K4C Update / Bella’s Beauty Contest Results

The kitties that were donated to Kitties for a Cause (K4C) are now on sale HERE! They have exclusive balloons and were all given special names by Bella herself.

Earlier this week, we had a contest, Bella’s Beauty Contest, to promote K4C. Contestants sent in kitties, and Bella chose winners: 1st place, 2nd place, and 3rd place. She also selected four Honorable Mention kitties. Neither Bella nor Brian had any idea who donated any of the forty-two donated kitties. Here is the note from Brian with the results!

“Hi Jody,

Bella has completed the judging of Bella’s Beauty Contest. This was very exciting for her! This is the first time I have seen her skip her snack when getting home from school and head right upstairs to the office. I had to laugh when she looked at #589699 and said it looks like me when I get home from work.

Once she narrowed it down to the final three, it became very difficult for her to choose! But in the end she selected Strawberry Shortcake as the winner! She said she loved her eyes and also the fact that she loves to eat strawberry shortcake. Congrats to the winner and Bella is super excited to keep this beautiful kitty. We are going to make a separate account for Bella to keep her most prized kitties in.

We would like to offer a big thank you to everyone who contributed. Bella, as big-hearted as she is, was concerned for the people who submitted kitties she did not pick. She asked if they would be mad. I told her they may be disappointed, but not mad. They know the kitty will go towards a good cause and be adopted by another loving owner.

Here are the final results!”

1st Place: Strawberry Shortcake

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2nd Place: Sassy Selkirk

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3rd Place: Sparklez’s Friend

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Honorable Mentions:

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The winning kitty, Strawberry Shortcake, will receive a gold medal and will be sent to Bella as a momento of her having the wonderful idea of using kitties to help others.

We were also going to send a gold medal to the owner of the winning kitty as their contest reward, but unfortunately, Strawberry Shortcake was donated after our official contest submissions were closed, thus making her owner (the one and only AlanFalcon) ineligible to receive the medal. (It would have been Alan’s second gold medal!) Alan had known that he missed the deadline and would be ineligible for the medal, but had sent in the kitty anyway as a kind-hearted, generous person. Thank you, Alan!

Since the gold medal can’t go to the first-place winner, it naturally passed to the second-place winner. And this is where things took a very unexpected turn.

The second-place winner, Sassy Selkirk, was donated by myself, Jody. I donated two kitties to the contest, but I honestly didn’t think either of them were going to win. I was surprised by the results and was quite confuddled as to what to do. I never anticipated being able to win a Kitty411 gold medal because I usually have to disqualify myself from every contest I run (even though I want a medal as much as anyone). But since this was a contest in which I had no part in judging, and since I submitted the kitties anonymously and according to the rules, I’ve suddenly found myself in a position where I legitimately won a gold medal! So I’m going to go ahead and give Cookie (my Kitty411 mascot) the gold medal from this contest. 🙂

Thank you, everyone, for participating in Kitties for a Cause! And make sure you buy a kitty from the K4C account to get your balloon momento!

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For reals this time!

Byzantinist is joining Kitty411!

I’m so happy to announce that Byzantinist (a.k.a. Byzantine Kitty) will be helping me on Kitty411 from now on! Many of you have probably already met Byzantinist through Discord or the Purebred Shop, and seen how knowledgeable, helpful, and upbeat Byzantinist is. I’m so excited to have that as an official part of Kitty411 now!

As always, if you see anything on Kitty411 that needs updating, please feel free to let one of us know.

byzantinekitty@gmail.com or Discord @Byzantinist – 🐎 Purebred Sires#2992

cryptokitties411@gmail.com or Discord @Jody – Kitty411.com#4850

Check out Byzantinist’s first article: All About Cattributes.

 

A Player’s Personal Note about K4C

I received an incredibly touching email from a CryptoKitties player recently, and I wanted to share it with you all (with their permission). It’s a beautiful piece of evidence that Bella’s Kitty Den and the Kitties for a Cause campaign are having a real impact on real people, and I’m so grateful I get to be a part of such a generous cause.

This is the email I received:

“I just saw that you’re a part of the Kitties 4 a Cause for Seattle Children’s… and my goodness, it brings many tears.
 
