Lisa Ricard Claro – Author

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Prozac Kitty

Posted on Aug 3, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   17 Comments | Posted in cat · Luna · Prozac · Suite 101 · tabby
Does anyone else out there write for Suite 101?  I’m curious, because with regard to writing nonfiction articles for this content site I’ve managed to amuse myself. Oh, it is not that my writing is satirical or worthy of a funny-bone giggle. The truth is, I’ve only written one article so far. About. . .
Prozac Kitty
Cats on Prozac.
Sadly, I’m not making this up.
With Suite 101 I have the opportunity to write about any topic—any topic, buttercup—and what do I choose?
On Prozac.
I know, I know. From the back of which dark closet did I pull that one? Believe it or not, my cat Tabby, that beauty pictured above, is indeed a kitty on Prozac. The vet prescribed the antidepressant for her due to stress and anxiety created by Luna, rescued kitten/ninja extraordinaire and bona fide domestic terrorist. 

Rrrowrr. . .
It wasn’t my expectation to write a nonfiction article about stressed out cats. And that is why I’m amused.  This whole exercise reminded me that when it comes to writing, I can still surprise myself when the process takes me somewhere I didn’t expect to go, which, thank goodness, is blissfully often.
I may not have chosen the most newsworthy item about which to write. But the love I have for simply following my muse, even when it sends me down a crazy path, is the reason I just can’t stop writing. Who knows where it will lead me next?
What compels you to keep writing or doing something else you’re crazy about? When was the last time your muse surprised you?
See you back here for Book Blurb Friday!

17 Responses to "Prozac Kitty"

  1. Comment by BECKY
    August 3, 2011 at 5:55 am  

    Awwww, poor Tabby! That makes me sad that another critter is stressing her out so much! But thank goodness for Prozac! 🙂

  2. Comment by Sarah
    August 3, 2011 at 6:42 am  

    As a psychologist, I'm interested in reading your article! As for writing, last night someone asked me how I had developed a particular character with this really intricate history and I had to say … he just sort of grew organically from my brain. What marvelous organs our brains are–great post!

  3. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    August 3, 2011 at 8:21 am  

    Something as simple as a seashell or something as intricate as how to write an essay are all reasons for me to write about it. I love it when I amaze myself with my writing.

  4. Comment by GigglesandGuns
    August 3, 2011 at 9:17 am  

    My newest character "came out of my keyboard." One evening he was just there to replace another character. He is part of a story that started as a recurring nightmare.Although I'm very allergic to cats, I still hate to think of one on sch heavy duty meds. Why not give the terrorist away?

  5. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    August 3, 2011 at 10:37 am  

    Lisa, it is always hard when the new baby literally drives you crazy! I'm glad that you found out a solution.As far as writing goes, well, you know my short history in that dept. BBF continually surprises me for creative writing endeavors. I'll begin with something in mind, but it usually turns out as something different or has a twist that I wasn't planning on. I also really enjoy writing my Sepia Saturday posts, researching history and the sites and stories of "The Olden Days".Tabby is a pretty girl with pretty eyes, and I'm glad that she is feeling better and has given you inspiration.God bless,Kathy M.

  6. Comment by Tammy
    August 3, 2011 at 11:44 am  

    That sounds like a wonderful topic that I'd love to read! How do I find it? I looked on Suite 101, but no luck. BTW, I love the dreamy look on Tabby's face! I'm with Kathy. The main reason I love your Book Blurb Friday exercise is because what pops out usually does surprise me thanks to the photograph that shifts my perspective.

  7. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    August 3, 2011 at 11:49 am  

    Becky – I learned that the Prozac solution is not uncommon, and it really works!Thanks, Sarah!Linda – I should have guessed you would first think of the sea. :)Giggles – How cool is that? I try to remember my dreams and write them down as I believe our subconscious stores all sorts of delicious things for us to tap into. As for giving Luna away, we won't do that. She was found in a storm drain at 6-weeks old and had a rough start. She isn't mean, just a curious baby who thinks everyone in the household–including 13-year-old crabby Tabby–is here to be her playmate!Kathy – I love reading your book blurbs because you've really opened up your writing creativity. Keep it up!

  8. Comment by Kay L. Davies
    August 3, 2011 at 1:21 pm  

    I love the photos of Prozac Kitty and her nemesis. I used to have a dog I called "the dreaded Ninja puppy" long after she was theoretically an adult. She did her best to drive my cats crazy but only succeeded with one of them. Perhaps if I had given prozac to Ava, she might have become as mellow as her big brother Hermie.Oh, and BTW, please keep up with the book blurb meme. I love it. And I have some photos to send for cover ideas.— KKay, Alberta, CanadaAn Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  9. Comment by Jules
    August 3, 2011 at 3:20 pm  

    Okay, just the thought of this article made me laugh. No offense to Tabby. And I have to ask, does she get any of the side effects like say, chasing imaginary mice? Yes please let us know where we can read this article. 🙂Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  10. Comment by Val Thevictorian
    August 3, 2011 at 4:19 pm  

    Wow! One look at Luna, and I need some Prozac! I have five outside cats. They mainly drape themselves over porch furniture like so many Salvador Dali clocks.

  11. Comment by Joanne
    August 3, 2011 at 10:27 pm  

    Awww poor Kitty! what sends me off writing is anything that I see. I am a people watcher so I find alot of inspiration from eccentric people I meet in my everyday life.Blessings, Joanne

  12. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    August 4, 2011 at 5:56 am  

    Kay – All it takes is one imp to upset the cookie cart. LOL No worries on BBF – I'm having fun as well. I'll look forward to receiving your photos. :)Jules – Haha…no imaginary mice. She is just not as stressed out. The Prozac seems to have taken her back to her baseline state of mellow, bossy kitty. But the "OMG! OMG! Why did you bring this idiotic kitten home?! OMG!" has been alleviated. Val – You paint a funny picture. Cats DO look like that when they hang around. Great analogy…wish I'd thought of it!Joanne – People watching is a great source, you're right about that. Especially at the airport. 🙂

  13. Comment by Karen Lange
    August 4, 2011 at 8:02 pm  

    Wow, what a combo! I think it's a great idea, combining two very different and unexpected things. I am sure it will be an interesting read.I signed up with Suite 101 a while back but haven't written anything for them yet. Hmmm, wonder if I remember my login info…Happy weekend,Karen

  14. Comment by Susan Fobes
    August 4, 2011 at 8:50 pm  

    Okay, Tabby's eyes look a tad bit scary to me…like she's waiting for when you least expect it! LOL! Hope she can accept the kitten.

  15. Comment by Lynn
    August 4, 2011 at 9:48 pm  

    I just love writing period. Sometimes I'm surprised and other times rather disappointed :-), but it's all good practice. Your kitty's are beautiful.

  16. Comment by Lynette Killam
    August 7, 2011 at 1:25 pm  

    I wanted to tell you, Lisa, that your BBF puts me in exactly the writing spot you mention! I'm afraid I talk about writing more than I actually do it, yet when I view your prompts, these snippets of story just write themselves. I've never thought of penning mysteries or tales of horror, so it's a nice surprise to know these ideas are rattling around inside my head. Now, if only I had perserverance,I might get published as I've always hoped to do!Thanks for the inspiration…:)

  17. Comment by Tammy
    August 10, 2011 at 7:54 pm  

    P.S. Thanks to your not-so-silly article, I am going to try my dog on Prozac, too. He has anxiety issues that some older dogs get, especially when left alone. I'm hoping he'll be more comfortable while I'm at work. My vet said it seems to be very safe. Thanks!

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