Scooter Thomas is our cat and occasional guest blogger. He weighs 18 pounds, is best friends with Winnie the Basset Hound, and has lobbied Barack Obama to be the First Cat. His writing has also been featured on kittyhooch.com, maker of “the white lightning” of organic catnip, and eHow. Known for his refined tastes and highbrow sensibilities, Scooter Thomas has been a magnet for criticism from cats of inferior breeding and children with poor motor skills. In 2011 he has resolved to read Proust in French.