My neice, she was 4 years old, and she had AT/RT brain cancer. We live in the Seattle/Tacoma area, so when she got her diagnosis, her brain surgery was performed at Mary Bridge in Tacoma, but after that she was taken up to Seattle Children’s, which is where she received care for about 8 months until she passed. 
 
Her name was Sadie, and she put up a hell of a fight, by laughing and playing and singing through all of the invasive treatments and appointments and such. Sure there were bad days, but SC really had her best interests at heart, and did their best to keep us all positive, most importantly Sadie. We spent a lot of time up there, but especially her parents. It’s a really rough experience for the whole family when their child gets sick, so having resources available can be such a blessing. Raising money to take care of everything was not easy for us, so I can really appreciate what you’re doing. Thank you.”

If you haven’t already had a chance to donate to Kitties for a Cause (K4C), please consider doing it today. You can even get a chance to win a gold medal for doing so!

Thank you!
Jody

Kitty Treasure Hunt #2

Update: I have randomly selected a winner from all the correct guesses and contacted them about their prize. Thanks to everyone else who participated! I hope you had fun!

We’re having another kitty treasure hunt! This one will be different than the last treasure hunt. Here’s how it works:

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  1. I will choose a Secret Kitty EACH DAY and give out a clue to its identity.
  2. Players may submit one (1) guess each day as to who the Secret Kitty is. I will pick a new Secret Kitty every day.
  3. Whenever you guess the Secret Kitty correctly, you will receive an entry into the prize raffle. (If you guess 4 kitties correctly, you will get 4 entries.)
  4. At the end of the treasure hunt, I will randomly select a winner. The winner will receive a free kitty! (Depending on how many people participate, I may award multiple winners.)

(If the Secret Kitty is sold during its day in the spotlight, I will note it here. Only the guesses submitted before its sale will count.)

ARE YOU READY?!

All the Secret Kitties live HERE.

Kitty #1: “Oh, woe is me! If I had been born earlier, I would have had original artwork on TWO of my traits! Alas, ’twas not to be. Oh well. At least I have this sparkly Mewtation Jewel (I wish it were a diamond, though.)” Identity: #488031

Kitty #2: “You may think I’m just a simple kitty, but I’m actually a mutant TWICE OVER! Both my parents were mutants, too, and they’re thinking of sending me to Xavier’s School this fall. Can you imagine going to school with all those stars? I hope I don’t get too awe-struck!” Identity: #592361

Kitty #3: “Gen 0 cats are all the hype, but they’ll NEVER be a Gen 0 that’s anything like me again. Why? Because all of my traits have been retired. Take that, Gen 0’s!” Identity: #73178

Kitty #4: “I have Jody’s two all-time favorite traits AND a nice fluffy tail to boot!” Identity: #578005

 


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How I Play CryptoKitties

I’ve decided to share my personal CryptoKitties strategy. This is not investment advice; it is simply how I choose to play. Please bear that in mind.

First of all, I have never put in more money than I am willing to lose. That’s pretty important.

I have three kinds of kitties: 1) investment kitties, 2) breeding kitties, 3) just-for-fun kitties.

Investment Kitties

These are the kitties that I am holding for long-term gains. They have production limits, so their rarity should get better over time. I have two Gen 0’s, two fancies (SantaClaws), and three low-ID kitties (<#100,000).

Breeding Kitties

It doesn’t make sense to try to breed all the kinds of kitties, so I have chosen a particular combination to focus on. I have chosen cloudwhite wingtips cats because they fit well into the 3 elements of kitty value: rarity, utility, and appearance.

Rarity

Cloudwhite is a tier-1 mutation, and wingtips is a tier-2 mutation. Because they are mutations, they are harder to create. This makes them much more rare than basic traits, especially in lower generations.

Utility

Cloudwhite and wingtips are useful in a few different ways. Most importantly, their mutation pairs have not been released yet. Once those mutation pairs are released, the value of cloudwhite and wingtips will jump up for a period of time. In addition, wingtips has never been used in a fancy recipe. When that happens, wingtips will see another bump in value.

Appearance

Wingtips is easily the community’s favorite eye shape. It makes any cat a little cuter, and it consistently sells at a premium due to its attractiveness. Cloudwhite is also a widely popular base color. It stands out in the marketplace and it matches well with basically all the other colors.

