About the Blog

HI, EVERYONE! My name is Pancakes.

Cats butt stickin out of a banana

This is my blog. I like to write about things related to cats and pets with a focus on special needs animals. I also like to talk about my fabulous life, things I like, things I don’t like, and things I think you’ll like. I like to keep peeps entertained.

I took over this blog after the previous blogger, Crepes, took her leave and moved on in the world. I mean, in this world. She’s still alive and isn’t in the next one over, or anything. She just doesn’t live with mom anymore. You know who does live with mom? Five other cats and a medium-sized red dog who are all too lazy to write regularly. Unlike moi.

Here’s what else you should know about me: I know how to spell, I don’t overuse the word “HAZ,” I can’t eat cheeseburgers (lactose), and I’m missing a foot. I am still incredibly fast, though. Faster than the speed of light!  Anyway, we special needs cats can do anything, so don’t overlook us! Oh, and I have herpes. Whoops!

About Mom:

Alana Grelyak has been a pet lover since the day she was born and has been mother to rats, hamsters, mice, birds, and fish (both marine and freshwater) and is currently mom to five cats and one dog,  She has worked as a volunteer at the Dane County Humane Society, Tree House Humane Society, and the Shedd Aquarium. Alana is very passionate about nutrition, both for herself and her pets.

Although her Master’s Degree is actually in music, Alana has been a writer for many years, and her work has been published in Time Out Chicago, CMA Today, Lumino Magazine, Laughspin, and various other publications. She is now the Editor in Chief of CatInTheFridge.com, where she advocates for animals that some might see as less adoptable but that she sees as very, very special. She is also the primary script writer for the CATastrophes web series, where funny things happen when cats appear. She lives in Chicago, IL and is currently the Manager of Marketing and Community Relations for Tree House Humane Society. 


Why Special Needs?

Many animal lovers have never considered the possibility of adopting a special needs pet. In fact, many special needs pets, such as blind pets, three-legged pets, or the like don’t require very much extra care at all and are, in fact, one of a kind. In a world where animal groups are fighting hard to end euthanasia, it is imperative to make people understand that animals who aren’t perfect on the outside are still perfect on the inside. If people understand the value of these pets, it will help in the overall push to create a humane, euthanasia-free future.


  • Hi Crepes, congrats on your win at the Meowworld conference. If you ask me, there’s something fishy going on here! mol. Keep up the good work! =^,,^=

  • We just watched your “Catalogue” video on YouTube – we love it! Crepes you sure are lucky to have such a talented mom and dad!

  • Nice to meet you Crepes. Your Mom is wonderful! Love, Cali, Andy, Tater and Shelly (C.A.T.S)

  • Tillie Tabs says “No stumps here!” because she had the entire leg removed, but Rami (pronounced Rah’mee) has a stump that she waves like a magic wand when she’s in the litterbox or trying to shoo away a bothersome housemate (it unfortunately doesn’t work but since she is also missing an eye and has very little vision in the remaining eye she doesn’t notice and we’re not telling) and she says “Stumps up!” for both of them. Keep up the great work helping other special pets find homes.

    • Oh, thanks!! I just saw this now. Sorry for the delay! I wave my stump like a wand, too! And I have a magic carpet. Oh.. if me and Rami got together it would be like Hogwarts!!! – Crepes.

      • Awww, I never saw your reply to this old comment before now. Sadly, Rami is now waving her magic wand OTRB, but I do like the image of the two of you together in a kitty Hogwarts; that makes me smile. -Cat

  • Another great place is Felines & Canines on the north side of Chicago. They helped us place a kitten recently & it is sure hard to take them in – even though it is to get a good home. We are supporters of Tree House also & of Triple R Pets (they helped us TNR our group of 13) We got 5 of our feral kitties adopted out! (ok we kept one, but he was still “adopted out”! Love the work you are doing Crepes!

  • Crepes, you were adopted from Tree House!? When were you there (or not, being a foster failure)? I worked and volunteered there for a number of years, I wonder if our paths crossed at some point.

    • Hi Katie! Well, I actually didn’t live at Tree House. I was part of a TNR project that a lovely lady named Rosa was helping with. The neighbors took me to another shelter that was going to euthanize me (AHH!) but Rosa came and took me and my sister and brother back. She kept us for a few days and then we went directly to foster with momFOD and dadFOD. They kept us until Tree House had room, but when it was time to bring us in, my FODs adopted me instead. My sister and brother went in, though, and were adopted very quickly! (giving them up was one of the hardest things momFOD had to do, but she couldn’t keep all of us since there were already three others) So I’ve actually never spent a night at Tree House, even though they saved me. This was in 2011. Thanks for helping Tree House! 😉 – Crepes.

      • You were there or not there, just after I left. Glad to hear you and your siblings had a wonderful angel is Rosa! It is hard to foster, I fostered a few kittens that I trapped myself. Taking them in to Tree House was the hardest thing I ever had to do. But I knew they would be in great hands with Tree House!

  • I think ladycats with special needs should be honored by the public with daily feedings of fresh Albacore, sardines, shrimp, and crab cakes. A few curtsies and verbal adorations would be a nice addition too.

    *I say this with full sincerity and the fact that I am a ladycat with special needs had absolutely no bearing on my opinion displayed above. Not to say my human should EVER refrain from serving me in this manner- if she wants to sleep with both eyes closed she will not shy away from doing so that is. o.O

  • Ha, ha, just watched the Catalogue video! Most excellent! 🙂

  • crepes…yur garden ROCKS !!! trooly… N we wood like ta see a non burd ree lated poem …sum thin bout say….mackeral…..

    oh, N sinz we iz all wayz 17 days late N 18 centz short….we wanted ta say tree house ROCKS two; we just now lurned thatz wear ewe used ta chill….they bee a trooly awesum shelter…we wuz honored ta get R pic sures in last yeerz calendar ….grids…but still pretty saweet….N this yeer boomer made honorable menshun !!

    hay, haza grate twoozday

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