besides herself. She loved that cat. Sorry to hear of your health issues. Sincerely, Barry

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    • Catwoods says:

      I am so sad and sorry to hear this, Barry. The natural world can be harsh, and I have no answers or understanding of that aspect. My sympathy and wishes for peace and comfort go out to you and your wife. My family and I have taken care of ferals and outdoor cats, and have known the potential for heartbreak.
      Sorry for the delay in publishing your message. Delays on my part are going to happen more and more due to health and computer issues.

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  14. Candace says:

    I love other liberal and progressive artist, cat-lover types. I’m sorry about your health and hope you feel much better soon. Thank you for your repeated visits to my blog.

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    • Catwoods says:

      It’s a pleasure to hear from like-minded people, Candace, I appreciate your comment! I’m really enjoying visiting your site. I have now caught this year’s long-lasting flu, so it will be awhile before I’m back to blogging myself.

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  15. bkpyett says:

    Dear Leah,
    Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I’ve enjoyed reading your About page and hope that you regain the strength to participate writing more again soon.
    best wishes, Barbara in Australia

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  16. Joe Bradshaw says:

    I would like to say I love your blog and the wonderful and beautiful things you share as well as the inspiration and smiles you bring in doing so! Thank you for being you and I hope even if you do not accept awards you will accept the sentiment expressed as I honor you with one. There is no prize that comes with the award other than my appreciation and being grateful you are part of our world and making a difference by sharing in such a positive way…
    I have posted the award and link to it here I hope you will accept it or at least the sentiment behind it! http://artisticlyxpressedthoughts.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/awards-and-shared-gifts/

    With love,
    Joe

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    • Catwoods says:

      Joe, thank you very much for appreciating my blog and for the kind thoughts you have posted here. I visited your blog and was very impressed! Your goals of peace, harmony, and care of the environment are all very close to my heart. I’m very flattered and honored that you have nominated me for an award, thank you! I can only accept if I don’t have to do anything! That sounds awful, I know! But much as I would like to return the kindness of anyone who nominates me, I have a very challenging time ahead, with increasing health issues. What seems like a small amount of activity for most can be enormous for me, so I have to reduce my task load for now. It appears I don’t have to do anything regarding this, so I’ll accept. Although I will do more blog posts in the future, it won’t be very often. I will try to get around to commenting on the blogs of all those who have commented on mine, but even that will take me a considerable time. Meanwhile I just want to let you know that I do love the focus of your blog and will look forward to keeping up with it.

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  17. Thanks for stopping by Storyteller. It seems like you and I know about big storms. 🙂 — Ray

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    • Catwoods says:

      I enjoyed visiting Storyteller, Ray! So true about the storms, we have to keep a constant watch on them. The 3rd anniversary of the tornado here is coming up. I may or may not do a post about it.

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  18. cdog5 says:

    Thanks for liking my post today, Leah! I’m new to blogging and just finding my way around (well, stumbling actually), and I was very excited to find your blog (I’m following you now, btw). I’m also interested in your writing, especially your essays and book. I, too, write essays, and I’m currently working on a collection of essays and short-short fiction, but I’d also like to write more about animals and the environment. Anyhow, I’ll try to check out your work, and maybe sometime I could interview you, via computer, about your book, for my blog? Have a great day!

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    • Catwoods says:

      Cdog, thank you for your kind words! I enjoyed visiting your blog and I would certainly encourage you to write more about animals and nature, or anything that inspires you. Wow, that’s a flattering idea about doing an interview, and at some time I might be willing. Sadly, I have to say it will be about 6 to 8 months before I could do that, though. A crowded schedule plus health issues means things have to happen slowly. I noticed that your name above is not a clickable link that leads to your blog? Maybe because it’s slightly different than the name on the blog? The avatar won’t click, either. Maybe something WordPress could help with.

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  19. cdog5 says:

    Sorry it’s taken me a while to get back to you, Leah. I certainly understand about your schedule and health issues keeping you busy. When you do clear out some time, please contact me. I’d love to talk animals and blogs — and your book! My name is Deb, but I’m mostly going by my blog name. However, that may change. Have a great day!

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  20. cdog5 says:

    Sounds great, Leah — looking forward to it!