(I also like to pair cloudwhite wingtips cats with pretty mouths (whixtensions, soserious, happygokitty) to complete the ensemble.)

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In addition to the factors of rarity, utility, and appearance, I also personally LOVE cloudwhite wingtips. And I think that’s vital, too. If you try to chase after something that you don’t have a personal interest in, it will likely fail. For example, a lot of people like otaku and royalblue, but I just can’t get excited about those. It would be a bad idea for me to pursue them because I’d naturally veer back to something I truly enjoyed.

Just-for-Fun Kitties

Speaking of enjoyment, I also allow myself a little bit of ETH to blow on “just-for-fun” kitties. I buy these kitties for no other reason than I like them. Since I’m not worried about turning these kitties into profits, I can fully disregard generation or cooldown or genetics. There are some incredibly adorable kitties out there at dirt-cheap prices, and sometimes it’s fun to splurge on a few of them.

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How I Acquired My Cloudwhite Wingtips Kitties

To get my first cloudwhite wingtips kitties, I created two breeding pairs.

In my first breeding pair, the sire had salmon and raisedbrow, and the dame had shawdowgrey and fabulous. I did this because salmon + shadowgrey –> cloudwhite, and raisedbrow + fabulous –> wingtips. I also made sure they had additional good features (ganado, spock, happygokitty) so the breeding failures would still be decent cats. The odds of creating a cloudwhite wingtips from this pair was low, but I was okay with that because I got the pair at a good price and I knew most of the failures would at least have wingtips, fabulous, or ganado. (And since I no longer need this pair, I am selling them at 0.007 each.)

breeding pair 1

For my second breeding pair, the sire was an almost-purebred cloudwhite kitty and my dame was a wingtips kitty. Since I didn’t have to mutate into the traits, my odds of creating a cloudwhite wingtips was better. Also, 30% of the failures would have wingtips (woohoo!). My ‘bonus’ traits in this pair were laperm (mutation), egyptionkohl, and whixtensions. I am also selling this pair now.

breeding pair 2

After I bred my own cloudwhite wingtips kitty, I also bought another one from @Poopie because it was exactly the match I wanted for my kitty and it was at an incredible price (I’ve been tracking the cloudwhite wingtips market for months). I have now begun breeding my cloudwhite wingtips pair together. This is, of course, my very best breeding pair. When you breed together two cloudwhite wingtips, 50% of the offspring have both cloudwhite wingtips, and nearly all the failures have at least cloudwhite OR wingtips.

Now that I’m set up, I am selling all my extra breeders.

For example, here is another breeding pair I created but didn’t end up needing. I’m selling them for 0.01 each.

Dame: Fabulous (mutation) and Salmon (retired), Bonus: Ganado
Sire: Raisedbrow (mutation) and Shadowgrey, Bonus: Laperm (mutation) and Bubblegum (mutation)

Note: the bonus items are important because they give value to your breeding failures.

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My other breeders (and cloudwhite wingtips) can be seen HERE.

Take-Away

Whatever your strategy may be, it’s nice to focus on one area of the market than trying to take it all on at once. It’s also a good idea to have a clear plan of execution rather than buying random cats. Think about rarity, utility, and appearance, and don’t forget to enjoy the process along the way!

Happy Kittying!

– Jodiferous

Click here for: Jody’s Kitty Shop

 

 


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How the First 8 Diamond Kitty was Bred

Slabmason was the first person to breed a kitty with diamonds next to all eight of its cattributes. Alanfalcon (aka Kittyhawk) interviewed him to see how he did it. Enjoy!

Alan: “Thank you so much for agreeing to talk to us today, Slabmason710! You made the very first kitty with 8 diamond family jewels – that’s incredible. What made you decide to try for it?”

Slab: “Originally I had wanted to get a 64 Diamond Bloodline going so people could craft their own 8 diamond cat, but since i had finished all the groundwork and finally assembled the bloodline, I figured why not shoot for the stars and also go for the first 8 diamond cat. There was also another account under the name “Secreto” that I had found out was doing pretty much the same thing as me, so once I figured out I had competition I kicked it into high gear.”

