What’s up (with the) pussy cat?

I thought I was over the whole cat thing.

A while back I’d noticed that whenever I mentioned a pet in a story, it was a cat. No surprise. Though I like dogs, I prefer cats and have two. They’re independent and are easier to care for than dogs. (But, for the record, I am not obsessed with animals. Most of my stories don’t have them. When I say a mention, I mean a mention).

But I figured if I made a cat a character, perhaps I would rid the feline thing from my system. So in the second Rod and Cane book, False Pretenses, Jinx the cat brings the hero and heroine together, and his antics lead to the heroine’s first spanking.

When I mentioned a dog in Destiny’s Chance, my contracted, but not yet published erotic romance, I patted myself on the back. I’d beaten the cat thing.

Then the other day, epiphany struck. Cats were still creeping into my stories.

Do you know what Mark DeLuca the hero of the soon-to-be-published Rod and Cane 3, The Feminist and Dom calls the heroine?

Kitten.

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4 Responses to What’s up (with the) pussy cat?

  1. Miss Ink says:

    But cats are awesome!
    I like it when characters have pets. Somehow it makes them more human and more relatable. I especially love it when authors turn cats or dogs into this adorable awkward and bossy creatures.
    LOL… Just thinking out loud… 🙂

  2. Cara Bristol says:

    I think pets personalize a character, but maybe readers don’t care? I’m not sure how they feel about pets in stories, so I appreciate your input. Thank you.

  3. houston_switch says:

    I think animals in a story do make the story more believable… just a stat I heard not long ago… more household have pets living in them, than children. When pets become children in their caretakers eyes… a whole lot of money and effort get spent on them.

    I am a dog person… I do not like the independence of the feline, when I say “come here” I expect the animal to come here…

    houston_switch

    • Cara Bristol says:

      Cats are independent. That is true. I actually have a pretty good success rate with one of my cats; probably 90 percent of the time that I say, “come here,” he does. Now the female…it’s about 50/50. And she’s a “runner.” Not only does she not come, she’ll run if I try to pick her up.

      However, as a fall back, I’ve found that yelling, “food!” works the best.

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