On their friendship…
Matt: It’s a lot more give than take, but Zelda’s cute so she gets away with it.
Zelda: I’ve always maintained it’s best to avoid friendships with your staff.
On life in lockdown…
Matt: It’s nice having a cat’s company while I work from home, although Zelda can be distracting.
Zelda: The human requires round-the-clock supervision. I don’t like micro-managing him, but his productivity is poor.
What’s your morning routine?
Matt: Wake up, feed the cat, go for a jog, shower, have breakfast, start work.
Zelda: Wake human up, eat, shower, snooze, shower, throw up breakfast, start work.
On sharing a workspace…
Matt: It’s going well. I set up an office in the spare room and Zelda spends most of the day on my lap, desk or keyboard.
Zelda: Disastrous. Since he invaded my office my productivity has plummeted, and I’m barely getting my 18 hours of sleep.
What’s going well?
Matt: Lockdown has helped us become closer than ever.
Zelda: I’ve noticed that I get a lot more treats and belly rubs.
What isn’t going so well?
Matt: I think Zelda may be gaining weight
Zelda: I’m still always hungry
Any annoying habits?
Matt: Zelda has taken to jumping on my desk immediately after using the litter tray.
Zelda: How long do we have? I could write a book about this.
Most memorable moments?
Matt: I was on a zoom call with the entire department and Zelda took over from me by staring directly into the camera.
Zelda: April 7th, 3.30pm, partly cloudy – I had the most wonderful nap.
How has your relationship evolved?
Matt: Zelda’s a lot more vocal with me – she loves the extra attention she gets!
Zelda: The human is getting way too clingy.
Have you discovered any new hobbies?
Matt: Baking and DIY. I’m terrible at both.
Zelda: I’ve been writing poetry
What if there’s a second lockdown?
Matt: We need to stay positive and try to embrace whatever happens.
Zelda: I can’t take much more of this.
Finally, your top lockdown tip…
Matt: Regularly check in with friends & family, even if it’s just a quick text message.
If you’re out of pasta
Or if you’re low on rice
Adopt a shelter kitty
And they will bring you mice
Curious Zelda shares her unique advice and poems in “The Adventures of a Curious Cat”…
The Adventures of a Curious Cat is published by Sphere and is out now in paperback.