The Life and Times of 8 Year Old Princess Sugar Pie as a Famous Registered Therapy Cat and Show Cat, rescued by owner/trainer Jim Barbee when she was a feral kitten.
Princess Sugar Pie is dressed up in her famous and familar "Cowgirl" outfit. She was very tired after her visit to one of the area's nursing homes. I thought that she looked rather funny, so I took this picture of her in her worn-out state.
Whenever she goes out with me on her visits or to just run errands, Sugar Pie usually rides in my pickup truck with both of her front paws up on the dashboard. While this is happening, Princess Sugar Pie can be dressed in any number of outfits but Sugar Pie is usually dressed in, of course, her Cowgirl outfit. This always brings about allot of stares from people which results in many pictures being taken of her. Sugar Pie is a real sight to see. Oh Boy, is She a real sight to see!
Photo was taken be me. LJB
Hello and welcome to my cat's web page. My name is Jim Barbee and Princess Sugar Pie is a very special cat of mine. Besides being her owner, I am also her trainer too. You see, dogs are not the only animals that are "Therapy Animals". Four year old Princess Sugar Pie is a certified therapy cat that I registered through the "Service Animal Registry of America" or SARA. I rescued her when she was a feral kitten living underneath my condominium back in 2004. Princess Sugar Pie started becoming famous right after the Mobile Press-Register featured a three page article about her during the 2007 Mardi Gras celebration. Princess Sugar Pie has become Mobile Area's own Mardi Gras Cat. She just turned 5 years old in June of 2008. I hope that she and I will be able to spend a long productive life together. I am so proud of all her accomplishments.
Note: When I first noticed Princess Sugar Pie, her Daddy, Mr. Boots had both she and her brother in tow coming up my condo's steps. Her Daddy, Mr. Boots, was the first angel that I rescued, He used to bring she and her Brother, later named, Mr. Maxx up to my 2nd story condo each and every day to eat cat food. When I saw her, I fell in love with her and later named her Princess Sugar Pie. It took a while before I tamed she and her brother. More about Mr. Boots and Mr. Maxx later. Now back to Princess Sugar Pie's story.
In the beginning, she wouldn't even let me get close enough to pet her but I eventually won her confidence. After some intensive training, I saw that she would make a wonderful therapy animal. During her training, I would take her to crowded and noisy places so that she would get accustomed to the sights and sounds. I would reward her with treats when she behaved well.
After two years of training, I certified her as a therapy animal and now she is able to help other people to relax and feel at ease. I still find it amazing that she was a feral cat and now she has accomplished all of this.
Note: "Princess Sugar Pie" is sometimes called "Sugar Pie" or just "Sugar" for short, even-though she is still an actual Princess. She really enjoys grooming herself while sitting on the vanity in front of the mirror in the bathroom. She also enjoys having her nails and hair trimmed before she takes her bath and has no problems with a blow dryer being used to dry her hair either. Shouldn't a Princess be pampered while taking great pains to look her best?
Note: Princess Sugar Pie likes to eat "Purina Cat Chow" complete formula and snack on "Whiskas" temptations and "Purrfectly Natural" gourmet treats for cats. She does have some "pet peeves" though. Princess Sugar Pie likes to have a clean water and food bowl and a clean litter box too. She doesn't like to get her feet dirty either and is the "Princess of clean". Isn't that how a "Princess" should act? Note: Of all the kitty litters that I have used, "Fresh Step" multiple cat litter, seems to do the best job! Sugar Pie even approves of it too.
Since Princess Sugar Pie is a certified and registered therapy animal, I am now able to take her to any nursing home or hospital in the country, if I need to. Besides our going to nursing homes and hospitals, I have also taken her to schools in order to educate children about Therapy Animals and how Princess Sugar Pie became one. Whenever I go out and take Sugar Pie with me, I always clamp her picture ID on her harness or costume, even if we just run errands. I also take Sugar Pie to my home church in Mobile when I'm down at my condo in Daphne. She has been blessed and christened at least three times in the past couple of years. I guess that makes Sugar Pie a "Holy Cat". People always ask me about Sugar Pie all the time because they are not used to seeing a therapy cat, let alone a cat dressed up in a hat or costume. Therapy animals not only lower people's blood pressure when they hold and pet the animal, the activity also reduces their stress
level too, which is another added benefit.
In 2005, I began training Princess Sugar Pie to wear her "costumes", walk on her "leash" and "pose for pictures"!
