Dear Tabby is written by Tabs the cat, widely considered “the world’s first plus-size kitty supermodel.” Founded in mid 2012, it has quickly become the most popular cat advice column on earth — known for its fresh, feline perspective on lifestyle, fashion and style issues affecting cats and humans.
A kitty who wants to be her own cat
DEAR TABBY: My friends are driving me bonkers.
Especially my best friend. She’s a fluffy, long-haired Persian, and quite the diva — you know, all about going to get her fur groomed, and getting mani-pedis, and all of that high-maintenance kitty stuff.
Which is fine — but I’m more of an au naturel kitty girl. I’m just not the type of cat to wear a tiara on a Tuesday to eat her crunchies, if you know what I’m saying.
Well, um, this friend of mine keeps insisting that I accompany her to the grooming salon, telling me that I need to get my claws filed and get some tinted claw covers, because they’ll “change my life.” (She has bright pink ones.)
But Tabby, I don’t want to do that. I quite like my natural nails and, you know, I don’t need a fancy lion cut or anything like that.
How can I tell her that I don’t want to go to the salon? We’ve been best friends for a really long time, and I don’t want to hurt her feelings.
Just be yourself
DEAR PATCHES: You know, we’re lucky. We live in a time when cats can express themselves in a myriad of ways, be it through blogs or YouTube or accessories or clothing or different fur styles and grooming.
Myself? I like to do my own grooming because I’m very particular about it, and I like my claws natural. In your case, the next time your friend insists that you go with her to the grooming salon, I suggest you take her aside, gently, and be straight with her. Don’t make up any excuses; don’t say that you have to go and volunteer at the ASPCA or anything like that. Be upfront with her, but do it gently. Just tell her, “I love how you do your diva thang, and it totally suits you, but it’s not really my style.”
And if she doesn’t believe you, or if she still insists, tell her that you don’t want to take the spotlight away from her. Trust me, that will work. It takes one (a diva) to know one.
Cat seeks fashion advice
DEAR TABBY: I see that you wear cat eye glasses sometimes. Well, I’ve recently been told by my optometrist/veterinarian that I need to procure a pair of glasses because I’ve been diagnosed as near-sighted.
On the one paw, I’m looking forward to seeing the great outdoors again in crisp high-definition, and I do believe that this will also help me catch more mice, but I’m torn over style. I can’t figure out what kind of frames to get.
I’m tempted to get a cat eye shape because, well, I’m a cat, and many cats pull off that look well, but I’m afraid they might look a little hipster. What should I do?
It’s all about the accessories
DEAR DIAMOND: When it comes to eyewear, I think it’s trial and error, and if you’re feelin’ the cat eyes, so what if they’re cliché? You do you, boo.
With that said, may I offer one tip? Go with a color that complements your fur.