Saturday, September 22, 2012

It's Caturday!

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, Kim Kardashian got a kitten, Bob-bob the cat hitched a free ride to Disney World, Kat Von D and Deadmau5 bonded over their shared love of felines, The Amazing Acro-Cats asked for help making their purrfect tour bus dreams come true, Ohara Hale's Take Out Cats catered to every craving, Black cat cupcakes brought good luck, Tuxedo Stanley campaigned to be the first feline mayor of Halifax, and we met Spangles the cross-eyed cat, who has no problem letting his human know when he's in a "glamorous mood"!

Elsewhere, don't miss my review of "Kitty Jones Kitty Crafts" by Jen Curry! I'm giving away a copy of the cat-friendly craft book to one lucky winner on Wed. 9/26, so don't miss out!


This week's featured feline is especially close to my heart because I happened to meet her just as her life was about to change forever. You see, Matilda was a sweet kitty living at Sayreville Pet Adoption Center during the time I was there meeting and photographing kitties as part of my (successful) FURminator campaign to win a $1,000 donation for the shelter.

As fate would have it, a mere days after I took this picture of Matilda back in April, Jennifer, who was not yet a reader of Catsparella, happened to walk into SPAC looking for a kitty to adopt. The funny part is, Jennifer and I randomly started chatting on Twitter a few months later, and she would tweet me adorable pictures of Matilda every Caturday. Since I didn't know where she was from and our conversations had nothing to do with the shelter, it never  really occurred to me that her Matilda was the same cat I had met months earlier (in my defense, I see a lot of cats/cat pictures!). Much to my delight, when I recently found out that they live in New Jersey, it finally dawned on me just why her gorgeous green-eyed kitty looked so familiar!

Jennifer writes:

On April 16th, I walked into Sayreville Pet Adoption Center to adopt a kitty. As I was walking around petting the cats, I felt a paw brushing on my leg. I looked down and saw Matilda meowing at me from her cage. The first thing I noticed was those gorgeous green eyes. I opened the cage door and she came right out, brushing through my legs in a figure 8. 

I had my purse on the floor next to her and she jumped right in! I knew at that moment that she chose me. Little did I know that Stephanie from Catsparella was there on that very day (Ed note: I think it was a few days before, but close enough!) photographing Matilda for a contest to raise money for the shelter. What a small world!

Matilda makes me smile every single day. She has such a sweet personality and has brought so much happiness into my life.  Whenever I come home, I see her little face waiting for me at the top of the stairs. She loves to sit in the window and talk to the birds, paces around the kitchen while I cook waiting for a piece of salmon or chicken to fall on the floor, and curls up in bed with me when I'm sick or just having a bad day. She absolutely loves to be picked up and kissed on the head!! Matilda is a wonderful cat and I am so lucky that she picked me that day.

Special thanks to Jennifer for sharing Matilda's story with us this week! I remember thinking that she seemed like such a sweet and gentle soul at the shelter, and couldn't be happier to learn that she found the purrfect forever home with such a loving kitty mama!

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Want to see your cat(s) on Catsparella? I'm always accepting submissions for my weekly Caturday post! Just email your best kitty pics to, and include your cat's name and anything else you'd like to share! I can't wait to hear from you!



Anonymous said...

Matilda does have strikingly beautiful eyes! And she obviously knows how to turn on the charm for the right person.

Georgia said...

What a sweet letter from Jennifer. They are both lucky that they found each other!

Barbara Keegan said...

Thank you Jennifer, for adopting Matilda and giving her a wonderful home and for sharing her story on Catsparella! We are so happy for you and for Matilda too! It's a purrfect match and it was definitely meant to be! Barbara @SPAC

The Island Cats said...

We're so happy Matilda found such a great furever home!

Anonymous said...

Matilda is such a stunning cat - love the shot of her in that shoe box.


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