Do cats work hard? They sure don’t act like it. After all, they’re rated the 9th laziest animal by pawnation.com, who should know a thing or two about all things pawed.
Of course, we know that cats do work hard, just in their own way. They kill enough mice and rats to keep us from swimming in vermin and that’s no small thing. I don’t think the title of this post will be seen in the New York Times anytime soon, but that’s not saying it shouldn’t be. Maybe they could pay taxes in rat tails or something.
Let me tell you about one cat who worked hard. Her name was Maya. She was more than a cat though: she was a lady. She had a job but had to keep out of sight because of health inspectors. She had an infuriating owner, a high-classed friend named Puccini, and a rakish tomcat brother named Gloves. She was also a writer, who tapped out her memoirs, one paw stroke at a time. These memoirs are collected in a small book called Notes from a Working Cat, by Susannah Bianchi. I recently interviewed her about the book.
David: First of all, let me say I enjoyed this book a lot. Where did you get the inspiration for it?
Susannah: Maya was an actual cat on the Avenue where I live. I first met her sleeping in the window after hours. She was the prettiest kitty amid the apples and oranges.
D: Who is your favorite character in this story and why?
S: Maya, of course, with Puccini as a close second for her glamor . . . pearls instead of a collar. If I come back as a cat, I’d want to be Puccini, the Liz Taylor of Pusses.
D: What was the hardest part about writing this book?
S: Not making a full-fledged book, thinking less would be more.
D: Do you have a set place and time you write?
S: I like writing at first light, when all is quiet and I have the world to myself.
D: Finally, do you have any insights or words of inspiration for other writers?
S: Just forget about fame and fortune. All that will come doing what you love.
Notes from a Working Cat is on sale now at Amazon.com. Go check it out.