Alan: “I’ll tell you a secret, I was going for the same thing as you as well, though not nearly as hard as you were chasing it! How did you decide on 64 Diamonds? That feels like a very specific number to anyone with a programming background.”

Slab: “Well that was a little bit more simple. I set a budget that I wouldn’t pay more than 0.1 for a diamond since I was going to have to acquire many of them it was my way of making sure I didn’t run out of ETH before finishing the project. So pretty much 64 was all I could find, haha.”

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Slab owns diamond kitties in all the black traits. Orange traits are founder traits so no diamonds exist for them.

Alan: “Can you explain what a Diamond Bloodline is, exactly?”

Slab: “Diamonds are the original first cats with each trait (excluding founder traits). So a bloodline of diamonds is in my eyes the most efficient way to pass diamonds on to their descendants. So I pretty much sired off of or bought a direct descendant of all the diamonds I could and sorted them out to try and squeeze all the descendants of diamonds that I had into one bloodline, and I managed to do that by Gen 24. So a diamond bloodline is pretty much just one family where you can trace each individual diamond in it’s ancestry.”

Alan: “That’s only part of the process of getting an 8 diamond kitty though, right? How hard was it to actually breed a kitty that expressed 8 diamonds at the same time?”

Slab: “Right. It wasn’t easy finding a quick cooldown 8/8 trait cat to mate it with and it wasn’t exactly cheap to keep buying a cat to breed it with at each next generation but I feel like I got pretty lucky. And was able to do it within 8 breeds after completing the bloodline.”

Alan: “I love that you set such a loft goal for yourself and were able to push to achieve it so quickly. What comes next? What are your plans for this kitty?”

Slab: “I’m not quite sure what is next. Make renditions add more diamonds into the bloodline over time try to keep it updated with as many diamonds as possible. I really would like to sell it as a virgin. But depending on the offers I get I might sire it out it’s all really up in the air, haha, you could say I’m winging it. Planning to make a few more but the best I think I can do while keeping it a virgin is kinda push one through weekly since the bloodline is such a late gen it’s catatonic and can only breed once per week.”

Alan: “I love catatonic kitties, but that’s a subject for another article. What advice would you give to someone who wants to follow in your footsteps?”

Slab: “Save yourself the work and ETH and just sire off my family line, haha. It honestly was pretty rough opening up thousands if not multiple tens of thousands of tabs finding descendants. There really aren’t any utilizable tools to make it easier at the moment, at least that I am aware of.”

Alan: “You deserve to be well compensated for all this work, and I agree that anyone else thinking of trying what you tried should at least consider skipping the hard and expensive part that you already did! But there’s also a sense of personal accomplishment for those who want to do it for themselves. What attracted you to CryptoKitties, and why do you play today?”

Slab: “I really liked the concept of investing in cats and being able to sell the children without ever actually losing your initial investment. I thought it was a really interesting idea and honestly–haha–I played neopets back in the day so it had a touch of nostalgia along with it.”

Alan: “Neopets was great back in the day! Anything Axiom can do to bring more of the Neopets fun to CryptoKitties is super welcome in my book! Where can people reach you if they want to reminisce about Neopets or have any questions about what you accomplished or want to be a part of your 64 Diamond Bloodline?”

Slab: “People can email me at Slabmason710@gmail.com or contact me here on Discord or even on Reddit if they would like. I’ve posted a few things in the CryptoKitties subreddit so you should be able to search for my name and send me a message that way.”

Alan: “Wonderful! Thank you for your time, and congratulations on the accomplishment! I’m very jealous of your beautiful 8 diamond kitty!”

 

 


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Miss Kitty Finalists

These are the finalists for the Miss Kitty Beauty Pageant. Enjoy and vote for your favorites at the bottom!

Miss China (黑福猫 China-Ink Fu, Kitty #486311)

Miss China

If you had a magic wand, what would you ask for and why?
What are your talents and interests?
“Hi, my name is China-ink Fu (黑福). I’m a lovely black lucky cat from the East. In China traditional culture, black color cat means mascot, Fu (福)  also means blessing and happiness. Since ancient times, People keeps me for protection against evil, I bring people fortunate and peace (辟邪消災、保佑平安、招財招福). During the two of the Greatest Dynasties of Ancient China, Qin Dynasty (秦朝 221B.C. to 207B.C.) and Han Dynasty (汉朝 202B.C. to 220) , Black color was the Emperor Color. It was also called “Dark Black (玄色)” meaning Red in Black (黑中揚赤) to bless the Empire. So, I would like to ask for Fu (福)  for all crypto kitties and wish you all a Happy Chinese Lunar New Year of the Dog (祝大家狗年吉祥,財到福到).”

