Welcome to Cat Forum. Snoops and Kommando Kitty here. We’re talking to Valentine this month. Not only is he a very good-looking Persian kitty, he’s funny. And if you go to his blog, Noir Kitty Mews, you will also see that he is very talented.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
Mew Mew hellos Snoops and Kommando Kitty! Well, for starters, I am a Persian kitty. But I’m not an evil one like those depicted in the movies. In fact, I’m a kind kitty with a lot of heart. I’ve never been in films, except for some home videos by Mom who also takes pictures galore of me. I have my own bloggie and am on other social media.
Mom and Dad got me in 2012 from a nice lady that was fostering me through a shelter in Cali-for-nia. Before that I lived with another lady and another even before her. For reasons I’m not sure, those ladies didn’t want to keep me and so I was handed over to the shelters. I was already an adult kitty with the name Valentine by the time Mom and Dad came for me. Mom thought I looked like a Valentine so she chose not to rename me. My furr-iends also call me Val, V, or Valentino. Sometimes, I’m mistaken for a girl, but I am a gentleman kitty. I own my Mom and Dad, a doggie, and a whole house full of furniture. I also own a front and back yard. I enjoy cuddling, dancing in the dark, day dreaming at my window, and spending lots of time with those I love.
Our mom loves fluffy black cats (grr). Do you get that reaction a lot?
Yes, I seem to get that reaction from others. I am told I’m adorable and cute from my family and furr-iends all the time, but as far as I’m concerned all kitties are adorable and cute. My mom falls for my fluff, too, and my eyes. And I’m at my fluffiest this time of year, but then I lose my heavy coat when the new year comes along.
Being a black cat, how do you feel about Halloween?
Oh, thanks for asking! I love All Hallows Eve! It is something I look forward to every year and I count down the days on my catlendar. And even though I’ve heard it is not a safe time to be a black pussy cat outside on that particular holiday, I enjoy it by staying perfectly safe inside with my family. I keep watch at the door for spooks, zoms, and cursed mousies, don’t you know? It is also my job to greet the lil’ beings that come for candy treats. They marvel at me as I peer at them through the window. Sometimes they ask about me, too. I’m sure if they had their wish they would rather be pussy cats instead of children and why would they not, right?!
You always look so well-groomed. Is that a lot of work or natural?
Why thank you. That is so nice of you to say. Well, I have a wonderful built-in comb that never fails me and always leaves me handsome. I even use it on Mom’s cheeks, her eyebrows, and the top of her nose to try and help her out, ‘cause I notice she’s not so fastidious with her personal hygiene. But I confess… I can’t take all the credit for my groomed appearance, just most of it. Mom brushes me almost daily and sometimes multiple times a day. I think it feels nice. She says brushing me relaxes her. I’m sure she is envious of my silky furrs, ‘cause hers are dry and wiry and don’t stay put – but I love her, no matter what. She always has a tissue ready to dab my eyes when they get a little extra watery from allergies and to dab the doggie’s drool off my coat.
Do you have other furry roommates or just your humans?
Yes, there is the Basset Hound, Bessie, that lives in the same house with me and my humans. My minion, I call her, was already living with my people when I became part of their family. She is a senior now, but seems to still have energy to go on walks with my humans and to dart after me on occasion down the hall. I don’t mind her so much, in fact, sometimes we play tag. But I do mind her odors; I go over and sniff her most evenings wondering how she can smell the way she does!
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I’m doing one of them right now – I’m curled up on the sofa, relaxing with Mom and Dad while they watch the moving pictures on the black box. I also like to keep a watchful eye on the perimeter, as my yard tends to attract many foul, feathered beasties and thieving squirrelygigs. If I think something is amiss I send out my minion to run them off. I also silently serenade my Tortie neighbor through the glass some days even though she doesn’t return my affections. I also enjoy good long baths of my own making. They relax the soul and keep me smelling fine.
Do you get to spend a lot of time outside or are you a fan of cat TV (window viewing)?
Well, if you could touch my bean pads, you would know how soft and smooth they are – I am a kept kitty, so I do not venture into the wild yonder on my own. Don’t get me wrong, I would really like to, but the house came with some sort of built-in, kitty security system and I haven’t yet been able to breach the doors to the outside. But once in a while, like today for instance, Mom did take me on a nice stroll around my neighborhood. And once in a while I am given opportunity to sit outside in a small mobile catio (kennel really) for a breath of fresh air.
Window viewing is something I do often. There is always something interesting to spy on out the glass – strange pussy cats and dogs crossing my yard, kiddos playing with toy balls, motor cars whirring by, and the brown truck man coming to deliver me a package!
You seem like a pretty quiet kitty. Is that really you or a blog personality?
I am an introverted kitty as most Persian kitties tend to be I think. But for some reason my bloggie lets me explore that little bit of inner extrovert in me. I paw posts two times a week and talk about anything that interests me at the time. Mom says I have subtle humor. I’m not sure about that. There are sure a lot funnier kitties than me. I would say I’m an observer in my household, but I do like to know what is going on. There are few things that I’m afraid of.
What do you like to do with your human(s)?
I like to share sleepy time with my humans. That means I’m usually sprawled out on Mom’s pillow, snuggled in her arm, tenting under the blanket next to Dad or nestled between the two of them. I also like to receive pets from them over and over again and I sound my purrs in exchange. Then there’s supervising my humans and I’m pretty grr-eat at that. I supervise them doing all sorts of things, you name it: household repairs, cooking, chores, sewing and crafts. Humans need direction and I provide that for them. I get them through each and every day.
Is there anything you’d like to add?
Well, if I may, I would like to give you kisses, ‘cause you have treated me so kindly and I so enjoyed answering your questions. I am touched that you wanted to interview me. And I welcome you and your readers to visit me anytime on my bloggie at noirkittymews.com. Thank you, thank you, thank you Snoops and Kommando Kitty and Adventures in Cheeseland! Mew Mew!