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Meet Jess from the Eclectic Creative’s Kitty Cat, Peg

I’m a huge fan of pets and I truly believe that they make our lives – and our homes – infinitely better.

For those of us who don’t have kids (and even those of us that do, actually), a four-legged friend is our child. We feed them, we clean them, we fret and worry over them and we spend truckloads on them when they get sick.

These little treasures are our fur-kids. And in a new weekly segment on the blog, Fur-Kid Friday, you’re going to meet the gorgeous pets of some popular creatives – and hear the story of how pet and human met.

This week, Jess Viscarde from The Eclectic Creative Studio tells us about her gorgeous cat, Peg.

Jess on her Rescue Kitty, Peg…


Peg was a rescue cat, found through The Pet rescue app.

We had recently moved to Melbourne and also recently lost our cat, who was a fellow rescue, Hannah, who lived until she was 23. Being in a new city away from friends and family, we felt as if we were missing something and someone.

I really didn’t think I could get another cat after the passing of Hannah.

As time went on and a huge animal lover and crazy cat lady I really felt the need and the urge to adopt another fur baby needing help and love. 

I wanted a black cat.

A lot of people think they’re mean or evil or wrapped up in superstition. I’ve read how a lot of people just don’t like them, therefore many black cats don’t get chosen to be adopted or purchased. I started my causal search of the pet rescue app on a cold winters night in Melbourne and that’s when I saw “Jet”. Yes, not very feminine or original. But I saw her little face and it stuck with me. 

Peg immediately responded to my voice when we met.

She was quite skittish at the meeting, but I just sat down on the floor and talked to her. She seemed to relax and sit still… watching and looking. It was a special moment. 

We went to the nearby markets to have a think about her but we already knew our answer as we walked out with a cat carrier, a scratching post and all the cat accessories. 

Jess Viscarde's Cat Peg from Eclectic Creative Studio

I wanted Jet to have a more softer, old fashioned name.

I’ve always thought Peggy is a good southern name (I hail from Texas) so it stuck, it’s also a song title of my partners and I favourite band. 

I didn’t know Peg as a kitten, unfortunately.

I am sure she would have been the cutest little thing I had ever seen. We adopted her at 1 years old so she was almost fully grown. There is a part of me that likes to do this, though, as kittens always get rescued first…

Peg is so well behaved, but I am bias!

But the naughtiest thing is that Peg is an early riser, so likes to wake us up early and starts streaming for bikkies or mince. She also hates closed doors, maybe something to do with her tough start to life, so closing the door on her is not an option!

Our home would just be a house without her.

I work from home in my detached studio and she hangs out there with me, she’s my shadow. She’s vocal, sweet, cheeky and affectionate. We’d really be lost without her. She brings so much love and company to us, we love her dearly.

Peg from The Eclectic Creative Studio

It hurts my feelings when people say they hate cats.

I honestly cannot understand this and most often it’s because they haven’t been brought up with them. Cats are independent, smart and all have unique little personalities.

I can’t say enough to people that adoption is the most rewarding experience.

Cats really do know that you’ve helped them. If rescuing, you need to be extra patient, extra kind and extra loving. They’ve had a hard start to life and need to learn to trust again. People can be very cruel. 

I often think what type of voice or accent Peg would have.

Hopefully she would be grateful we adopted her and say she’s very happy in her home. She’d tell us that she hates that bloody vacuum cleaner and tuna is her favourite food!

>>> What’s your pets naughtiest trait? I’d love to hear from you and your fur-kid in the comments below!

Jess Viscarde from The Eclectic Creative Studio

Images in this post come courtesy of Sophie Timothy Photography.


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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