Why does this cat have a web site?
Because her human felt like putting one up. So there.
Who is her human?
In spite of what you may think, Sparkle’s human is not a weirdo cat fanatic. She has other interests. She even has other websites, including YourExerciseDVDs.com, and a small publishing house, FitCat Enterprises, Inc. Sparkle’s human is a professional writer and editor and her work has appeared in print publications all over the world, including the Los Angeles Times and Entertainment Weekly. She is the co-author of one book so far, White Line Fever, which is the autobiography of Lemmy Kilmister, the frontman and mastermind for the rock group Motörhead. Sparkle has never met Lemmy and has no opinion of him. Harlot actually met Ian Astbury once and promptly made herself at home on his lap. But then, Harlot was a shameless groupie.
Don’t you think it’s cruel to make a public spectacle of your pet?
Why is it cruel? Celebrities make public spectacles of themselves all the time and they seem to enjoy it.
Do these cats really do tricks?
What, do you think we made up these photos? Just about any cat will do tricks if given half an opportunity and a cat treat.
Since Sparkle has this website, does that mean she gets loads of free cat toys and treats?
She wishes! Yes, we do occasionally get free stuff to review, and when we do, we’ll let you know if it was comped to us — but it doesn’t happen often enough! (If you want your item featured on Sparkle’s site, email her directly at sparkle-at-sparklecat.com.) And we sometimes do write ups of toys and things for companies who pay us a small stipend or commission when someone buys the item from our site. We’ll let you know when that’s the case.
Here’s the offical-type disclaimer:
“This policy is valid as of December 5, 2009:
“This blog is a personal blog written and edited by an individual. For questions about this blog, please contact webmaster at sparklecat dot com.
“This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation.
“The owner of this blog is occasionally compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. Even though the owner of this blog receives compensation for our posts or advertisements, we always give our honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blogger’s own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.”
(To get your own policy, go to http://www.disclosurepolicy.org.)
Can I come visit Sparkle and her friends?
No. Sparkle is actually very shy and she avoids her public. Binga would probably like to meet you, but her humans have limited visitors to close friends and family only. This makes Binga rather chagrined, but Sparkle and Boodie like it that way.
Can I at least send Sparkle an email?
That you can do. Fan mail goes to email@example.com. Sparkle does read her email (or at least has it read to her). You can write to the other cats (or even the dreaded Sushi) at the same address—Sparkle will be sure to forward the message. Questions about the website go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I want to get a kitty just like Sparkle. Where can I find a Somali cat?
Uh, we spent a lot of time and effort putting together resources, so why don’t you use them? Scroll to the bottom of the page, where it says “Somali Cat Info.”
I think Sparkle is an utterly adorable kitty. If I give you loads and loads of money, can I have her?
What about if I give you a million dollars?
You must be some weirdo cat fanatic. You probably already have several dozen cats in your single-room apartment. You don’t need another one.