Musings on Austen-mania and the writing life by Laurie Viera Rigler, author of the time-travel/body-switching novels CONFESSIONS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT and RUDE AWAKENINGS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT, and creator of the comedy web series SEX AND THE AUSTEN GIRL.
Jane Austen didn't write much about cats. In fact, the only reference I can find in her major works is a single line in Sense and Sensibility, in which Mrs. Jennings complains to Colonel Brandon about losing Elinor and Marianne as guests:
"Ah! Colonel, I do not know what you and I shall do without the Miss Dashwoods;"… Lord! we shall sit and gape at one another as dull as two cats." [Vol. III, Chapter III (39)]
I don't think my lively little feline, Phoebe Georgiana (after Georgiana Darcy of Pride and Prejudice) would approve of being characterized as dull. But then again, this did come from Mrs. Jennings, who clearly did not have the good fortune to cohabitate with a kitty.
For life with a cat is anything but dull. Phoebe is always surprising me by taking up new pursuits. For example, just the other day she embarked on her summer reading program, which commenced with her cracking my book.