Mr. Sweden (Lasagna Hunter, Kitty #382429)

Mr. SwedenIf you had a magic wand, what would you ask for and why?
“Meow meow-meow, purrrrrr, meow!”
(“All I want is just another piece of lasagna, nothing fancy, meow!”)

What are your talents and interests?
“Meow meow, MEOW!, meow meowww purr.”
(“Shakin’ dat booty, fighting the patriarchy, picking on mice and eating fresh, straight from the oven, lasagna.”)

Miss USA (Faded America, Kitty #468904)

Miss USAIf you had a magic wand, what would you ask for and why?
“I would ask for a decentralized currency that allows for the trading of humans so we can choose the human that suits us best.  More power to the kitties…..and World Peace!”

What are your talents and interests?
“I’m an excellent breeder with the highest quality genes.  I enjoy riding Unicorns, it says so in my bio.  I know how to grow catnip in large supply.. I’ve been told I’m the largest distributor of catnip in the world.  I groom myself.  I swallow my fur balls without coughing them back up.  Can’t help but feel, I’m one independent sassy kitty of the highest degree.”

Miss Canada (Silver Mittens, Kitty #524908)

Miss Canada

What is an issue that cryptokitties like yourself face today?
“There are a lot of jewel thieves in the cryptokitty world! I would do my best to help my cryptokitty brothers and sisters so that no one would feel the need to resort to such actions! We are all rich because we have loving owners 🙂 ”

What are your talents and interests?
“I am named silver mittens not only because of my fur colors but also because I love to paw and play with shiny things! My owner says my best talent is being able to wake her up on schedule with gentle purrs and cuddles 🙂  I also bring my owner meals I have caught to do my part in ending cryptoworld hunger xP”

Miss Italy (Kitty #48788)

Miss ItalyIf you had a magic wand, what would you ask for and why?
“Chiederei che non ci fosse possibilità di guadagno con noi cryptogatti perchè la maggior parte delle persone ci sfrutta solo per un ritorno economico.”
(“I would like that wasn’t possible to earn eth from us cryptokitties because a lot of people look at us only like an investment.”)

What are your talents and interests?
“Sono una cercatrice di petrolio di fama internazionale. Ho scoperto più di 100 nuovi pozzi da quando ho iniziato. A volte quando trono a casa la sera il mio padrone mi scambia per il suo onyx.

(“I’m a world-class oil seeker. I discovered over than 100 new oil wells since I start this job. Sometimes when I come back home from work my owner thinks I’m his onyx cat.”)

Mr. France (Cutest Painter, Kitty #537893)

Mr. France

If you had a magic wand, what would you ask for and why?
“I would ask a time machine. I would then be able to travel to Paris at the beginning of the 20th century when the artist were at their best. I could meet legendary painters and live in Montmartre and paint all day long.”

What are your talents and interests?
“My interest is painting. My best talent is teaching painting. That’s why Salvador Dali ask me to teach him how to master painting. I accepted him as my apprentice but under one condition: he had to grow the same style of mustache as me!”

Mr. Germany (Kitty #531556)

Mr. Germany

If you had a magic wand, what would you ask for and why?
*waves* “Hello! I’d wish for a house. I always wanted my own. Obviously, it would produce food, especially tacos and ice cream. Don’t judge me for looking fat, I have fluffy fur.”

What are your talents and interests?
Talents: “Eating 50 tacos in 10 minutes.”
Interests: “Currently doing research on combining ice cream with tacos.”

Miss Russia (Kitty #512990)

Miss Russia

If you could live your life over, what part of your life would you change?
“Мне многие говорят, что я похожа на облачко во время грозы. Сначала спокойная, но неожиданно мой взгляд приковывает внимание и мои глаза начинает стрелять молниями. И я действительно обладаю суперспособностью – покорять всех своим очарованием.

