Miss Bella, how did you get your name?
I’m not sure you know…I came from a place called Bella, and there was a cat there a long time ago who passed on called Bella-and they remembered her. I have heard the name since I was born, I heard it in my head and when Mom told my first Mom she wanted to name me Bella, first Mom cried and Mom cried. And now I am Bella Bluebella and I carry the name proudly.
Why to you suckle your mom’s neck?
Oh it’s wonderful! I was with her a week when I noticed her neck and something on their that reminded me of my true Mom (Airie: I have a mole on my neck that could be perceived as a nipple by a kitten…it has now been dubbed “The Neck Nipple”).
She did not want me too at first and tried to pull me away but I cried and was gentle so she let me. It feels good and we are so close when I do it. I purr and pat her face and I am gentle. There is no milk, but there is love.
What is your favorite outfit?
Anything with wings! Mom makes me outfits with wings on them and I can FLY!
How do you help your mom?
Oh, I make her laugh! I do something she calls “Twerking” and dance my butt when I walk. I talk to her in my little high squeaky voice. I am teaching her to fetch, too! I love to run straight up the wall to make her laugh! And I love, love, love her and am sweetness and light.
What is your favorite thing to do?
Besides sucking on my Mom’s neck, I love to play with toys that look like springs! I also love to play with Lucky and Daisy. I like to do funny things to make people laugh. Killing peoples legs, preferably the left thigh, is awesome. I LOVE to eat! Mom calls me the “Rotating Grab” after some machine with big jaws that grabs and moves things. I love to do everything.
Are you and Lucky a couple?
A couple of what? I think we were for awhile. Everyone here is spayed and neutered, but when I was supposed to get spayed I had a cold. Then I started feeling good funny and wanted to show everyone my butt like Lucky did. Lucky loved my butt then and we did butt dances all over the house together. Mom said I had the best of all worlds. She made me a collar to wear because he was biting my neck a lot and sometimes it hurt and made bleeding places. When I was calmer, and Lucky was calmer, Mom took me to the vet and I came home and that does not happen. Mom was surprised Lucky and I “went all the way” but now we are all friends and he is back to just putting his butt on my face. I love him though. I love Daisy, and I love Mom. I love you too!
Miss Daisy, I heard you started modeling early, do you have any beauty tips to share with inspiring models?
That’s Queen Daisy please. I’m tiny, but I AM in charge! I do love you, though!
1.Steal all the jewelry you can.
2.Get plenty of sleep, especially on things your Mom is trying to work on, inside her clothes, on the chair she wants to sit on, or in your royal SLINX.
3.Vocal Exercises! I can’t stress this enough-from a purr to a meow to a rumbling growl, a hiss or a full blown scream, do them often and do them well!
What is your favorite outfit?
Right now I am Queen of the Geishas! I love anything with a belt and a bow,and like the bow to be almost as big as I am. The new Cherry Blossom Kimono my Mom is making is so soft and the color brings out my eyes and my color. I love it!
Do you help your mom design/test new products?
I am the supervisor. I HATE getting dressed and yell at her but once I am dressed I love it and do my “Daisy Dance” where I twirl and roll and purr and kiss her face. I know I am the inspiration for the SLINX and use it often. I had to ride in so many of them before she got it right!
If I do NOT like the outfit she puts on me, I go under the bed and yell at her, if I DO like it, I run to the mirror and look at myself from all angles.
I love to model, but always pretend I don’t and make terrible faces when we start, then I get fabulous and give them my angles.
What is a typical day like for you?
In the morning, when Mom gets up, she makes me take medicine-my feet hurt all the time because it turns out I am allergic to ALL clumping litters and we did not know this for a long time. My eyes also are sensitive and she puts some horrid stuff in them and I can SEE! And keep them open so everyone can enjoy their beautiful aqua color.
Then when I am fully awake I run as fast as I can (exercise is important I never walk, I always run at full speed!) and jump on her and crawl in her clothes or the SLINX. The rest of the day is spent ambushing her, singing while sitting on a closed toilet seat, screaming at my brother Lucky because he is a pest, or playing and napping with my sister Bella Blue.
I do eat in small dainty portions, play with toys and mostly sleep in the sun or where there is a warm patch or blankets to burrow in.
When your not busy modeling, what else do you like to do?
