Welcome back for another edition of Caturday, where we catch up on the week's latest cat news, and get to meet some of your amazing kitties!
This week, Steven Spielberg dropped by SNL for a Laser Cats cameo, I hit up up the PawNation Pet Rally and shared my crafty kitty finds from the Bust Magazine Craftacular, Cee Lo Green's Purrfect Persian revealed all in her furry first on-camera interview, street artist Catlanta gave the kittens back to the people, around the world in 80 cats made its way to Amsterdam, Cara Delevingne was upstaged by a kitten in a Fabergé fashion photo shoot, Maru and The Cheshire Cat inhabited the pop culture kitty paintings of Katharina Conrad, and firemen and kittens mixed light beer and lust in a saucy new spot for Sauza Tequila.
Also, don't let your cat go naked! Stop by to enter for your chance to win a cat bow tie or a lady cat bow in your choice of colors from our friends at Snoop Catty Catt! Anyone can enter, and I'm drawing the winner this Tuesday, 4/24!
And finally, a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for cat hair Katy Purry as your favorite fur creature to help us win $1,000 for Sayreville Pet Adoption Center! The winner will be announced on National Hairball Awareness Day next Friday, April 27th -- so paws crossed, and stay tuned!
This week's featured feline is a famous LOLcat, who comes to us all the way from Belgium!
Lily and her brother Jack were born on September 4, 2007. We found them through an ad in our local paper. It's hard to explain, but as soon as I saw tiny Lily I immediately knew she was the cat for us. It sounds a bit corny, but I guess it was 'love at first sight'. She was such a tiny kitten! I was told by Lily's mom's human, that she was the 'runt of the litter' and her one eye was smaller than the other, but that she was very affectionate. Apparently, they feared she wouldn't make it when she was born, but Lily proved to be a feisty kitty (and still is!). The human seemed relieved we chose her, because no one else wanted her until now! But to us, her wonky eye and tinyness made her irresistible!
Her wonky eye apparently is a condition called 'microphthalmia’. It's a birth defect, but it doesn’t appear to effect her too much, it just makes her supercute. She might have a problem judging length/depth as she is quite famous for missing jumps that most cats could do with their eyes closed! We prefer to think it gives her super powers like x-ray vision or the ability to see in the dark. But in all seriousness, the condition could make her sight in that eye deteriorate so we’re very vigilant.
Lily and Jack
From the beginning, Lily has been the fearless one. She loves being around people and isn't scared by anything, apart from the Hoover. She is the most cuddly cat I've ever known, she loves nothing better but headbutts, hugs and sleeping by our side.
All penguins, all the time
Lily's brother Jack is the original scaredy cat, but as soon as he trusts you he's the sweetest boy - a gentle giant. He has a strange thing for toy penguins, and carries them all over the house in his mouth.
Not long after Jack and Lily arrived at their forever home, the picture was taken which would make her somewhat of an internet phenomenon. It first appeared on the worldwide web after I sent the picture to The Daily Kitten in Dec. 2007. Unbeknownst to us, it was transformed into a Lolcat picture on the Cheezburger website, which is now Wonky's profile picture! Soon after that, Christopher Kimball created the 'Wonky Eye Kitty' t-shirt based on the Lolcat. By chance, we stumbled upon it (and couldn't believe what had been going on behind our backs!) The rest is history...
Special thanks to Sara for sharing the real story behind her beloved Lily (and Jack!) with us this week! To keep up with all of their latest adventures, be sure to follow the official Wonky Eye Kitty fan page on Facebook.
p.s. Looking for even more Catsparella? Check out my weekly columns over on Catster!
Want to see your cat(s) on Catsparella? I'm always taking submissions for my weekly Caturday post! Just email your best kitty pics to firstname.lastname@example.org, and include your cat's name and anything else you'd like to share! I can't wait to hear from you!