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  21. ginnietom says:

    overwhelming multi voting…thank you sooo much…:-)))
    from dreamily banks of river Eider, northern Germany…

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  22. Hi there Catwoods, thanks for liking my posts. My Mum is enjoying reading your blog. (I’m a cat, I can’t read). Lovely cat photos, lovely cats!

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  23. genalsh says:

    Great blog. I’m glad you find one of my posts so I could find you! We have so much in common; cats, trees, liberal, progressive. But I’m not as creative and well-written. I love your art and photos – and your gorgeous kitties!

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    • Catwoods says:

      Genalsh, thank you so much! The kitties will be pleased! I am happy I found your blog, also, with its positive direction. Your kitties are most beautiful!

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  24. Hello Leah, Thank you for finding my blog and liking my post about my cat family…. its really nice to meet you and your cat family 🙂
    Happy Days,
    Helen

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  25. claire says:

    Thanks for dropping by and leaving the “like” footprints. I came to glimpse your world and liked what I saw. You touched lots of kindred notes in your words and images. Think I’ll follow. Even if your posts are not so frequent I think they will be well worth visiting. Wishing you “good days” to enjoy the summer.

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    • Catwoods says:

      Claire, thank you for visiting, following, and for your kind comment. I enjoyed your blog, and will follow. Hoping you also have a lovely summer. There are a few post ideas in the works now, but I’m still, roughly, a month or so away from actual posting.

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  26. claire says:

    Nice to see your footprints again. You are welcome any time. I loved your photos of water’s reflections. I’m getting a good camera as a birthday present soon and hope to be able to “shoot” those things I don’t have time to paint I look forward to further exploring your blog on other visits.

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    • Catwoods says:

      Glad you enjoyed the reflections! Hoping to get back to the creek soon, but well, this time of year there are snakes, so we have to be careful. I look forward to reading more of your blog, too. Since I can no longer paint, photographing has been the next closest thing in the visual arts arena. So I feel you’ll probably find it a good way to go for any time painting or drawing isn’t possible.

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  27. I nominated your blog for the One Lovely Blog Award. Details at: http://ddominikwicklesromance.wordpress.com/

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    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you so much for the nomination! (From http://ddominikwicklesromance.wordpress.com/) I really appreciate this, it’s very flattering! Unfortunately I have to decline at this time. I can’t fulfill the requirements, due to many pressing matters, mostly related to health. I’m uncertain as to when I can even do another post on this blog. Hoping everyone understands. I look forward to taking some time to look around more on your blog, ddominikwickles, and to check out the blogs you have nominated. All the best wishes going out to you! I’ll crosspost this on your award post.

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  28. Thank you for the visit! How lovely to live in the forest, to be with nature in that way, the smells, sounds, wildlife, everything!

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    • Catwoods says:

      My pleasure, I enjoyed visiting your blog, naturesweetgrace! Indeed it’s a constant delight to live in the forest! There’s always an adventure coming along, and something to photograph.

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  29. kategresham says:

    Thanks for liking my blog. I’m a latecomer to the world of cats, having usually lived with dogs. However, after my last dog went to dog heaven, the sweetest little cat arrived at my door and stayed! She wore a collar and I’m sure had another home but…I’m sure my dog had sent her. Now my last cat has gone to cat heaven I wait and see what he will send. Love your blog and good luck with your health.

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    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you for commenting, Kate, and for telling me about your dogs and cats. I do agree that after they leave us they send other animals to help us get through. I enjoyed your blog; all best wishes going out to you!

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  30. Your kitties are precious! I love your surroundings, so natural and inspiring! 🙂

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  31. Kat says:

    Thanks for checking out my blog! I am enjoying your pics! Great place to live!

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  32. Thank you for finding our blog and liking it. We’ve never been to Alabama but our Mom says she’s driven through there. We like to meet humans and fur people from all over so we’re very glad to meet you!

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  33. Hi, thanks for the “like” today, good meeting you! 🙂

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  34. janiseglitis says:

    Thanks for “like”, glad you like.

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  35. marjma2014 says:

    Thanks for liking my post, “A Toast To our furry friends at Christmas.” Like your blog too. Following as of today.

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  36. 2ndhalfolife says:

    Thanks for the visit.

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  37. I’m sorry to hear you’ve been unwell. I’m glad that your pets provide comfort and enjoyment. Pets are wonderful that way! Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and read my poem. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Keep writing – after all, we all have something worthwhile to say!

