I am Heidi and love to talk about cats. Since I could talk about cats all day, I started a cat blog!

We have 9 indoor cats and help with TNR in our neighborhood and currently have 3 feral cats coming everyday for food to our yard. We have a shed setup for them to stay warm in the winter. 

Meet the indoor cats and the outdoor cats here. Every cat has a story! 

We aim to give our cats the best indoor life possible, sharing and collaborating with other cat lovers.

You can sign up for our weekly newsletter called The Caturday Newsletter here.

The Joy of Cats is...

  • rescuing cats from the yard
  • socializing kittens
  • watching cats become friends with each other
  • being greeted by a cat when coming home
  • hearing the rescue cat purr for the first time
  • relaxing on the couch with a cat on your lap
  • napping with a cat
  • feeling the love of a cat
  • and much more!
all 6 cats on the cat towers

 6 cats on the cat towers

Ted and Heidi Bender

I (Heidi) love to fuss over the cats! I am the writer of the articles for this site and am the primary poster on The Joy of Cats social media sites.

I have also discovered that I enjoy cat stuff: T-shirts, mugs, dish towels, and other practical items that can be cat themed. And I'm now trying out subscription cat boxes.

I like to play the organ and attempt to take selfies with the cats when they visit me when practicing. 

I did not grow up with any cats. My first long term experience with a cat was house sitting when I was in college for one month for a lady who had one cat.

This cat did not want anything to do with me, regardless I enjoyed caring for it. This cat was an indoor/outdoor cat and I would pray each time it went out, that it would come back unharmed! 

Ted trimming Kilala's claws

Ted trimming Kilala's claws

Heidi with Kilala on the organ bench

Heidi with Kilala on the organ bench

Shortly after we were married, we decided to try cats when a friend's barn cat had kittens.

We were only planning to get 1 kitten, but decided that if we got 2 they could play with each other and we would each have one to hold on our lap. This strategy worked out very well!

We brought home Lina and Kilala once they were old enough to be away from their mom in the spring of 2003.

Ted helps with cat stuff, like putting together cat towers. He is also the nail technician, being 100% responsible for trimming their nails.

I tried it once and the cats could sense that I was nervous about. Ted has done it every time since 2003!

Contact and stuff

Heidi can be contacted at heidi@thejoyofcats.com for media inquires, guest blog posts, sponsored posts, etc.

Note: We are not veterinarians and do not have any professional training with cats (or any other animal). If you are having an issue with your cat, please contact your veterinarian.

Meet our cats here.