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Blog #61~Stuff On My Cat Part II

Blog #61~ Stuff on my Cat Part II

Stuff + Cats= Awesome

stuff on my cat book

That’s the motto for the internet phenomenon called “Stuff on my cat.”  Here’s what Amazon wrote about this book by Mario Garza:

“It began with a handful of digital photographs of office supplies, toys, and spare computer parts thoughtfully placed on Mario Garza’s snoozing cat, Love. Over time, the objects became bigger: remote controls, shoes, empty pizza boxes. And then cat owners everywhere were sucked into the Internet phenomenon that is defined by a simple motto: stuff + cats = awesome.  Culled from the thousands of outrageous photographs submitted by mischievous animal lovers, here are 200 of the most unbelievably entertaining images of cats with all manner of things on them: wigs, Easter eggs, dogs, cheeseburgers, cookware, gummi bears, action figures, tiaras, beer cans, pinecones, a statue of the Buddha, and much more. An introduction by the site’s creator explains the Stuff on My Cat philosophy, and playful illustrations and graphics are sprinkled throughout.”

In Blog #33~Stuff On My Cat (located in the December 2012 Archives), I wrote and shared numerous pictures of random objects we put on our cats over the years.  Why do we do this?  I have to embrace Mario Garza’s philosophy to answer this one.  Our cats rule the house.  Sleeping all day long wherever the sun radiates, claiming the fresh, warm laundry as their “personal paradise” and plopping on your lap even if you just want to sit down for a second.

God forbid you disturb them.  I have to contort my legs with bizarre yoga moves  slinking out of bed so as not to disturb her slumber. She wields her power at 5:00 a.m. letting out piercing cries and meows that sound as if you haven’t fed her in a week.  So, why put stuff on our cats?  Mario Garza is right on his philosophy:  “There is a very satisfying shift of power going on.  Now I’m in control when I sneak up behind her while she naps and put a pancake on top of her head-checkmate.” 🙂

Check out a few from the website……

stuff on my cat loaded

stuff on cat with cig

stuff on my cat glasses

stuff on my cat post its

Nick loves to do this too,  he is 19 and has Down syndrome and autism.  Here are some of the stunts he’s pulled on our 16+ year old  tabby……..

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Mellie has some company, Nick’s plush animals and a Taco Bell dog….

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Another deluge of toys along with a package of microwave popcorn…..

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Mellie is trying to relax in her 1:00 p.m. sun spot.  Nick had other ideas his PECS icons, (Picture Exchange System.) I think he was communicating that he missed his brother, Hank and friend/respite worker, Bobby……

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Apparently Nick thinks Mellie is expecting an important call…. 🙂

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More fun with PECS icons….Nick mapped out his agenda last Friday…….

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“Oh Kitty, go get me some Sprite please!”

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I get a kick out of how creative Nick is and appreciate his mischievous side.  Here is one of Nick who had been “stimming” (a trait of autism) with my makeup mirror. He fell asleep next to the cat who had melded herself to a warm towel out of  the dryer…… apparently the cat doesn’t hold a grudge….. 🙂


Speaking of being mischievous, here are a couple I did.  Oh I just can’t resist every once in awhile…. hee, hee, hee…… 🙂

Cinco de Mayo Mellie….. Ole!

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“The Graduate”

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Hope you enjoyed the second installment of stuff on my cat.  Next week I will get back to part two of “Wandering and Autism”.  Sometimes its fun to be mischievous. That’s what is in my noggin this week, meow!

~Teresa 🙂




Teresa is the Author of "A New Course: A Mother's Journey Navigating Down Syndrome and Autism" and the mother of two boys. Her youngest son, Nick is 29 years old and has a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and autism (DS-ASD). Teresa's passion is helping others understand and navigate co-occurring Down syndrome and autism. She is a DS-ASD consultant, advocate, speaker, and author. Follow Nick's world on Facebook, Instagram & Pinterest @Down Syndrome With A Slice of Autism and on Twitter @tjunnerstall. For more information and media links, visit

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