    Best wishes, Stephen

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  38. Thanks for visiting our blog. I’m already fascinated by your wood and your sensitive mind.
    Will you write a haiku on cats for us?
    Foxelle

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    • Catwoods says:

      Foxelle, thank you for your kind words! My pleasure visiting your blog. I like the idea of cat-themed haiku. I’ll try for the haiku but can’t make promises due to my health issues, plus, I usually don’t write very fast. I often have to just wake up with words in my head, after thinking about something for weeks!

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  39. abbylynn says:

    Hi. Thanks for stopping by my blog and reading about PK. I enjoyed your observations.

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  40. Thank you for liking my post on Journey, Limerick and Alliteration. I like the name of your blog and your screen name. I will look farther at your blog and hope you will be able to do some more writing yourself soon.
    Mitsu
    >^;^<

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    • Catwoods says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Mitsubachicats1! Thank you for your kind words. I enjoyed your post, and I hope you will be able to do more writing also. I’m still getting some writing done, but it goes slowly!

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      • I am trying to do more writing with this writing 201: poetry course. And definitely really had no problem with the first 2 assignments. However, Day 3, Trust, Acrostic and Internal Rhyme, I don’t think in that form. I’ll have to do a lot of thinking to figure out my take on it.
        And so it goes. Also, I do not insist on others writing out my complete screen name. Mitsu is just fine.
        Mitsu
        >^;^<

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  41. cremedelauren says:

    My dream is to eventually live in the woods (and be able to afford more than one cat!). Your creative community sounds absolutely wonderful! Thanks for stopping by my blog and I look forward to more of your posts.

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    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you for stopping by Lauren, and for your kind words. My pleasure viewing your blog! Best wishes and hopes that you realize your dream of living in the forest, with more than one cat. It’s a wonderful way to live!

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  42. Thanks for stopping by my blog and clicking “like” on the post about my cat TC. He’s a rescue cat I’ve had since he was just a month old. His lot was to be a barn cat where his life would have been short and cruel. Now he is here and is such a joy to be with.

    I was looking at your flood post and the pictures. Hope it doesn’t get worse.

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    • Catwoods says:

      I enjoyed visiting your blog; TC is a beautiful cat! Good for you for giving him a great home! Thanks for visiting, and for your hopes on the flooding, but that flood is over. It was back in January after about 4 or 5 inches of rain in one night, and it’s long gone for now. Of course we could always have another heavy rain! In prior years I’ve seen the water higher than what you see in these recent pictures.

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  43. 4wallsnaroof says:

    Hi! Thank you for visiting my site. I think your handsome Bud and my cutie Jack would get along very well. You are very smart to surrounded yourself with animals. They are wonderful healers and so compassionate. They make every day better!

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    • Catwoods says:

      Bud and I thank you for visiting and for your kind words! Bud and Jack would get along for sure! You have described animals very well, I just could not live without them in my life. All the best to your and your animals!

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  44. Thank you for stopping by and for following Storyteller. — Ray

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  45. Thanks for the follow Leah! The love of my life is my cat, Baby. She is around one. You have probably seen her on my blog, she’s a star,,,😻 I just wish I could get her to stop biting,, errrr, any ideas? She was born on the beach at Port Aransas last year and was weaned way too early. I rescued her and she has always bit or scratched a great deal, even though I’ve been good to her,,, my friends and family are now somewhat afraid if her, this breaks my heart,,,😹

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    • Catwoods says:

      You’re welcome on the follow, Darie, and I also thank you for following me. I have seen a picture of Baby on your blog, she’s a beautiful cat! It’s wonderful that you rescued her! I can tell you a couple of general things I’ve gathered from reading about cat behavior, but I don’t have much experience with cats who have serious biting behaviors. First, a complete vet exam from a vet you trust might tell you if there is a medical cause underlying the biting. You mention the early weaning … it’s of course not always possible to keep a kitten with its siblings, but behaviorists now recommend that kittens should stay with the litter as long as twelve weeks. They learn socialized behaviors in play; the reactions of other kittens teach them when to withhold biting and scratching; so if your cat didn’t spend some time with siblings, that’s a possible cause. Best case scenario would be to have a good professional cat behaviorist work with you and your kitty, but that could be pricey. There are many great books on behavior; I can’t recall which ones cover biting, but you might find them by googling. Also, this link leads to a web site that covers many behavioral topics, and people sometimes email the blogger with specific problems. Good luck with finding a harmonious resolution for all. http://www.wayofcats.com/blog/

