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Monday, July 27, 2015

Live Well & Prospurr - Morris The Celebrity Cat Interview - #MorrisFeeds

Live Well & Prospurr

Morris the Cat is known throughout the world as the star of over fifty 9Lives cat food commercials from the 1970s up through today. He gained even greater notoriety when he became an advo-cat for kitty adoptions with his “Million Cat Rescue” initiative, and just this year, he took a trip to South by Southwest as a feline technology correspondent.

It seems America’s favorite ‘charmingly choosy’ feline is always on the go, but I recently had the chance to catch up with him to talk show biz, naps, and how he’s giving back through his new effort called ‘Live Well & Prospurr.’


You’ve been a TV star since the 1970s and yet you look as vivacious as ever. How do you keep your youthful glow?

People ask me all the time if I’ve had work done. But in fact, my whiskers stay perky thanks to a disciplined regimen of napping, sleeping, napping some more, eating (9Lives, of course), and just generally hanging out. I want to emphasize this last one because even though it’s categorically important for our health and happiness, it’s also the easiest to forget as we go about our busy lives. That’s why I developed my Official Guide to Relaxing, Chillin’, Unwinding & More. (I had to take some time away from hanging out to write it, but I hope you’ll agree it was well worth it.)

Are humans allowed to know what’s in this guide or is it for felines only?

Oh no, the guide was written for all species, both two- and four-legged. And let’s face it, cats are pretty good at hanging out already. I know relaxing can be daunting—what with work, kids, errands, and chores—but that’s why I created the 5 levels of hanging out. Even the most stressed out person can master Level 1: Kicking Back. Then, as people get more comfortable with the idea of just relaxing, they can move on to the higher levels and ultimately achieve what I like to call Prospurr.

How does someone know when they’ve achieved Prospurr?

Excellent question, Colette. Prospurr is the Holy Grail of hanging out. It’s not so much an action as a state of mind, but purr-haps I could describe it best like this: It’s like the moment you flop onto the couch after a hard day, mixed with the tingling sensation of getting scratched behind the ears, rolled into the drool-inducing taste of a bowl of 9Lives. You humans out there probably haven’t tried 9Lives, so you’ll just have to trust me on this one. For more tips on hanging out, go to this website that I built with my own four paws: www.prospurr.9lives.com

I know working in show biz can mean very long hours. How do you keep to your hangout regimen while you’re on set?

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Just like Brad Pitt or Liam Hemsworth, I have a stand-in who sets up all my shots for me. That way I can rest in my trailer—ahem, carrying case—until the cameras start rolling. My stand-in is polyester and has a tag that says “Made in the USA,” but he does the trick. All I have to do is show up and look handsome… which is easy since I’ve spent the whole day getting my beauty rest.



Certainly the entertainment industry, and the world in general, has changed a lot since the 1970s. How do you keep up with the times?

I chase the times like a red-laser dot, and I’m always on the lookout for cool new tech gadgets that help cats and humans live well. One of my new favorites is the Apple Watch—it lets me track how much time I spend ‘napping’ versus the time I spend ‘sleeping.’ AND, today it told me that I took 19 steps going from my bed to my food dish—nothing like working up a sweat before a big meal.

What is the best advice you could give to someone who wants to live a better life?

Watch cat videos! A recent study conducted by some really smart people at Indiana University found that after watching a clip of Lil Bub, Nora the Piano Cat or of course, yours truly, participants felt increased levels of joy and energy. Science doesn’t lie, people! Bonus points if you watch said cat videos curled up in bed or on a fluffy couch.

If a cat watches cat videos, does it have the same effect?

Yes—in fact, the effect is multiplied. It’s like topping 9Lives Super Supper with even more 9Lives Super Supper. Some days I’ll watch cat videos the entire four hours I’m awake.

It seems like you’ve got a pretty nice life, Morris. 

I’m very lucky, but to me, being a celebricat isn’t about paw-ty hopping or head-booping Hollywood royalty. It’s about enjoying the simple pleasures that let me live well—and helping others to do the same. You may not know this, but I was actually a rescue cat in Chicago before I was ‘discovered.’ This year, with your support, I’m donating a million meals to the ASPCA. Every time you tweet using #MorrisFeeds I’ll donate a bowl of 9Lives to a kitty in need.

And I haven’t forgotten about my human fans: Go to www.prospurr.9lives.com for a chance to win $300 towards a relaxing getaway… You deserve it!



Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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32 comments :

  1. A stand-in??? Who knew! That's making life easier on the cat, lol. I loved Morris when I was a kid. :)

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    1. Yea :) he's been around for awhile eh.

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  2. Adorable and unique post. At first I was like maybe that is how they prosper in Jamaica. It took me a minute, but I got it. Adorable cat.

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    1. You make me giggle. But I totally get your first thought , being that I'm from the islands and such.

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  3. Oh my gosh I remember Morris the cat! I love that he's an activist for adopting cats. I adopted my puppy a few months ago and adoption is ALWAYS the way to go <3

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    1. Adoption is amazing!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Ha, this is so creative and cute. I have no idea who Morris the cat is, but he is one cute feline. Glad he is getting some extra love and attention!

    Amanda
    www.queenofthelandoftwigsnberries.com

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    1. Thank you Amanda.
      I think it's fun too!

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  5. Aw, Morris! I haven't seen this guy in so long. As always he is full of sage wisdom and insight. Not a cat person, but this is so cute!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and sharing :)

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  6. Morris, Morris, Morris -- you are wonderful! The pictures are so very cute!

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  7. Hehehe I must live under a rock because I have no clue who Morris was until I read this lol.... I'm a total cat lady so I'm a shocked I haven't lol...

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    1. So glad I could help you with the introduction :)

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  8. I remember who Morris is. How funny that he had a stand in. And what a great post.

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    1. That is rather funny about the stand in :)
      Thank you!

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  9. I remember who this Morris is! How nice that he has a stand in. I love this post.

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  10. I remember Morris the cat well! Who would have thought a cat would need or want a stand in! lol

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    1. I know right? :)
      Thanks makes it hilarious!
      Thanks Joanne

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  11. I love it that Morris gave you an interview! He's living quite the life - showbiz has treated him quite well.

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    1. Oh yea I would agree that he's lived well!

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  12. This.is.awesome!! Morris sounds absolutely purrfect! What a great interview!!

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    1. LOL I love how you say that Angie :) Purrfect :)

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  13. Oh Morris, you are too funny! It must be nice to live such a relaxing life! I wish I had stand in sometimes, lol.

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    1. Especially for the cooking right? :)

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  14. That was hilarious. My favorite was the Apple watch to keep track of his napping vs. Sleeping.

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    1. And we all know how cat can sleep right :)

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  15. Great post, creative! I love cats, unfortunately I'm allergic!

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    1. I keep wondering if I"m allergic also.

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  16. So much fun to hear from Morris' perspective! I am new to the cat world now myself. My daughter's cat is living with us!

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    1. Ahh the first line of grands right :)
      But they are fascinating creatures eh.

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I appreciate your thoughts - Colette

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