Hello, there, Kitty. I’m honored to interview another rescue cat. What is your name and your author’s name?
Hey there Sneaky thanks for having me. My name is Wu Kitty and my human/author’s name is Kimberly Fleck aka Brand Fearless.
Mice to meet you both.
What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.
This is my first book appearance although I plan on having some more in the future. Right now I am a social media star. I am the online mascot for the Wu Healing Center in West Hartford, CT, and Maynard, MA.
Pawsome. I look fur-ward to hearing more about that.
Are you in a series? If so, please give information about it.
No series for me, at least not books. I would say my videos are form of series lol.
That is true. Are you based on a real cat such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.
I am a 100% REAL rescue cat. I just turned 6 on 10/10, female, orange kitty rescued off of Death Row at the Manhattan, NYC, ACC.
Wow Meow! My author once had a female ginger (they are not so common). She was a feral cat so was, in a way, a rescue, as well. We also live in the NY area. Happy belated birthday.
Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that feature you in an important scene? If so, please include it.
Wu Kitty: Rescued From The Row T
They say orange is the new black, right? Well, given the death rate for black dogs and cats in the animal shelter system, this wasn’t a good thing for an orange cat like me. When I got dumped at New York City’s Animal Care and Control I knew things had gone from bad to worse. On the streets of Manhattan I was “Tigress”…until someone grabbed me and brought me in as a stray and now I was a number. That’s what I get for looking for food in all the wrong places. That person probably meant well, but they had no way of knowing what goes on behind these doors. I heard the ACC workers saying things like “mean,” “nasty,” and “feral” when they poked at me. They red tagged me, meaning I was aggressive and very sick and put me on the list that said regular people couldn’t adopt me—a death sentence in this place. I was not exactly the type of cat people would be looking at for their next “Fluffy.”
I had come to terms with the fact that these would be my last days. But I wasn’t going down without a fight. I’m a Tigress! That would make it harder to get out of here, but I didn’t care. I was who I was and wouldn’t change for anyone. I looked around at all the poor animal souls. They were defeated. Old, young, just born, injured, sick—it didn’t matter, we were all on our way out and it didn’t look like the way out would be in a van to a new home; more like into the room of no return. Some of my fellow inmates paced in their cages, anxiously awaiting their fate, almost as if it would be a blessing compared to their current circumstances. Others just cried. Luckily I had learned a thing or two during my year on the streets. An older tomcat named She-Fe had taken me under his wing. He’d discovered me hanging out in an alley, chasing my tail nonstop. He asked, “What are you doing, young one?” I explained how I’d read that happiness was located in my tail, so I was trying to catch it so I could be happy forever. She-Fe told me he’d read that same tale written by a wise philosopher, but that I must’ve missed the end of the story.
My dirty ears perked up and I paused to listen. “Happiness is, in fact, found in your tail,” he said. “But you do not need to chase after it, little one. The story explains that chasing after your tail will only wear you out and get you nowhere. But if you go about your daily feline life, happiness will just follow you wherever you go.” Rescued Volume 2 60 “Wow!” I said. “So happiness is with me always. Amazing!”
From that day forward I knew that She-Fe could teach me many lessons. And I had many to learn. We became the perfect student-teacher duo. He tried to instill in me the importance of balance, of staying grounded and in the moment, especially during challenging times. He taught me a mantra that helped when I found myself agitated or fearful. He’d tell me to close my eyes, go to a feeling place and repeat to myself: I am air, I am light, I am water flow. This worked well after hours spent dodging in and out of NYC traffic or running away from the mean neighborhood bullies. I closed my eyes and pictured She-Fe’s kind smile, his wise mournful eyes, his long whiskers, and his left ear with the tip. I knew I needed to try implementing She-Fe’s teachings now more than ever before. That I needed to remain calm, grounded, and detached from any outcome. But I had this storm raging inside me and I was so angry with these people for imprisoning me and placing labels on me. I knew who I was! I was the Tigress. I was resilient, stealthy, tough and carefree. I struggled between mindfulness and madness as the days wore on. I felt worse physically and spiritually like I was suffocating under the thick feeling of despair hanging in the air. I needed to focus, to remember who I was and believe I had a larger mission to fulfill. I went to the back of my cell, made myself small, and tried to concentrate on feeling rooted even though I could Wu Kitty: Rescued From The Row 61 feel no ground beneath my paws—only the cold metal floor reeking with the smell of death. Sleep came, but no peace.
Purrfect excerpt. Thank you.
What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?
I love being able to spread “wisdom in the meow”, and to bring hope, healing, and compassion to both animal companions and humans. I am also honored to be able to represent community and street cats everywhere by being chosen to tell my story in this anthology; especially amongst so many talented feline and human authors.
That is indeed an honor, Wu Kitty.
Are you a talking cat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?
No silence here, except for when I am meditating or practicing qigong. I tell the story from my perspective and share my healing journey. I often chat on my social media platforms as well.
You are Tigress, hear you roar!
What advice would you give other cat characters?
Be yourself, stay balanced and remember your “why”, your purpose; we are all here for a reason and we need to share that light to all around us.
Advice to live by.
Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.
Not right now but when I do, you my feline friend will be one of the first to know.
Yes, please keep me posted.
Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.
Oh yes! I work as the online mascot for the Wu Healing Center and I am featured on all their platforms at different times. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wuhealing/
I also have my own Facebook and Instagram page.
My human is a social media strategist and works at Brand Fearless and has MANY social platforms which you can find all of them listed on her website at:
https://www.brandfearless.com/ including her Amazon author page and Goodreads page. My human is also a Professional member of the Cat Writers’ Association,
**This is the link to her YouTube trailer for the book.🐱😊 https://youtu.be/1xccOLyZSak
Wonderful links. My author is also a member of the great Cat Writer’s Association. Thank you so much for the interview, Wu Kitty, and best whiskers on you and your human’s future stories.