Hi, I hope you’re all doing well and loving the emerging signs of spring.
I felt an update on Pixiecat and Popsiecat was well overdue so here it is along with news of an adorable new friend at the nation’s number one shopping channel!
Pix and Pops became members of our family many years ago. February of 2008, in fact, so they are nearing a milestone birthday! I can’t believe the time has flown so fast. They bring us so much pleasure. Whenever I post photos on Facebook (Catherine Huntley TV), Twitter (@TheHuntley) or Instagram (@Catherine_Huntley) I get lots of questions regarding their breed. They are British Shorthair Silver Tabbies. Their previous owners had them for a short time but were unable to keep them due to the cat they already had when they arrived. He just wasn’t fond of them. That’s putting it very lightly! Some cats just need to be the ‘only child’ of the family and I believe this was the case for that little one.
They were very timid when they first became Huntleys. My son has even penned a song inspired by Popsiecat called ‘Scaredycat’ which is very sweet and quite moving. In it he analogises on the subject of his own social anxieties. I’m sure I’ll be sharing some of his work with you soon and that will be one to watch out for.
I digress, as I am oft to do! Our little cats were very wary of everyone at first. We soon realised they were not going to be the lap cats we had envisioned ourselves having but we accepted that they, like each of us, had their own little personalities complete with quirks both adorable and perplexing. We just hoped that, with love, one day they might appreciate a cuddle and the comforts of a warm, human lap.
Well, on rare occasions Pixiecat has been known to settle down on a cushion which we carefully lift onto our laps. We hold our breath while she takes in the fact she has been moved and hope for her acceptance of the situation! Sometimes it happens and, when it does, it has tested my bladder to bursting point as I can’t bear to move her for anything! I patiently wait until she decided my precious lap time is over! Popsie, aka Scaredycat, is a totally different story. She would NEVER entertain sitting on a human!
Totally out of the blue, a few weeks ago, while my son was sitting on the sofa who should wander over and settle on his lap but Popsie?! Tom doesn’t own a camera phone. He decided, a very long time ago, that he doesn’t want to be a slave to one so has a little £10 phone which serves his texting and calling needs sufficiently. Until now! He phoned me up and was speaking very quietly, “Mum…guess what? Popsie is sitting on my lap right now!”. I thought he was playing some kind of joke on me, I didn’t believe him but he insisted and, for the first time since owning a mobile phone, wished he had a camera to provide evidence! In the end I believed but felt it was such a shame I hadn’t seen what I thought might be a once in a lifetime happening.
As it turns out, this hasn’t been just once in a lifetime! Popsie has developed a fond affection for Tom’s lap! It’s utterly remarkable as she is such a funny character who shies away from too much attention with the exception of her hilarious displays of cupboard love at mealtimes.
It’s taken close to a decade but, who knows, maybe we’ll have these little furries addicted to cuddles with us yet! Watch this space!
If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter you may have seen this little guy already as I recently posted a pic of him sheltering from the rain outside the QVC reception area. If not, here he is again. At the time I felt he looked like a Norman. I’m not the only one at the Q who has become enamoured by his charms! I keep seeing him on the feeds of my friends social media and it turns out he’s actually called Hercules according to his tag!
One of our directors, Gilly, producer James and assistant director (also my daughter), Chrissie were just three who’ve captured his cuteness on camera! Isn’t he charming? The number on his tag has been called and it transpires that his parents are aware of his love of frequenting QVC! Well, who wouldn’t love QVC? One of my other colleagues, another James, regularly sends text messages to them informing them of his whereabouts when he shows up. It’s all rather lovely, in my humble opinion.
I’ve just had a peek at my social media accounts and Herc has shown up, yet again! Different friends from work have posted more piccies of him in our sheltered car park. The funniest had to be the photos of him on Jill Franks immaculate car surrounded by lots of shed fur! It did make me giggle. Apparently she saw the funny side, too, and mentioned him on air.
I told you I work with the best folks ever, didn’t I? Well, now I don’t limit that to humans! Welcome to the fold, little Herc. We love you already.
So, that’s all my Kittycat Chat for now but I love hearing your stories so feel free to post them below! Nothing better than a catch up over your comments over a nice cuppa.
Sending tickles and hugs to all your pets and big thanks to you for reading.
See you soon,
Love Catherine xx