About Sparrow

Sparrow and Shirley - Asthma CatsHi, I’m Shirley and the little black and white fluffball is Sparrow. We’ve been together since he came into the world on International Talk Like a Pirate Day, 2015. Sparrow was born talking and he hasn’t shut up since. I wanted a dog, this noisy little kitten had different ideas. As soon as he could walk, he walked right over to me and claimed me as his human. Who am I to argue with that cute little face?


Enter The Captain

Cats are strange creatures and of course my Sparrow is no exception. I haven’t been able to convince him he’s a dog, but he does seem to think he’s a people. A people who refuses to speak English.

Sparrow is not my first feline friend, but it had been many years between cats for me when he moved into my life. I had to re-learn everything about having a cat around. Then, when he was about 10 months old he got really sick and after what seemed like years of misdiagnosing and testing (it was a week and a half), we had a result. Sparrow is asthmatic. So all those things I had just re-learned, I now had to adapt for his wheeziness.

This website is not intended to be a comprehensive resource on the medical side of feline asthma, rather it is a collection of the adaptations I’ve made to my lifestyle and my cat parenting to accommodate Sparrow’s illness. There are a lot of great resources online where you can find information on medication and treatment and the technical bits, if that’s what you’re interested in – and you should do some research if your cat has recently been diagnosed asthmatic. Here you will find the lowdown on natural remedies, plus things you might not have though of – like how exactly to give medicines to a cat, why you might like to keep your cat’s claws trimmed and the best way to make trips to the vet easier for both you and your cat.

This site is just a bunch of advice on how to care for your cat, with special considerations for the wheezy. If you find my stuff valuable or amusing, please feel free to share on the socials, or leave me a comment right here.

Breathe easy,




  1. I love your dog cat named Sparrow! What a great blog! I don’t even have a cat (anymore–may she RIP) but I’m really enjoying living vicariously through you and your asthma kitty. LOL

    Best wishes for less wheezing!

  2. Your cat/human is adorable and I really enjoyed reading how Sparrow chose you because I think that is the way it should be. Your advise on parenting is great for anyone who has to take care of a furry friend with an illness. Thanks for a great experience and I wish you both a lot of joy.

  3. Thanks for telling your and Sparrow’s story. It’s heartwarming. You have given him a good life with a lot of love.

    1. Thanks Lainey, this really means a lot coming from a cat lover like yourself. I hope to see you around here more!

  4. Hi Shirley

    Your website is very easy to read and I enjoyed it immensely. The heading “Does My cat Love Me….” grabbed my attention right away!

    Cat lovers will definitely relate to this site. Keep up the good work!

  5. Hi Shirley and Sparrow! I love cats so your site immediately caught my attention. Moreover, your site provides a different perspective on asthma as we usually hear about it from a human standpoint. Unfortunately cats are plagued with the same issues we have. Great job in bringing awareness on asthma in cats.

  6. Sparrow seems like a wonderful kitty–and she’s gorgeous! I have a small, plump grey cat named Gracie (actually, she answers to Gracie or Princess Gracie). She was a feral animal that insisted on being part of my mother’s and my life. Gracie is so human-like that it’s spooky! My 91-year-old mother suffers from dementia and Gracie lets me know immediately if my mom needs anything. It’s odd because Gracie normally communicates in very quiet, “chirps” that sound nothing like normal cat meows but when my mom’s in trouble Gracie is extremely loud and insistent. I’ve never given much credence to the theory of transmigration, but if a human soul could incarnate into the body of an animal, Gracie would be that animal! She suffers from asthma and I enjoyed the advice from this site. I want the best for Gracie in every way possible.

  7. My cat’s name is Sparrow as well! And he his black and white. He is almost nine years old. We are lucky that he does not have health problems but I am glad that you have learned and grown with your Sparrow to manage his issues and that you have brought the fact that our cats can have the same human illnesses as we do.

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