How did you end up holding that particular cat?
The executive director of the shelter picked out that cat and said, “This would be a good cat for you to hold.”
Were you hurt?
Oh, yeah. I was bleeding in three places on my left cheek — they were more like puncture wounds than scratches. The cat pushed her paws into my face; then pulled them out. … I instantly started laughing. A lot of people think that I started crying. But I did not. Trust me.
Did the response surprise you?
I knew when it happened that it would end up on YouTube. Something like that caught on live television? You can’t beat it. … My phone started ringing at 8 a.m. the next morning. ... The station got a call from “The Tonight Show.” They asked for the video, and they were going to pay me a talent fee. But, since it was NBC, [management] decided against it. Everybody else has gotten the clip from YouTube.
Do you consider this your big break?
I hope not! I hope I advance my reporting skills.
So this isn’t going on your résumé tape?
Maybe I would. Just to trigger the memory: Oh, that’s the cat girl.