Guest Star: Derick – The talker

Hi everyone,

Today’s guest post comes from Maryanne and her beautiful cat Derick!


Back in 1996 a friend’s cat had kittens. I was thrilled to get one because I always loved the sweet Mama cat. The one I wanted originally was a white and orange one. My friend said, “You can’t have that one, my niece wants that one.” So I said, “Then I’ll take the gray one.” She said, “That’s a good choice, he does funny things.” Well, at age 18 he’s still doing funny things.

While cats are known to be stand-offish, Derick loves people. When we have company, he works the room, going around from person to person so everyone gets to pet him — whether they are cat lovers or not, Derick gives them no choice, especially with the ladies. When Derick goes to the vet, he always comes home smelling like a perfume factory because all the ladies who work there cuddle with him. And when people come over to visit, he runs to the door to greet them, like a dog. He also loves to be held in your arms like a baby.


Cats are known to have a vocabulary of 100 different sounds and I’m certain Derick has found all of them. He’s a “talker” and has different “mews” for each situation whether he wants food or to be cuddled. But the cutest is when we listen to music and he “mews” — on key — along with the singers.

Derick is so smart, you’d wonder if there was a little man trapped inside him. One day my father-in-law, Pop, was watching a baseball game and when the batter hit the ball, Derick’s paw reached toward the TV screen to “catch” the ball.

These are just a few stories that illustrate how Derick lights up our lives! When I first moved in with my husband, Dennis, I’ll never forget when he said to Derick, “I’m glad you’re here too.” Dennis was always a dog person until I came along with Derick and Billy Cat, who lived to be 19 (and has some precious stories too). Cats are more than just “pets” — they are family; little souls who steal your heart!

Derick and Sparky

Cheers from New Jersey!


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21 thoughts on “Guest Star: Derick – The talker

  1. lawjic says:

    What an special, amazing and very beautiful cat! Love and enjoy him and his enormous vocabulary!! Very interesting kitty cat!

  2. Carol says:

    I love the picture of Derick and his mom where you caught him talking! My Loud Mom’s goal in life is to get pictures of my Little Mom mid-speech just like that picture of Derick. She thinks it’s VERY funny. Little Mom not so much! Derick sounds like a smart and sweet cat and you are lucky to have found one another!

  3. Kurt Struble says:

    wull … you must have loved my
    blog … about how cats talk (Tea With the Cat and Me) and it’s true .. (as you know) my
    cat and i have conversations all day
    long … she speaks so well … her tail moves with great
    eloquence … i always know exactly what she is
    saying even though i can’t put it into
    words … don’t have any more
    cat stories but i have one about
    a couple of cardinals … a passle of
    crows … one about snakes … i tried to make a
    pet out of every thing … i caught a raccoon
    once … by the tail .. climbing up a
    brick wall at the train depot where my grandfather worked as a
    telegrapher … we corralled him in the ladies ”powder room” … got him into a
    box … snarling … sharp teeth … i took him to school the next day … let him go so
    all could see … my mom raised 6 squirrels from the time they were
    the size of the end of your pinkey finger … we also had several
    pet white rats which make great pets … you can let them out of the cage for
    long periods of time … they love to crawl all over you … of course dogs …
    weimereiners …great hunting dogs … when i was a boy i made
    an imagiary pet out of a
    pussy willow … i thought
    pipe cleaners … made into stick figures
    moved in the night …. one day a couple of years ago i came
    across a big turtle … we had a nice conversation .. if you close your
    mind and speak softly you can hear animals whisper inside your
    mind … but its hard to understand a turtle …. snakes are real (pardon my language)
    fuckers … mean and they pee on you .. at least garter snakes do … used to catch 15 or 20 of them
    in a coffee can (from a special place over by the ”tub factory”) took them home … my
    mom never showed fear even though she wasn’t overly fond of
    snakes .,.. somehow by morning they always seemed to
    disappear … i think my dad played a role in that after i went to
    bed … we had sheep … that we used to ride … we pestered them … poor
    sheep but … i guess they got a lot of exercise running away when they
    saw us coming … that’s all for now … ks

  4. cat9984 says:

    Beautiful cat. Every time I wish I could understand what our cats are saying, my next thought is “probably not”. Derick sounds like a sweetie.

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