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I'm Andrea

I'm married to Rich, a red bearded man who makes people laugh. In December 2014, we adopted a little black cat we named Mikita.


I created the Instagram account for Mikita, @chicagoblackcatthinking it would be fun to show his bright personality and share the way we care for him. It's grown into so much more!

About Us: Inner_about


Through Mikita's Instagram @chicagoblackcat I've connected with many cat parents who are interested in improving their cat's diet, among other things. That's what we did! And we're still learning. There's a lot of information out there and its easy to get overwhelmed.


There are so many ways to care for cats. One approach might work for someone while for someone else it won't. But I hope to shed some light, provide resources, support like-minded people, and even open up the minds of pet parents who are just learning about the better options out there.  The more open minded we are, the more we'll learn. The more we learn, the better pet parents we can be!




I grew up with a tuxedo cat named Buster. He was awesome. I was the only one in the family that let him sleep on my bed. I welcomed the fur!  I always loved animals and before we got Buster, I begged my parents for a dog at least 100 times.  I've still never had a dog but one day we might adopt one.

Creativity runs through my veins! I went to fashion design school and continue to sew, dive into craft projects and graphic design. Mikita finds my hobbies very interesting to watch. He has quite an appreciation for art. Rich and I received a camera as a wedding gift so I guess we're also professional photographers now. 





Rich grew up with a Golden Retriever named Admiral. He loved to escape the yard and explore. Admiral that is, not Rich. Although Rich did enjoy exploring his tree filled neighborhood. Mikita is quite the opposite. An adventure for him is stepping out into the hallways of our apartment building. Rich never grew up with a cat but it was actually his idea to adopt one.  Mikita's adoption story here!

There's no shortage of creativity in our world! Rich didn't go to fashion school but he did go to school for comedy at iO and The Second City in Chicago. He loves acting in the tough but exciting industry, going on auditions, working on small film projects and getting up on stage to do some stand up at open mics around Chicago. Rich has always loved making people laugh.

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