You know her as Blossom or most recently as Amy Farrah Fowler from The Big Bang Theory or maybe even as CC Bloom from Beaches. But there are two boys and three cats that they just call mother.
That’s right, I’m talking about the incredibly talented Mayim Bialik! I was recently fortunate enough to have her on my 19 Cats and Counting on Pet Life Radio radio show to share our love for cats. Mayim calls me the “Rad” Cat Mom, a modern day cat lady without the crazy ones. Thank you, Mayim! When I’m cycling, you are even more cycling!
A lawyer for cats
Mayim has done many incredible things for cats, including adopting a special needs kitten named Addie. Mayim first became aware of the beautiful gray and white tabby and her special needs when she was performing on a talk show in New York. In one of the other segments was Addie, a cat who was born without a pectoral muscle, could not hold its body upright and needed an operation. Mayim was immediately struck by this kitten’s plight and told producers that if no one had adopted Addie from the shelter by the end of her stay in New York, she would.
Addie received her much-needed surgery and a few weeks later she flew to Los Angeles with Mayim. Addie was wearing a full-body cast up until then, so she got to fly in Mayim’s prime seat while Mayim flew home on the bus himself! This is a real mother cat! Addie is also partially deaf, so Mayim raises her voice a little higher when she speaks to make sure Addie can hear her.
Now famous, Addie appears alongside Mayim in a public announcement for Royal Canin’s “Take Your Cat to the Vet” (# Cat2Vet) initiative. Along with kitten Lady Hannah Shaw, Mayim appears in these ads to raise awareness about cats that are not receiving this preventive veterinary care. “Did you know that only half of cats in the US actually see the vet?” Mayim asked me on the show. “We have to do better! Just like for ourselves, for our children, for our dogs, cats really need to be seen by a veterinarian. “
I couldn’t agree more. So often, changes in cat behavior point to unchecked health problems. Too many cats will be given up unnecessarily if just a visit to the veterinarian revealed a treatable health issue that would have corrected the problem. Cats are masters of disguise when it comes to disease; It’s part of how they survive in nature. Often times, when you find your cat is sick, something pretty important is going on, and it may even be too late.
A longtime cat lady
Cats have been a part of Mayim’s life since she was a child, and she cannot imagine life any other way. Her three cats, Addie, Francis and Nermal, couldn’t be more different. While Addie loves to curl up with the family, Francis, a gray tabby who is the oldest kitten, doesn’t like to play with humans or with “the kittens,” as Mayim calls Addie and Nermal.
“She would be very lucky to have been a single cat,” she says. Mayim affectionately refers to her as “Crazy Lady Francis,” a hideous cat who took 12 years to actually warm up for the family after getting out of an abusive situation. Nermal, a Russian blue, had been a street cat before coming to see Mayim and her family. He loves to play and “torture the other cats!”
As a mother of two adolescent boys, Mayim teaches her children through her cats how important animals are in our lives and how to love and care for them properly. Addie is especially in love with Mayim’s older son, who is patiently waiting on his bed for him to come home and snuggle up with her. Her younger son was a little intimidated by the cats at first, but has now learned to hold them and be comfortable with them. By interacting with the cats, their cubs also learn to be patient and respect boundaries.
Probably one of the things Mayim loves most about cats is their intuitiveness. Her cats seem to sense when she is sad, and they have comforted Mayim through difficult times, most recently through the loss of her father.
“My cats have been part of every transition in my life: they saw me through a divorce, through the loss of my father, they know what it means when I cry, and they comfort me and cuddle me especially.” You have also accompanied and watched over her through happy times when Mayim gave birth to her second son at home. “My cats hold the secrets of my soul, and I hope my boys see them as well.”
When asked, “What’s a secret your cats know about you that the rest of us don’t?” A big grin spread across Mayim’s face when she replied, somewhat embarrassed, “Probably the fact that I kiss her all the time.”
Don’t worry, Mayim. Your secret is safe with us.
Featured image: Joey Andrew | Startraksphoto.com
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