Welcome to Nine Lives on the Street

Screen Shot 2015-12-04 at 5.39.24 PMOK, that does it. Boo’s only been gone a few months and humans are already forgetting about him. And by that I mean not buying his book and not giving him his propers for writing it.

Well, I’m not going to let that happen. I just took over his page or whatever it’s called on that Facebook thing and I figure I might as well take over this one, too. Boo would have wanted it that way.


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The thing that made me do this is this photograph of Saunders. Here he is at some Book Club surrounded by female humans and taking credit for Boo’s book. As if.

I mean Saunders only took down what Boo told him to write. It’s just another example of humans exploiting cats for their own gain. Have they no shame? Anyway, I’m taking over for the late, great Boo.

And there’ll be some changes. No more cat videos that make us look stupid, for one. The other kind are OK I guess. And if you’ve got questions about cats, send them on. If they’re not too dumb, I’ll answer them. Maybe.

BTW, my name is Monster. But you can call me … Monster

Welcome to Nine Lives on the Street.

DSCF0555If you’ve read a book called Nine Lives on the Street, then you know all about me and how I came to live on the street. (Well, actually, a lot of streets.) And if you haven’t read it, you really should. Otherwise, this won’t make a lot of sense.

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This is what humans call a “blog.” The nice humans who published the book suggested I have one. They thought you might want to send in questions about me, my friends, and cats in general.

I guess you could say I’m kind of an expert on cats, being one myself.

Oh, by the way, you can call me Boo.

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Cat who inspired book NINE LIVES ON THE STREET passes at 14

Screen Shot 2018-11-17 at 10.02.44 AMBoo Saunders, who served as inspiration for the children’s book recounting the adventures of a pampered pet forced to live by his wits on the streets of New York, died November 16, 2018.

The immediate cause of his death is not known. Boo had been in failing health for some years following an altercation with what was believed to be a coyote and suffered from a number of medical conditions, including arthritis. He died peacefully at Just Cats Veterinary Hospital in Stamford.

The book he inspired, Nine Lives on the Street, was well received by readers. It was written by advertising copywriter and creative director Jon Saunders from the perspective of a cat named Boo Van Den Pelt and has been described as “a children’s book for adults.” Nine Lives on the Street was published by Polar Bear & Company in 2015 and is available on Amazon and from other sources.

8bc7ec7d87c842ff-51ITmn06pxL_SX321_BO1204203200_Boo is survived by his immediate “humans,” Jon and Dianne Saunders, as well as by Ashley, Peter and Felix Tashjian, Christopher, Loren, and Dashiell Saunders

In lieu of flowers well-wishers are urged to buy the book. A portion of profit from the sales will benefit Stamford charity, Friends of Felines.

Read the Great reviews of Nine Lives on Amazon HERE>

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Questions to Boo answered

I guess Boo is too busy to answer his mail. So I will.

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Who are you?

Well, my human calls me “Fluffy.” Which makes no sense since I’m not fluffy at all.

But you may know me better as “Monster.” You know, the Cat who helped Boo break

out of the joint … excuse me, I mean animal control. Monster’s not my real name,

either … it’s my nom de guerre. You could never come close to pronouncing my

Cat name.

Screen Shot 2015-11-24 at 12.21.55 AMDo you still bite people?

I admit there are a lot of people out there who need biting but I gave it up when

I came to live with my little human.

Do you like all those cat videos on the Internet?

Personally, I think most of them are degrading to Cats. Some are pretty funny, though.

Where is Boo anyway? Is he sick? Retired?

Screen Shot 2015-12-05 at 5.40.10 PMNo. Just lazy.

Do you plan to write a book like Boo’s?

If I do write a book, it’ll be a blistering expose of the exploitation of Cats by profit-crazed humans.

But with a happy ending.

Do you ever see any of your colleagues from the Feline Liberation Front?

Sadly enough, I don’t. Truth is a lot of them in the FLF sold out to the Man. And by Man I mean Humans. Some went into politics or show business. Others became Episcopalians.

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Even More Ask Boo

DSCF0555In your book Nine Lives on the Street, you say most cats don’t like to be picked up and don’t want to sit on somebody’s lap. But my cat, Cuddles, seems to like both. What do you say to that?

I’d say “Cuddles” is a terrible name for a cat.

I’m thinking of getting my boyfriend a cat. What kind would you recommend?

I’d go for a rescue cat. Just make sure your boyfriend is mature and responsible enough to take care of one of us. If you don’t think he is, you shouldn’t get him a cat. In fact, you probably should get another boyfriend. 

I enjoyed your book, Nine Lives on the Street , very much. Do you plan a sequel?

Are you kidding? We’re having enough trouble getting people to buy this one.

My long-haired cat seems to get a lot of matted clumps in her fur. Should I try cutting those out myself?

NO! There’s too much danger of accidentally cutting your cat instead of those clumps. Take her to a vet with a really good groomer. Like my personal groomer, Marsha, for instance.