Если бы я могла прожить свою жизнь еще раз, я бы сделала всё, чтобы попасть в команду Мстителей или Людей Х. Я и Гроза или я и Алая Ведьма были бы идеальной командой. Мб Наташа Романова сначала не полюбила бы меня, потому что я превосходила бы её своей красотой и очарованием (и навыками супер убийцы), но потом – мы стали бы лучшими подругами. Я уверена, что я была бы самым незаменимым членом вселенной Марвел.”

(“Many people tell me that I look like a cloud during a thunderstorm. At first I am a calm girl, but unexpectedly my sight attracts attention and my eyes start to shoot with lightning. And I really have the superpower – to conquer hearts with charm.

If I could live my life again, I would have done everything to get into the team of the Avengers or X-Men. Storm with I or Scarlet Witch with I would have been an ideal team. Maybe Natasha Romanova first would not love me, because I would surpass her with my beauty and charm (and the skills of a super killer), but then – we would become best friends. I’m sure that I would be the most indispensable member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”)

What are your talents and interests?
“Таланты: обворожительность и очаровательность; навыки суперубийцы; мастер капоэйра; невероятная харизма; милые позы для сна.

Интересы: вселенная Марвел, прыжки с парашютом; люблю ухаживать за домашними рыбками; сногсшибательные татуировки; путешествия по всему миру (чтобы дарить лучи тепла и добра 😇).”

(Talents: fascination and enchantment; super-killer skills; capoeira master; incredible charisma; cute poses for sleeping.

 Interests: Marvel Universe; parachute jumps; I love to take care of my gold fishes; stunning tattoos; travel around the world (to give the rays of warmth and kindness 😇).”

Miss Spain (Maria Dolores, Kitty #510519)

Miss Spain

If you had a magic wand, what would you ask for and why?
“Arre you kidding meow?? I am a Spanish gypsy queen! I’ve had a wonderrful gypsy life that has been the envy of all cats! I only rregret having lost my beloved son Negato… he neverr underrstood my unhealthy obsession for tarrtar sauce and garrlic!”

What are your talents and interests?
“I am purrebred Gypsy! I am a tireless travelerr, adventurous, seductive dancerr, hand readerr, motherr of Momo-Chan’s… and ice cream lover! Ninja blood rruns through my veins and I have contacts in the highest spheres. I just want our onyx beautiful colorr among all the cats in Catopolis!”

Miss England (Cleocatra, Kitty #505689)

Miss EnglandIf you had a magic wand, what would you ask for and why?
“I’d ask for the map to the land of my forebears, which is born into the mind as a cloth of scattered diamonds beneath the paw of any kitten who wishes to walk the path. Explorers of this land, once they return, may bestow gifts of knowledge of the beginnings of the cryptoverse, and the divine formation of the most recent block. I’m told the forebears also make incredible cucumber sandwiches. I absolutely have to try these in at least one of my nine lives.”

What are your talents and interests?
“When I was younger I learnt that I had the ability to recollect my past lives. On a Sunday as I settle for one of several naps, I let myself drift along the stream of time and awake to a Galaxy on the outer reaches of the Etherverse, where my friends of the 5th life and I waded through liquid pearl to find the host planet of our lost dream partners. On Tuesdays, I travel to Sector Esanterriqual, where my lover and I learnt the magic of peace. We scattered golden ears of corn among the playing fields of Ialay, 9th Moon of Toron, and turned the sky into a sea of sparkling golden fishes to feed the planet’s kitten population. Some days I even remember a life when I came to Earth in Mexico at the beginning of the Cretaceous era, but that’s another story. As you may have noticed by now, in my present life, the 7th, I like to day-dream a lot. I haven’t done much of importance yet in this life, but it’s nice to spend some time reflecting when you have several, and who knows how busy exploring and making magic I’ll be in the 8th.”


Vote for your favorite three (3) kitties below, but DO NOT vote multiple times. You may encourage others to vote, but DO NOT campaign for your specific kitty (contestants without CK friends deserve a fair chance).

The results of the poll will only account for a PORTION of the kitties’ final scores. If I discover any cheating at all, the poll results will not be used and we will rely on our judges’ scores only. (If you can’t see the poll, you may vote in the comments.)

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