From Burnell and Betsy:
With a breaking heart I must tell Nora fans all over the world that she passed away on the morning of Monday, February 5th, 2024. She was 19 1/2 years old. For the last few years, she was being treated for Chronic Kidney Disease, and for all but the last two weeks, she was able to lead a pretty normal happy life. We are so grateful to have had nearly 20 years with this beautiful and talented feline. She brought Betsy and I so much joy, and through her we met so many wonderful folks. Over the years, Nora received thousands of messages of love from you, her fans and admirers. We thank you all.
We loved her dearly. She passed peacefully at home on her favorite blanket and surrounded by us. At this moment, we can’t imagine a world without her.
I and my purrsonal assistants, Betsy and Burnell, were filmed and interviewed recently by ABC News. You can check out the broadcast below. It was so great meeting journalist Matteo Iadonisi, and I played quite a bit for him. Burnell and Betsy did alright, too, answering questions. Myself, I prefer the language of music.
Click the link below to watch the video:
Jenny, on the right, has been trying to be a snuggle buddy with me for years, maybe even a decade. I, however, have a well-earned reputation as a diva who does not seek the company of other cats. But Jenny has been patiently relentless in her attempts to be close to me. About a year ago, I softened to her advances, as you can see from this photo. I am truly adored. The high price of fame!
I sometimes get accused of being a diva, of being bossy or, believe it or not, self-indulgent. We media stars all get criticized for taking centerstage and enjoying it. But as a bright star, I was born to shine.
Case in point: the photograph below. Even though I am a gray cat surrounded by color, I stand out. I command attention. I shine.
Today I got a Skype call from composer/conductor Mindaugas Piečaitis, the composer of CATcerto – all the way from Lithuania. He needed Betsy to setup and tryout a Skype connection, which will be used so that she and I can interact with the audience in Lithuania on March 6th, 2019 when Maestro Piecaitis conducts the Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra in a 10th Anniversary performance of CATcerto. If you have not yet seen CATcerto, and can’t make the March 6th concert in Lithuania, you can check out the premier performance on YouTube at ?<https://youtu.be/zeoT66v4EHg>. And yes, that’s me appearing on the big screen. Hard to believe it’s been 10 years. Enjoy! (That’s Burnell’s iPad in the foreground, and Maestro Piecaitis’ voice on the short video below.)
A New Year is a great time for a Nora calendar. And these calendars are extra special because you can order one at any time of year. They are printed on demand and you can specify which month you’d like to start on. Order one for yourself, or give as gifts. Check them out by clicking here.
Now’s the time to order your calendar for 2017, and I’ve got six to choose from – all about me. Who else, right? Anyway, they’re all beautiful and five of them feature wonderful photos of me shot by my purrsonal assistants, Burnell and Betsy. And one of them features twelve amazing artworks by my fans. That’s the Nora-Inspired Art Calendar. The twelve were the winners in this years Nora-Inspired Art Contest. All ages and all media were allowed. Some really beautiful art, if I do say so myself. And, of course, I do. How could they not be when you start a cat like…well, you get the point. Cool thing is, you can order your calendar to start on any month. So, if you don’t want to wait till January, 2017, you can order it to start in November or December of this year. How cool is that?
Order at http://bit.ly/2e09r19
I am twelve-years-old. My birthday is in September. I have been playing pretty much every day since I was one-year-old. Pretty amazing, eh? The video above was recorded by my purrsonal assistants on October 12, 2016. I hope you will enjoy it, share it, and will subscribe to my YouTube channel, as well as “Like” my Facebook page at: http://facebook.com/norathepianocatpage