When we asked the lovely Sparkle the Designer Cat if she would like to be interviewed for Mousebreath, we were pleased by her response: “Actually I would LOVE being interviewed! Especially since Time, Newsweek and USA Today all fell through (j/k)! But yeah, I think Mousebreath is more important than those dumb human-written rags anyway.”
Perhaps now Jan will stop picking on us for working for peanuts … um, for cat food. Sparkle is a famous businesscat, so if she thinks Mousebreath is a better magazine than the ones Jan would read if she could afford to, we know we write for a magazine that has arrived … somewhere.
Funny Farmer Felines: Sparkle, would you tell us a little about yourself and introduce everycat to your family?
Sparkle: I have two roommates: Binga, a 12-year-old crazy tortie and Boodie, an 11-year-old, semi-shy Birman/Ragdoll/or mix-of-who-knows-what. They are both rescue cats – Binga came from one of the meanest shelters in Los Angeles, and Boodie and her sister were dumped in a vet clinic’s parking lot and handed over to a rescue that was a client of theirs. At 10 years old, I am the youngest, and I am a purebred Somali, which is a fluffier version of an Abyssinian.
Oh yeah, and I live with two humans. Also a dog, but we won’t talk about her. She and Binga are good pals but I don’t like her. She’s too big and noisy for me.
I don’t have any favorite colors – my human’s favorites are red and purple, so I wind up with beds and toys in those colors a lot.
My favorite treat is KFC, hands down! I am a very picky eater, and when I am shunning everything else, my human gets a couple of KFC thighs and we eat them together.
When it comes to toys, I love anything I can treat like small prey, i.e., bat in the air, stalk, chase across the floor. I have a very active fantasy life, and I can make anything lightweight look like it is alive, whether it is a Q-Tip, a twist-tie, a Neko Fly or a small mousie toy.
Funny Farmer Felines: You have a pretty name. Is there any particular reason your mom chose it for you? What are some of your nicknames?
Sparkle: My human is terrible at naming cats! Note the names of my two roommates and the cat before me, Harlot. But she knew she was going to put me on the internet, so she had to come up with something more normal and also family friendly. I don’t have any nicknames but Binga does: BAD Girl and NO!
Funny Farmer Felines: Sparkle, you’re a lovely ladycat. Do you have a special mancat in your life or are you playing the field?
Sparkle: I don’t do the romance thing. I like keeping it real.
Funny Farmer Felines: You might be talented and famous, but we know you can’t be perfect. So we just have to ask what kind of mischief do you get into?
Sparkle: I’m embarrassed to admit I am really a good kitty! I know this is shocking, but I am very well-behaved (if a little imperious). But that is okay, since Binga misbehaves enough for all three of us.
Funny Farmer Felines: A year or so ago, you worked valiantly to help rescue a shelter kitty here in Georgia. We contacted a rescue friend and, although that one was spoken for when she called,, she rescued several other cats – including a mama and her kittens – from the same shelter. One of the cats was named Sparkles (with an “s”) after you. That must have made you feel special. However, we imagine you find promoting cat rescue more satisfying.
Sparkle: One of the most awesome things about having a popular blog is the ability to spread the word about cats needing help! I try not to do it too often because I don’t want my readers to get rescue fatigue (and that is easy to have happen because there are so many kitties in need, every minute of every day). But I do get really excited when I’ve played a small part in saving another cat. Recently, a fellow Somali – a senior kitty – wound up in a kill shelter in Ontario, Canada. I found out about him from an Abyssinian blogger in Boston – The Daily Abyssinian – and I helped spread the word. One of my Facebook fans lived nearby, as did a cat rescue I knew of, and they were able to get together and save him! He would have been euthanized otherwise.
Funny Farmer Felines: How did you get started as a career cat?
Sparkle: You might say I was conscripted! As I mentioned earlier, my human knew she was going to put me on the internet, even before she got me. I had no say in the matter. The moment I got home, I was put to work. It sounds like slave labor, doesn’t it? And I was only four months old at the time. But I turned the tables on my human – now I supervise her and she does most of the work. I just need to pose occasionally and offer my thoughts.
