About Pain in the Bud

Uh, is this site about a cat?

Yep. Pain in the Bud is about Buddy, a five-year-old gray tabby with a big heart and an even bigger ego.

Where and with whom does Buddy live?

Buddy lives with his human servant, Big Buddy, just north of New York City. Big Buddy is responsible for providing a range of services such as grooming, interactive play time, serving yums on a precise schedule, serving snacks at appropriate intervals (mostly whenever Buddy wants them) and existing as a human mattress for Buddy’s beauty sleep.

He is a career journalist, covering crime and courts for Newsday and the Gannett Co. (owners of USA Today) for more than a decade. He’s also covered politics, technology, law enforcement culture, national drug policy and tech law. His stories have appeared in the Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Baltimore Sun, the Los Angeles Times and, via AP, many newspapers across the English-speaking world.

This is not like other cat blogs. Why are you both so…insane?

Hey! We take umbrage at that characterization! We prefer the term ‘reality challenged.’

But this is a joke, right? Buddy really doesn’t preside over a vast criminal empire controlling the catnip flow into New York City and its surrounding burbs. Does he?

Nothing on this blog should be taken at face value, especially if you are a felino-narco investigator, a member of the cowardly Los Gatos Gang, or a rival looking to muscle in on Buddy’s territory, if indeed Buddy’s territory exists, which we’re not saying it does.

NOTE: Humor and satire posts are marked with the tag “FAKE NEWS” and featured under the “FAKE NEWS” category to distinguish them from posts about real cat-related stories. While we trust our readers are smart enough to distinguish our absurdist humor from real news stories, we realize we live in a world where stories from The Onion are sometimes mistaken for the real thing. 🙂

What is ‘Unused Audio Commentary’ all about?

Little Buddy and Big Buddy watch movies and provide their interpretation of what’s happening on screen. However their commentary is so insightful that directors are afraid to include it in DVD and Blu-ray box sets, lest they be upstaged. Thus we present these priceless audio commentaries about beloved movies to you.

What is ‘Dear Buddy’ about?

Cats around the world write to Buddy for his sage advice on matters of feline import.

I would like to offer a modeling contract/marriage proposal/lordship/book deal/TV adaptation. How do I get in touch with Buddy?

You can reach Buddy via the Contact page for personal or business enqueries. Comments about Buddy’s stories are always welcome on individual blog posts as well.

Do you review cat products or accept sponsored posts?

We accept pitches to review cat-related products, but we have ground rules. We serve our readers. We will not recommend any cat product we haven’t tried ourselves.

That means if you want us to review our product, you’ll need to send us a retail version of the item or demo and allow us time to test it out. Use the contact form to get in touch.