Although some people take their cats on vacation with them, many prefer to leave them at home with a cat sitter,, friend, family member, or neighbor checking in and feeding, changing the litter box, and playing with kitty. Since cats like routine and prefer to stay in their own environment, this is usually a good idea. Here are some tips on what to do before you go away.
Cats like routine. They don’t like change. That’s why moving a cat, whether it’s to a new home or a new room can be a challenge. Here are some videos that can offer some tips if you find yourself in this situation with your feline friend.
Since yesterday was the first day of summer or “Summer Solstice” as it was termed, I thought I’d show some cats enjoying the warm weather for my Feature Friday Film today. Although I’ve never been to the beach nor has any of Debbie’s cats, there are a few felines who enjoy being on sand and even in water. Most cats, however, prefer sunny spots by a window, on a patio, in a garden, or even under a lamp. Check out this videos of cats enjoying the summer.
Even though I’m just a character cat, I have to admit that cats do some strange things, but I don’t blame them for getting upset by certain things that humans do. Here are two films that try to explain why cats do odd things and what gets them angry.
Beware that this is a messy topic, but cat litter is a concern for most cat caretakers. Here are some videos about the different types of litter and how to prevent litter dust from invading your home and making you and your cat cough. There’s even one about making your cat its own litter box and one about a dust-free litter made, believe it or not, with coconuts.. Check them out, but remember that Sneaky doesn’t endorse any of these suggestions. He just shares them for you to review.
We character cats are very suitable for mysteries. My author read your author’s first book and enjoyed it very much.
For readers who aren’t familiar with the series, please give information about it.
My owner, Lena London, came to Blue Lake for a job, so she brought me with her. I was not happy at first, but then I saw our room: it’s big and bright with lots of sunspots, and has a giant window that looks out on trees full of birds. Although I try to make Lena feel guilty now and then, I actually like my new house.
Lena has been under a lot of stress since we arrived–something about a murder and a missing person and a kidnapped child. I don’t really have much interest in human issues. I made friends with two dogs here named Heathcliff and Rochester, and we mostly spend the day looking for good sun spots and resting our eyes.
There are lots of perks being a pet character.
Are you based on a real cat such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.
Supposedly there’s a cat out there named Mr. Mulliner who has some similarities to me. I saw his picture once–I don’t see the resemblance. Julia has a few other cats, too. I’m including their photos if you don’t mind.
All cats are unique, even cat characters, and I don’t mind including your author’s cats. The more cat photos the merrier, IMFO (In my feline opinion).
Can you share an excerpt from one of your books that features you in an important scene? If so, please include it.
This is how A DARK AND STORMY MURDER BEGINS. You’ll notice I’m featured prominently.
I was immersed in The Lost Child, one of my favorite Camilla Graham novels, when an unlikely phone call changed my life.
In my quiet living room, things were placid: I sat on my couch in blue jeans, a sweatshirt and fuzzy socks, cuddling my sleeping cat, Lestrade, whose large body practically warmed my entire right side. In the book, things were tense: it was dusk, and the Eiffel Tower gleamed gold in the background. The young Englishwoman, Phillippa Earl, waited for the Frenchman, Henri, to get any information he might have about her lost charge, Colin, a sensitive nine-year-old who had somehow been taken from underneath Phillippa’s watchful and loving gaze. She feared for the boy’s life, and the handsome Henri had told her, in a stolen conversation in the street, that he had more information for her. Now she waited beneath the tower in the chill of a Paris spring, hoping against hope that little Colin, whom she loved more than his own parents did, would be returned to her. Lingering beneath her fear was a strange attraction to the mysterious Henri, the man who had murmured in her ear and briefly held her hand, hinting that all would be well . . .
The phone rang, and I jumped. Lestrade jumped, too, but then settled against my leg, glaring briefly at me before descending back into his luxurious slumber. His fluffy white belly was too great a temptation, and I ruffled it with my hand while I clicked on my phone. Lestrade opened one eye, not sure whether to purr or swat my hand—both had been responses in the past, depending on his mood. His face, a pleasing mixture of gray, white and buff, grew curious as I started speaking . . . .
Pawsome beginning, and you certainly steal the opening, Lestrade.
What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?
I like the fact that I’m the only cat in Lena’s life. That’s how it should be.
I agree. I’m pretty much the only cat in Alicia’s life, although I’m shared among the library staff and patrons at the Cobble Cove Library.
Are you a talking cat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?
Like any cat, I am dignified and silent, although I do like to chuckle at birds, and occasionally meow at Lena when she is tardy with my feedings. I also meow at her employer, Camilla Graham, who is apparently “famous.” I don’t know exactly what this means.
There are lots of things about human characters that are hard for us cats to understand and vice versa.
What advice would you give other cat characters?
Cats don’t need advice. We are all confident in ourselves.
Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.