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  46. Sandra Storm says:

    Hallo Leah, thanks for reading my blog! 😀 Best wishes from Austria

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  47. chattykerry says:

    I feel a kindred spirit. My chronic anxiety and depression make life difficult at times and limit my writing to happy moments. Our three geriatric Egyptian cats give me so much fun and laughter. Thank you for visiting my site. Your blog is lovely and inspiring.

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    • Catwoods says:

      Kerry, thank your for kind words! I’m sorry to hear about your anxiety and depression, and send you good thoughts for getting through that. It’s wonderful that you have adopted older kitties! They are indeed such a pleasure. I really enjoy your blog, since I can’t get around much it’s a welcome glimpse of scenes in both other countries and the US.

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  48. bobmielke says:

    Hello, I’m plain old Bob. I found your site through a common admirer, CDog. I looked through your entire blog site and love the way you write as well as your photographs. I live in Portland, OR in the Pacific Northwest and am a retired photographer. A staunch animal advocate I find animal photography has replaced my human portraiture. I’ve bookmarked you site and hope to return on occasion to catch up you your posts. Thanks for blogging.

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    • Catwoods says:

      Bob, thank you so much for stopping by, and for your kind words! I checked out your site and your photos are stunningly beautiful! I have some health matters to take care of for now, but I look forward to returning to your site and looking around more.

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  49. Karen B says:

    I feel that when we do connect; when something I write coincides with you feeling well enough to respond, that your comments are all the more special when they arrive. As with any good friend, it does not matter how often we speak, for when we do, it is as if we only spoke the day before.
    I am sure Bud feels just the same way when I send good wishes from my cats- Otto and Josef to their friend in Alabama
    Take care Leah…..Karen x

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    • Catwoods says:

      Karen than you so much for your thoughts, I always love to hear from you. I loved your post today, with the picture of handsome Josef! He looks very much like a cat we have been privileged to have live in our home, Booper Minou, a tuxie who also had the white chin. Bud definitely returns good wishes to Otto and Josef!
      Thank you for being such a good friend even though I don’t get to send greetings very often. I have some extra medical things to sort out, which may take awhile. I hope to return feeling better and able to get around more easily. Meanwhile, all the best going out to you!

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  50. A pleasure to meet you, Leah! What a great About page—so many are so cagey about their interests and beliefs and loves that it’s hard to guess whether the blogs are even written by genuine, individual humans. I would guess, from yours, that you’re not only a delightfully smart, interesting person, but one I’ll enjoy getting to know better through your writing.
    All best to you!
    Kathryn

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    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you, Kathryn, for such a lovely comment! It’s a pleasure meeting you also, and I have enjoyed looking around your blog! You have articulated one of my criteria for ‘liking’ posts on other blogs! I look carefully at a blogger’s About section. I sometimes avoid blogs with too little information about the person doing the posting. Warmest wishes!

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  51. vera ersilia says:

    THANK YOU for visiting my blog! yours is a marvel with my favorite things photographed so splendidly. I am now following your posts.
    Thank you.
    I am not posting much lately because of health issues (me too!), but there are over 400 past pages for you to visit and you are most welcome to tell me what you think.

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    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you for your kind words, vera, I am so glad you enjoyed my photos! I visited your blog quickly and found you have such beautiful pictures! I look forward to going back when I have some extra time to really look around. Best wishes!

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  52. greg1948 says:

    You are the only blog I am now following from Alabama. I try to be discriminating as I cannot follow too many blogs and actually read every post, if you know what I mean. One of my thoughts is to follow a blog in each state–then I would have cat country covered. lovely photos by the way.

    Greetings,
    Greg and his cats

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    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you for following, Greg and kitties, I am honored to be the only one from Alabama! I know what you mean about getting around to all the amazing blogs out there, that’s difficult for me also especially as my connection is throttled at the moment. I’m happy you enjoy my photos, I’m certainly enjoying yours!

