Sparkle the Designer Cat … with Binga & Boodie

November 30, 2012 |

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.

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Funny Farmer Felines -- Cyndi, Percy, Cameron, Rusty & Micah -- are veteran bloggers for Jan's Funny Farm and provide in-depth interviews of cat bloggers for Mousebreath. Percy is the lead spokescat.

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  1. Fuzzy Tales says:

    We love Binga’s nicknames. Ha! And “Harlot?” We’re not going to ask if she was spayed when your human first got her. LOL.

    Thanks for another great interview!

  2. Selina says:

    Great interview, Sparkle! I learned a lot about you! Thanks, guys, for this great write-up!

    PURRS!
    Selina

  3. Marg says:

    That was a terrific review. I think that Sparkle’s blog is one of the best. We enjoy it anyway.

  4. Jobi says:

    Great interview about a great cat!

  5. Woohoo! Sparkle! Sparkle!

    Thanks for another great interview!

    Purrs

  6. meowmeowmans says:

    Holy Cat! What a fantastic interview of one of our most favorite kittehs! Sparkle, thank you for sharing so candidly about yourself. And thanks to Boodie and Binga, too, for sitting so nicely while Sparkle talked. :)

    Great job, FFF! You kittehs ROCK!

  7. Casper says:

    WOW! How did you score an interview with a big sellebrity like Sparkle???? I’m impressed!!!! We love Sparkle!

  8. Handsome Hal says:

    I can’t wate for 2013 to start so I can see Sparkle on my wall every day. She’s hot in 450 different ways. And not just in my imajination.

  9. We love Sparkle, Binga & Boodie. Her human is a friend and can vouch this is 100% true :-)

  10. Sparkle as always is entertaining. Wonderful interview Funny Farmers.

  11. *claps for our friend Sparkle* Great interview, Funny Farmers! We love you, Sparkle!

  12. Another great interview. We love to visit Sparkle’s blog.

  13. Brian says:

    We all love that Sparkle and sure enjoyed the interview. We got her new calendar and it is terrific!

  14. Katie Isabella says:

    I loved every word! You are a good girl!! I love your rescue work. <3

  15. KatzTales says:

    Brilliant as always! We had no idea that Sparkle liked KFC thighs – those are Au’s fave too! We’d suggest they have dinner but Au tends to hog the chikkun, if you know what we mean. Meow from Au, Target and Guido at Katz Tales

  16. Pawsome interview! Wait…BINGO and MAXWELL have the same nicknames??? And whoa…Sparkle you’re a GOOD GIRL? We need to talk!!

  17. The Kitties of Purring Pines says:

    Great interview! All paws up!

  18. We so enjoyed reading your interview Sparkle – those KFC chicken thighs surprised us though as you are so slim we thought you lived on salad!!
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  19. BeadedTail says:

    We love Sparkle and her sisfurs Binga and Boodie! Great interview! We think it’s so wonderful how much Sparkle and her human help kitties!

  20. What a cool Interview! Sparkle is one of my heroes and she is tiny (like me) Me thanks the Funny Farmers for getting down and giving us the scoop on Sparkle, Binga and Bodie!
    Kisses
    Nellie

  21. Prancer Pie says:

    Great innervoo! Sparkle is one of our great furriends and we think she has lots of exceptional advice!

  22. Molly Joy says:

    Why do you not call your human, Mom? My Mom got a dog 5 years ago. Then 4 years ago she got another one. They are something called yorkies. They were okay, left us alone. We were kind of mean to them, hit them on the head a lot. They left us alone. Then a dog came from a rescue. All she does is bark,bark and more bark. She is okay during the day but when he come home she barks more cause he does what ever she want. Will not kisten to my mon and get put in her bed. Then my mom gortANOTHER dog. Her mane is Maggie and she needed ahome. She will not let us alone. Mom tell us to smack her, she will stop. I am12 now and I don’t fell like fighting with her. I stay where she cannot get me but some of my younger brothers and sister run to mom.maggie gets in trouble then but mom keeps us safe and they havewood thing like a fence so she cannot get to us. We have a brother Jamie, he will NOT put up with them. He have smacked then hard and made them cry. they stay away from him. The other run from the dogs,how can I make them understand they must put them in their place. Mom would never let them hurt us. She loves us. Do you think we should open the door and let them out when Mom is not looking? My brother Shay can open the door if it is unlocked. Do you think Mom would miss them? My sister Grace usually is our computer cat but she has a sore eye. I hope I did okay. Thank you for any help you can give us. We do not understand how Mom puts up with them. She has always been a cat person.
    Thank you from Molly Joy

  23. Handsome Hal says:

    Sparkle is dreemy. But I don’t think I cood meet her expektations.

  24. Angel MoMo says:

    We love Sparkle! She is an old friend but we learn so much more about her and her family in this excellent interview. The JFFs just get better and better. Well done, guys!

  25. Cathy Keisha says:

    Excellent innerview. Sparkle is the best pal and the most famous.