Christmas Eve Intermew with Signorina Fellini!

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Meowy Christmas Eve, Furriends!!

I hope the holiday season is just what you need, whatever days you might be celebrating in your home! In the Fluffypants residence, we are excited for Santa Paws to come to town!

Today I am very excited to bring to you my special intermew with my good furriend Signorina Fellini from the pawesome Facebook page, “Cats in Boxes,” which is especially relevant during this box-intensive time of year. Remember that each package you order comes with a free bed for your feline furriend!

Enjoy!

Hazel Fluffypants: Hi Signorina Fellini! I’m so pawcited to have you here again!! Which holiday(s) are you celebrating in your part of the world?

Signorina Fellini: This Meowy Christmas, I feel very fortunate to have family. But for many of you, I know, this Christmas will mean separation from loved ones. Whether your humans have packed suitcases, or purrhaps you are reflecting on the memory of a kitty who has crossed the OTRB, I encourage you all, as you gather together under the Christmas tree, to look at the younger ones – they are the future of box posing. And just as we were helped to understand and to appreciate the values of a fine box, it is now our responsibility to help them to do the same.

HF: Meowy Christmas Eve then! This is my first holiday season, I can’t wait for all the boxes! What are you excited for most about this holiday season?

SF: Earlier this year I sponsored a kitty to safety, from the top of the kill list at a pound in Sydney to refuge and rightful adoration in a lovely up-market suburban home. His name is James Trumper, and he is coming to visit for New Year. All at my house are very excited to meet him and to hear of all his adventures, and I, of course, am especially keen to check out his box posing ability.

HF: Aww I’m sure James appurrciates your help! What a great gift. What is your favorite seasonal nomz this time of year?

SF: I believe I am an unusual kitty as I really don’t care much for human food.

HF: It can be kitty nomz!

SF: I love dried bickies for breakfast and lovely warm casserole for dinner. My favourites are savoury chicken or turkey entrée and seafood platter. Sometimes the human puts fresh tuna in there so I will probably suggest that for Christmas dinner. I do love tuna. My housemates Gizmo and Miss Lucy always annoy the human at meal times. They eat everything. We are a connoisseur.

HF: How was your 2014?

SF: Being a purrfessional box poser, back in May I decided to start my own FB page, Cats in Boxes. I am so proud to now have over 18,000 followers tuning in daily for my instructional tips and reviews on poses. I do pride myself on responding to every kitty who messages. I have discovered many new talents and encouraged fledgling careers.

HF: Like me! 

SF: Like you!

HF: What other kinds of furriends have you made?

SF: There are all 11 meowvelous friends at A purrfect life, dear Dave of Dave Coaches, and star fleet leader Orion and the crew at Yang and the Gang to name a few. I also began the philanthropic wing of Cats in Boxes with the lovely human Margaret at Catmint Cottage Rescue, who saves kitties from high kill shelters and looks after them until they find new homes.

HF: What are some of your New Years Resolutions?

SF: As a former stray I know how difficult it can be out there. I plan to continue to support no kill shelters and help as many kitties into new homes as I can through my segment ‘Have box, can pose, need home’. The human is channeling my piggy bank savings into sponsoring the rescue of death row kitties in conjunction with Catmint Cottage Rescue and Sydney Cat Adoptions. I believe that Christmas should remind us that the qualities of the feline spirit are more important than material gain. We should use the New Year to direct all our 9 lives to serving others. Genuine happiness and satisfaction lie more in giving than receiving, more in serving than in being served.

We can all learn some lessons from the past. We might begin to see things in a new perspective. And certainly, we begin to ask ourselves where it is that we can find lasting happiness. Over my four years, those who have seemed to me to be the most happy, contented and fulfilled have always been the kitties who have lived the most outgoing and unselfish lives; the kind of felines who are generous with their talents or their time. There are those who use their prosperity or good fortune for the benefit of others whether they number among the great philanthropists like Rinpoche, or are kitties who, with whatever they have, simply desire to help those less fortunate than themselves, like Street Cat Bob. They tend to have some sense that life itself is full of blessings, and is a precious gift for which we should be thankful. When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future. In this spirit I embrace the coming year of Cats in Boxes.

HF: Beautiful! What would you like to get most of all this holiday season, from Santa Paws?

SF: We would like for Gizmo and Miss Lucy to stop stealing the best spots on the human’s bed and claim they were here first.

HF: Mol!! What would you like to give most of all this holiday season, to Santa Paws and/or other?

SF: We all know that Christmas is a time for celebration and family reunions; but it is also a time to reflect on what confronts those less fortunate than ourselves, at home and throughout the world. I would like all the stray and lonely kitties to find their own forever homes, just as I have, and to never be hungry, thirsty or without a human to give them pats and boxes, lots of boxes. I have several friends who have lost their way this year. Dear Finn of Help Find Finn the Cat in Dingle, Ireland, and Hugo, whose details are on Pet Search. For their loved ones, the worry will never cease until they are safely home. And then there is that other house dweller, the dog. A lack of compassion for these canines can be very destructive. We should remember instead how much we have in common (4 paws and a tail) and resolve to give expression to the best of our feline qualities, not only at Christmas but also throughout the year. In the Christmas spirit let us greet our fellow felines and canines and join together in this festival of tolerance and companionship.

HF: What a kind and thoughtful kitty you are, my furriend. Now I have to ask: if Signorina Fellini was a cookie, what flavor would you be?

