It’s that time of year when we all hunker down, eat perhaps a bit too much, and get comfy by the fire. With the holidays in full swing, it was the perfect time for me to get in touch with Lil BUB to discuss her thoughts on Christmas, New Year’s, and magic. (Obviously BUB doesn’t have opposable thumbs, so all answers were translated with the help of her Dude, Mike Bridavsky.)
Susan Michals for Catster: We’re already counting down and in the midst of the 12 days of Christmas. Is there one line from that famous song, like “Three French hens, two turtle doves,” that really speaks to you?
Lil BUB: To be frank, even though I don’t know Frank, I don’t know this song. Unless it’s “Tom Sawyer” by Rush, I can’t really offer any insight.
Let’s talk Santa. Have you ever sat on his lap?
I’ve sat in A LOT of laps. I’m pretty sure one of those was Santa’s.
Do you have a favorite holiday snack?
Tuna and yogurt, all year round!
What do you want for Christmas this year?
Same thing I did for Hanukkah — eat, sleep, nap, save the world.
Did you help in decorating the tree at your house? What do you think of all those shiny bright things?
I mostly helped by staying out of the way. This was the first year I’ve had a tree in my house, actually — not entirely sure how I feel about it yet. The shiny things are okay, but it’s also a prime hiding spot for Spooky when he wants to give me a spook.
Can you talk a bit about what you’ve achieved in 2015, and what your big plans are for 2016?
2015 was a big year for me. A HUGE year really. I traveled more than 30,000 miles, and I raised more than $100,000 for animals in need from my 2015 appearances alone and more than $150,000 total this year.
Lil BUB’s BIG Fund awarded its 200,000th dollar to shelters with special-needs pets and will likely reach $250,000 before the end of the year. I co-wrote a book called What Can Little WE Do? with Norbert, the cutest dog in the universe.
I became the first Billboard charting space-cat with the release of my debut album Science & Magic (debuted at No. 121 on the Top 200, No. 2 on Electronic Music, and No. 2 as Top New Artist). I became a big sister to a creature named Rosco (also known as Lil Dude). I opened a shop in my hometown of Bloomington, Indiana, and I had Michelle Obama appear as a guest on my talk show.
I am the subject of a fascinating, groundbreaking genetic research project involving my DNA, and I survived the very first fracture repair on a cat with osteopetrosis. Then, to end the year right, I created the most magical Yule log video in the history of time. Also, this year I turned 4.
As for 2016?
In 2016, I will be making three final appearances: NYC in January, Florida in the spring, and CatConLA in June. After that, my Dude and I are going to focus on training Lil Dude to become a superhero astronaut. I will also appear in a Hollywood film, announce a mind-blowing video game, and turn 5 years old.
Any New Year’s resolutions you’d like to share?
More science, more magic.
Lastly, what are your plans for New Year’s Eve? Who are you going to kiss at midnight?
I plan on reaching a deep meditative state and telepathically kissing everyone on earth, at the same time.
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