My Life With... Cats

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Welcome to My Life With Cats, a blog chronicling my life with cats past - Hugh, Jess and Chloe, and present - Teddy, Maisy, Poppy and Lily.  Cats have added such value to my life, and I love having the opportunity to share my passions and thoughts with Simon's Cat fans. Here you'll find my personal stories and tips on caring for animals and advice in collaboration with Cats Protection, UK.

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  • Simon Tofield

Meet My Cats

Updated: Jan 24, 2019

I've been a cat lover since the age of 8 when we first got Shelley, a tiny calico kitten! Over the years I have adopted many different felines and it's no secret that I turn to my own cats when looking for inspiration for the Simon’s Cat films. Without fail my cats and their antics have entertained me and lit the spark behind many of the classics such as Double Trouble, Cat Man Do and Muddy Paws.

My cat family over the years consisted of mainly four cats: Jess, Maisy, Hugh and Teddy. Hugh was the initial inspiration behind the very first Simon’s Cat film - Cat Man Do while Teddy was the inspiration for the Kitten character.

Unfortunately, Hugh and Jess both passed away in 2015 and 2016 respectively, leaving our household two cats short. Although fluffy Teddy and adorable Maisy are capable enough of providing me with film ideas for years to come I recently 'fell in love’ with a mum and daughter pair of kitties and brought them home. They are now part of the family and settling in nicely with Teddy and Maisy.

Teddy, Maisy, Poppy and Lilly in Simon's garden.


Maisy is a huge spotted tabby!

Maisy is the oldest of them all, a big spotted tabby with very cute white socks. She doesn't really meow but makes a tiny noise instead when she wants to let me know that she is hungry. She is a bit of a sleepyhead and loves to cuddle next to me, on my pillow and purr into my ear. When outside though she prefers a big blue cardboard box in our greenhouse.

Cat ex machina

Not the most active of cats, the only exercise Maisy seems to enjoy is chasing a piece of string that I keep among other toys. Unfortunately she doesn't like her belly or back being touched but loves a good chin rub. Although she is a big love bug she can get a bit grumpy around the other cats come feeding time. She is very protective of her food bowl.

Teddy (the Kitten inspiration)

Adorable Teddy

As a newborn kitten, Teddy was discovered in a box in a field by a kind dog-walker. He’d been abandoned and left to die with his brothers and sisters.  Luckily the person who found him contacted a rescue centre. They took Teddy and his siblings under their care, while they sought proper homes for them.  

When I found out about the way they were found, I decided to adopt Teddy and ever since he’s been a much loved part of my family. He is the most vocal out of all of my other cats and he always lets me know when he enters a room. He waltzes into the room with his big fluffy tail sweeping the floor and lets out a great big chirp.

In all his fluffy glory!

Teddy enjoys his time out in the garden and his favorite thing in the world is to go stalking through the long grass. He comes back covered in tiny grass seeds and I have to brush him to get them out, this he also loves… I wouldn’t be surprised if he does go out in the field just so he gets groomed afterwards. He loves the extra attention. 

Unlike the other cats, Teddy loves the rain. Due to his long fur he doesn’t have an issue with water. He perches atop the fence, oblivious to the rain. That’s why the Kitten, the character he inspired, isn’t afraid of water.

Teddy is such a loving cat, he is quite a character and his long, shiny fluffy fur make him extra cuddly.


Gorgeous Lilly!

Little Lilly was around 3 months old when she joined the household. Despite her youth she is already a real character. She has stunning classic tabby markings, which finish in a beautiful swirl on her sides. She loves to play and will do it all day if she gets the chance.

One of the most endearing traits of hers is the fact that she will bring back any toy you throw for her.  Her favourite thing though is to play with the fallen leaves which she brings into the house and shreds all over the bedroom.

You gonna hear me roar.

Lilly loves the garden and can spend hours chasing flies. She is very affectionate and loves having her belly tickled. When inside the house her favorite spot is a pile of clean clothes.She likes to chase and tease her mother (Poppy) when she gets the chance.

At the moment she is still a bit shy and prefers to watch her mother from the safety of the doorway than venturing outside. But this is changing and she is growing really fast, being already the same size as her mother.



Poppy is the mother of little Lilly and is around 1 1/2 years old. She has a beautiful sleek, black fur and although very small she can jump 5 feet in the air while playing.  She is very much an out side cat and an expert mouser. She must have honed this skill to feed her kittens before she was rescued, as it is hard wired into her personality. Nowadays she likes to bring little ‘gifts’ she finds in the garden to her daughter Lilly.

Smelling the flowers!

She is very affectionate and will roll around on the ground for attention and extra tummy rubs. Although tiny in stature she loves food and is quite greedy. In true Simon’s Cat style when feeding time comes she will be the first to empty her bowl and then try to eat the other cats’ food.

Poppy chirps as a form of greeting when she sees me in the mornings which is then followed by lots of head bobs. She is a real sweetheart. I love her striking green eyes, they are full of affection for me and my family. Poppy loves my company and is indeed the perfect lap cat.

Feeding time!

What are they looking at?


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