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Cat Woman aka Frankster

Updated on July 13, 2017

See why I'm called Cat Woman online and offline

I'm known as Cat Woman off-line because I share my home with a bunch of cats; I rescue and foster cats (ferals, FIV positive, abandoned); I work with a local animal non-profit; and I sculpt big cats. Online, I'm known as Cat Woman because of my blog, websites, articles and Squidoo lenses about cats.

Yes, it's Cat WOMAN, if you please, NOT Cat LADY. Whenever I think of cat lady, I think of an 80-yr-old with 37 cats. But when I think of Cat Woman, I think of an empowered person who takes care of cats -- within reason -- and advocates on their behalf and comes to their rescue. No, I don't have a costume (yet).

I said, "within reason," but you might think that a questionable statement when you consider as of this writing (6/23/11) I am living with 17 cats -- 10 FIV cats (cats who have tested positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus antibodies) and 7 other cats. I have formed FIV Cat Rescue and incorporated in California and was awarded the status of 501(c)(3) as of January 5, 2010 by the Federal Government. Check out my lens on what we do at FIV Cat Rescue.

Yes, even I think that's a lot of cats. Funny, 7 didn't seem like too many. But I have to admit that my husband and I have gone overboard. We love every one of them and we have a great family. Having said that, we will NOT be adding any more to our litter. You could say, we're abstaining for the time being. (We are actually actively seeking homes for some of the FIV cats who we took in when they were going to be euthanized. ;-D

I hope YOU can keep my identity straight. For me it's an ongoing struggle because I have so many things I love. So, this Lensography is of my cat stuff including lenses, blogs and websites.

I'm also known as the Bearmeister both On and Off-line. But, that's a story for my Bearmeister Lensography.

My Blog has been HACKED and is down temporarily so some photos are not loading on this site.

I'm a Techno-Cat

Not the 1 and 0 type, but some HTML

Yes, I'm a techno cat to some degree. I am considered the Squidoo expert in my little neck of the woods. I just can't seem to put it down -- well, except when I need a purr-fix! Anyway, this is me around midnight!

Techno Cat

AND I Married A Techno-Cat TOO!

Software and Internet Marketing is his Specialty

Yes, I married a cat lover who is also a techno cat. (We call ourselves the Kangi instead of the Kangases.) In fact, IMO, he is an Internet Marketing Genius. We used to do traditional marketing for small businesses -- newspaper, direct mail, yellow pages, etc. We've moved our business onto the Internet.

This is Oran and I bouncing Internet marketing ideas off each other!

The Kangi or Metal Cats

A Favorite Quote

The greatest day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. The gift of life is yours and it is an amazing journey - and you get to determine the quality of it. Live the rest of your life on purpose. Now is the time. Imagine the possibilities. Go places, have adventures, make a real difference, do what you love. Follow your dreams, they know the way." -Unknown

Me and a foster kitten

Me and a foster kitten
Me and a foster kitten

More foster kittens of feral moms

More foster kittens of feral moms
More foster kittens of feral moms

Feeding a foster kitten who would not be weaned!

Feeding a foster kitten who would not be weaned!
Feeding a foster kitten who would not be weaned!

I'm a cat fiend in the water

I'm a cat fiend in the water
I'm a cat fiend in the water

My Favorite Big Cat Organization

Big Cat Rescue is one of the world's largest sanctuaries for wild cats. They provide a permanent retirement home for more than 100 lions, tigers, leopards, cougars, servals, caracals, sand cats, etc., representing 16 of the 35 species of exotic cat. Nowhere else can so many species of exotic cat be found in one place.

Click Big Cat Rescue to see how you can help.

Bruce "Kamikaze" Lee

Bruce "Kamikaze" Lee
Bruce "Kamikaze" Lee

Sculptor And Art Lover

I was hooked on sculpture from the day I set eyes on Michelangelo's work at 9-yrs old. I dreamed of someday working in clay and creating pieces like his.

I spent the first half of my life building a business career in Silicon Valley (California). At age of 48, I retired from business, moved to the Fort Bragg (California), and began taking art classes at the College of the Redwoods. My initial training in sculpture gave me the opportunity to work with a variety of media: wood, stone, wire, wax, bronze, cement and clay. I found that working with clay was my true vocation, turning vision into reality.

Working with clay satisfies some deep tactile sense in me. I've found I do my best work when I can include both additive and subtractive modes, which isn't possible with many other media. I like being able to push and pull, pinch and twist -- to manipulate the clay into whatever shape I want at any time I want.

My sculptures incorporate a variety of finishing techniques -- raku, saggar, horsehair, stains and waxes, underglazes, and low-fire and high-fire glazes. Most of my work is stylized animal figures, including lions, bears and "fu dogs" (Chinese temple lions). I also create other abstract sculpture.

In addition to on-going art classes and almost obsessive research, I am studying under the tutelage of an accomplished local sculptor.


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Copyright 2008-2013 Frankie Kangas All rights reserved.

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      I should have known (wow 17 cats!) I have one of my own and one feral one that I'm currently feeding and working up to TNR. I'm researching programs in Denver (hard to find low cost neutering). Sorry to see you were hacked.

