SARAH'S BLOG OF FUN: Morris The Cat Gives Us Some Q & A ~~Giveaway~~

Monday, August 24, 2015

Morris The Cat Gives Us Some Q & A ~~Giveaway~~

**All opinions expressed are 100% my own.  I was not compensated for this post.  I was given promotional items as a thank you.**

Morris the Cat is known throughout the world as the star of over fifty 9Lives cat food commercials from the 1970s up through today. He gained even greater notoriety when he became an advo-cat for kitty adoptions with his “Million Cat Rescue” initiative, and just this year, he took a trip to South by Southwest as a feline technology correspondent.

It seems America’s favorite ‘charmingly choosy’ feline is always on the go, but I recently had the chance to catch up with him to talk show biz, naps, and how he’s giving back through his new effort called ‘Live Well & Prospurr.’

You’ve been a TV star since the 1970s and yet you look as vivacious as ever. How do you keep your youthful glow?

People ask me all the time if I’ve had work done. But in fact, my whiskers stay perky thanks to a disciplined regimen of napping, sleeping, napping some more, eating (9Lives, of course), and just generally hanging out. I want to emphasize this last one because even though it’s categorically important for our health and happiness, it’s also the easiest to forget as we go about our busy lives. That’s why I developed my Official Guide to Relaxing, Chillin’, Unwinding & More. (I had to take some time away from hanging out to write it, but I hope you’ll agree it was well worth it.)

Are humans allowed to know what’s in this guide or is it for felines only?

Oh no, the guide was written for all species, both two- and four-legged. And let’s face it, cats are pretty good at hanging out already. I know relaxing can be daunting—what with work, kids, errands, and chores—but that’s why I created the 5 levels of hanging out. Even the most stressed out person can master Level 1: Kicking Back. Then, as people get more comfortable with the idea of just relaxing, they can move on to the higher levels and ultimately achieve what I like to call Prospurr.

How does someone know when they’ve achieved Prospurr?

Excellent question, Sarah. Prospurr is the Holy Grail of hanging out. It’s not so much an action as a state of mind, but purr-haps I could describe it best like this: It’s like the moment you flop onto the couch after a hard day, mixed with the tingling sensation of getting scratched behind the ears, rolled into the drool-inducing taste of a bowl of 9Lives. You humans out there probably haven’t tried 9Lives, so you’ll just have to trust me on this one. For more tips on hanging out, go to this website that I built with my own four paws:

I know working in show biz can mean very long hours. How do you keep to your hangout regimen while you’re on set?

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Just like Brad Pitt or Liam Hemsworth, I have a stand-in who sets up all my shots for me. That way I can rest in my trailer—ahem, carrying case—until the cameras start rolling. My stand-in is polyester and has a tag that says “Made in the USA,” but he does the trick. All I have to do is show up and look handsome… which is easy since I’ve spent the whole day getting my beauty rest.

Certainly the entertainment industry, and the world in general, has changed a lot since the 1970s. How do you keep up with the times?

I chase the times like a red-laser dot, and I’m always on the lookout for cool new tech gadgets that help cats and humans live well. One of my new favorites is the Apple Watch—it lets me track how much time I spend ‘napping’ versus the time I spend ‘sleeping.’ AND, today it told me that I took 19 steps going from my bed to my food dish—nothing like working up a sweat before a big meal.

What is the best advice you could give to someone who wants to live a better life?

Watch cat videos! A recent study conducted by some really smart people at Indiana University found that after watching a clip of Lil Bub, Nora the Piano Cat or of course, yours truly, participants felt increased levels of joy and energy. Science doesn’t lie, people! Bonus points if you watch said cat videos curled up in bed or on a fluffy couch.

If a cat watches cat videos, does it have the same effect?

Yes—in fact, the effect is multiplied. It’s like topping 9Lives Super Supper with even more 9Lives Super Supper. Some days I’ll watch cat videos the entire four hours I’m awake.

It seems like you’ve got a pretty nice life, Morris. 

I’m very lucky, but to me, being a celebricat isn’t about paw-ty hopping or head-booping Hollywood royalty. It’s about enjoying the simple pleasures that let me live well—and helping others to do the same. You may not know this but I was actually a rescue cat in Chicago before I was ‘discovered.’ This year, with your support, I’m donating a million meals to the ASPCA. Every time you tweet using #MorrisFeeds I’ll donate a bowl of 9Lives to a kitty in need. Find out more at

Morris would like to say thank you to all of his loyal fans, and offer one lucky reader a fun prize pack.  Your prize pack will include some tasty treats, and some fun products for your owner. 

-2 bags of dry food
-6 cans of wet food
-1 pin
-1 ornament

-1 pair of sweatpants

Enter using the rafflecopter form below, and good luck!!

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Kasee said...

We have several kitties! Magnum is an 11-year-old male calico Maine Coon that asks to go outside by scratching at the front door like a dog. Never mind that there's a cat door in the window next to that door. We also have a black cat named Bella that we acquired from my sister. She has decided that she prefers to live solely in our garage. Except at night, when she climbs through our second cat window into my 10-year-old son's room to sleep on his bed with him. There is a family of stray cats that adopted us, with one still hanging around and COMING INSIDE. She's ours now, since she's given us 2 litters of kittens!! We kept 2 boys from her first litter. They're 4 months old now and ready to be fixed so they can go outside, too, when they want. We named them Sodapop and Ponyboy, from the book/movie The Outsiders. There are currently 7 2-week-old babies sleeping in a dog crate in my living room. As soon as they are weaned, the mama cat we call GC (for Garage Cat, since that's where she started out) will be fixed. No more kittens, please.

Darlene said...

Sammy is 9 years old - black and indoor cat.

Amy Orvin said...

I have 4 indoor only cats. Bubba is a solid black 22 pound beefcake, Little is also 13 and she's a pretty brown and white tabby, Chester is a 4 year old brown tabby and Ryder is a 4 and half year old tuxedo cat. They would love to win!

Amy Orvin said...

Blogged about the giveaway:

Amy Orvin said...

I posted your blog button on my blog.
It's located on the right hand sidebar. It's
the very first button. You can't miss it.

Unknown said...

My cat is about 5 years old now. She's an indoor, very energetic cat, who loves to play with toys.

skkorman said...

Joey, my wonderful red tabby, was a feral cat but now has been with me for 16 years and is an indoor cat. The first time I saw him I thought he was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen … and he still is!

skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

janetfaye said...

I have your button on my sidebar:

Charity and John said...

My cat is Sunshine, a white medium hair domestic cat. She has lost the use of her back legs, but is a happy girl who loves to be brushed and pet.

janetfaye said...

My cat is a black short hair with topaz eyes. His name is Romeo and he is very loving and smart. He is a great family cat.

Isaiahsmom said...

My Cat's name is Balto. He is 12 years old. He is an indoor cat but I take him out on a leash and he loves the outdoors.

janetfaye said...

I blogged:

Elena said...

I have two indoor tabby cats - Sammy and Anfissa. Sammy is 4 years old and Anfissa is 9 years old.

Kristen said...

Casper, age 4, mostly indoor, supervised in the backyard.

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