In 2006, Princess Sugar Pie started her "Therapy Animal" training!
In 2007, Princess Sugar Pie became a "Registered" and "Certified","Service Animal Registry of America" Therapy Cat! Also, I began training her to do various tricks too! Note: Her training is always "ongoing"!
"Fifth place" in the 2007 Tennessee Valley CFA "HHP" division! See P. 2 "Home".
"First place" and "Best Cat" in the 2008 Tennessee Valley CFA "HHP" division! See P. 2 "Images".
Been featured during 2007 - 2008 in the "Mobile Press-Register", the "Knoxville News Sentinel", "Mountain Press", "East Knox Area News", "Seymour Herald", "PetPress.net", "Purina Pet Charts" and also featured on "Cats and Kitten News"! See P.9 "home".
Been seen during 2008 on Knoxville's WVLT TV8's "Tennessee Traveler" with Alan Williams and also on WBIR TV10's "Live at Five" with LaSaundra Brown! See P.1, P.3 "Images".
"Second Place" in the 2007 "Smoky Mountain Pet Of The Year"! See P. 5 "Images".
"Mrs. November" in the 2007-2008 "Smoky Mountain Pet Calendar"! See P. 5 "Images".
Princess Sugar Pie - Famous Therapy and Show Cat, that was created on December 2007, has become one of the "Most Visited" and "Top Ranked" Individual Pet Websites in the World!
Her Website Photo's, that were taken by me, have been featured on the following News Websites: Parade Magazine's "Snapshots", Mobile's WKRG TV 5, Knoxville's WBIR TV 10, Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, Alabama-Newsday, Tennessee-themorningcall, Alabama-courant, Alabama-chicago tribune, Tennessee-chicago tribune, Daily Press-Imperial and Royal Matters and the Orlando Sentinel-Imperial and Royal Matters!
Her Award winning Photo titled "World's smallest First Mate - Looking her Best" will be published in "Best of 2008 Photography Anthology" album by Photo Laureates! Also, I was named "Photographer of the Month" in August by Photo Laureates! See P. 4 "Home".
Her Award winning Photo titled "Princess Sugar Pie is wearing her First Mate's Uniform with Glasses" will be published in the "2008 Cutest Pets" album by Cutest Pet Contest! See P. 9 "Home".
Nominated for the 2008 SPCA "Cat of The Year"!
Now known on Capital Hill in Washington, Princess Sugar Pie's example of Therapy Animals contributing to the Healthcare Industry was brought to the attention of both the Senate and House on Capital Hill. Irene Taylor, Laison for Signature Healthcare Inc., met with U.S. Senate and Congressional lawmakers for 2 days in August 2008 in order to discuss the legitimate use and benefits of Therapy Animals, such as Princess Sugar Pie, in the Healthcare Industry. Taylor also discussed the theraputic value of fieldtrips used in patient care too. The pending legislation should be passed very soon, thus giving Therapy Animals more protection, by law, in their work. This legislation would also recognize the benefits of fieldtrips in patient care. Glenda Trentham, the Director of Quality Care from Pigeon Forge's Signature Healthcare facility helped Irene compile this valuable information. What a difference you have made Princess Sugar Pie! See P. 3 "Images".
During January 2009, Alan Williams aired the "Best of Tennessee Traveler for 2008" on Knoxville's WVLT TV8. Alan Williams reran the "Tennessee Traveler" series featuring Princess Sugar Pie again on Memorial Day for 2009.
In 2009 Princess Sugar Pie became a member on My Space, Facebook, Catster, Twitter and You Tube! Search for Princess Sugar Pie or my username "thercattrainer" when you search those websites!Go to http://bit.ly/1APPa2 to see Princess Sugar Pie's "Famous Tricks" video starring Princess Sugar Pie, me and Bob Keyser. See this plus many of her other You Tube video's directed by me!
In January 2009, Princess Sugar Pie had her first Annual Photoshoot at Tim Burke's "Old Time Studio" located in Pigeon Forge, TN. Tim won a "Blue Ribbon" for one of his Photos of Princess Sugar Pie at the "Old Time Photo" convention in Las Vegas! Congratulations Tim on your photo of Princess Sugar Pie!Go to http://twitpic.com/1113n0 to see Tim's 2009 "Award Winning Photo" of Princess Sugar Pie!In March, Princess Sugar Pie growled and hissed her way to 10th place at the 2009 Tennessee Valley CFA's "HHP" division! You can't winn them all Sweetheart! I don't think that she was feeling very well that day either!
