Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: February 1, 2023 by Crystal Uys


The cat blogging universe lost one of its shining stars. Sparkle the Designer Cat, also known as the Dear Abby of the feline world, passed away last week after dealing with multiple illnesses. In a heart-touching final post on Thursday, Sparkle thanked her fans for more than eleven years of love and support.


Sparkle was the author of two books, Dear Sparkle: Advice from One Cat to Another, and Dear Sparkle: Advice from One Cat to Another, both edited by her human, Janiss Garza. The books give readers an insider’s look into how cats view the world, and how the well-meaning, but often clueless humans living with them can make the world a better place for their feline charges.


Sparkle shared her life with beautiful tortie Binga, who more often than not exasperated her to no end, and Boodie, a Himalayan. “The one thing I do find unforgivable is that Binga, who is two years older than me, is outlasting me, “writes Sparkle in her final post. “I get the sneaking suspicion that she may outlive everyone in this household.”

Sparkle’s human does not believe in the Rainbow Bridge, but we would like to leave her with this quote from Antoine de Saint Exupéry, which I’ve always found comforting during times of great personal loss:

In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be
as if all the stars were laughing when you look at the sky at night.

May your star continue to shine, Sparkle.

Images via Sparkle’s Facebook page.

Conscious Cat Sunday will return next week.

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8 Comments on A Tribute to Sparkle

  1. So wonderful to celebrate the life and memories of such a wonderful pet, friend and personality!
    We join with you today to pray for your comfort in the loss…treasure the memories and thank you
    for sharing pictures of your beloved pet with all of us who also love all cats!

  2. What a beautiful tribute to our dear friend, Sparkle, and her human, Janiss. They’ve been such a sour of inspiration to us and we’ll miss Sparkle’s voice so very much.

    Thank you for sharing the quote from The Little Prince.
    It’s a book that is very, very special to me.


  3. I read Sparkle’s last post and cried! This is a beautiful remembrance!! I’m sure Summer will fill in nicely. Sparkle will definitely be missed.

  4. I was very saddened to read about Sparkle as well. . .she wrote some very clever posts. . . she will be truly missed, but I do believe Summer will do fine — especially with the guidelines set by Sparkle. . .♥♥♥♥

  5. That is a beautiful quote and just perfect. I couldn’t believe the news and the last post was so heart wrenching to read. I think Summer will do just fine.

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