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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Totally Fantastic Guest!

Dear Sparkle Virtual Book Tour December ‘10 – January ‘11


We have a super-duper special treat for you today...we have World Famous Kitty Author SPARKLE as our guest!

We won Sparkle's newest book (this is her second one) in a contest a while back...Kitties, you HAVE to HAVE this book.  Here's our review:

“Kitties, this book is chock full of some of the best Cat Advice in the UNIVERSE! We read it eagerly and took copious amounts of notes. We cat-eared the sections we liked, and chewed holes into the pages with our favorite passages. The book is divided into logical sections dealing with play, the litterbox, strangers and MORE. Sparkle deals with all the issues expertly. We think even our Mommy (incredibly dense) was able to grasp the concepts outlined in the enjoyable Q & A format. Photos of Sparkle (Gorgeous!) grace nearly every other page in the book, and there are little bubbles of “Sparkle Says” wisdom throughout, too. The book is printed on nice firm nommable paper…it’s a STEAL at $9.95. We highly recommend this book, and we give it 4 paws up!”

And here's a little information about Sparkle herself:

Sparkle is an award-winning author, blogger, advice columnist and supermodel. She is also a cat – a ruddy Somali of champion lineage, in fact, whose father, GC Tajhara’s Miles Davis, was twice on the cover of Cat Fancy. Sparkle’s first book, Dear Sparkle: Advice from One Cat to Another, won the Wild Card category at the 2007 Hollywood Book Festival and honorable mentions in several other contests. She also recently came home with the Pettie Award — the pet blogging equivalent of an Oscar — for Best Cat Blog. Sparkle lives in Los Angeles with two humans, two feline roommates (both rescue cats), and (unfortunately) a dog.

So, without further ado, we give you Sparkle!

Tell Your Humans What You Want for Christmas!
By Sparkle

A few days ago I wrote a post on my own blog about lame Christmas gifts I've gotten. While my human was the one who bought these awful things, I should also shoulder a small amount of responsibility because I was not specific enough about what I wanted. Do not let this happen to you! If you give your humans the right clues, they should be able to figure out exactly the right gift to give you this holiday season. So use these tips when you want to drop your humans a hint... and if they still don't get it, maybe bookmark this post for them. Remember: you are not being bad! You are merely trying to explain what presents you want.

1. If you want a new scratcher, the best thing you can do is - scratch! You can even tell your human if you want a horizontal or vertical scratcher: let them catch you scratching the rug if you want a horizontal scratcher. Use the side of the couch or a chair if you want a vertical scratcher. Do both if you want a whole cat tree.

2. You know those cool shelves that some humans attach to the wall for their cats? You can have those too! Just jump repeatedly on the china cabinet or on the mantel. You do not have to knock off or break anything - in fact it is better if you don't, because humans seem to be even more strongly motivated at the suggestion that something like that might happen, rather than when it actually does happen. Jumping on mantels and cabinets is another good way to hint that you could use a cat tree.

3. Let your human know you want treats by begging at dinnertime and jumping on the kitchen counter in search of tastes. Get really excited over your favorite flavors, such as salmon or turkey!

4. If you don't have enough cat toys, you can drop a big hint by leaving your humans a bug on their pillow! If you want something that flies through the air like Da Bird, then leave a flying creature like a moth. If you prefer toy mice, or something you can chase along the floor, leave a beetle or a cricket. If you find anything bigger than a bug, say, a real bird or mouse, then you probably don't need any more cat toys. You are already doing fine on your own.

Of course the Katnip Lounge cats don't have to do any of this because they have the pawsome Catio! But if you are not a cat who has everything, then try these out, and keep at it until you get exactly what you want!
Kitties, we all deserve exactly what we want.  And this book will help you get it!
Purchase her book HERE, and live the rest of your life in Fabulous Feline Style.
And don't forget to visit her blog, it's a blast!
Happy Wednesday!
XX  Lounge Kats


  1. Sparkle is cool! I already visit her blog, but haven't gotten either of her books yet. It's definitely on my Christmas list.

