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A Cat's Life - straight from the cat's mouth

Updated on November 1, 2013
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Vladimir is a former champion ratter (retired). His hobbies are bushwalking, birdwatching and nature studies

There is a price to pay for fame

For any cat on the rise to stardom, the first thing he must do is compile a picture of where he has been and where he is going. It's not good enough to just suddenly burst onto the scene with all of your medals clinking, your ribbons shining, your awards catching the sunlight and your pawprint immortalised in pavements. Your fans need more.

Your admirers want to see the full picture. They clamour for details of your family background and your youthful escapades. They want to know when you fell down as well as when you leaped up. Your fans demand to see all of you - no holds barred. They want to know what makes you tick. It's the price you pay for fame.

This then, is my Catography

Susanna Duffy

From the tough beginning

My early days

Abandoned by my mother, my paternity unknown, lost and lonely in the big city, I nevertheless kept my chin up and my claws sharp - I knew I had a destiny.

After some days of wandering I spotted a cottage by a creek. The exterior was humble yet clean, smoke was rising from the chimney, there was plenty of shrubbery for concealment and, better still, on the front verandah was a comfy basket just the right size for a cat. It looked inviting.

There was a large and ferocious feline matriarch who owned that basket, but some judicious whimpering on my part worked perfectly..

With my already developed charm and quick ability to ingratiate myself, I had the woman in the cottage eating out of my hand..Soon, I was eating out of her hand!

My artistic talents - I was a gifted kitten

Right from the start I loved to read. Fortunately the woman had plenty of books about and encouraged me in my passion. Many an evening I napped on the bookshelf, lost in far-off worlds, imagining myself as Puss in Boots or the Cat who looked at a King.

I developed a talent for writing very early. It was a result of my early abandoned days and the total immersion in the fantasy world of fictional cats.

I learned to imagine, to use the world of literature as escapism, to dream.

Catwings - The Series that Inspired Me to Write

Ursula K Le Guin writes excellent and exciting tales with cats as main characters. When I first saw Schindler's illustrations, I believed the cats were real. Perhaps, somewhere, there really are cats with wings ......

Blogging is a Way of Life for Me

I took up blogging originally as therapy when I lost an old feline friend. I was depressed, despondent and didn't know what to do with myself. Then I realised that the woman kept herself busy clack-clacking on her computer keyboard, stopping only occasionally to grab a tuna sandwich. Nothing seemed to worry her for long.

When she retired for the night I took a long look at what she had been doing. She was writing in a blog!

Like a thunderbolt it hit me! I, too, could write my own blog!

So, Cat Gossip was born.

It's a Cat's Life - Where does the day go to?

Busy, busy, busy, I'm always busy, but I can spare a few moments for the camera.

This is my day, captured for Posterity. I am open to Hollywood offers.

My Squidoo Journey

In the April of 2009 I discovered that Squidoo has no resident cat writers!

How can people learn anything about cats if there is no one to guide them? In typical unselfish manner, I have set about to right this wrong, to plug this gap, to fill the terrible void in Squidoo.

Please allow me to show you the lenses I have made from the cats eye view.

Happy News!

I'm now a Giant 100 Club Cat!

Cat-opoly, the Board Game!

Buy your favourite cats such as the Tonkinese, the Ragdoll, the Abyssinian, the Sphinx or the Maine Coon. Land on Catnip and collect everything in the centre of the board. Collect Litter Boxes and trade them in for Fish Bones.

You may have to pay dog tax to get past the neighborhood bully, a spike collared bulldog, or worst of all, you may fall in the water and be out for three turns. Cat-astrophic!...there's nothing madder than a wet cat!

My Big, very BIG cousins

How I admire the BIG cats of the world!

Sadly, because of the senseless, stupid and selfish actions of people, most of these cats are about to join the smilodon in the catastrophic category of extinct species.

Have your say!

Should we encourage more cats to Squidoo?

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To sum up my Cats Eye View

I intend to continue my fight for recognition of feline talent with an infusion of lenses from the view of a cat.

If in some small way I can give an example to younger cats, if I can encourage a talented kitten to develop latent talents, if my efforts raise the status of cats in society, I will be content.

Feel Free to leave your own paw print

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      Winter52 LM 5 years ago

      Well, I'm certainly impressed lol ! Not quite sure how we would get along?? Do cats like mermaids??

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      seegreen 5 years ago

      Vladi, the picture of you as a kitten is adorable! Who could resist?

