My Life With Cats: My Favorite Cat Stories

Today, we meet another fab author from the Pets in Space 2 Anthology. Cara Bristol is going to share her life with cats with us. Read to the end to find out more about her Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 story, Rescued by the Cyborg.

My life with cats: my favorite cat stories

By Cara Bristol

Growing up, I had both cats and dogs as pets (as well as some other critters), and while I enjoy the company of both, I lean toward being a cat person. I presently have only one cat. Her name is Hannah, and I adopted her and her brother Mike from a pet rescue shelter over Thanksgiving in 2003. Mike passed over the rainbow bridge a few years ago, but I still have Hannah. She’s a tabby with ‘tude.


Some of my fondest (funniest) memories of pets involve cats. I’d like to share a few.

When I was nine years old we acquired a Siamese mix I named Charnesky after a character in a book. I was home alone and my mom was at work one day when Charnesky, then a kitten, “got stuck” behind the washing machine. The piteous meows! I coaxed and called, but couldn’t get him to come out. Upset, I called my mom at work.

“Charnesky’s stuck behind the washing machine,” I sobbed.

“I’m sure he’ll come out,” she said.

“He won’t! He’s stuck.”

So my mom left work. It took her maybe half an hour to drive home. As I heard her footsteps on the walk outside the house, the damn cat came out! I’d called her home from work for nothing! I was sure I was going to be in trouble. I grabbed Charnesky and shoved him back behind the washing machine. But he wouldn’t stay.

My mom walked in. There was Charnesky.

“He just came out!” I said.

“Why didn’t you stuff him back?” she asked.

* * *

Same cat. Still a kitten. We’d taken Charnesky to the vet for his shots. I was sitting in the waiting room with the cat on my lap when someone entered with a large dog. Charnesky leaped to highest point he could get to—the top of my head. I had a kitten on my head, digging his claws into my scalp.

* * *

In high school, I had a friend who, I would learn, was afraid of many, many things: escalators, grass—I’m not kidding. A lot of people don’t like snakes, but we were in a pet store one time, and I spotted some snakes behind the case. “Look, snakes,” I said. Her back was turned. She hadn’t even seen them, but she ran screaming from the pet store.

She was also afraid of cats. We hadn’t known each other very long when she came to my house for the first time. We entered my room. My cat (Puff, not Charnesky) was curled into a ball, asleep on my bed.

My friend screamed. It wasn’t a little yelp, it was a somebody’s-trying-to-kill-me scream. Poor Puff! She shot into the air about three feet and dove under the bed.

Do you have a favorite pet story to share?

Rescued by the Cyborg
A Novella in the Cy-Ops Sci-fi Romance Series


A cyborg’s haunted past and a Faria’s clouded future entwine…


Hostage and sole survivor Solia waits for death at the hands of vicious predatory aliens when Cy-Ops agent Guy Roarke disobeys orders and charges in. A former medic, he initiates emergency medical procedures before rushing her to Cybermed.

Guy is taken with Solia, but the guilt of a past mistake won’t allow him to plan for a future with the delicate, brave beauty. Life is so uncertain, he can’t even keep Mittzi, the kitten his niece gave him. What he can do is see to it Solia gets the help she needs for a full recovery. But when best intentions place her in greater danger, it’s up to a little kitten to make everything all right again.


Rescued by the Cyborg Excerpt

Guy pushed into his cabin. Next to his bags was the gift—a box tied with a big red bow. The carton was moving. And mewing. “Oh, Jessamine, what did you do?”

The box bumped into his foot. Atop the lid, his niece had written: LIVE ANAMUL. OPEN IMED IMID SOON!

He ripped off the bow and peeled back the top. Inside, an angry, frightened kitten hissed. Jessamine’s cat had birthed a litter, and he recognized this baby by its gray coat, four white feet, and a blotch shaped like a star on its button nose.

Sighing, he reached into the carton.

The kitten growled and swiped its claws across his skin.

“Ow!” Guy yanked his hand back. The kitten leaped out and dove under the berth.

Great. Just great. How could his niece have done such a thing? She shouldn’t have boxed up a live animal—even if she did punch air holes in the carton. If she hadn’t contacted him and insisted he open the present, the kitten might have remained inside for quite a while.

In the corner of the container, he spotted a slip of paper, partially shredded. He unfolded it.

Dear Uncle Guy,

I know you are sad, and I want you to be happy. I am giving you one of Fluffy’s kittens so you won’t be lonely. I named her Mittzi becuz she has four wite white mittens. Pleez come home again, soon.



His sister worried about him, but Carter, too, and now Jessamine? He hadn’t hidden his feelings well enough if his seven-year-old niece could pick up on them.

Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2

The pets are back! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors brings you a dozen original stories written just for you! Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr to journeying back to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this world! Join New York Times, USA TODAY, and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, M.K. Eidem, Susan Grant, Michelle Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Sabine Priestley, Jessica E. Subject, Carol Van Natta, and Alexis Glynn Latner as they share stories and help out, a charity that supports our veterans!

10% of the first month’s profits go to Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.


Cara Bristol Bio

USA Today bestselling author Cara Bristol writes steamy science fiction romance with an emphasis on the characters and their romance, with a little humor, heat, and danger added for fun. She is the author of three science fiction romance series: sexy cyborg Cy-Ops Scifi Romance series, the dark erotic Breeder series, and the new humorous Alien Mate series. She likes to say that she writes science fiction for readers who don’t like sci-fi.  Cara lives in Missouri with her alpha hero, her husband, and Hannah, her cat, aka her writing supervisor.

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