SF: I believe I would be an Anzac cookie. I am an Aussie country girl through and through, tough but sweet.

HF: Tough, but sweet. The kitty cookie. Love it! Thanks so much, Signorina!! 

And thank YOU reader for reading!

Meows of Holiday Cheer,

Hazel

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Caturday Intermew with Signorina Fellini!

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Happy Caturday, Everypawdy!

I love cat puns! I’m super duper excited for today’s intermew with my pal Signorina Fellini, the pawesome Aussie kitty behind the “Cats in Boxes” page on Facebook.

See her responses to my favorite questions below!

  Signorina Fellini Glamour Shot

Hazel: Hi Signorina Fellini! Thank you and purrs for being here. Congrats on getting 15,000 likes on your Facebook page! Impurrsive! What advice do you have for bright young kittens aspiring to build a web presence?

Signorina Fellini: Well my philosophy has always been that if you entertain and educate with open paws, the kitties will come to you. I do visit my friends’ pages to introduce myself, but I never ask to be shared. I simply offer to share their box pictures if I can. I plan my posts around a theme; some themes run for a week, others are shorter, just a day or two. I have several interactive segments including ‘Ask SF’ (for advice) and ‘Have box, can pose, need home’ (for kitties looking for their forever homes). And I have a weekly competition for my ‘non-page’ kitty friends to share their best box posing photos and win the right to be my profile picture or cover for the following week. =^..^=

Hazel: That’s so nice of you to use your page for some solid good, but without pressuring anypawdy. Next question, who has been your biggest inspiration and why?

Signorina Fellini: Now let me see. There have been many who have shaped my life direction, however I think purrhaps Dewey Readmorebooks has been the most influential. Dewey’s rise from abandoned stray to affable library cat whose antics kept patrons in stitches, and whose sixth sense about those in need created deep and loving friendships, very much mirrors my own goals with Cats in Boxes. I hope to use our mutual love of boxes to bring together the kitties of the world in the spirit of Dewey, with good humour and generosity to others. =^..^=

Hazel: I love “Dewey!” What an impurrsive kitty. Speaking of stories, what are some favorite books, movies, plays, and/or TV shows?

Signorina Fellini: Well there are many here. As a kitten I loved ‘Slinky Malinki’, ‘Top Cat’ and ‘I, Smocker’. More recently I have been reading ‘The Dalai Lama’s Cat’, ‘Under the Paw’ and ‘Streetcat Bob’. Movies, well I do admire Sassy in the ‘The Incredible Journey’ and I just loved Thomas O’Malley in ‘The Aristocats’. My favourite TV show now? Hmmn, I like ‘Bargain Hunt’ Hehe. =^..^=

Hazel: Nice, I didn’t know the Dalai Lama had a kitty! How do you feel about the rise of feline power, and how do you see that power shaping the world in the future?

Signorina Fellini: Yes, an important topic. We kitties, are as a race, most distressed about many of the actions of modern humans. Give a kitty a box and a bowl of tuna and the world is a good place. Humans need to learn to appreciate the simple pleasures. I believe (and I tell you this in the strictest confidence) that many of my scientific kitty friends are, as we speak, working on the adaptation to the paw that will provide us with the key to world domination, the opposable thumb. I leave you with this quote by Mark Twain, (a rather intelligent human). “If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat.” =^..^=

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Hazel: Just imagine what kitties could do with thumbs: recreate a kitty version of “Happy Days,” hitchhike, rate movies on a thumb-based scale. The dinner options alone would open up so many doors. Who would you love to have dinner with? What would you eat and where?

Signorina Fellini: Oooh, now I am very partial to a simple tuna casserole. As to my dinner companion? Well, let me see. I do believe that Maru and I would have a most enjoyable TV dinner, and in a box of course! =^..^=

Hazel: Haha sounds fun and nummy! Let’s get serious for a bit, what are some mistakes you’ve made and what did they teach you?

Signorina Fellini: Did I tell you about the time that I caught an Australian Eastern Brown Snake?

Hazel: I don’t think so, but please do tell!

Signorina Fellini: No? Well, I guess in hindsight that was a mistake. It looked rather like a large lizard to me, but as I was carrying it home to my human, the little sod bit me four times on the head and neck.

Hazel: Oh, no, that must have been scary!

Signorina Fellini: My human seemed pretty excited about the whole thing and whacked it with a spade. Fortunately I had dropped it by then, (after the human had let out an ear-piercing shriek). Things were going ok for a few minutes, until my hair stood on end, my eyes started bulging and I couldn’t walk without falling over. I remember the human tossing me (and the dead snake) into the car and driving rather quickly to the one known as V E T. That’s pretty much all I do remember, other than being jabbed with several very sharp needles, which I didn’t feel was fair as I had already endured being bitten several times. I’m told I slept for ages after that and the human did a lot of crying (touching really). The next day I was home again and good as new. I still don’t understand why the human was upset when I brought in a Tiger snake the following week. I mean it wasn’t an Eastern Brown? =^..^=

Hazel: That must have been hard, snakes are like string and no kitty can resist string! But I am so glad you are okay!

Now I know you are a busy kitty, and I really appurrciate your time, so to conclude: if you could say only one sentence to a potential new or existing follower, what would you like them to know?

“Time spent with cats is never wasted.” Colette =^..^=

Signorina Fellini

Hazel: I love that! Thank you so much my furriend for the pawesome intermew and pictures of your cute self. 

And thank YOU reader for reading! See you next time!

Many purrs and kitty headbutts,

Hazel