I think I covered that above, but I also like to try to distract my Mom from sewing, and occasionally pee on the floor on a pad. Got to keep Mom on her toes!
Mr. Lucky, where did your name come from?
WHEEEEEEEE! I’m not SURE!!!!! But she is Lucky to have me! I think she was going to call me something fancy like “Fortunate” but she ended up naming me Lucky then other stuff! Like “Lucky Stoppit!” or “Lucky Don’t Eat That!” or “Lucky get off your sister!” She says my name a LOT!
I love her SO MUCH!!!!! I love to sit on her lap and suck on her hand and make biscuits with my feet while putting my butt in her face! Sometimes I fart for her! She’s the Lucky one, that’s my best parts!
What is your favorite outfit?
I like to be naked, but I like the fleece pajamas the most, they keep me warm.
How long is your tail? (if it’s ever been measured)
Long enough to lash it and whip peoples faces when I am sitting on their shoulder! That’s fun! Mom says it’s somewhere between 15-17 inches, but it’s almost impossible to measure!
I heard you had an accident when you were young that bend your tail, can I hear your side of the events?
Oh it was AWFUL!!!!! There was a big square thing leaning against the wall (a folded up room divider screen) and it looked big enough to get me to the ceiling-finally! So while Mom was sitting in bed I decided to climb it!
It MOVED!!!!! And I slid down and it slid down and it BIT MY TAIL!!!!!!!!!!
(the screen slid down with him, and one of the panels swung open. Somehow his tail got in the hinged part, and as the movement continued it swung back closed on his tail).
I started screaming and mom ran out and saw me. She grabbed me and got it out but I BIT her because I was so scared and it hurt.
She wrapped me in a blanket and I heard her say she saw it and it was “last 3 inches hanging by a strip of skin! Whatever that was.
We drove to the place that was open at midnight and close. I was very quiet and did not feel well.
Some nice people took me in the back and it did not hurt soon and I had a pretty green bandage on my tail. Mom took me home and the medicine they gave me made me want to PLAY ALL NIGHT!!!!
I got to keep all of my tail, though Mom says we never would have missed the last few inches cause it is so long!
I’ve seen a few videos of you and I have to ask, is the butt planting a good or bad thing?
Oh it’s WONDERFUL!!!!! It’s the best part of me! I have cute little pointy butt cheeks, and everything back there is so wonderful I want to share it! There’s even something back there that makes a wonderful smell that makes Mom run away!
What I don’t understand is why my sisters don’t like when I want to cuddle them with it. Mom says if I want to cuddle I should not start by walking over them the wrong way and putting it on their head!
I love anything to do with it! When they take my temperature at the vet I purr! When I get my bath and Mom washes it I sit down into her hand and purr! She says I am a Purr-Vert and she is right!
How many straws have you killed in your lifetime?
Ooooooh the straws are a new thing-I have killed many raffia mice, wool Amaze Balls but the straws are amazing to kill. I think only about 10 at this point but THEY ALL MUST DIE!!!!!!!!
How do you get along with your sisters?
GREAT!!!!!! I love them! I love to chase them and sit on their heads and hump them and lick their ears! Bella and I play chase and wrestle. Daisy likes to play chase but she screams too much and it makes me feel funny so I try to bite her sometimes. But my favorite game is to jump up and down on top of Daisy while she is sleeping under the covers!
Do you supervise your mom or do you perform quality control?
I do both! But I have a more important job. You see, sometimes Mom works too long and forgets to take breaks. So I jump in her lap and purr, and ask for her left hand. I nuzzle it and sometimes even nurse on it, and purr, and love her and snuggle and burble. She always stops for my “drive bys” and loves me. Sometimes if I jump down and roll at her feet she laughs and gets on the floor with me and rubs my tummy.
See, Mom works to hard and when I feel her stress energy go up, I help. That’s my job.
Here’s my info:
Website to use:
The SLINX pet sling
The cat’s pajamas
The INK DOG™
First, how did SimplySphynx start?
Simply Sphynx Cats and the SLINX started out of necessity. I’m not Mr. Snickett, but there was a series of unfortunate events. They involved roomates, one who became violent (though not towards me or the cats) and had to be removed, and the next who relapsed and started doing heroin in the house. Not a pretty way to start the story, but it’s true.
