Feature Friday Film: In Memory of Oliver

Debbie came across some videos of Oliver and asked me to post them for my Feature Friday Film today in his memory. If you have a special pet, don’t forget to film them. Photos are great, but videos capture their spirit.

November 13, 2015 – Oliver playing with a cat toy

February 17, 2016 – Oliver “fishing” in his water bowl

 

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Feature Friday Film: Rainbow Bridge and Pet Heaven

Meow, there. It’s been a tough week. My author lost her beloved Oliver on whom I am loosely based last Saturday. Since then, she has offered her short eBook about Rainbow Bridge free to other pet lovers in the hope it may bring them some peace. The book is still free until today, Friday, November 10 and can be downloaded here: myBook.to/RainbowBridge

The following feature Friday films all deal with pet loss but also provide hope that people and their pets will be reunited one day on Rainbow Bridge.

 

My Namesake has Gone Over Rainbow Bridge

For those who may not have heard the sad news, my author’s 17-year-old cat, Oliver, crossed over to Rainbow Bridge on Saturday, November 4th, after a bout with kidney failure that weakened his legs but couldn’t kill his spirit. Debbie named me after him and, although I’m a character cat, I was proud of my real-life counterpart. Oliver also appeared in Debbie’s articles as well as being her inspiration for me. She wrote a beautiful memorial post on her blog that you can read here: 

Debbie is also offering a free e-copy of her short story, The Path to Rainbow Bridge, until Friday, November 10, in memory of Oliver and to comfort others who have also lost their own precious pets. Although I am not in this story, many of Debbie’s cats who she has loved and lost throughout the years are featured.

As an additional memorial to Oliver, I am sharing some of Debbie’s photos of him throughout the year on this blog. I have to admit he was a handsome guy and quite photocatogenic.

Oliver, December 2000

   

 

Feature Friday Film: How to Give Your Sick Kitty Medicine

Meow, there. It’s Sneaky. I hope the following films don’t disturb anyone, but we all know that real-life cats get sick and often need pills or shots to feel better.

Debbie’s cat, Oliver is struggling right now with Feline Kidney Disease and has to have sub-q fluid injections.  Her Rainbow Bridge cat, Floppy, was diabetic and needed insulin shots. The videos I am showing today will demonstrate techniques for these procedures. I hope your kitties stay healthy and that, if they do get sick, you can learn how to administer the medicine they need. Keep in mind that before attempting any of these methods, you need to check with a vet about a diagnosis and recommendations for treatment for your pet. There are many more health-related cat videos online, and I am not endorsing any of these in particular.

 

 

 

Feature Friday Film: Dressing up Cats

As you know, Halloween is just around the corner. It’s a strange holiday where kids (and some adults) dress up in costumes and perform a weird ritual called “Trick or Treat” where they go around their neighborhoods knocking on doors and asking for candy.

For some reason, pet owners decided that it would be cute to also put their kitties in costume on this day (and also other occasions). Now I’m not an advo”cat” of kitty dress-up, but there are some of my species who don’t mind the demeaning nature of being zipped, tucked, and confined in cat-sized apparel and then having to pose for a million photos for their pet owner’s Instagram, Facebook, and other social media accounts. But I digress. Here, for your viewing pleasure, are some cats I have to admit look purrfect in their Halloween costumes.

Sneaky Interviews Smoky Joe from Death Overdue by Allison Brook

Meow, there. I am very honored to have another cat character as a guest today. What’s even better is that cat is a library cat just like me. Can you please tell us your name, sir, and your author’s name?

My name is Smoky Joe—I suppose because I’m gray all over like smoke. My author’s name is Allison Brook.

Mice to meet you, Smokey. What book(s) have you appeared in? Please list them and their genre.

I appear in DEATH OVERDUE, which is a cozy mystery that was released on October 10.

Did you say cozy? I’m a cozy cat, too. Are you in a series, as well?

Yes, I am in the Haunted Library mystery series, which takes place in a picturesque town called Clover Ridge, Connecticut. I am the Library Cat!

My mistress Carrie, who is the Clover Ridge Library’s Head of Programs and Events, brings me to the library every day, I like being the Library Cat and greeting all the patrons. I especially like visiting the children’s room and wandering through the main reading room where lots of retired people sit around reading magazines and newspapers. Carrie’s put up posters telling people NOT to feed me, but sometimes they do. Lucky me! There’s a ghost named Evelyn that haunts the library. Carrie can see her but I can’t. I just feel her icy presence and it makes me verrrrry uncomfortable.

Wow, Meow! We definitely do have a lot in common. I live in the Cobble Cove Library which doesn’t have a ghost, although maybe the person who was murdered in our last book might begin to haunt it. I hope not because she wasn’t a very nice person, anyway.

Are you based on a real cat such as your author’s? If so, please give further details.

My author says I’m not based on Sammy, her real red cat, because Sammy isn’t as sociable as me. And sometimes Sammy BITES, which I never do. But my author loves both of us.

I’m somewhat based on Debbie’s Siamese, Oliver, but I’m younger and much better looking in my humble cat opinion.

What do you like most about your role in your authors’ books?

I like spending time in the library. I enjoy the patrons’ attention and hope that I brighten their visits. I like coming home at night with Carrie. In this book I’ve gotten to know all of her friends and the people she works with. In the next book, I play an important role in solving a mystery.

I love my library, too, especially when I participate in children’s storytimes. I’m also great at helping my human co-stars find clues, but I let them solve the mysteries themselves. Actually, that’s Debbie’s idea, but at least I convinced her to give me my own blog and feature me on the cover of our latest book.

Are you a talking cat in your books or just a silent one like I am who just meows occasionally?

I don’t speak, but I meow when I want something. Carrie’s smart. She always knows exactly what I need.

That’s great. Alicia is good at reading me, too, but sometimes I have to be more obvious about what I am trying to tell her.

Do you have any new books coming out? Please give dates and details.

Oh, yes!! READ AND DONE is the second book in the Haunted Library mystery series. I have a very important role in this book, which is scheduled to come out in September, 2018.

Pawsome.

Are you and/or your author on social media? If so, please list your links.

I’m not but Allison is. I’ll share a secret with you: Allison’s real name is Marilyn Levinson. Here are her social links:

website: http://www.marilynlevinson.com

Amazon pages: http://amzn.to/K6Md1O

http://tinyurl.com/ksydz3s

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marilyn.levinson.10?ref=ts&fref=ts

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/161602.Marilyn_Levinson

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarilynLevinson

https://twitter.com/allisonbrookML

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/marilev/

Purrfect. It’s been a real pleasure interviewing a fellow cozy library cat character, Smoky. Best whiskers to you and Allison/Marilyn on your wonderful haunted library series.

Feature Friday Film: Cat Cafes

It’s that time of the week when I show cute cat films. Since Cat Cafes are all the current rage, I decided to feature a few of them for my Feature Friday film section. Take a peek inside these pawsome places and let me know if any are familiar. Have you visited any? What has been your experience?

As an added bonus because I’ve only featured cat cafes in my territory, I’ve included a paw link to the top North American cat cafes. Check them out here

Sneaky Interviews Kim Fleck’s Rescue Cat, Wu Kitty

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.

https://www.facebook.com/WuRescueKitty/

https://www.instagram.com/wukitty11/

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.