My name is Lynette Ackman. I wasn’t always a crazy cat lady. In fact, there was a time when I didn’t have any cats. I got my first cat in college, when a fellow student asked me to watch his for the summer. Then, he never took her back. Years later, when I was about to have my first apartment to myself (no roommates), I got a second cat.
In 2001, I thought I should take advantage of my new building’s lack of limits to adopt a third cat. My friend told me “Lynette, if you get a third cat, you might as well announce to the world that you plan on never marrying again.” I thought about it, and adopted the third cat.
In 2002, I lost two of my three cats. I went to adopt a cat to keep me and my single cat company, and for the first time in my life, I started to realize just how *many* cats lacked homes. It was heart-wrenching to choose only one, but I did. A month later, when I saw one of the “runner-ups” was still at the shelter and had been upgraded to “urgent”, I took home a third. A few months later, a friend asked me if I could find a shelter to take a feral cat in her area if she caught it. He became my fourth cat. It snowballed from there. I started volunteering at a local shelter, initially socializing cats (grooming, working with shy cats, etc.) then later in the clinic medicating cats and preforming other treatments. I eventually went on to serve on their board of directors for three years, and started fostering cats for them and other rescue organizations.
I went from crazy cat lady to FANATICAL crazy cat lady around 2004, when my eyes were opened on the injustice I’d been doing my cats by feeding them dry food. That food was causing the obesity, the diabetes, the kidney disease…. I changed to canned food, and by 2005 I was making much of my own cat food based on the recipes at catnutrition.org and catinfo.org. In 2006, I co-founded “Feline Outreach, Inc.” with two other cat lovers, to provide caregivers with educational and financial assistance.
I consider myself blessed to share my home with these precious animals. They fascinate me in every way – their nutritional needs, their medical needs, their behavior…
I’m author of a column published every other week in the Greeley Citizen (Greeley, Nebraska) – “Chi-Town Chronicles”, tales of a vegetarian-eating cat-loving small-town girl turned big city big-mouth.
Some friends (the “crazy cat beans”) gave me the nickname “Lintee Bean”. We used to joke that our cats called us “human beans” (rather than “human beings”), so each of our cats had a “bean”. My friends started calling me “Lintee”, a misspelling of my name (Lynette). I became “Lintee Bean” or just “Lintee”.
As of June 2015, due to hundreds of emails consisting of spam and attacks, I’m discontinuing the option to email me. I’m also no longer responding to most comments, or even approving them. They’re primarily spam or attacks by people that can’t bother to read my post thoroughly or the evidence I provide that backs up my thoughts. I could try to reason with the commenters, but reason and logic will apparently have no sway on their entrenched belief system and I have better things to do with my time.