Author: Sarah Donner

Why, hello! I am a singer-songwriter and creative type who fosters kitties when I’m not touring in a sexy minivan. I have four kitties who live in my small New Jersey apartment with me. When I'm not traveling, I foster kittens. I’ve found homes for more than 80 kittens, so I know a lot about socialization, flea picking, and cleaning poop out of the bathtub. My latest album, Typing Is Dangerous, can be downloaded on iTunes or purchased at www.sarahdonner.com. There are no cat songs on it per se, so I’m thankful that Catster has provided me an outlet for my quirky sense of feline musical humour! I'm working on album #4 which is slated for release in 2012. If you have a question about kitties, e-mail me at sarahATsarahdonnerDOTcom! If you want to support my musical endeavors, please visit my site, grab some CDs or kitten merchandise, or drop me a note. Full Name: Sarah Donner Location: New Jersey Where You Can Find Me on the Internet: Facebook, my Website, Twitter, and Tumblr. What I Do for a Living: I make music, teach guitar and voice, and paint theatrical scenery for Princeton University. What I Do for Fun: felting catnip toys, knitting only hats, going out for sushi, performing, running, play games that I can win. The Furry Members of My Household Are: Dunkin, Shosha, Rory Cat, and Puma Bean Jackson My Favorite Things to Write (Songs) About Are: My songs are usually sneaky metaphors about my friends. My Pet Peeve Is: the Papyrus font My Guilty Pleasures Are: musical theater, cream cheese frosting, red wine, sequins How I Deal with Cat Hair: If it's in my food, I try to figure out who it belongs to. I base my next course of action on that outcome. What I Want to Be When I Grow Up: A respectable Disney princess.
  • Why Does My Cat Act Proud After Pooping in His Litter Box?

    Usually my songs are followed by all the information that I could not squeeze into lyrical form, but Keri got me here. Until there is more scientific research available, I do believe I’ve said all there is to say on the jubilation of cats who have, in fact, buried their burdens. “The Poop Dance” by …

  • Why Is My Cat Licking All the Fur Off Her Butt?

    I’ve talked — er, sung — about feline balding (alopecia) before with “Why Does My Kitty Appear to Be Going Bald?” — but the fact that this kitty has self-directed aggression makes me think this is a behavioral and possibly neurological issue. If your vet has ruled out allergies and fleas, stress or hyperesthesia could …

  • Do Plastic Water Bowls Cause Feline Acne?

    I never really thought I’d have opinions about what bowls to use to feed and water your cat, but this was before the days of Dunkin’s feline acne. My big boy likes to cuddle under my armpit at night, and I noticed dark spots on his chin that would fleck off onto the sheets when …

  • How Do We Keep the Cat Happy at Our New Year’s Party?

    The holidays are prime party time for many households. Depending on the personality of your cat, this could either be the highlight of his year or a reason to poop on your favourite slippers. Many cats lean toward becoming recluses when strangers walk in the door, so you should never force your kitties to be …

  • How Do I Cat-Proof My Christmas Tree?

    O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum — how tempting are your branches! It’s nearly impossible to have a totally risk-free, cat-proof Christmas tree. Somehow the cats always manage to find something to knock down, chew up, or pee on. This is why we can’t have nice things. We love our cats for their interactions and curiosity, so …

  • Why Is My Cat Such a Drooler?

    It sounds like Falcor here is just having a really good time and letting his salivary glands get the better of him. While it is not scientific fact, I like the theory I found on it being a vestige of Pavlovian response. Kittens salivate when kneading their mother’s teats, and it’s possible that slobbery Falcor …

  • Why Does My Cat Eat Dirt?

    Larry sent me several questions about the strange dietary habits of his cat, who also eats tortillas and bread and also licks the shower curtain. As nutritious as I tell myself tortillas are, I suspect the animal might be missing something from his diet. You could try feeding him a higher-quality cat food. While dirt …

  • Why Is My Cat So Kneady?

    Ah, the delight of a good knead! Kittens are born with the instinct to stimulate their mother’s milk, and it was once thought that cats who did this were weaned too early. However, cats who grow up with their mothers can still exhibit kneading behavior, so that theory doesn’t hold true. Large cats will tamp …

  • Help the Cats of Staten Island By Attending My Online Benefit

    This Thursday, I'll be singing and playing my ukulele to help the kitties of the Staten Island Feral Initiative. It's an online-only event, and you're invited!

  • Ask a Cat Lady: Why Won’t My Cat Be a Lap Cat?

    Aw, Steven! It is not in every cat’s nature to cuddle and be affectionate in the ways that we want them to be. I didn’t get my lap cat until Puma Bean Jackson, my fourth kitty, came along. You might try adopting another! If that is not an option, here are several tricks for you …