Miss Tabby, may I ask how old you are?
Tabby: I am 8 1/2 years old. I’ll be 9 in June.
Where did your name come from?
Daddy had helped a friend of his choose two cats from a shelter a few years before Carbon and I were born, and we looked just like them so we were named after them. My full name is Tabitha, and the cat I was named after went by both Tabby and Tabitha as well.
How did you find your forever home?
Carbon and I were born in Clatskanie, Oregon, which is Daddy’s hometown. Mommy and Daddy were on their way to the beach when Mommy saw a sign on the feed store that said they had free kittens. All the way to the beach, and all the way back from the beach, Daddy kept on telling Mommy to remind him to stop so he could look at the kittens. It was one of the hottest days of the year, mid-July, and I was only four weeks old. Carbon was five weeks old (from another litter), and we were out on the porch in a wire cage! Daddy picked up Carbon and Mommy picked me up, and the rest is history!
When did you or your human “mom” realize you would be a good therapy cat?
As soon as I got in the truck, actually! I wanted out of the cardboard box right away, and spent the whole car ride watching out the window with my paws on the window sill. Well, either that or trying to climb on Daddy when he was driving so I could look out his window, but Mommy kept me out of his way! I was definitely a people-cat right from the start! The real beginning of my therapy cat work, though, was the day that Grandma had a visit from a therapy dog in her cancer support group. She realized that I could probably do the same work as that dog, since I was so calm, so she told Daddy and Mommy about it and gave them some information that she’d gotten from the dog’s person.
What has been the best reaction while on a visit?
Ooh, that’s a tough one! There have been so many great reactions to me while visiting! Probably the lady with the broken arm who could only move her fingers, so I lay right against her arm. She moved her fingertips in my fur and smiled. Either that, or the lady who was in hospice and wasn’t reacting to anything, but her breathing changed when I snuggled with her. Mommy told her a cat was there to visit, and she held her breath for a second and then went back to breathing normally.
If I may ask, what places do you visit?
I visit nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, and retirement facilities. I also visit hospitals on request.
How long are you visits?
It depends. I normally spend about 5-10 minutes per person. At first, I spent a total of an hour at a time at the facility, but now I can spend up to two hours. It just depends on how many people want to see me and how much energy I have on any given day.
I read that you do modeling, what is your secret?
My modeling secret is wearing clothing with armholes. The ones with armholes feel like a blanket! If an outfit has shoulder straps, it feels weird to me so I try to get out of it.
When did the blog start?
Our family started blogging when we were members of Catster, so we actually started in 2007. However, the blog at http://pdxpride.blogspot.comdidn’t start until January 2009.
What has been your favorite post?
Well, that’s another tough one! You know, I really can’t choose! Maybe my modeling one, or the one where we announced the adoption of Freya & Heimdall, or moving into our new house. With 634 published posts, there are so many good ones to choose from!
What do you like most about blogging?
We love that we can share day-to-day life with others in the cat blogosphere and keep up with what’s going on in their lives, too. The feeling of community is wonderful!
What advice do you have for other bloggers?
Blog about whatever you want, but be consistent. If you are going to post on a certain day, your audience will come to expect that. That doesn’t mean you can’t deviate from your blogging routine, topic, etc., but consistency is the main thing.
Is there anything else you would like to add about yourself or the blog?
The PDX pride, my family, consists of 11 cats right now. Some of us are forever family, some are ferals or semi-ferals, and some are fosters. We all love blogging about our life together!
May I borrow pictures for the article? I will state they were used with permission.
Yes, you may, from our blog and/or my facebook page. Please credit “Trace Elements Art”, because that’s Mommy’s business name. Thank you!
Author’s Note: Many thanks to Tabby and her mom for letting me ask questions . Pictures were used with permission. You can find Tabby on the blog – Furry Tails of PDX Pride.