Jim Freeman
3 minute read
11 Jun 2021
3:08 pm

The world of cats: If you can’t be with the ones you love…love the one you’re with

Jim Freeman

Later, as she lay kneading my pillow, I realised that hotel cats make me feel at home but, at the same time, make me miss home quite fiercely

Namaqualand. Picture: Jim Freeman

My name is Jim and I’m addicted to cats, an obsession I share with millions of people… No, I have no desire to be cured or to forfeit my membership of CatAnon. My devotion to the feline masters and mistresses of the universe goes back to the early 1960s – soon after I arrived in South Africa – when I undertook my first trek from the Eastern Cape to visit my paternal grandfather in what was then Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia). Grandpa Bill ran an inn on the banks of the newly flooded Kariba and it was the first time...