Gertrude, Patron Saint of Cats

kit054Cakes baked in Gertrude’s oven
and water from her well are said to repel rodents
— thus her patronage of cats.

This site is dedicated to St. Gertrude of Nivelles, honoring the spiritual connection between humans and their feline companions. It is a result of all the amazing connections I’ve made when my “patrons” have shared their stories with me. I’ve laughed and shed tears with them. I want this spot to be a place where people can get together to tell stories, share pictures and resources.
My goal is that it is operated by our own small community of cat lovers (though it will always be moderated).
So please write comments, post images, pin it...send in anything worth sharing.

And please remember your favorite rescue/​shelter.
We’d really appreciate it if you’d let us know about them so we can feature them here.


Cal collectionMake some home-​made healthy treats for your favorite feline. Just click on the image for a free, printable pdf of Calpurnia’s Favorites to download.

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  • Douglas January 8, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Ever since I had to put down my best, a dog named Deuce, I have become a cat person. I have 4 cats myself, as well as 2 others that belong to my wife & son. Now here I am at the point in my RCIA class where I am to pick a Saint for my confir­mation. I do believe that I will go with St. Gertrude.

  • Tony Niemann November 15, 2014 at 3:31 am

    I have three cats that I recued from a Humane Society shelter. One of them goes outside but the other two do not. Recently a juvenile white cat we call “Snowball” showed up in my barn. I fed it for almost a month and it is starting to trust me. Yesterday, two orange kittens showed up — they were scared and starving. The bigger “kitten could be a very young mother to the tiny one. They are scared of me as the white cat is, but their hunger has made them less reluctant to run from me as the sweet white one does. I need to find an organi­zation that I can take the cats to and get them spayed or neutered and to find a home for them. Suggestions and prayers would be appre­ciated. Thanks