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  53. Carol Ferenc says:

    Thanks for visiting and liking my post. I’m truly intrigued by what I see on your blog and will be interested to read much more from you!

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  54. chattykerry says:

    I hope you are feeling well enough soon to create another blog. Every time I look at that bloody cicada and the moths, I get the heeby jeebies. 🙂 You know I jest because secretly I think the cicada is beautiful but I am just phobic. My mental health has been fragile recently so I empathize with every task feeling enormous (washing, dressing, writing). Feeling better now, after increasing vitamins and exercising. Love Kerry xx

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    • Catwoods says:

      I’m very glad you are feeling better now, Kerry! I do have another post in mind, but I haven’t been too well lately, so it’s slow work as usual getting anything posted. Of necessity, I’m a total slacker! It will be mainly cat-themed, as I promised Bud the Cat. Warmest wishes for your well being!

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  55. Your passion for writing and the natural inspires me. Hope you’re experiencing better days, and I look forward to reading so much more. Thanks for the visit!

    – Kris

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  56. chattykerry says:

    I am so glad you liked the autumnal post. It is so weird seeing everything half green and half rust but magical nonetheless.

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    • Catwoods says:

      Just lovely pictures and words, Kerry! I wanted to leave a comment on your post last night, but I’ve had trouble with hand pain lately. If it’s not one thing, it’s another, as they say. Will try today!

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      • chattykerry says:

        Oh Leah, I am so sorry – no need to worry. I find that my neuropathy starts tingling when the seasons change until my body adjusts. I hope your hand feels better soon. Celebrex is the only thing that works for me.

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  57. sassandsauce says:

    Oh sorry to know about the fourth cat in your life. I hope you find him soon.. I love cats too and can think of nothing better than living in a forest with a bunch of cats. I currently live in Mumbai city, which is choc a bloc with buildings and not a tree in sight. *sigh* anyway am happy to find your blog.. Tc!

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    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you for visiting, and for your kind words about my Tiger. We still hope to find him. Living out in the country is fun in many ways, but it does become rather isolated at times. So it could be living in a city has some advantages, too. Welcome and best wishes going out to you,
      Leah

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  58. HI

    Thank you so much for finding my blog and liking a post. Hope you come back again soon

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  59. GP Cox says:

    Pleased to meet you – here’s hopin’ you have a sense of humor…

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  60. Deanna Kraft says:

    You write beautifully Leah. We have a lot in common – a love of cats and all nature, The South (I’m from North Carolina and lived in Mississippi for four years), progressiveness and art. Impressed that you found a liberal corner of Alabama. Glad I found your site!

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    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Deanna! I’m happy to meet you online, to have found your site, and to have so much common ground. Looking forward to exploring your site when more time opens up for me.

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  61. I have nominated you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award. You are under no obligation to nominate anyone else. However I have nominated six bloggers whose posts I enjoy and who contribute to the blogging community through their commenting. Rules are posted on my site https://wonderfulwordsblog.wordpress.com/2015/12/16/1704/

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  62. chattykerry says:

    Merry Christmas, dear Leah! Warm Greetings from Texas the cats who are currently so badly behaved that Santa will not come…Kerry xx

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  63. chattykerry says:

    Merry Christmas, Leah! Warm (literally) wishes from Texas.

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  64. Lauren says:

    Leah, I’m just using this as a contact platform to thank you for your faithful attendance at my blog; while I inwardly profess not to care about numbers and visits, let’s face it, they do encourage us.

    No need to post this; you may if you wish. I wish you a fruitful, encouraging, reviving new year.

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    • Catwoods says:

      Lauren, thank you also for viewing my blog, and commenting. It certainly does make a difference in my outlook. I should return comment on the blogs of everyone who comments on my posts, or at least make a post thanking everyone, but neither is possible at this time. Three severe weather alerts in 4 or 5 days have just drained me, and the to-do list is looming. I am enjoying your blog!

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  65. chattykerry says:

    Leah, just wanted to wish you a Happy New Year and hope that you had no damage during this crazy weather. We now have calm cold weather and it feels like winter. Love Kerry x

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    • Catwoods says:

      Kerry thank you! Wishing you a Happy New Year also! No wind damage here, but not too far away there was a small F0 tornado, and an F2 in a city about an hour away. Thankfully, no fatalities, but many homes lost. I’m still drained from three lengthy severe weather watches in about 4 or 5 days! We have much cooler weather now but I think we warm up again next week. Love in return, Leah

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  66. Your pictures are gorgeous!

