Your cat loves a clean toilet -- don't we all? Catster's singing Cat Lady, Sarah Donner, explains why.30
As a record store geek in London, I always preferred filing in the back room to being mean to customers who asked for records by Esther Glorifan and the Miami Sewing Machine, or "that song I heard on the radio yesterday at about two o'clock." Later, I became a record company reptile who schmoozed with fourth-rate indie bands who never troubled the compilers of the pop charts.
I moved to California in 2000 and put my lifelong grammar nerd tendencies to work as editorial operations manager at two alt-weeklies. I also volunteered at the SPCA, specializing in working with Affection Eaters, which are not evil zombie cats but rather the frightened cats and kittens who need company at mealtimes. I never thought I'd get paid for combining my fervent kitty love with my mad copyediting skillz, but here I am!
Full Name: Vicky Walker
Age: Verging on decrepitude
Location: San Francisco via York and southeast London
Where You Can Find Me on the Internet: Right here on Dogster
What I Do for a Living: Executive editor at Catster/Dogster
What I Do for Fun: Research San Francisco history, interview octogenarians about San Francisco history, try to build a time machine to see more of San Francisco history
The Furry Members of My Household Are: Ambrose Hoffman, aka the Velvet Lamb, an excessively fluffy tuxedo boy; Gentleman Jim, a mediumhaired ginger tabby who moves like jelly sliding off a table
My Favorite Things to Write About Are: Bernal Heights, cat idiosyncrasies
My Pet Peeves Are: False ranges, overamplification, misuse of the possessive apostrophe
My Guilty Pleasures Are: Stephen King novels, Thorntons tablet fudge, and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, sometimes simultaneously
How I Deal with Cat Hair: In the house: wait for it to form into tumbleweed dust bunnies and harvest. On clothes: clump of parcel tape wrapped around my hand.
What I Want to Be When I Grow Up: Less sarcastic
Aug 7, 2014 — Three Catster employees visited the giant Las Vegas pet expo, and we show you the best cat merchandise and cat-related sights we found.
May 15, 2013 — Ornaments, keychains, statuettes, toys -- they all had kitty ears and a tail. I was in heaven.
Oct 25, 2012 — This adventuresome cat passed away as I prepared to leave the country. He always got into scrapes -- but this was just too much.
Aug 23, 2012 — I meant only to get some supplies, but I came home with a new kitty instead.
Jul 16, 2012 — Cats are all over the Internet, and now they're all over the outside of your computer, too, thanks to this cute laptop case.
Jun 4, 2012 — After she died, my cat went into the compost bin -- respectfully. A year and a bit later, I brought a little piece of her home with me.
Mar 16, 2012 — I was on my first cup of tea of the morning when I spotted a worm wriggling along the curtain rail. "How did a worm get up there?" I wondered.
Mar 16, 2012 — We've died and gone to cat tchotchke heaven! Hoard away, fellow collectors: it's for a great cause.
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