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!
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.” =^..^=
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 =^..^=
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,