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  67. betunada says:

    (have i “been here” before? any-weigh: ‘award-free’ ? ~ i can send you the pdf of my award-free-ness (wiltingly rumpled: it’s a “play” on something …)
    cats and forests have quite the presence in my life too. we are “down” to just 5 cats (& 2 dogs) — to me it’s kind of like almost not having any!

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  68. Brianna says:

    Thanks for following my blog. I really enjoyed looking through your posts and photos! 🙂

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  69. nwolitzer says:

    Thanks for liking my piece A Glimose of Hope. Your photographs are beautiful. I see that you have an interest in cats. Check out my animal drawing page. You’ll find some scratchboard drawings I did of animals. https://nancywolitzer.com/gallery-6-animal-drawings/

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  70. icelandpenny says:

    Hi Leah, thank you so much for following my blog. We certainly have interests in common, including nature and — though less apparent in my own blog — cats. I’ve always had a cat or two in my life, the current one was a street rescue and after 17 1/2 years is still semi-feral. He has been my first experience with ferals, and over the years I have learned a great deal of respect for how much he has dared to expand his world and also compassion for his continuing limitations. I love him dearly. I hope your missing cat returns to you some day. It is a terrible thing, not to know for sure what has happened.

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    • Catwoods says:

      My pleasure following your blog, Penny! I do love street art and street scenes, and you have captured it all so well! I need to go back and look around when I have time. I found your blog today when I was trying to find out something more about the garage with the cat painted on it. Pictures circulate around the Internet, but I didn’t know until today that it’s in Toronto!
      Thank you for taking such good and understanding care of a feral kitty. We’ve had quite a few in our life and they vary so much in how relaxed they become, and how fast. Thanks also for your kind sympathy and hopes about our missing cat. It is indeed hard not to know what’s become of him.

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    • nwolitzer says:

      Thanks so much for liking my drawing/painting Mother’s Day. Your work is great!

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  71. hobo hippie says:

    Leah loved your article-:I don’t know why but I no longer get informed about your new postings. Thanks for checking out my new blog ana

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    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you Ana, I’m glad you liked the new article! I’m sure I’ll enjoy your new blog! Someone else mentioned not getting new post notices for me, and I’m not sure why. I don’t post very often, for one thing. But if you rely on email, I have noticed that there’s a list of followed sites in my control area – I’m not sure how I got there, lol – and each site had email either turned on or turned off. I didn’t recall checking one or the other; so maybe when wordpress last changed the settings areas, lots of those got turned off in the process. I usually just go by the reader for the sites I follow.

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  72. Mary Rowen says:

    Leah, just want to say thank you so much for following my blog. Your blog is really beautiful and unique, and I always enjoy stopping by.

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  73. Thanks for the follow, and it’s great to see your site, the lovely images that capture your natural world and the cats. There’s no doubt that your senses are very much alive, even if illness has altered how you juggle those talents.

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    • Catwoods says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words, and for following my blog also! Much appreciated! My pleasure finding and following your beautiful blog, I look forward to visiting more when things settle down for me a bit!

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      • Si; I hope you find a way to better health. Two years ago dengue/chikungunya co-infection slammed me down, and the chikungunya side effects still appear, especially arthritic-type pain in the joints.
        When I drink lots of fresh ginger/turmeric ‘tea’ it seems to help…
        Extreme fatigue is another.. there’s balance, and after a few challenging days of travel or intense painting sessions, I do little except rest…

        Before moving to the neotropics, i had a perennial cough that has basically been absent since I left 17 years ago… Ah, clean air and healthy chemical-free diet are easier to find here, and I think that’s a big part of wellness.

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        • Catwoods says:

          Thank you for the well wishes! So sorry to hear you had such serious diseases! Glad you survived but I know that coming back to full strength can be a long slow road. My husband had West Nile meningoencephalitis a few years ago and has a lot of lingering effects to battle daily also. The condition I have is neuropathic and does involve fatigue, and I’m working on getting a book out so I have a long to-do list for some time ahead. May we all reach recovery! Having the clean air and the healthy diet does sound wonderful.

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