Reflections on Catalogue – Closing Day

Today is February 28th, which marks the end of the Freshstep Catdance Film Festival, of which our movie “Catalogue” has taken part for the last six weeks. I’d like to take a moment on closing day to reflect on and share with you the things that I’ve learned from this contest.

For those of you that don’t know, the contest chose five finalists to compete for the most popular film, judged by audience vote. The grand prize is $10,000. My mom wanted to use that money to further her career (she needs some new things to update her composition software) and my dad wanted to use his share to fund more films. That’s his passion. It’s where I get my own love of acting from. Another important thing they wanted to do with that money was to give a percentage to pay for some kitties like me to be able to afford the medical care and surgeries they needed to prepare them for adoption.

At this time, it’s pretty safe to say that unless the voter gods intervene in a major way, Catalogue is not going to be the grand prize winner. And, when it became clear that the votes just weren’t catching up halfway through the contest, my FODs wanted to make something out of the experience anyway and they kept saying out loud “but how can we help the kitties?” so I convinced them to use Catalogue’s popularity to help me start this blog. So, even if they don’t get the money, they are still able to help special needs kitties in a slightly different way. And that’s a major win.

Another thing is that we feel really quite successful. Our film, out of the five, had the most views, coming in at nearly 450,000. We were featured on Good Morning America, and my mom got to do an interview with WGN’s Steve Dale. We got lots and lots of great comments and positive reviews. And we’d like to thank each and every one of you all for taking the time to cast more than 15,000 votes for us! We know that you all took time out of your busy schedules to do that, and we are forever grateful. The support that we’ve received from our friends during this time has been really touching, and we can rest assured that we did this the right way, with no vote sharing, no vote buying, and 100% by hard work. And being that we got roughly eight times the views of the leading video, we are pleased to know that our work touched so many. And, in the end, that’s really what a writer, a musician, a filmmaker, and actors really want: to share their work with the world. Therefore, we feel like we are the grand prize winners all around, even if we didn’t get the prize they advertised.

So, for the last time, I ask you to Vote for Catalogue. And then, after today, I hope you keep coming back to hear what I have to say and learn all about the awesome kitties in this world that you might never have known existed.

A scene from "Catalogue"

A scene from “Catalogue”

SIDE NOTE: Also, congrats to my friends Sniffie and Nimbus! They had their Rainbow Bridge wedding day and it was such a lot of work! My nudist photo even made it into the slide show. Leave them a note so they know how much you liked it!

Wink Wink, Nudge Nudge – Interview with Odin from CatWisdom101.com

Hi, Everyone! I’m so excited because today marks the first ever of a series of interviews that I’m publishing about special needs kitties, where you’ll get to learn more about the day to day lives of kitties just like me that have overcome physical hardships but managed to find amazing homes with good-hearted people.

Today at Cat In The Fridge we have Odin, one of the stars of the popular blog CatWisdom101.com that’s run by his mom Layla Morgan Wilde. He’s here to talk about what it’s like to live life with a single eye. Without further ado, enjoy!

Odin, the Winking Kitty

Odin chilling out and reading

Crepes (C): Thank you for being here, Odin! You, like me, are a special needs kitty. Tell me, in what ways are your needs special?

Odin (O): Hello, Crepes and purrs to Miss Alana. When people say I’m a special needs kitty, I don’t know what they’re talking about. It’s true I only have one eye, but I lost it when I was four months old and don’t know any different. Actually, I didn’t lose it like the catnip toy behind the fridge but my left eye ballooned to freakish proportions from an infection and surgical removal was the only option. This happened before I was adopted and was living on the mean streets of the Bronx.

C: Goodness, that sounds scary. I, too, came from the streets and understand. Do you feel like your missing eye makes you different from other kitties?

O: No, not different but special, unique. I am a survivor and lucky statistic. When people first meet me or see photos of me, they think I’m winking. I think it’s kind of sexy, don’t you?

C: Oh, goodness. ::giggles: Maybe a bit… eh hem… moving on. Are there any negatives to the condition that you live with?

O: None whatsoever. You’d think my peripheral vision or balance might be affected but I climb, navigate any surface, and hunt like a champ.

C: Do you think there are any positives?

O: Being a spokescat for the joys of adopting needs cats is cool.

C: How do your parents feel about it?

O: My dad never even notices and my mom, who notices everything, thinks it adds character to my face. If i were any more handsome, I’d be insufferable.

C: Do you live indoors or outdoors?

O: I’m lucky to enjoy the best of both worlds. I have a large private garden where I enjoy agility training and supervised walks. Indoors, I have the run of a three-story house. I’m a very athletic and energetic cat who needs lots of stimulation and play.

C: And what about your relationship with other cats? Do you find that your special need causes hardship in the way that you’re treated by your peers?

O: Never. Cats are far less judgmental than humans.

C: I agree with you. Except when it comes to my sister Peabody. She’s pretty judgmental. Not me, though. I’m very accepting. How many other animals do you live with?

O: I live with three fur bros, Merlin, Gris Gris, and Domino. Merlin is blind and can’t see me but can smell me a mile away. Gris Gris and I play cat and mouse but my best pal is Domino who loves wrestling with me. I nap with all of them but not usually at the same time.

C: How did you find your parents?

O: You can call me a failed foster.

C: Really? I was a foster fail, too! My FODs fostered me and failed to give me back. Please continue.

O: After Merlin’s sister died, he was all alone and so bereft, my pawrents decided to foster. They weren’t going to foster two cats but once they saw me and Gris Gris at the shelter, they couldn’t resist. Gris Gris had been in a tiny room for over a year and was desperate to get out. I was still a cute kitten of five months and adorable. the rest is history. Merlin adjusted happily in a nano-second. Humans sometimes make good decisions.

C: Are there any other things you want people to know about you?

O: You can’t tell a book by its cover. I may have had a rough start in life but it didn’t defeat or define me. Not only am I handsome, talented and modest, I inspire my mom daily. I help her by testing cat-related products to review and sometimes I review cat books. I like heights, snuggling, mousing, treats and well, I like just about everything. Life is good.

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There you have it, everyone!  My first special needs interview! What did you think? Do you have a question for Odin that I didn’t cover? Let me know! And don’t forget to stop by CatWisdom101.com to say hello to Odin if you have a chance.

 
And…. Vote for Catalogue.  Oh! And follow me on Twitter! I have my own account now. @RefrigeratorCat. Hurray!
 
Odin Cat Wisdom 101

Odin with his mom Layla Morgan Wilde and Jackson Galaxy! Wow, he’s so cool!!

A Series of Haiku

Sometimes I get inspired to write poetry. My preferred genre is the haiku. I find it lends itself well to my thoughts. Here are a few I’ve written for you today, based on my thoughts about my Fods:

Meditating in the garden, writing my haiku.

Meditating in the garden, writing my haiku.

I look in your face

And think about all the times

I’ve watched you pee. Wow.

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Have you ever heard

Me crying in the night time –

Just to make you mad?

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I jump on your lap.

And then I jump off again.

Then I jump back on.

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Silence. Moon light. Dawn.

Creeping in the dark I am

About to wake you.

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Happiness is me

When I have your attention

Give it to me. Now.

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I look at the snow

And ponder how warm it is

in your arms. Thank you.

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Do you have any haiku for me? Share them! I’d love to hear one from you!

And don’t forget to Vote for Catalogue. It’s the last 3 days!!