After all that drama, I became extremely tired and distracted, and when running a bath for one of my sphynx cats, forgot the water was running and flooded most of my house. The result? I ended up living with two Savannah Cats and two Sphynx cats in my living room for almost 6 months!
The three boys started picking on my little girl sphynx cat Daisy. To the point where she always had scratches on her face and she was getting very anxious. I carried her around with me in my robe or my shirt as much as I could, but after many chest scratches, stretched out clothing and sleepless nights, I knew I had to find a solution.
The solution was some kind of bag to carry her in, on my chest/stomach, that left my hands free when needed, kept her warm and protected me from her claws.
I went and bought a sewing machine because there was NOTHING out there that suited my needs and I was stuck at home anyway because of all the contractors coming and going. I taught myself to sew, and after months and months of trying, I had a sling-I called it the SLINX-a sling for my sphynx. I put pictures on facebook and people wanted to buy it.
What was the first piece you made?
The first real piece I did make was the SLINX. I had no intentions of selling it when I made it-I barely knew how to sew. But the Sphynx Cat community on facebook was blowing up-they wanted it! So I worked really hard on the pattern and my skills, and got the first one ready to sell last year. When they started it took me a whole day (with a lot of mistakes and starting over) to make one. Now I can do it start to finish in a few hours.
What has been your favorite piece so far?
I’d have to as my favorite is the Tattcat™ -the shirt that makes cats and dogs look like they have a tattoo.
What was the hardest piece to make?
It’s a tossup between the SLINX and the Tattcat™ The Tattcat™ is the most difficult fabric, like tights or leggings fabric. The SLINX has the most parts and had to be completely adjustable and safe.
I think the pet sling is the coolest idea, what inspired you to make it?
Besides above, the crisis came when one of the other cats tried to actually kill Daisy. It was horrible, and I needed to keep her near me at all times until I could find a new home for him.
Where did the idea for tattoo shirts come from?
I have WAY too many ideas. I had seen a horrid picture from Russia where someone actually put a Sphynx under anesthesia, and tattood it. Horrible! But like all owners of hairless pets, I had thought how cool they would look with a tattoo. I ordered a cheap fake tattoo sleeve, cut some holes in it and stuck it on my boy, Lucky. Put the picture up for laughs and had over 50 people wanting to buy one. After a LOT of research, I found a company that would print the fabric for me with safe dye, and softer fabric. The cheap stuff out there has cheap and dangerous dyes in it, and not always the best fabric.
How did you teach yourself to sew?
With a lot of crying, cursing, and I broke three singer sewing machines by trying to sew multiple layers of fleece. Finally my Mom, who is a quilter, offered me some good sewing machines that she just had sitting around!
How did you fall in love with sphynx cats?
I don’t know quite how! I had done rescue, hospice, fostering and many other things with cats (and sometimes dogs). When I realized that it was time to stop (at times I had up to 15 cats and kittens in my home) I wanted to explore some breed cats. I got some Savannah Cats (WONDERFUL cats, mine just got too stressed and were no longer happy) I decided to see what a Sphynx was all about. I found a local breeder, http://www.dare2b-baresphynx.
A bunch of kittens came running out and started taking things out of my purse! They climbed all over me, purring and loving on me. I had never experienced anything like it. They felt like velvet, looked adorable (they don’t really photograph as beautiful as they are) and I was hooked. I got Daisy that day, and a few years later my boy, Lucky.
When I was ready for a third, I asked if there were any colored ones available. Daisy was cream with red points like a siamese, and Lucky was pure white. Yes, you have to bathe them. Yes, white and cream show dirt more. Dare2b-bare did not have any, but suggested Bella Remembered Sphynx Cattery, and there I got my Bella Blue, my baby girl who is the color of a Russian Blue cat-just without the fur.
I’d like to add that EVERYTHING I do is tested on my poor cats! All the pieces, including the toys are meant to enhance the bond between people and their pets. Dogs, furry and hairless, and furry cats all use and wear my products. The SLINX has helped traumatized, abused pets become trusting and loving. The fleece pajamas have helped Sphynx and other pets who hate clothes but need to be warm and covered learn to love clothes instead of fear or hate them. The Tattoo clothes bring joy to both pets and their owners, and the toys as well!
My mission is and always has been to help pets and their owners bond. The stronger the bond, the better the care, the less likely people are to “throwaway” pets.