During July of 2009, "Award Winning"; Country Music Song Writer, Robert Ownby wrote a song about Princess Sugar Pie called "Sugar Pie Kitty". Robert met Princess Sugar Pie and me when I took her with me to Fine's Barbershop in Pigeon Forge. Ownby was inducted into the "Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame" in August of 2009. The song "Sugar Pie Kitty" is playing in Europe now and should make it to the US very soon!Go to http://bit.ly/3X7AeR to see Princess Sugar Pie's slideshow and hear her song by Robert Ownby!
A Note of Caution: Princess Sugar Pie nearly died in August of 2009 from an allergic reaction to her yearly vaccinations! Thank Goodness, she pulled through and is ok now! She was running a fever of 106.7, which is extremely high for a cat! To prevent this from happening to your cat, try to separate the vaccinations with a week in between the Rabies and Feline Leukemia shots or have your cat Pre-treated during the vaccinations!
On January the 27th, 2010, Princess Sugar Pie had her 2nd Annual Photoshoot at Tim Burke's Studio! Congratulations again Tim for winning another "Blue Ribbon" for 2010.Be one of the First people to see Tim's latest"Award Winning; Blue Ribbon" photo that he entered of Princess Sugar Pie and me at the 2010 "Old Time Photo" Convention that was held in Las Vegas! http://twitpic.com/1114zq. While you are at Twitpic, see Princess Sugar Pie's other "Famous and Award Winning" photos. There is plenty to see at Twitpic! Tim really enjoys taking pictures of Princess Sugar Pie. However, I found out that Princess Sugar Pie loved posing for pictures after I started training her in 2005 when she was two years old. Princess Sugar Pie works well in Tim's "Studio".
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Princess Sugar Pie raises money for New Hospital in Sevierville!
Fifty-three Pets were entered in the"Pet Of The Year" contest.The top three pets as well as the other twelve finalists pets are featured in the "Smoky Mountain Pet Calendar". In that contest, all pets entered and also their owners raised almost $18,000.00 dollars for the newFort Sanders Sevier Medical Centernew hospital that just opened.Princess Sugar Pie and I raised over $1,700.00 dollars for that and we have sold over $450.00 dollars in Pet Calendars.The new hospital just had it's "Open House" on February the 5th, across the road from it's old site. The "Grand Opening" will take place on February the 15th, 2010. A big thank you to Sugar Pie and also to all the other pets and their owners for doing such a nice thing for Sevier County and it's only hospital.
Also, Thank you to all the people, family and friends who voted and campaigned for Princess Sugar Pie in the 2007"Smoky Mountain Pet Of The Year" contest. That was such a nice thing to do for Princess Sugar Pie and the hospital. I really think that It would have been much less tiring for me to have campaigned Princess Sugar Pie to run for a U.S. Senate seat which she probably could have won.
Princess Sugar Pie was Mrs. November in the hospital's 2007-2008 "Smoky Mountain Pet Calendar". All the money from their sales went toward the new hospital's building fund.
I am so proud of Princess Sugar Pie and I look forward to her making many more accomplishments during our lifetime together. She brings much joy and happiness to my life and also to all who meet her. She is a real Princess to me and others. I hope this article and her pictures brings a smile to everyone who reads it. Please tell everyone about Princess Sugar Pie's website and stop by often to visit.
Very Truly Yours,
Jim and Princess Sugar Pie
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This article from USA Today describes how Feral Cats differ from Stray Cats!
On Wednesday May 7th, 2008, there was a good article about feral cats in USA Today. This explains the difference better than anything that I have seen about Feral Cats.
Feral vs. Stray
Not all outdoor cats are ferals. Nancy Peterson, feral cat expert for the Humane Society of the United States, says the population known as free-roaming cats includes:
Indoor/outdoor cats that roam neighborhoods. These are pets,and wondering does not make them "wild".
Cats that were once pets but have been abandoned or gotten lost and have learned to survive on their own or joined feral colonies. These cats, when captured, can usually be re-socialized to live with humans. But their initial reaction to being captured is often frantic, and they can be mistaken for being feral.
Feral Cats, which are generally one generation or more removed from being house pets, and their offspring aren't socialized to humans and can rarely be tamed. (But their kittens, if caught young, can be pets.
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