Interviews With Cats: One-Eyed Polydactyl Princess Sparkle
This week's "Interviews With Cats" brings us a very special miracle kitty - Sparkle! She started life as an ailing feral, was taken in and nursed to health by her awesome Meowmy. She currently lives a life of leisure in Oregon with her several animal siblings. Read more about her incredible journey below!
Q: Tell us about yourself! Name, nickname, age, city, siblings, etc.
A: Meow, I'm Sparkle, aka: Sparkie, Sparkletta, Speakeasy, Speekle Leekle, Cupie, Choopie, Princessa... The list goes on. I am six and a half years old, and I currently live in Portland, Oregon with my kitty brother Sunny (we are litter mates), kitty sister Pixie, and dog brother Harley.
Q: Is there a special story behind your name?
A: Sunny and I were part of a litter of four feral (and very ill) kittens. We were trapped and brought into a local no-kill rescue (where Mom was working at the time), and were diagnosed with scabies, herpes virus, and upper respiratory infections. We were in such horrible shape that the vet tech at the shelter wanted to give us uplifting names, and that's how we became Sparkle and Sunny. Mom liked the names and kept them.
Q: Tell us about your best day ever:
A: Probably the day Mom brought me home to live with her forever. By that point, I bonded with her a lot at the shelter. I was still sick with a kitty cold, so she couldn't take me home yet, so she visited my cage every single day until I got better and she could take me home.
Q: What's your favorite treat?
A: Any kind!! I LOVE treats. So much that Mom has to hide the treats somewhere I can't get to because the temptation is just too much... Sometimes she forgets to put the bags away and I take matters into my own paws and chew my way into the treats. What can I say - when I want something, I get it!
Q: What's your favorite holiday and why?
A: Definitely Christmas. Two words: Christmas tree.
Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: Maybe something that involves handy work. I mean, I have extra toes, so I might as well put them to good use. But then again, princesses don't do handy work...
Q: What's your favorite toy and why?
A: My red mouse that was given to me by my Aunt Paula one Christmas. Everyone knows when I've "caught the mouse," because I walk around the house meowing while the little sucker is in my mouth...
Q: Do you have any special talents you'd like to share?
A: I can sit on command for treats. Well, when I feel like it. My brother Sunny is better at it. He does it every time. But don't tell him I said that - his head is big enough!
Q: What do you do that annoys your parents?
A: Mom always gets annoyed when I play in the litter box. My favorite is when she cleans the litter boxes out and puts all fresh litter inside. There's just something about fresh litter that makes me want to DIG and PLAY!
Q: What's your favorite color?
A: Pink, of course!
Q: Do you have a best friend? If so, who?
A: Harley, my min pin brother. He's been my buddy from the very moment Mom brought me home. He's my protector, friend, and emotional support companion...
Q: Do you have a favorite pastime?
A: I especially love looking out the window and watching the world go by. We just moved into a home that has lots of big windows with big trees right outside. So many birds!
Q: Anything else you'd like to share?
A: Many people ask how I lost my eye. When I was a kitten, I had the herpes virus in my eye. It was so severely swollen and infected, it was causing me a lot of pain and the vet at the shelter had to surgically remove it. I live a completely normal life and it doesn't handicap me one bit! If you are looking to adopt an animal, please don't overlook the ones that are missing an eye or even a leg, or are shy. My brother and I have come a long way since we were feral kittens living on the street, and all it took was for a patient human to open their home and heart to us.