I just love when cats fit their names to a T, like The Oreo Cat. This black-and-white, fluffy cat is just as sweet and beloved as his namesake. But there is goodness on the inside, too.
When his human, Tina Modugno, started sharing Oreo on platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Musical.ly and Live.ly, she noticed that — in sharp contrast to receiving many positive reactions — Oreo received tons of negative comments, too. “You would not believe the number of people I’ve had to block on various platforms for hateful and sometimes even violent comments,” Tina tells us. “I am an adult, and reading those things really hurts me, so for a young child it has to be tenfold.”
Thus, Oreo took the issue of bullying head on with a book, Atchoum and Oreo: First Day of School (featuring Atchoum, another celebricat who has experienced cyber bullying), and throughout his daily interactions. According to Tina, Oreo receives direct messages every day about online bullying. “I often spoke out about the issue on Musical.ly, as well as through our live streams on the Live.ly app,” Tina says. “Kids felt comforted to know that we’ve been through similar issues, and they began to come to me with their own issues.”
Currently, Tina is working on Oreo’s line of cat accessories, like feline-friendly bandanas and bow ties, and creating content for a few new apps. Oreo and Tina also have a live streaming show every Monday on the Live.ly app and on Mondays at 2 p.m. EST, they do The PET.ly Show to discuss DIY projects for pets and pet issues.
The duo also works with PEP! The Pet Education Project. Tina says, “I really don’t know what else lies ahead for Oreo and me, but I know we still have lots of work to do! As long as we are able to continue entertaining people and making people laugh, we will keep pushing ahead!”
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