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      @anonymous: Mica, You can reach me at

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Dear Frankster, Thank God for people like you and love reading about you and your website and the good work you do helping animals. Need to email you about an important issue regarding a cat, need help and advice.Will you please forward me your email address to get in touch. Kind regards,

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      @potovanja: Thank you for saving cats too. If only we could get more folks to sapy/neuter their cats and take responsibility for them, we wouldn't have so many homeless cats.

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      potovanja 5 years ago

      Thank you for helping them. Cat's are really great animals. Last year we find more then 137 new home for homeless cats, which we find on the streets. Thank you again...

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      @GeniePark: I do too. It's really cute.

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      GeniePark 5 years ago

      I love the picture of the cat in the water.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Great to get to know you a bit better here on Squidoo! :) Thanks for sharing!

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      Afteretc 6 years ago

      You rock Frankster! Thanks for all you do for the cats! I have 2 FIV+ cats in my home, both use to be ferals in my colony and they turned friendly so I brought them inside. Their FIV status made it hard to find them a home so we kept them Maybe I'll write a lens about that! Nice to "meet" you!!

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Hi Frankster -- I kept seeing your Cat-Woman link whenever I'd be on one of your lenses and finally decided to 'click' on it. That's how I found myself here at your delightful cat lensography. Love the 'kitty' pictures!

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      KarenCookieJar 6 years ago

      I love cats!

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      Heather B 6 years ago

      It was nice getting to know you better! Your sculptures are lovely. I especially like the one of the lioness' head mounted on a piece of wood.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lense . . .I love the kitties. I have two rescues that own me. They are both 6 now and very loving pets.

      My Hubby and I go to Atlantic City twice a year for the beach and to metal detect the shoreline. We don't go to gamble. There is a rescue org. that helps the 'Boardwalk Cats'. We give them $ instead of the casinos, they are great folks who help the ferals. =^..^=

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      It is such a pleasure to meet the cat side of you. Love it :)

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      reflectionhaiku 7 years ago

      Amazingly fun lens - so full of life, action and energy. Love it and thumbs up!

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      GramaBarb 7 years ago from Vancouver

      Always a great cause! Angel blessed.

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      poppy mercer 8 years ago from London

      Thankyou for favouriting one of my lenses. You have been a heroine of mine since I joined last year, as someone who makes a difference, and does rather than talks about things. Sometimes it seems such an impossible thing to change the way our world treats animals, and then I find people like you, and I am truly in awe. You are a star. 5*

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      nightbear lm 8 years ago

      I have a friend who is a feral cat rescue. She has done some remarkable work. My newest kitten is one of her rescues. Your lens is lovely. Great work.

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      TopStyleTravel 9 years ago

      You brilliantly executed this important story on the plight of cats using your of your life story, art, humor and facts. Your lens will go a long way to improve the lives of these fascinating animals.

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      crazedmama 9 years ago

      Thank you for stopping by my pit bull lens! i am loving your lenses! You are doing a great things for kitties! I've taken in a lot of strays in my life time.. ever since I was a kid I've loved helping animals! I'm actually going to school right now to be vet. tech.! Great job here 5* and I'm going to lensroll you on my fight against animal abuse lens!

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      Deb Kingsbury 9 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I love that morphing picture in your "Sculptor And Art Lover" module. Now, THAT is cool! And so is this lens. I can relate to all those kitties. My husband and I were once caretakers of a farm (and estate) owned by a doctor and his wife, who rescued just about anything with a tail (or feathers .. and even once or twice animals that should have had tails, but they'd fallen off). There were 36 cats, and, boy, did they live high on the hog. Part of our job was to give each and every one of 'em pats and squishes every day. They were basically grouped in fours or fives, according to personality and whatever other traits the doctor's wife saw fit. They ate gourmet food and had lots of room to play. One actually loved being vacuumed on its belly. Anyhow, just sharing. Great lens!

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      Laurel Johnson 9 years ago from Washington KS

      What a neat lens!! My husband and I are long time cat people / rescuers. We started out feeding and taming feral cats and dumpees with the idea of finding homes for them. But not many of them go elsewhere cause we love them all. Your book is packaged and will be in the mail some day soon. Congrats on winning the Spirit of the season contest.

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      kezan98 lm 9 years ago

      Thanks for joining the Cat Party Group, We've given you a top rating for this cat lens

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      awakeningwellness 9 years ago

      Hey Cat Woman I like your style and your lens! *****

      My mom is a cat lady...she used to have 14 but has widdled them down to just 9... (o:

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      Mayflowerblood 9 years ago

      hey you have some really cool cat pictures on here. lol The cat swiming is my favorite =]

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      Moe Wood 9 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I just had a look at your fabulous sculptures.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 9 years ago

      Wow, what a find! 5* and I am a fan! This showed up on related sites for one of my lenses and I am so pleased....those things are worth following, its like a treasure hunt.

      I especially loved your distinction between being a cat lady and a cat woman! So true

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      tplus 9 years ago

      Welcome to the Lensography-ography Group

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      Janet1 9 years ago

      Great lens. I like your Bearmeister lens too! 5 stars! Janet