If you’re a pet lover, you’ve likely heard of the popular website and corresponding Facebook page, Texts From Mittens.
Pet Age recently talked with Bailey about how she gets the inspiration for the popular site and more.
Pet Age: Tell us how Texts from Mittens got started.
Bailey: I’ve always thought cats doing human things was absolutely hysterical. This is what drove me to write my book, whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a parody of cats and craigslist. I pitched the idea to Catster.com last February and they approved it. Soon it became popular and became a bi-weekly column. Readers wanted daily Mittens and just last month I created a Tumblr and Facebook page for Mittens.
Pet Age: Where do you get the inspiration for the witty banter?
Bailey: Cats are just naturally snarky, so it’s not that difficult to imagine a cat doing or saying the things Mittens does. I wanted to give him some quirky human interests, so he became a TV addict, with special adoration for his idol, Judge Judy.
Pet Age: When you started Texts from Mittens, did you ever think it would get this popular, and when you see how it’s grown, what goes through your head?
Bailey: I guess I didn’t know what to expect. I thought it was funny, but that’s not always a guarantee that readers will connect with it. Thankfully, they’ve really enjoyed the Mittens posts. I’ve introduced a few characters into Mittens’ world and there are several ongoing stories. I’m amazed that readers actually follow along and emotionally connect with these characters! On Facebook I mentioned that I imagine Mittens’ voice to be like Stewie from Family Guy. Most people jumped right in and agreed, but a few got kind of defensive and insisted that was NOT his voice!
Pet Age: Tell us a little about yourself.
Bailey: I’m a freelance writer — most of my work is with Catster.com. My first book, whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds came out in September. I also write Catladyland, an award-winning cat humor blog. I have a husband, two teenagers and three cats. I love silly, irreverent humor and am really a 12-year-old boy living in a 43-year-old woman’s body.
Pet Age: How would you describe Texts from Mittens to someone who has never seen it before?
Bailey: Mittens is a self-serving cat who has unlimited data and way too much time on his paws, so he harasses his mom, grandma, best friend Stumpy and, of course, Drunk Patty, the ever-annoying neighbor.