Up to date September 2021
Images courtesy of Angelina Kayyalaynen
Rover was born to be a meowdel. Proprietor Angelina Kayyalaynen and her associate, Sergey Shlyakhtich, gown him up in Haute CATure. Then he sashays down the runway with main cattitude.
Whereas Rover goes au naturel more often than not, he pulls off mice necklaces, fake snakeskin capes, and angel wings. All of his outfits are handmade, they usually take hours to place collectively. Kayyalaynen is impressed by enjoyable songs, popular culture, and objects she finds laying round the home.
When Rover isn’t putting a pose for his 876K TikTok followers, he joins his homeowners on hikes, tenting journeys, and neighborhood walks. The five-year-old is “dwelling [his] finest 9 lives” along with his Meowdel sister Minnie. Kayyalaynen discovered the tabby on a avenue in Hillsboro, Oregon. She was malnourished, weak, and terrified. Minnie was barely over 5 kilos. For the primary few months, she would not let her homeowners maintain or carry her. She additionally constantly hissed at Rover. However he’s proven her that she’ll be completely happy, secure, and beloved always in her endlessly house.
We caught up with Rover’s hooman to seek out out extra about the place he’s been in his caturday kitty uber and what makes him really feel just like the true “hair” to the throne.
Q: What attracted you to Rover at West Columbia Gorge Humane Society?
A: We first noticed Rover’s picture on an adoption website, a tiny little panther sitting on a crimson blanket with a disgruntled look on his face. He had a lot cattitude for such a smol kitten. We immediately fell in love. After we noticed him on the adoption occasion, he was in a crate with many different black kittens. However of all of the kittens, he was the one to stretch out his little paw by means of the crate and attempt to attain for us. That second was what sealed the deal—we did not choose him, he picked us.
Q: The place did Rover get his title?
A: Land Rover Vary Rover is the precise inspiration for his title. After we have been adopting a kitty, we wished one that might be our companion on hikes, highway journeys, and tenting adventures. We wished a kitty that might go along with us throughout, and the title of “Rover”—regardless of it being primarily a canine title—could not be a greater match.
Q: What locations have you ever and Rover hiked?
A: Rover has primarily explored the Pacific Northwest: Columbia River Gorge, Gifford Pinchot Nationwide Forest, Mt. Rainier Nationwide Park, Leavenworth, the Oregon coast, and so forth. We do hope for extra out of state journeys sooner or later and probably even a visit to Canada.
Q: What’s Rover’s and Minnie’s favourite toys?
A: Neglect all the flamboyant toys! An Adidas shoebox (for shredding) or a white rope from a neighborhood ironmongery shop completely does the trick. Minnie loves chasing the white string as properly, however she additionally finds hair ties, bottle caps, and absolutely anything else that did not make it to the trash can in time.
Q: Aside from tuna, what’s Rover’s favourite deal with?
A: Convey on the freeze-dried rooster! Sells his soul for that one.
Q: What are Rover’s and Minnie’s favourite video games?
A: Minnie will chase a catnip-infused ball, however Rover is a reasonably easy man, chasing a little bit white rope round the lounge does it for him.
Q: The place did you get Rover’s signature shades? How do you retain them from falling off?
A: We discovered them on eBay final 12 months, and it was the funniest buy we have made. He appears so refined sporting his personal little sun shades! It is a fairly cosy match on his face, so they do not come off till Rover desires them off.
Q: How does Rover really feel about being a male meowdel?
A: Rover enjoys the meow-deling course of, or ought to we are saying, the “pay” that is concerned. He would promote his soul for some treats, and he is not ashamed to confess it.
Q: Black cats typically aren’t adopted as a result of they do not “present properly” in selfies. In keeping with the British Broadcasting Company, they take 10 days longer to undertake than ginger cats. What’s the very best a part of proudly owning a “miniature panther”?
A: After we have been seeking to undertake a kitty, we knew we wished to undertake a black kitty particularly due to no less than one of many causes listed above. What we did not notice is how candy, how clever and the way filled with character this home panther can be! It really appears like there is a “human experiencing cathood” in Rover someplace. He is obtained essentially the most clever of gazes, essentially the most expressive of faces, and essentially the most demanding of personalities. The boy is aware of what he desires. When he is given what he is asking for, he showers us with head bops, purrs, and countless snuggles in return.
Q: Whether or not it’s COVID-19, Western infernos, refrigerator-sized comets, or “homicide hornets,” one factor we’ve discovered in 2020 is to anticipate the surprising. What would you like your followers to know?
A: Cling in there, hug your furbabies, we’ll get by means of it collectively.