A Life Bewhiskered. She & her cultured cats Ze & Spock fill us in on life in Brazil.
Wow, a Brit in Brazil with 2 bilingual cats. First why don’t you explain how all of that came about for our readers!
I moved to Brazil last year to live with my boyfriend, who is Brazilian. Since then we got married and moved from Rio to Sergipe in the north east. He knows that I am crazy about cats and that I was really missing my old cat, Kenickie, so when we finally got a place of our own he took me to an adoption fair to get a kitten...well, we came away with two of course!
As for the bilingual bit - I speak to them in English, my husband often speaks to them in Portuguese and they are starting to respond to both. Spock, especially, is a smart little guy.
Is there a large homeless pet problem in Brazil?
Yes there is. It's very sad to see so many cats and dogs wandering around on their own and scavenging on the road side. But there are people here who try to help them. One place I visited had a large community of stray cats and kittens but they all looked very healthy and I found out that the locals put food out for them. There are also rehoming groups, like the one we got the boys from, who do their best to catch strays and then rehome them.
What made you decide to start blogging?
I was thinking about how short kitten hood is, the old 'they grow up so fast' thing, and I wanted to keep a record of this crazy time for when they are old, fat and docile. I then thought about my family back in the UK and how I wanted them to be able to 'meet' my cats. So, the idea of doing something online was born.
Now why don’t you tell us about the stars of your blog, Ze & Spock, how did they come to live with you? Are they international cats of mystery?
They were both found as tiny kittens living on the streets. We know no more than that, but I suspect that their mothers were strays. They were about 2 months old when we brought them home. Zé was quite ill but we took him to the vet the day after we got him and he improved quickly. He's now much bigger and fluffy and happy.
Spock does act like an international cat of mystery! He's always sneaking around stalking something, animate or inanimate! Zé is a lot more laid back. He's very zen, hence his name Zé Yoda. As I write I tend to think of them as characters in a film. Spock is normally the main character and Zé is his side-kick. That is how they behave at home anyway; Zé loves to watch Spock in action.
What’s your favorite bit about blogging?
I love to make people smile, which is why I try to keep everything very light-hearted. It gives me a real feel of achievement when someone tells me that they laughed at something I posted. I'm also very visual. I love pictures, so I try to illustrate every story. The cats are great for this. I have a lot of fun chasing around the house with my camera.
Will you be adding any more pets to your home anytime soon?
I don't think so. My husband would like to get a dog someday but our apartment is not huge and, to be honest, Spock and Zé have filled the place with enough craziness for the time being. I can't even imagine adding another creature to mix just yet!
Thanks to all of them for their time for our Talkie Tuesday interview!