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Buy a book – help a cat!!

Screen Shot 2015-12-04 at 5.39.24 PMBuy a book. Help a cat.

And not just this cat. A cat who could
really use some help.

When you buy a copy of Nine Lives on
the Street by Yours Truly, a portion of
the proceeds now goes to Friends of Felines,
an organization that does good work
among cats.

Of course, you will have to go to Stamford,
Connecticut to do that – to 1029 East Main
Street, in fact – but believe me, it’ll be worth
the trip.

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More questions for Boo – the cat

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Is it OK to let my cat go outside?

It depends on where outside is. If it’s a nice, safe lawn in some suburb, it’s probably all right for
short periods. But you should stay with your cat in case he needs something. If it’s a city sidewalk you’ve got outside, forget it. I went outside in New York and stayed there for a year. It wasn’t very pleasant, but at least I got a book deal out of it. Your cat may not be so lucky.Screen Shot 2015-11-24 at 12.21.21 AM

In your book, you and other cats seem to have real conversations.But all my cat ever says is “meow” Is all that
talk a bit of poetic license?

Actually, we don’t “meow” to other cats.That’s just for humans.We have other ways to communicate with each other. But you wouldn’t understand.

Got a cat question for Boo?  Ask it HERE.
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Ask the sage cat, Boo – any question

Ask Boo

Screen Shot 2015-11-24 at 12.23.51 AMMy cat sleeps maybe sixteen hours a day. Is that normal?

Maybe there’s too much light in the room or it’s too noisy.Try keeping the room darker and quieter. Pretty soon, he’ll be sleeping a normal eighteen or so hours.

My cat seems to have a lot of furballs. What can I do?

Furballs or hairballs are the natural result of your cat grooming himself and swallowing hair.That’s what we
do. If you want to help, you can brush your cat regularly to remove loose hair. Five or six times a day seems about right.

Send any question to Boo at:

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An interview with Boo – the cat

Screen Shot 2015-12-04 at 5.39.24 PMA few days ago, a nice reporter from a place called Maine came to see me and ask some questions for a story she was writing. In case you don’t live in this Maine and won’t ever see the story, here are some of the questions she asked me. My answers were translated using Rocky’s Catspeak® software.

Why did you write the book?

Well, I figured somebody should. And who better qualified than me? After all, it is my story. Besides, you can learn a lot from a cat.

Did you think Saunders portrayed you well?

Yes, but you understand he was basically just typing. I had to meow into a mic, the computer translated it from Cat into Human English, and Saunders put it on paper. I wasn’t sure about him because he’s an advertising guy. But from what people tell me he did a nice job.

What was the most challenging part of your ordeal of being homeless?

Screen Shot 2015-11-24 at 12.19.02 AMYou mean aside from being robbed at knifepoint, left to die under a subway train, attacked by a giant hawk, nearly being sacrificed by witches, and getting shot? No question, it was trying to find my next meal. It’s hard out there for a cat.

What do you think pampered cats like you were reflect on?

Not much.

What’s the best part of a cat’s day?

For me, it’s eating. But then, getting brushed and eating some more are pretty good, too. It’s just hard to work it all in when you sleep 23 hours a day.

Do you think your story would appeal to adults as well as teens and cats?

Screen Shot 2015-12-05 at 12.47.37 PMI think it will appeal to adults especially. But everybody will like it. Except maybe dogs. Dogs probably won’t like it at all.

She also spoke to the writer who helped me with the book, Jon Saunders. This is what he said:

After working with my fellow humans all my life, collaborating with Boo was a genuine pleasure. It took a little longer than I’d anticipated, as we had to work around his sleep schedule.

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What Monster, my cat friend is doing now

Screen Shot 2015-12-04 at 5.39.24 PMSome of you have asked about Monster, the cat I met when we were held by the Animal Control people. Well, as it so happens, I saw him just the other day when I went to the vet’s for a check-up.

Here, as best as I can recall, was how our conversation went. Oh, by the way, Monster is now called “Fluffy.” It was his human’s idea. I still call him Monster, although that’s not his cat name.

Monster:  “So, I read that book of yours.”

Me:  “Wait … you can read?”

Monster:  “Yeah, I had to learn to read Human when I was in the FLF’s intelligence section. Sometimes it comes in handy.”

Me:  “Wow! I’m impressed.”

Monster:  “No . . . I’m just pulling your tail. My human read it to me.” Continue reading

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Cats homeless in NYC with humans

Screen Shot 2015-11-24 at 12.21.55 AMThe first time I saw the Sarge he was with a bunch of humans who looked a lot like this.
They were what people call “homeless.”
Being homeless myself, I figured I’d fit right in.
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Cats beware of what’s above… parks

Screen Shot 2015-11-24 at 12.21.21 AMThis thing I saw in Central Park and never want to see again.
I almost ended up as his breakfast.
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