Penelope Kitten’s “Black Cats Tell All” Perk: Joy, Owned By Black Cats For Life



Penelope Kitten interviews “Black Cats Tell All” Kickstarter backer, Joy! …


penelope kitten (squeaking):  hi hi.

Cynthia:  We’re so super excited to feature the first story of the “Black Cats Tell All” Kickstarter campaign.

penelope kitten:  super duper excited!

Cynthia:  As you may remember, Marcy Very Much sponsored a (Penelope) Perk in which three backers received our #meow black cat book bag, a copy of “Black Cats Tell All”, and a post about their beloved black kitty – or two – or three – or in the case of Joy  – four!

Penelope Kitten took this job very seriously as she is determined to help “Black Cats Tell All” author, Layla Morgan Wilde of Cat Wisdom 101, with her mission to rebrand black cats and improve their adoption rates.

Take it away, PKitty!


penelope kitten:  dear joy, when did the first mini-panther paw her way into your life?

Joy:  My first kitty, Mimi, was a black kitty I got when I was about four years old and she lived until I was in college – a whopping 16 years – which was a long time for a cat to live back in the 70s-80s!

So began my love of black cats.

penelope kitten:  dear joywho stole your heart next?

Joy:  When I graduated college I was looking to adopt two kittens that could keep each other company when I was working. As soon as I saw them – and they saw me – it was a done deal!


Tessie and Tarzan


Joy:  I named them Tarzan and Tessie, they were brother and sister and both jet black, except for a small patch of white on Tessie’s chest.

Tessie was my little princess who loved to be petted, but only on her terms; if you didn’t do it right, she would let you know!


Princess, Tessie


Joy:  Tarzan was always the alpha male in the house and even outside with the toms that came around. He was a big boy in his prime too; his highest weight was 17 pounds!


Tarzan, young


Both Tarzan and Tessie had the most gorgeous green eyes; they were truly mini-panthers!

We all know it seems like our pets are angels in disguise, right?

Cynthia (interjecting):  Yes – and/or little furry and opinionated aliens!

penelope kitten:  no interrupting, please.

dear joy, what do you mean exactly?

Joy:  When Tarzan’s health began to decline, I was dreading losing him and already grieving a bit.


Tarzan, old


penelope kitten (gasping):  oh no!

Joy:  Then, as fate would have it, Halloween 2014 a tiny month-old black kitten needed a home. Well of course I couldn’t turn her away!

penelope kitten:  of course not!

Joy:  Tarzan was such a good brother too, despite being so old and set in his ways; I was so proud of him.

My little jet black diva huntress is named Trubel (pronounced Trouble) and even though Tarzan and Tessie are gone now, I’m still owned by a mini house panther, and am pretty sure I always will be!


Trubel, the new kitten


penelope kitten:  yay!

Cynthia:   awwwww… so cute!

Just then, Marcy stalks in.

Marcy:  Hmpf. Trubel looks like big kitten trouble. Remember, never trust a kitten. They steal your heart while eating all your food and hogging the sunspots.

Cynthia:  Marcy!

Marcy:  It’s true! Look at Penelope! She’s taking over my blog even!

penelope kitten:  ha ha. #blackcatsrule.

Marcy stalks off.

penelope kitten (whispering to Cynthia):  can i ask one more question?

Cynthia:  Sure.

penelope kitten:  dear joy, can trubel come over for a playdate?




*Thank you for sharing your black cat story with us, Joy! 

*”Black Cats Tell All” is coming out soon. We’ll keep you posted!

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  • Reply Big Momma October 12, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Aaaawwww, now I want to adopt a black kitty. Don’t take it personally, Marcy. Apparently there’s just more of a need.

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch October 12, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      Adopt a bunch of black cats! You can put up kitty shelving everywhere and they’ll be like living decorations. 🙂

  • Reply Patty October 12, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Wow! Joy has great taste in kitties. They’re all so cute and Tarzan really does look like a panther!! It’s so great that she’s continuing Mimi’s legacy.

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch October 12, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      Oh I know – four black cats in one lifetime – now that is really special. I also love how much you can tell Joy loves her cats. Those are some lucky kitties to end up with her!

  • Reply Freddy October 12, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Great picture of Tessie and Tarzan together. Look at their tails! That would make a great T-shirt image.

    And Trubel is a great name for a cat. I think it’s Marcy’s middle name, no?

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch October 12, 2016 at 5:03 pm

      If you look at that photo upside down their tails form a heart!
      no. my middle name is The Magnificent.
      meow, Marcy The Magnificent

  • Reply Caren Gittleman October 12, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Loved this story and Tarzan was a real “looker!!”

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch October 12, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      Isn’t he just soooo handsome! Thank you, Caren!

  • Reply Vik October 12, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Sigh. What a great story, thanks for the share, good job on the interviewing, P!

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch October 12, 2016 at 10:03 pm

      thank u.
      it was mostly joy.
      she is an awesome human.
      i luv her.
      squeak, penelope kitten

  • Reply Layla Morgan Wilde October 12, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    What a joy to learn more about Joy and your intermewing style is a delight. When I launched the BCTA kickstarter I had no idea the supporters would become part of our growing community on Facebook and Instagram but they have and they’re black cat pawesome! All black cat lovers are welcome to join our tribe at https://www.facebook.com/BlackCATSTellAll where we have lots more fun during Black Cat Awareness Month.

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch October 12, 2016 at 10:58 pm

      Isn’t is just so amazing how much love and devotion people have for black cats?! So happy to be part of this community. I am loving the Black Cats Tell All Facebook page!!
      Thank you for having us, Layla! It is truly an honor!
      xo and meow and squeak,
      cynthia + marcy + penelope kitten

    • Reply Patty October 13, 2016 at 7:57 am

      Ha! Intermewing! Love it!!

  • Reply Liz October 14, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    This is so sweet and such an awesome reward for the Kickstarter campaign. I can definitely relate to the grief of losing a pet but finding a new one that worms its way into your heart. Dear Joy is a panther pet owner forever. And I’m a rescue owner forever. And I do seem to have a knack for picking the goofiest girls!

    <3 Liz

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch October 14, 2016 at 3:07 pm

      So true – we will always love our pets that have passed but there is always room in our hearts to let more in. Especially the goofy ones!

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