Feeling Grateful and Happy Thanksgiving from Zee & Zoey’s Cat Chronicles


From our table to yours, we wish you the most blessed of days. L to R – love and purrs from Peanut, Rolz, Mia, Zee, Zoey, Kizmet, and Jazmine.

Years ago, Thanksgiving was one of those family holidays for me deep rooted in time-tested routines and traditions. But as I get older, I find it nearly impossible to recreate the past. Some traditions remain, some are replaced, and some quietly drift to the wayside, parked as private memories, tucked into the back recesses of my mind.

Surprisingly, I’ve decided I like the ebb and flow of it. Change can be okay because honestly, giving thanks starts from within and it matters not where you are, or who you are with, as long as you are grateful for what you have. And I am. I’m grateful for my wonderfully imperfect family. Some of them live close by, and some I’m separated by thousands of miles, but all live in my heart. I’m also grateful for my precious cats, for my job, and for all of my beloved friends I’ve met from blogging and social media.

This year my oldest son will be cooking his first Thanksgiving dinner at his new home and Dan and I will be guests. It’s a very different role for me. I’m accustomed to hosting holiday dinners, but I must admit it feels wonderful to have someone else in charge. I’ll be getting up early to participate in our local 5K turkey trot and then I’ll be making a wonderful desert to bring with us. Throwing complete caution to the wind, it’s something I’ve never made before – layered almond cream cheese bread pudding with Amaretto cream sauce. Who knows if it will taste any good, but anything that has Amaretto in it can’t be that bad!

I’m just grateful for the simplicity of it all. It’s been a very long and stressful road of late, between publishing a book (Makin’ Biscuits – Weird Cat Habits and the Even Weirder Habits of the Humans Who Love Them) and a brutal political year, and I’m happy for the break. And I hope all of you are able to take a moment or two to be thankful for what you have in your life, even if your life isn’t exactly where you expected it to be. Life gives us highs, and it gives us lows, I’m just grateful to share a bit of it with you.

Peace, love, and blessings from Deb, Dan, Zee, Zoey, Mia, Peanut, Rolz, Kizmet, Jazmine, and angels Jazz and Harley.


While not here in the physical sense, my beautiful angels – Jazz and Harley – will spend Thanksgiving in my heart, as they do each and every day.

Give all your kitties extra special loving, and for all our beloved fur angels watching us from above, please know that you remain forever in our hearts and we are so blessed and thankful for the memories of the time we shared together.


For the safety of your cats who will be participating in Thanksgiving in the physical sense, we created a simple to read graphic of the “do’s” and “don’ts” of what to do when it comes to feeding kitty (who will be looking at you with those irresistible eyes, begging ever so adorably for table scraps). Kitty can enjoy the day with you, just with safety and moderation in mind.

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  1. Ingrid King says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to all of you from Allegra, Ruby and me. We’re thankful for all our friends, both “real life” and online, human and feline.

  2. Chirpy Cats says:

    Happy Thansgiving to you and your family, I hope you enjoy being a guest this year and your dessert turns our yummy 🙂

  3. Two French Bulldogs says:

    Happy Thanksgiving
    Lily & Edward

  4. Brian frum says:

    Y’all are so very special to all of us. Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours. We’re so grateful for so many things, especially friendship.

  6. Annabelle says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!!
    Annabelle, Boo, Ping, Jinx, Angels Abby & Gracie

  7. Wishing you a wonderful holiday!

  8. O Deb and Furrrballs,that is such a BEAUTIFUL picture of all of you (well most of you) at the Thanksgiving Table. thanks for the picture, for the lovely blessing and for creating your wonderful book! We are having a wonderful time with hit.

  9. Deziz World says:

    Happy and Blest Fanksgivin’ to ya’ll. We are so blest everyday to have such amazin’ furiends. And this year we’ll even celebrate with a turkey tom lurkey. Big hugs to you all.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

  10. Happy Thanksgiving! The only bad thing about not hosting holiday dinners is no leftovers. But maybe that’s really a blessing in disguise. 🙂

  11. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! We are very thankful for your friendship.

  12. jmuhj says:

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts, many of which resonate with me, especially those about our beloved cats, both those with us and those who have ascended and watch over us from a much better place. Also, your reference to a “brutal political year” which so many of us are reeling from. In spite of all of the tragedies and traumas we may endure, we have so many reasons to be thankful, not just on this day which I do not celebrate due to my cultural background, but EVERY day. May your day and weekend be full of blessings and joy! and thank you for giving so many of us so much of yourselves.

  13. Great reminder ! Happy Thanksgiving ! Purrs

  14. Happy Thanksgiving to you from across the pond xx

  15. Flynn says:

    That is a lovely picture of your kitty family around the table.
    Happy Thanksgiving Day to you and all my US friends.

  16. We couldn’t be for thankful for friends such as you! Hope you’re having a purrfect Thanksgiving!!!

  17. meowmeowmans says:

    How nice that you and Dan get to be guests this year. Enjoy! Happy Thanksgiving to you, and the whole Zee and Zoey Gang. 🙂

  18. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving 🙂 Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend 🙂 <3

  19. Absolutely LOVE this post! Love the photo of all of the kitties sitting at the table. Hoping you got to relax at your son’s home. I LOVE that he cooked for you!!! Hoping it was the best Thanksgiving ever!