Funny Farmer Felines: So many humans and furries are unemployed or underemployed today, but you are doing well. You have two books out and – are we correct that there will be another coming out next year? How do you stay humble amid all the fame and pawtographing?
Sparkle: It is totally easy to stay humble when things happen like the disastrous cat show last weekend, where my human had a table full of my books, calendars and cards and only made $5 over expenses! I’m not Henri Le Chat Noir or Sockington or Nora the Piano Cat. I have a LONG way to go before I achieve that kind of fame!
As for another book coming out next year, yes, that’s the plan. It will be “Cat Rules (for Humans to Live By)” and if you have seen my 2013 calendar, you have some idea of the look and content of it.
Funny Farmer Felines: You write a helpful cat-to-cat advice column. What is the most unusual question you’ve ever been asked? How about the funniest?
Sparkle: The most unusual question is also the funniest – a cat wrote in, upset that the new puppy had eaten his catnip stash! Even worse, his humans laughed at him for being so upset. Seriously, I did not make that up. It really did happen, although I am not sure now if the cat wrote directly to me, or I saw his dilemma somewhere on the internet. Either way, I felt it was a problem that needed to be addressed. I wound up giving a mini-lesson in teaching boundaries to a puppy. (The actual column is here.)
Funny Farmer Felines: Do you belong to any clubs or groups?
Sparkle: I don’t belong to any clubs – as CEK (Chief Executive Kitty) of my own media company, I just don’t have time! I do belong to the BlogPaws community, and it is pretty awesome.
Funny Farmer Felines: A working girl needs some playtime. Does your mom help you participate in any of the special furry blogging events, such as Talk Like a Pirate Day, Livestrong, Box Day, etc.?
Sparkle: I participate in the Wordless Wednesday and Saturday Photohunt memes, Secret Paws (I can’t say who I got this year, of course, but I am really excited!), BlogBlast for Peace and if something looks cool or fun or meaningful, I will jump right in with all four paws! Box Day was fun this year, I did a satire on a cult movie called Fight Club and called it Box Club. http://www.sparklecat.com/diary/box-club
Funny Farmer Felines: Do you have any special plans for the future of your blog?
Sparkle: I just keep working to make it the best it can be. I try to offer useful posts about how to deal with humans and things kitties can do to live well. I keep trying to find new ways to give back and to help less fortunate cats. My human keeps improving at photography and Photoshop, so she is getting a little more arty with the pictures on occasion. I want to make sure my blog is a place where other cats can come to have fun, learn things, and where humans can come to admire my beauty from afar!
Funny Farmer Felines: What do you enjoy most about blogging? What do you dislike about it?
Sparkle: Without a doubt, the thing I enjoy most about blogging is what I already mentioned – using my blog and social networking in some way to save a cat from a dire situation. What I dislike is probably what every blogging kitty hates – when one of our friends passes on. It’s sad for our whole community.
Funny Farmer Felines: Do you have any words of advice for any furries just starting out in the working / blogging world?
Sparkle: That could be a whole course! (In fact, my human actually gave a presentation about that at the recent Cat Writers Association conference.) Let’s see… 1) think about what you want to accomplish with the blog – it is just about your daily doings, or do you have something you want to achieve, or a cause you want to help? 2) Use lots of photos! Your human does not have to be a brilliant photographer, the pictures just need to be clear and say something about you as a kitty. With practice, your human will improve as a photographer, even if they are just using the camera phone. 3) Jump right in with commenting on other kitties’ blogs and adding your blog posts to the Cat Blogosphere page. Also, it helps if you social network on Facebook and Twitter. Be a member of the community – that is part of the fun!
Funny Farmer Felines: Sparkle, we’d like to thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to talk about your life. You’ve been very quiet, but Binga & Boodie, we’re glad you could join us.
Be sure to visit Sparkle’s blog and learn more about her, Binga & Boodie’s daily life.
About the Author (Author Profile)Funny Farmer Felines -- Cyndi, Percy, Cameron, Rusty & Micah -- are veteran tickle-your-funny-bone bloggers for Jan's Funny Farm. They provide in-depth interviews of cat bloggers for Mousebreath. Percy thinks he is the lead spokescat.
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