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