OnlyOnAOL: Beth Stern is a real-life cat power

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Beth Stern On "Yoda Gets a Buddy"
BY DONNA FREYDKIN

Holy hairball! Beth Stern, married to radio jock Howard, bares her claws for a very major cause.

She runs an entire cat rescue operation out of her New York City apartment, with one bedroom transformed into a foster room -- basically, paradise for felines. And the animal lover has penned the kids' book Yoda Gets a Buddy, with all proceeds going to the North Shore Animal League.

She calls saving needy critters her life's work, and spends most of her time with them. "I have to go because I have fosters at home!" she announces.

So dear reader, this writer recently adopted a one-eyed feral kitten. And hence, olfactory questions had to be asked of Stern. Specifically, how does one have that many cats, and no residual stench?

"Our house does not smell at all," says Stern. "I like a shallow, big, uncovered litter box. You know what happens? If you aren't able to clean it all the time -- which I do, because all I do at home is take care of kittens -- their bathroom becomes a porta-potty. Cats are so clean and they do not want to reenter a dirty litter box."

It's also untrue that cats don't bond much with their owners, preferring to roll solo and only dole out affection when they want food.

"My Walter is in love with my husband and also in love with me. My Bella is in love with me and in love with Howard. I know who Howard's favorite is: Walter. He loves that Walter. Our blind cat crawls in his hair. It's the funniest thing. She's nestling in his hair and he's reading the newspaper," says Stern.

And you know when your kitty thinks you're the cat's meow.

"They rub into your leg. They like to leave their scent. I can go to the bathroom and while I'm peeing, my cat jumps on my lap and sits there. She loves me," says Stern, who has six resident felines, along with her fosters.

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Radio personality Howard Stern is shown in this October 1993 photo. (AP Photo)
Radio shock jock Howard Stern is shown in this December, 1993 photo. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)
Radio host Howard Stern sings during a news conference Wednesday, April 1, 1998, in New York where it was announced he'll launch an hour long television show in August. Broadcast on 12 CBS-owned television stations, "The Howard Stern Show" will compete directly with NBC's "Saturday Night Live." Jackie "The Jokeman" Martling, a regular on Stern's show, laughs at left. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)
Radio host Howard Stern talks to fans in Union Square in New York Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004. The promotional event was geared to keep Stern's fans as his show makes the switch to satellite radio. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Radio host Howard Stern waves to thousands of his fans in Union Square in New York Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004. The promotional event was geared to keep Stern's fans as his show makes the switch to satellite radio. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Radio shock jock Howard Stern gives a final wave to his fans on the last day of his radio show for Infinity Broadcast , Friday, Dec.16, 2005, in New York. On Jan. 9, Stern makes his move to satellite radio. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)
Radio shock jock Howard Stern kisses his girlfriend Beth Ostrosky during his appearance outside his radio station on the last day of his syndicated Infinity Broadcasting show, Friday, Dec.16, 2005, in New York. On Jan. 9, Stern makes his move to satellite radio. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)
Robin Quivers, longtime sidekick of radio shock jock Howard Stern speaks to the show's fans after the last day of his syndicated Infinity Broadcasting radio show, Friday, Dec.16, 2005, in New York. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)
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Radio shock jock Howard Stern and his girlfriend Beth Ostrosky greet the shock jock's fans and the media at New York's Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square after Stern gave his last show for Infinity Broadcasting, Friday, Dec. 16, 2005. On Jan. 9, Stern makes his move to Sirius satellite radio. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)
Radio personality Howard Stern responds to a question at an on-air news conference during his debut show on Sirius Satellite Radio, in New York, Monday Jan. 9, 2006. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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