  2. Oh now that's fun! But I don't know if I should let Au and Target read it. They're manipulative enough as it is.

  3. Ok, theese is most excellent advice! Sparkle you got it goin' on in the intelligence department and you'z very "easy on the eyes" as well. Thanks for the advice and thanks to Katnip Lounge for the interview...

  4. Sparkle give great advice. We haf used her tricks to get what we want...a lot!

  5. Thanks for posting this! BTW, you have one of my all-time favorite quotes about my book: "This book is chock full of some of the best Cat Advice in the UNIVERSE! "

  6. This looks like a very excellent book. Perhaps it needs to go on Banjo's Christmas list! ;)

    Happy Wednesday Kitties,
    xo Catherine & Banjo

  7. Me and Charlie are off to purchase this rather fabulous and very helpful book!!

    Take care

  8. That advice is logical and excellent. Even MY mom can figure those things out with Sparkles great advice and well written book. MY mom is clueless most times but this is so spot on, she'd get it. I need to check under my mats and beds and gather loose change to get it for her. So far, I have lined where she sits with fur..a great present.

  9. WOW - you are very fortunate to have Sparkle visit you. I think this makes you famous too.

  10. Wow! How pawsome that Sparkle would come and visit you.

    What excellent advice. But we have gone one step further by actually downloading pictorial hints for our humans.

  11. Madi here:

    all I have to say is right on, ditto and I vote for all the cats at Katnip Lounge to run for public office,

  12. We have Sparkle's book too and we love it...and her :-)

  13. We Love Sparkle!!!!

    My Mom HAS to get her book, we LOVE the advice that she just gave on your blog!
    The book sounds like something we will be crazy about!!
    So glad Sparkle came to visit!

  14. Love this! Thing is, how do we prevent our humans from reading this stuff. We want our humans to be a bit in the dark about our efforts to get what we want.

  15. Sparkle is the best. She does give the best advice in the Universe. We have her book and it is just terrific. It should be on everyone's list if you don't have it. Thanks for this review. Well done. Take care.

  16. We won Sparkles book several months ago and loved it. Ours is even pawtographed! She has the best advice for all situations in the cat/human relationship.
    It's definitely a must read...and we agree about the nommable paper!

  17. Sparkle is very wise and very pretty too! We already visit her daily and love her and her sisfurs Binga and Boodie! We also have her book and are learning lots!

  18. You are so wise Sparkle......I think I might start nibbling on random papers to hint to my humanoid that I want your book too.
    Many hugs from the cutest kitten! x

  19. We just love to visit with Sparkle - we are mad our mom hasn't gotten her book yet though! But what a great review, and so cool that you got to have her on your blog!! Now we want the book even more!!

  20. What a great review. I think mum must try and get those on her Christmas list.. Great tips you gave us.. Mum says to tell you that it is looking like you may be only one day apart for your operations. You will be able to compare notes.. Hugs GJ x

  21. We think Sparkle is one of the most beautiful kittycats we have ever seen! Our Mom thinks so, too!
    ~ Malachi

  22. We like Sparkle. She gives very good advice.

  23. Sparkle is so lovely! Congrats on winning her book!

    Mindy, Moe, BonBon, Cookie & Mike

  24. We love Sparkle!! Y'know...we got her book awhile ago and our mom has not read it to us yet!! Can you believe it??!? Someone is just asking for a lump of coal in her stocking!!

  25. That is some fantastic advise Sparkle!
    Great guest column.

    *kitty kisses*

  26. Wow, Sparkle is beautiful & smart!

    Nubbin wiggles,

  27. We love Sparkle too, we have her book and we just ordered her calendar too!

  28. We are big Sparkle fans here. We have both of her books and love them. Sparkle is smart, beautiful, and generous!

    Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, and Hollie

  29. The Human bought Sparkle's calendar, which is lovely of course, but I think she could really use the information in this book.

    Oh, and Salem? I almost died from longing when you taunted me with those JLTs. Sigh.

  30. Sparkle always knows just what to do!

  31. Great advice from a super famous great kitty!


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