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      jolou 5 years ago

      You are certainly a brilliant cat. I'm impressed.

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      My dog enjoyed it very much hehehehe. Lovely lens.

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      PaulWinter 5 years ago

      A very cool cat. What more can I say?

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      Christine Larsen 5 years ago from South Australia

      From one young teenagerish tiger, (the one with the mother with the odd wolfish looking eyes) to Your Revered and Impressive Worshipness - Happy Australia Day - and here's to another year of BBQ's and whatever may fall off them!

      your faithful feline friend,

      Missy

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      David Dove 6 years ago

      Inspiring, I have humbly drawn your body of work to the attention of Mr. Mogs who will respond with his own introductory offerings in due course, a taster for his master works of pheline philosophy: I feel the dawn of a new era approaching when all matters feline will be required learning for lesser creatures, especially the bi-pedals.

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Vladi, you are quite a talented cat!

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      Quite impressive! Cats have a distinctive literary voice. Truly, there are no limits to where cats could rise in the Squidosphere. Congrats on all of the firsts!

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Wonderful catography. Congratulations to making the Giant 100 club.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Enjoyed this very much!

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      Julia M S Pearce 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      What a wonderful catography Vladi! You certainly have been working very hard by the looks of things here and deserve the purple star given to this lens.

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      pkmcr 6 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Many congratulations on your Purple Star Vlad and give your human a pat on the back too :-)

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      pkmcr 6 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Absolutely love it! Charlie Cat is also very impressed and now wants his own Squidoo Account :-)

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      Kathy McGraw 6 years ago from California

      A Catography....bet those humans are jealious they can't make one too :) Enjoyed reading how you came to live in the cottage by the creek...what a little cutie you were(oh not that you're not handsome now :) Waiting for the I AM a Giant 100 section...and no doubt at all that it'll be here in January!

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      missbat 6 years ago

      A purr-fect lensography, Vladi. Congratulations on making Giant status!

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      myraggededge 7 years ago

      Well done, Giant-among-felines. We'd like to see more photos of you, you handsome beast. Verily point us to images of your Royal self. Alex, my son, is very keen on black cats and you are a fine example.

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      Con-cat-ulations new Giant!

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      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      Cute lens...lots of reading material here. :-)

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      I too thought that my gallery cat Budda was the first to write on Squidoo. He has been writing a regular column on my blog and has just done his first lens.

      Well glad to know there is a precedence for it. :)

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      Addy Bell 7 years ago

      I'm CC, and I sometimes write lenses for Addy (at least, I do when they're about cats). I was a bit miffed to learn that I wasn't the first cat to write on Squidoo, but I can't say I'm surprised. Great minds clearly think alike.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Great Catography! One of my cats read it with me. Purred along till I watched the YouTube video - not sure but I think she didn't like the music! But she agrees the lens gets 5*s

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      grannysage 7 years ago

      Wiley told me I need to lensroll this to his lens. Plus he wanted me to tell you that he likes leopards but not whales. I'm not sure what that is all about.

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      I love this lensography... Squid Angel Blessed.

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      Anthony Godinho 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hey, this is an excellent catography - you've done some amazing work in a short time and looks like you've found your niche. High paw to you my friend and all the best. I'm sure to send this to my cat-lover friends - I'm a fan...5*s!

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      Laniann 8 years ago

      I enjoyed reading the story of your life, you have come long and far. 5*s

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      kezan98 lm 8 years ago

      Thanks for joining the Cat Party Group, We've given you a top rating for this cat lens

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      ctavias0ffering1 8 years ago

      Wonderful lens Vladi 5* and a sprinkling of Angel Dust

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      What an amazing cat you are to have accomplished so much in your life, and on Squidoo too. - Very nicely done lensography!

      Susie

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      Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      My, Vladi, you are really crankin' 'em out! I didn't realize how prolific you've been. Where DO you find the time, what with assisting your human with Angelic duties and such. You are one amazing feline.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Vladi, I cannot tell you howm much I enjoy it when I check the list of new lenses in this category and I find one from you. Thank you and good luck in your quest to become the first Giant Cat on Squidoo!

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Actually Vladimir, I am coming to the aid of my three cat writers who have added their 'two cents' to Squidoo -- may I introduce to you Bandit, Precious and Tigger. While they are not rich, unadultered black cats, they are something quite special. As their humble owner, may I invite you to drop by and say 'meow' to them at your convenience. They have their own articles. ;)