Cloudbusting -- Kate
Bush In Her Own Words
Why did you call your cats zoodle and pyewacket?
- Paddy says that Zoodle is a German word for snoot, and I got the
name from him. I don't know where the name Pyewacket came from - it just seemed
a good idea at the time, as they say. We actually call her Pye. [Kate may or
may not be speaking candidly here, but for the record ``pyewacket'' is the name
of a very popular fictional cat, the ``familiar'' of kim novak's
witch-character in the 1958 film bell, book and candle, from the
play by van druten. Based on the wonderful atmosphere and subject of this
movie, and the really important role of the cat in the story, it seems very
likely that kate got the name from this film, or from the play on which it is
based. - ied] (1979, KBC
What breed are zoodle and pyewacket, and what colour are they?
- Zoodle and Pye are - I think you call them ``moggies'' One is black
with one little white toe and the other one is black and white. (1980, KBC 5)
Before we end the interview, one more quick question. What do you
feed your cats?
- Ummm...Food, normally.
What kind of food?
- Tinned food...and fish. Fishy-wishy! (1985, Love-Hounds)
I know you like animals and I hear you keep cats. I wondered how
many you have?
- I used to have two cats. Zoodle and Pyewackit, but I'm afraid that
Zoodle died earlier this year. I was very upset, but she was eleven and had a
good life. She was a beautiful cat. Pyewackit is absolutely fine, although she
missed Zoodle at first. A few months ago we adopted a stray, feeding her and
letting her live in the garage, and she had three kittens. We now have the 3
kittens. They are called Rocket, Sparky and Torchy. And although Pye didn't
like them all at first, they all get on really well now, and we find them
cuddled up on a chair together when we get in. They're such good company for
her, and they all have such different personalities. It's so entertaining just
sitting watching them play. It's bringing out the kitten in Pye: I've noticed
her springing across the floor and leaping onto ledges that are far too small
for her. She does things she hasn't tried for years and seems to be enjoying it
all. I guess we're all young at heart, but sometimes it takes something to
rediscover it! (1987, KBC
Cloudbusting / Subjects / Pets