Have you ever been at a party or a meeting or on a date and thought, Ugh, I wish we could skip the boring/stressful chit-chat and just talk about our cats? That happens to noted cat lady Mary Phillips-Sandy… a lot. So much so, that she decided to make this show.

Each fast-paced episode features a fellow noted cat person who joins Mary for some very personal talk about their cat(s): How they met, what their relationship is like, what they fight about. There’s also the Cat Quiz challenge and a hot topic debate, in which a divisive cat-related issue gets resolved once and for all.

If you love cats, you love talking about cats, or if you just enjoy listening to approximately half an hour of reasonably intelligent banter, this show is for you!

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Mary grew up in Waterville, Maine with several cats (Midnight, Anatevka and CB – RIP). She now lives in New York with her family, including Grendel, an extremely beautiful dilute tortie. Mary is a veteran of Comedy Central, where she oversaw digital coverage of the 2012 elections and produced #ComedyFest, the first-ever comedy festival on Twitter. She has written and produced words and shows for lots of places, including The New York Times, Quartz, The Awl, The Maine Film Center and more. Most recently she helped develop and produce Hello Sunshine’s first original audio shows, How It Is and My Best Break-Up.

Senior Producer: Lizzie Jacobs​

Lizzie produces the podcasts The Mash-Up Americans and Make/Time, incubates baby podcasts and makes documentaries like We’ll Still Be Here, the first Snapchat-native documentary. She is also a Peabody and Emmy Award winning producer for her work on StoryCorps Animated Shorts; she also edited a bunch of NYT bestsellers for StoryCorps. She’s fine with cats.

Theme Song: Poingly

Though he once lived the rockstar lifestyle in Brooklyn, Poingly has since retreated to an isolated suburban existence as a recluse, subsisting solely on outdated ’90s freeware and various colorful sodas from 7-Eleven. Due to allergies, Poingly is currently catless, but insists on giving a shoutout to the best house cat of all time: Elvis.

Ed. note: Look, I don’t know about the picture, either. I asked Poingly to send me a picture of a cat and this is what he sent. 

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Additional Music: The English Muffins

The English Muffins are Natalie, Althea and Kate. They live in Portland, Maine and have a total of four wonderful and very good-looking cats: GirlWalter (fluffy tuxedo, upper left), Otto (orange guy, bottom left), Posh Spice (tiny tiger, top right) and PeeWee (grey tuxedo, bottom right).

Julia is an illustrator, designer and maker living and working in Boston. Buy stuff from her Etsy shop, Over It Studio, or Society6! Julia loves vintage memorabilia, Halloween costumes, cult/psychedelic cartoons, and ’90s music and fashion. She loves cats, but her landlord doesn’t, so she’s currently close friends with her neighbor’s cat.